When someone amongst us utters the word ‘Kasol’, the first thing which comes to our mind is a picture of a chilled out getaway, with obviously the overrated ‘rave parties’, liquors, ‘hashish’ and our whole lot of friends around us. But believe me, Kasol is a lot more than what you just imagine of. This beauty surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks is untouched by modernization and lies far away from human intervention. The raw aura of this melancholy hill will take you to an altogether different world.
Kasol, a village in the lap of the Parvati valley of the Himalayan Mountains is one of the major tourist attractions in India. This village on the bank of Parvati river is located 42 km. East of Kullu on the height of 1640 meters. Over the past few years, this place has witnessed a drastic change in the number of travelers and backpackers. It has changed into a hub of backpackers and travelers who love adventurous sports like trekking, rafting, and Paragliding. A perfect escape for those who love to explore offbeat destinations.
KASOL – MINI ISRAEL OF HIMACHAL PRADESH
Kasol has turned to be a mini Israel in India due to the recent inflow of the Israeli people. The increasing visits of the Israeli tourists have initiated the mushrooming of the hotels, restaurants and contemporary shops of their taste and choice. Kasol is being inhabited mostly by the Israeli tourists from the last few years and that is the reason why most of the hoardings are in the Hebrew language.
LOCAL FOOD AND CUISINE
Being an exotic getaway in Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is rich in Himachali cuisine and local food. It’s jazzy cafes and restaurants offer an amazing blend of Indian and non-Indian foods. The famous Israeli dish ‘Shakshuka’ is a must try when you are in Kasol. It’s a dish of eggs served in tangy tomato gravy along with hummus and pita bread will definitely give a kick of flavors to your taste buds.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN KASOL
Manikaran Sahib is a Gurudwara that is built between the two rivers Beas and Parvati. It attracts thousands of the Sikh and Hindu devotees throughout the year. At Gurudwara, there flows a hot spring from its peak, which is believed to wash away the sins of the people who bath in it. The wonderful view of the valley from the Gurudwara along with its charming backdrop makes it a must visit.
River Parvati is one of the major attractions in Kasol. It flows through the Parvati valley, carving out a landscape which is beyond the perceptions of beauty. The enchanting scenic beauty of the riverside indulges every tourist from mind to soul. A visit to this river is very soothing and rejuvenating experience in itself as all you need is to sit, relax and drench yourself in the aura of this place.
Malana is a small hamlet in Himachal which is an authentic and explicit natural beauty. It is shadowed by the majestic peaks of Chandrakhani and Deotibba. This isolated place in itself is a treat to the eyes. Malana is also known as a Little Greece of India. One can easily reach this place by trekking. This village has a distinct culture which is one of its kind and makes this place worth a visit.
Tosh is a small village tucked in the majestic Himalayan mountains. The living hippie culture is something which makes this place distinct from others. This village is a green treat for the people visiting it. Again a beautiful trekking experience lies in the path of this uphill village with a mesmerizing hilltop view.
A trek to Kheerganga peak is considered to be the easiest and enjoyable one. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, Kheerganga has been yet another destination to explore near Kasol. The Kheerganga trek is about nine kilometers long and passes through beautiful trails and an adventurous path which leads to an enchanting view. The uphill to your surprise serves you with hot water spring, in which you can relax and rejuvenate your senses.
We all know, a trip to any hill station is not complete without adventures and when we are talking about Kasol, the place is full of trekking paths rated from easy to difficult and dangerous. It’s a base for most of the Himalayan trekking. With a perfect weather, one can take a short trip of about an hour to the village Chalaal or a slightly longer trip to Pulga village.
Tosh and Kheerganga are the places which will give you an adrenaline rush throughout your trekking. The raw beauty of the untouched hills, a wilderness that is worth experiencing, low population and charismatic climate throughout the year pretty much gives an imaginable picture of Kasol.