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Other posters have given information in this thread that indicates a number of disappearances from the very area you mention. They have also pointed out that there is an illegal drug trade ongoing in the area, an occupation that typically wishes to remain hidden and undisturbed. While your intention may be to stay out of their way, it is their view of your intention that will determine their actions, not your intentions themselves.
Parvati is a huge valley. most of drug making goes on in a few villages.
If you stay on the other side of the river you are wayyyy out of their way.
As I said, I've lived there, and I have friends who still live there.
I know the way things work there.
I can only share my experience as proof for it.
If you stay out of their way, you will not see those things.
The people who "disappear" are not so smart (excuse me) people.
Because they mess with things they should not mess with.
Many of them are in a drug frenzy of some sort, doing stuff they really should not do and talking to people they should not.
You can get in to trouble in new york just as fast I imagine if you hang with the wrong crowd.
My initial concern was actually the wildlife in the area. India does have undeveloped, uncivilized areas that contain many species known to be dangerous to humans.
Parvati valley is reletivly safe wild-animal-wise.
Its quite habitated already. Unlike Kullu valley which is a bit more stranded.
Its not a place you will run into a tiger....
Tops.. a snake.
I thought your experiences were on an island? Am I confused?
Also, how long were you there, and did you give an impression that you might be staying? There can be a world of difference in the way a temporary visitor is treated and the way a 'settler' is treated.
I was only two monthes on the deserted cove in Karnataka, the rest of my trip was in Himachel pradesh - northren india and parvati, and a bit of time in Rajastan.
Also a month and a half in Nepal.
I agree about being a huge difference between being a tourist there then being a resident there.
But knowing many people who live there.
Its not as scary and crazy as some posters make it sound like
Originally posted by polarwarrior
I think living off the land is much easier than Ive been led to beleive through city media, Ive done it for short periods over the holidays and have held an interest in survival skills and scavaging food so having crops makes it easier, other people to help, easier again, a shed for shelter, hunting dog, water tanks the more basics one can get it the easier it will become no fancy hiking gear needed.
Originally posted by freebourn
Should I hide the fact that I currently reside in Israel for people to stop using that as an excuse to bash me for thing I have nothing to do with?
What do I have to do with Mossad's S*** storms?
What do I care about that?
Originally posted by AlreadyGone
Hey man, your idea is great and God Bless You for it. HOWEVER, I suggest you read up on some of the communes from the 60s and 70s.... as hard as growing food is and survival, the hardest part is managing the people.
I strongly suggest you read up on it and talk to someone that tried this over a period of time... ever wondered what happened to all of those communes from the 60s and 70s.