If you thought Kasol was nice and offbeat and less crowded, wait till you get to the villages around Kasol. There is the mysterious Malana, whose people believe that they descended from the army of Alexander the Great and do not allow any kind of contact with the outside world. There is Tosh, which is quiet and quaint, pleasing and peaceful, a small replica of Kasol. Then there is Chalal, which is the hub of the psychedelic parties in the Parvati Valley. Trance-y music wafts from the diminutive village, and people intent on parties and some smokey peace make Chalal their home for weeks on end.
All of these places, although different in their stead, have one thing in common – the cannabis that is heavily cultivated here, and a love for the same. Malana Cream, a kind of hashish that is cultivated in the Malana village mainly, is one of the most sought after drugs here, and the motivating factor for half the hippies who flock to the valley.
The beauty that lies beyond the picturesque hills is remarkable and each day is beautiful in its way. The tiny, quintessential Himachal villages will make you feel relaxed and make you fall hopelessly and irretrievably in love with Himachal!