Kasol — The perfect weekend trip for you
Just a small town in Parvati Valley, Kasol isn’t a new holiday destination. There are Israeli inhabitants who have been here for almost 20 years. Yes 20, some even more. Called the Backpacker’s paradise, Kasol is the base camp to various trekking routes. One can walk from one end to the other of Kasol in around less than 30 mins. Kasol isn’t a town with historical monuments or vast concrete marvels to look for, rather here you are surrounded by snow clad mountains, the brimming Parvati river, exotic flora & fauna and people who make you feel at home. Through this blog I try to help you make your trip to Kasol hazel free and just perfect!
And off to Kasol…
From Bhuntar, the Parvati keeps your company for the next 40 kilometers where boards in Hebrew welcome you Kasol. You constantly run into friendly Israelis who can help you through the village better than most guides or helpers. Homestays and guesthouses are very cheap with family run restaurants serving piquant food ranging from momo to continental Israeli food to Italian. One can sit by the side of Parvati for hours together just staring at the gushing water as it rumbles against the rocks and carries the pebbles with it. The morning are pretty calm with merely anyone around, but for the places serving eggs, toasts & hash brownies.
The afternoons are usually bright with shiny bright conifers reflecting the sun. A stroll along side Parvati whilst munching on German apple and carrot delights is rejuvenating. Even though Marijuana isn’t what Kasol is all about, you can’t resist yourself from buying one of the marvelous hand-crafted stone chillums. Pool and fries and some coffee would make your day a lot better. Tibetan noodles stalls and small flocks of hipsters along side the river is what evenings are here in Kasol.
Nights are pretty eventful, with music playing in the distance you just wanna move your body to the tunes. Campfires, booze and some herb help you build an appetite for the sizzling pizza, trouts and schnitzel. After a good long day, falling asleep is almost a cakewalk!
The next in the list is a hike to Manikaran Sahib. It is a 6 kilometer walk along the dew drenched roads midst the lush conifers and some herb plantations. Manikaran Sahib is a Gurudwara by the side of Beas. Portraits of Hindu gods, Jesus Christ and Sikh gurus hanging side by side is one rare sight. The hot spring is the top most point of the Gurudwara. Holy dips to cleanse all evil is a must. The water from the spring is used to cook rice served in the Langar. Langar & the food need no justification. It is top class.
Tosh and Malana are must visit towns/settlements near Kasol. Malana is home to the descendants of Alexander The Great himself, that’s what is believed. People here aren’t very comfortable with outside interference. It might compromise the purity of their race. Malana is a beauty in itself. Kasol to Malana is a 3 hour ride followed by a small trek. You can also drive up for 2 hours and take a hike to reach Malana. Read more about Malana here.
Tosh is located on a hillside over looking the river and a waterfall. A route through the forests is the shortest to Tosh but there are cab services available too. Food and accommodation is not a problem here, but finding an Indian restaurant might be a challenge. European and Israeli cafes serve delicious food & freshly brewed coffee at minimal prices. Hash is very common here, you often see people smoking along side the roads or near cafes or sometimes even in the cafes itself. Kasol to Tosh is a 4 hour ride approx.
Kheer Ganga trek is one of the most joyous experiences ever! A 9 kilometer trek almost takes 4 hours to reach to the top following the narrow trails. And when you are finally there, steamy natural baths await you. You can relax in the water while enjoying the breathe taking scenery from here. Enjoy the night here in Kheer Ganga, the hamlets help you with the basic needs a affordable prices.
In short, a trip to Kasol is all about to letting yourself get in tune with the nature. The river, hot springs, birds & bakeries, cafes & the calm, hipsters & the hash, food & full. Kasol trip doesn’t force you to do things you don’t wanna do, you can just slog in peace!
Kasol is well connected to Delhi via rail, road & air. Buses run from Delhi to Bhuntar on regular intervals. From Bhuntar you have both cabs & buses to Kasol. Bus trips are a little longer that private commutes. Booking an Roder is the most preferred option because it is the safest and the most comfortable commute to Kasol from Delhi. Follow the link to book Roder at slashed down prices.