Kutla is a high altitude grassland surrounded by forests on all the sides. The best part about Kutla is that it is free from toxic tourism and is a quaint little place situated right in the lap of nature.the dense
vegetation in and around Kutla makes you feel one with nature at all times and the lack of human presence, let’s you do a self introspection. The snow capped mountain ranges of Parvati valley are visible from Kutla. It is free from any concrete structure and has a few traditional wooden structures which provide stay options. Any time spent here is less as the place has truly mystic vibes and will make you want to stay more. There are some days where the you will enjoy direct sunlight throughout the day and then there are days when you will experience a gloomy and cloudy Kutla. Both the settings have their own beauty.Kutla is a high altitude grassland surrounded by forests on all the sides. The best part about Kutla is that it is free from toxic tourism and is a quaint little place situated right in the lap of nature.the dense vegetation in and around Kutla makes you feel one with nature at all times and the lack of human presence, let’s you do a self introspection. The snow capped mountain ranges of Parvati valley are visible from Kutla. It is free from any concrete structure and has a few traditional wooden structures which provide stay options. Any time spent here is less as the place has truly mystic vibes and will make you want to stay more. There are some days where the you will enjoy direct sunlight throughout the day and then there are days when you will experience a gloomy and cloudy Kutla. Both the settings have their own beauty.
How to reach Kutla
Nearest airport from Kutla lies in Bhuntar. Small commercial flights operate from Bhuntar to Delhi and vice-versa. So ticket prices are a on the higher end. One can reach Tosh from the airport via Taxi and buses available just outside the airport. Then trek all the way till Kutla.
The travel time between delhi to Tosh is approximately around 16 hours and can easily be done in one go. You will have to catch any bus going to Manali and get down at Bhuntar. From there buses available every 30 mins from Bhuntar to Manikaran or Bhuntar to Barshaini. If you get a bus till Manikaran it is advisable to take it and then get a bus or a shared taxi to Barshaini from Manikaran.The shared taxi’s charge 100INR for Manikaran to Barshaini and area available on the main road above the bus stand. Once you reach Barshaini. The road to Tosh will be on your left. After reaching Tosh you will have to trek towards Kutla.
Best Time to visit Kutla
The best time to visit Kutla is between early June and late July as the winter gives way to summer and the snow melts allowing the flora and fauna to bloom all across the valley. The trail to Kutla is also well marked and prominently visible as it is frequented by locals and tourists both. By july the flowers start blooming and the forests are covered with wild flowers and strawberry vines. As july ends the monsoon begins to set in and rains are not predictable in the mountains. Even small and bleak streams turn into gushing nallahs.and the trail is wet and slippery.It becomes a bit risky to travel into unknown territory in monsoons.
Kutla in winters
The winter months start form November, the entire landscape turns cold and dry. Snow hits the valley by the second week of December and then periodic snowfalls keep on happening and cover the surrounding areas with thick snow. The road to Tosh might at times get closed to vehicular traffic in the winter months but one can always walk from Barshaini to Tosh.The trail to Kutla from Tosh gets buried under thick snow and it is easy to lose the path and wander off in the wrong direction. The Olive garden Café is operational even in the winter months. As Kutla is situated at a very decent altitude you can expect a lot of snow in Kutla compared to Tosh. The beauty of Kutla under snow is very different from what you see in summer months. A day is usually enough at Kutla as there are not a great deal of things you can do in 2 feet snow.
Kasol to Kutla Itenary
Day 1: Delhi to Kasol
Day2: Reach Kasol and visit Chalal/Katagla
Day3: Reach Tosh by 10:00 AM and leave for Kutla, stay in Kutla.
Day4: Reach Tosh, stay in Tosh and enjoy with friends.
Day5: Leave for Delhi, reach by night.
Hotels in Kutla
The best part about Kutla is that there are very few structures in Kutla. All of them are wooden structures and the place does not quite cater to a large crowd. There is the Olive garden and two more places where you can stay in Kutla. The charges are variable and can cost you anywhere between 500-700 per person with breakfast and dinner included. You should always negotiate the price of a stay with food options combined ,as you will always get a better deal this way. Recently few people have also set up campsites at Kutla and are offering camp stays.
Where to Eat
There is this one café cum shop cum restaurant where you get the very basic necessities at jacked up prices because all the things have to be brought there on horsebacks.Apart from that you will get food options at where ever you are staying.
The temperature at Kutla is always on the lower side even because of it’s altitude. During the summer months the temperature drops down to single digits at night. In winters the temperature remains below negative in day and at night.
Treks around Kutla
Kheerganga: Kheerganga trek is also accessible from Tosh.You can start for Kheerganga in the morning and reach by evening stay the night and come down the next day.
Buddhaban: Buddhaban is a grassland situated one hour away from Kutla and is oon the way to Animal Pass or Sara Umga la Trek.So you can visit Buddhaban is you are going to Kutla from Tosh and plan on spending the night at Kutla.
Animal Pass/Sara Umga La: It is a difficult trek that starts from the Tosh village and crosses over to Lahaul on the other side of the Tosh Glacier.Peaks like Papsura,Indrasan are visible during this trek.
How much does a Kutla Trip Cost?
A 3 day Delhi-Tosh-Kutla –Delhi trip should cost around 4200 with one day stay at Tosh and one day at Kutla/per person.
Snowfall in Kutla?
Snowfall starts in Kutla by early December. The snow stays in Kutla for a longer time than Tosh as it is a lot higher than Tosh.If you want to visit Kutla it is advised to go there after the snowstorm predictions.As you don’t want to be trekking while it’s snowing.
Tosh to Kutla Trek?
It takes around one and a half hour to reach Kutla from Tosh on foot.
Barshaini to Kutla?
The distance between Barshaini and Tosh in 4.5 kilometers and takes 4 hours to cover on foot.If you have a heavy backpack.
Road to Tosh?
The road to Tosh from Barshaini might get closed to vehicular traffic during or after monsoons because of rockfall and landslides and might not open till summers.