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Katagla

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About Katagla

Katagla is a small village situated on the banks of Parvati River 3 km from Kasol, away from the the grips of toxic tourism. But it is a fast emerging as one of the quieter alternatives to Kasol. Since there are no roads to Katagla yet, it is still relatively untouched by the tourist boom of Kasol (not yet). 

The village is unlike any other of Parvati Valley as you can hear loud trance ripping across the forest surrounding Katagla as you approach its proximity. The music transcends you to a very different dimension and induces a sense of elevation.  

A lot of Israelis and French people also stay in Katagla for months and use it as their basecamp to backpack across the valley. It is an ideal spot to do so because of the fine balance of serenity and proximity to Kasol and different transportation system.   

You will find old aged men smoking bidis (local cigarette rolled in Banyan tree’s leaf), chatting with each other under the crisp mountain sun with the cool breeze flowing their face. A lot of houses have cows, and they can be found on the lower part of the main structure while the family lives in the upper part.  

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Mountain Views from Katagla

How to Reach Katagla

There are two ways to reach Katagla. The first route is from Kasol to Katagla via the Manikaran road, and the second route is from Chalal to Katagla, and you will have to trek on this route. Both these routes are confined to unreal views of the Parvati terrain. Further details are listed below:

Kasol to Katagla

The quaint village of Katagla lies around 3 km away from Kasol and 7 km from Manikaran. Assuming, you will take the bus towards Bhuntar from Kasol, can get down  near the bridge to Katagla. If you ask the conductor to drop you there, he will be more than happy to do so. 

Now, if you go down towards the river from where the bus has stopped, you will find a wooden bridge connecting the other side of the river. Upon crossing the bridge, you can see the village clearly.

Katagla trek

Adventure begins… 

The trek to Katagla also starts from Kasol. You have to walk 20 m from the Kasol bus stand, opposite to the flow of the river, then you will find an alleyway to your left, that takes you to a bridge that connects Kasol to Chalal. Upon crossing the bridge, you will have to continue on the trail to your left. The trail passes by the Parvati River and soon enters the lush green coniferous forests with moss-covered forest floors. 

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Keep on the trail for 30 minutes and you will reach Chalal village on the way with some campsites across the discrete stretches. Continuing further on the trail, you will cross a stream, then walk for another 30 minutes before you start seeing the first glimpses of the Katagla village. All this while, you will be surrounded by thick forest cover. As you move forward, you will see the terrain opening up and pristine views of the entire village will grip you.  

Best Time to visit Katagla

The best time to visit this hermetic village is from the month of May to July. It is the time when the summer sets in properly in the valley. The entire valley bursts into green and becomes covered in lush green vegetation. The weather during this period is pleasant throughout the day. The trails are perfect. 

After this period the monsoon sets in the valley and the trails become slippery with unpredictable rainfalls. The winter months are also good to visit Katagla village. The terrain is not as green though but has a different kind of beauty to it. It snows in Katagla during the winter season, so, tighten your pants for a winter adventure in the Parvati Valley. 

Katagla Weather

The weather in Katagla is similar to weather in Kasol. Since Katagla is free of vehicular traffic and different kinds of pollution, the temperature stays 1-2 degrees less than Kasol. In summer months, a t-shirt in the morning and a good sweater in the evening should do you good. 

In the winter months, good quality thermal wear is advised for both day and night. Wearing clothes in multiple layers helps trap more heat than wearing a thick jacket. If you are wearing multiple layers, you can easily regulate your body temperature by taking a layer off or putting one on, which is not the case with heavy clothing. Also, merino wool inners provide the best thermal insulation, it is a one-time investment and will do you good for a long time.

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The bridge connecting Katagla with Bhuntar - Manikaran Road

Katagla-Rasol Itinerary

Day 1: From your state’s starting point, take bus/taxi to Kasol. You can stay in Kasol or you can trek to Katagla the same day.

Day 2: You can stay here for a week or start the trek to Rasol from Katagla. If you start the trek to Rasol, stay there for the night.

Day 3: Trek down from Rasol, then to Katagla, and reach Kasol. Rest there before leaving to your respective destination. 

Homestay in Katagla

Prices

There are all kinds of stays available in Katagla be it homestays, camps, guest houses, or renting for a prolonged duration of time. The homestays charge anywhere from 700 to 1000 INR per day during the peak season and in the off-season, they would settle for 500 INR after a bit of bargaining. You should try to negotiate the food cost, along with the stay. (prices are subjected to inflation) 

Food

If you want a simple home-cooked meal, you will be charged 150-200 INR for both the breakfast and dinner combined. Camps are set up by the local village folks and they are usually in the vicinity of a homestay. Typically, the camps cost more than the homestay. They will ask you for 1000 INR for the camps, but everything depends on your bargaining skills thereafter. 

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A house in Katagla

Treks around Katagla

Rasol: The trek to Rasol is an easy trek from Katagla and it takes around 3 hours to reach Rasol from Katagla. The gradient of the trek is moderate and there are a few steep sections during the trek, making it more adventurous than ever.

Chalal: Chalal village falls between Katagla and Kasol. So, if you were to go from Katagla to Kasol (on foot), you would pass through Chalal. It takes 20 minutes to reach Chalal from Katagla. 

Winter in Katagla

The temperature during winters stays in single digits throughout the day and might drop below freezing point of the night. Katagla experiences snowfall once or twice in winters, however, the snow melts in two days at maximum. Due to its relatively low altitude, it receives less snowfall than other places in the valley. However, the mountain tops remains snow-covered for months. 

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Winter in Katagla

FAQs on Katagla

Q1. How to reach Katagla?

Ans. There are two ways to reach the Katagla Village; one through the road by crossing a bridge before Kasol and trek to Katagla. Other than Kasol-Katagla trail, the second route starts from Manikaran and after a hefty 7 km trek you will be in serene confines of Katagla.   

Q2. How long does it take to reach from Katagla from Kasol?

Ans. After reaching Kasol, cross the metal truss bridge and it takes about an hour to reach Katagla from Kasol.

Q3. Is there network in Katagla?

Ans. Despite its remote location, tourists can revel with 4G services in the Katagla Village.   

Q4. Is Katagla worth visiting? 

Ans. Well, the answer depends on the intent of the backpacker. If you have a habit of relaxing without moving, then staying at Katagla makes sense. Otherwise, you can trek between the Rasol-Katagla-Chalal- Kasol belt and stay separately at each location.  The second option allows you to  get familiar with diverse cultures within the same valley.   

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