Kasol is a beautiful little place, tucked aside in the remote corners of Himachal Pradesh in India. Apart from the hippies there, Kasol is actually an uncrowded and hence also very pristine hill station. Once you’re there, you’ll be able to admire the scenic landscapes with your undivided attention. Here are five must-do’s in Kasol that you must tick off your bucket list.
Walks by the Parvati River
Nothing can ever be better than taking a stroll down the banks of the Parvati River. The rivers criss-crosses into the village of Kasol at several locations and creates an immensely beautiful landscape, wherever you look. Walk down the river on its banks to contemplate on the meaning of life and existence or just lie down on one of the many rocks on the banks for a relaxing nap beside the lively river.
Visit Manikaran Sahib Gurdwara in the mountains
One of the most important things to do while visiting Kasol is also to visit the Manikaran Sahib Gurdwara. It is located in between two very steep cliffs with the Beas River raging down right beside it. Be sure to visit the hot spring of the Gurdwara, which according to the legends, has therapeutic and healing properties. This six kilometers trek to the Gurdwara takes you through narrow mountain trails that also lets you experience the commercially unexposed and unadulterated scenic beauty of Kasol.
Try authentic Israeli Cuisine
Hummus for life
If you like hummus as much as I do, then you’re bound to have a great time in Kasol. This picturesque valley attracts a lot of Israeli backpackers and hence the name, Little Israel. You can find several Israeli restaurants, with genuine Israeli cooks, serving authentic Israeli cuisine. But that’s not all, one can even find the best Japanese, Italian and Greek cuisines up there. So, forget about the old paranthas and dal makhnis and savour the exquisite international cuisines of Kasol while you’re up there.
Trek to Kheerganga
Care for a dip
The trek is Kheerganga is an absolute must! Without having a dip in the natural hot springs there, your whole trip to the land of myth will be for naught. The nine kilometers trek to get there is, however, a hard one that takes almost 4 hours from the village of Kasol. This is the easiest treks in and around Kasol, but is a whole lot more challenging due to steep cliffs and mountain trails. Although, all your sorrow and tiredness will be washed off once you reach the lush green meadows of Kheerganga and take a long and relaxing dip in the natural hot springs.
Adventure Sports A Rush of Adrenaline Awaits You
Apart from the psychedelic forest raves and scenic landscapes, Kasol also provides tourists with many extreme adventure sports like paragliding, white water rafting, skiing, snowboarding and many more. This is just to provide the tourists who don’t like to smoke up a chance to get some thrills and at the same time experience the unexplored beauty of this hidden gem of a hill station.
Kasol, a place yet to be commercialised and robbed of its natural beauty provides a few travellers with the best vacation. Not only can you unplug from the rest of the world while staying here, but you may also even find the answers to life’s greatest philosophical questions. A must visit hill station, which offers way more than just hippies and hashish.
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Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
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How To Get Here
By Road: HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) operates buses (Volvos as well) for Kullu from Delhi, Chandigarh and other cities. Get down at Bhuntar and take a local bus or taxi. Kasol is 30 kms (approx.) from Bhuntar.