Kalga- The hidden apple village of Himachal

On my search to run away from civilization sometime back I landed in this beautiful little Himalayan heaven called KALGA. We dumped ourselves in a hilly jeep and it almost took us almost an hour to reach here from Kasol. Tucked away in nature, lies this dreamy and mysterious valley that’s reached only via a short 500 meters of steep climb. For me, it was kinda a bit of struggle given that fact I have breathing issues. This steep trek leads to this village. As you walk you notice a dam construction taking place there.

As I made my way, I was welcomed by full bloom apple orchards all around. Quaint, small wooden houses were operating as homestays were mostly open for travelers.  This virgin beauty was worth the travel I did to reach here.

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Each house saw strong fencing due to animal scare at night. Scattered across the Paravati Valley, the Parvati River too makes its way from here. This Himachali hamlet surrounded by the alpine beauty and patches of houses here and there makes it look like an artist canvas.

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I was there in April last year and I found that this place is all about walking in serenity. Sipping my ginger tea, watching the endless serene paths or wandering outdoors amongst the blooms, Kalga – the little apple village also sees abundant wildflowers growing around in spring. Watching the sky as you listen to the sound of silence it’s simply an enchanting feel, one that we should all experience once.

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While roaming around here I figured out that that the best part here is one doesn’t need to bother about any prior booking as most of the houses here are open as homestays. Warm Himachali people are always there to help you. Since this place experiences snowfall, so most of the roofs here one can see is slanting.

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Situated 8,435 feet above sea-level, Kalga is also the starting point for the Kheerganga trek. The village sees many abandoned houses which can make for potential homestays if anyone picks up the project. From Kalga the snowcapped mountains look divine. Those hungry for adventure and peace Kalga is that heaven.

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As our dates clashed with Baishakhi so the family with whom we were staying invited us to their house in Thulga to be a part of the celebrations. Trekking along the path for almost 45 minutes we reached its twin sister village – Thulga.

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Not common amongst travelers this village is not much in favour to entertain travelers. But it was an awesome experience to be a part of the family match footsteps with them and do some local dance and dig into some local flavours which the whole village has come together to cook. The plate saw- Rajma, Himachali Kadi, Aktori, Mittha, Kaale Channe ka Khatta, Aloo palda that ended with a dash with sweet.

Dancing to the beats of the local Himachali song sharing a happy lunch with them we left this village and proceeded towards Phulga. The journey doesn’t get restricted, I tracked my trek path to Phulga and Thulga the twin villages of Kalga. Cute names right!

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Kalga, Phulga and Thulga are triplet villages out of which travellers only can stay in Phulga and Kalga. Phulga sees quite a few hippie cafes and very basic homestays and as I made my way through the narrow bylanes I spotted that Hebrew signboards are common here. The cafes have it all Nutella milk, egg curry, Maggie and rajma dal and even the HAPPY SMOKE if you want some.

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Wooden houses on both sides, ladies weaving sweaters in looms while some busy soaking in the sun as they happily chatted that made Phulga one of the most relaxed and laid-back villages in Himachal. Don’t be surprised if you see some shops selling hippie dreadlocks. The apple trees in bloom added to the character of Phulga.

Looking for the sweet relaxation it’s just here.

Best way to reach- Take an HPTDC bus from Delhi to Kasol from their local HRTC bus to Bharsheni. Get down there and then trek up to reach the beautiful village.

Note- Don’t panic if you have done no booking. On reaching here you will find ample homestays to choose from.

Author: Ayandrali
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