Are you an ardent trekker? Do you love stargazing? Are mountains your ultimate calling? If you’re nodding to say yes, we will convince you to pack your bags for Kasol! By Ishani Singh
Away from the ruckus of the city, Kasol is a tiny village in Himachal Pradesh, nestled between snow-capped mountains along the banks of the Parvati river. Also known as the Amsterdam of India, the village is rich in scenic views and has moderate climatic conditions. Very subtly commercialised, it is thriving as the hub of good-food, an adventure spot, and offers pleasant stay options. Upon arrival, guests can check-in to a hotel or unpack their bags in hostels in the Kasol dormitory. For a more luxurious experience, The Himalayan Village and Hotel Royal Palace are excellent choices.
Very famous in Kasol, the Israeli cuisine is abundantly available at nearly every café in the local market, which is why it is also called Mini Israel. ‘Turquoise Kasol‘ and ‘The Evergreen‘ are popular hotspots for tasty Israeli food. Tourists can also stroll around the local flea market to pick souvenirs, semi-precious stones, decorative items and accessories. By the end of the day, sit by the Parvati river and treat your eyes to a beautiful sunset.
On the next day, tourists can head early morning to Manikaran, which is six km away from Kasol. It is famous for the thrilling river rafting experience in the Parvati river and the Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara. By evening, it is advisable to plan a camping stay in the Forest Department tents or the IYC Riverside camps. The camps come with comfortable lodging and dining facilities, with a splendid view of the mountains.
Coming to the adventure front, Malana is the ideal destination for tourists. Malana is a peaceful hamlet facing the Chandrakhani and Deo Tibba Peaks. The five-km uphill trek begins from the Malana Taxi stand to the village touching the height of 10,000 feet above sea level. The peculiar fact about Malana is that the people have their own rules, and they are very adamant on not changing them. A very fine quality of Hashish yields a major portion of their income. With a meagre population of 500, this small settlement strictly forbids photography or videography, and travellers are advised to carry basic items from Kasol or Bhuntar.
Kasol is a sweet reality tucked in-between mountains and supplemented by the magnificent Parvati river. To get a complete makeover of your mind, you should certainly choose this spot for a holiday.
Journeying to Kasol from Delhi takes anywhere between eight to 14 hours. There are buses available from the capital to Bhuntar, where on a local bus or cab will take you to Kasol. The summer months of May and June are the most suitable to pay a visit, and we recommend you to book your tickets a week prior to the journey.