If you’re on the hunt for a hidden gem in the Parvati Valley, Pulga is the perfect place to check out.
This charming village is only 3 km away from Barshaini, but you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a different world altogether. The dense deodar forest, also known as the Fairy Forest, is a sight to cheer. From the forest, you can gaze at the majestic snow-clad Himalayan ranges and the lush green Parvati Valley, and walk across wooden bridges above waterfalls.
The best part about Pulga is that it’s only accessible on foot, so strap on those hiking boots and get ready to explore. Along the way, you’ll encounter traditional wooden houses and friendly locals who are always happy to engage with visitors. If you’re lucky, you might even catch some of the village kids Hula hooping like pros.
Pulga is also known for its apple farms, so if you’re visiting during the harvest season between mid-June to August, be sure to pluck a few apples with the villagers’ permission. And if you’re a tea lover, you’re in luck – Pulga is known as the tea treasure of the Himalayan side.
Getting to Pulga is an adventure in itself. Barshaini is about 20.1km from Kasol, and you can reach it via car or cab in approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. From there, it’s a 15-minute hike to Pulga. And for an added bit of excitement, keep an eye out for the ropeway used to bring groceries into Pulga, since there are no roads leading into the village.
So, if you’re looking for an offbeat destination that’s teeming with natural beauty and friendly locals, Pulga should definitely be on your list. Come for the scenery, stay for the Hula hooping kids and the tea.