Things to Do in Kasol for an Adventurous yet Laidback Vacation

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Top things to do in Kasol

Kasol is lately emerging to be the new go to place for vacationers, trekkers and tourists, especially in northern India. The tiny village is nestled around Parvati River in Himachal Pradesh and there are a roster of activities and things to do in Kasol. From trekking, hiking, camping to stargazing and chilling beside the river, there are all kinds of things to do in Kasol. The place is ideal for adventure enthusiasts as it has a lot of opportunities especially for trekking, for both the amateurs and professional trekkers. Besides there are plenty of cafes where you can gorge on delicious food while looking at a stunning view. Given below is a comprehensive list of things to do in Kasol. Have a look!

Here is the list of 13 Things to Do in Kasol for an Adventurous yet Laidback Vacation

1. Trek to Kheerganga

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One of the prime things to do in Kasol, is taking the trek to Kheerganga. Kheer Ganga (3050 meters) lies at the extreme end of Parvati valley and the last inhibited village while trekking to pin valley via Pin-Parvati pass. Kheerganga's panoramic skies and vast greenery are a much-needed delight to the trekker's eyes and especially the tired legs. It is a holy place with a hot water spring, a small temple of Lord Shiva and a bathing tank. It makes a rare combination for any trekker to bath in hot spring water when everything is covered by snow.

2. Walk Along the Mesmerizing Parvati River

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Parvati River is one of the prime attractions and visiting it is one of the essential things to do in Kasol. The tinsel town is based alongside the river and offers a very picturesque scenery. You can walk across the river on a bridge or you can walk downhill to actually soak yourself in water. Another option there is to laze around and spend your time trout fishing. In fact it is considered as a best place for angling. One need to acquire a special permission for fishing here.

3. Follow the Trekking Trail to Pin Parvati Pass

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Pin Parvati Pass serves as a perfect destination for the trekkers seeking challenging adventure. And if you an adventure enthusiast, then undertaking this activity is one of the top things to do in Kasol. It is one of an amazing Trans Himalayan trek that will not only leave spell bound by its beauty but also gushing with adrenaline with the challenges it throws at you. With a fascinating trail of approximately 110 km, the thrill it presents is almost unending. The track within the thick forests of Great Himalayan National Park is also a big challenge even for an experienced trekker.

4. Try Israeli Cuisine at The Evergreen Cafe

The Evergreen Cafe is one of the most popular cafes of Kasol which serves mouth watering Israeli, Chinese, Mexican, Indian and multi cuisine food. Visiting here is like a ritual and one of the top things to do in Kasol. You also get an incredible view of the mountains from the outdoor seating. It is basically the best of two worlds- food with a view.

5. Spend a Night Camping Under the Stars

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Spending a night in camps under the sky full of stars is everybody's dream. This can come true on your visit to Kasol. You can set camps beside the Parvati River or in the Kheerganga Valley for a whole new thrilling experience. Camping in this heartwarming hamlet will act as an icing on the cake. Its bountiful nature makes Kasol an ultimate camping destination. Make sure you include this activity in your bucket list of top things to do in Kasol.

6. Explore the Sleepy Hamlet of Tosh

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Popular for its cannabis plantations, the tranquil village of Tosh is just another example of the unparalleled natural beauty that Himachal holds within its bounds. Located at the far end of Parvati Valley, Tosh is untouched by modernisation and fast-paced life. With its gradual terrain and the waters of river Parvathi flowing through its bosom, the trek of Tosh is the go-to expedition for all adrenaline junkies. The hippie culture and otherworldly vibe of this village will surely transport you another world. Visiting the village is one of the top things to do in Kasol.

7. Shop Souvenirs at the Local Flea Market

Market Browsing is one of the prime things to do in Kasol. Although the market street is a little small, but you will find shops lined with Jimmy Hendrix goodies, night vision glasses, neon trinkets and accessories, woollen clothes, caps and shoes, all of which you'd want to take back home. Besides, the market is based in the backdrop of the hills at one end of the road which makes for a perfect picturesque walk as well.

8. Visit the Buddha Place for Yummy Banana Crepes

Buddha Place is another one of the trademark cafes in Kasol. Although it has limited seating space and limited food options on the menu, but the place offers mesmerising views of the valley outside the window. Abuzz with activity all day long, the best meals here are maggi, chai and coffee. Also, trying banana crepes here is one of the top touristy things to do in Kasol.

9. Offer Prayers at Manikaran Gurudwara

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Located hardly 15 minutes from Kasol, Manikaran Gurudwara lies deftly on the banks of Parvati River. It serves as a major pilgrim center for Hindus and Sikhs. The place apart from gurudwara also houses many temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Vishnu and Krishna. Sitting in the lap of spellbinding backdrop of mountains, this place is also known for its hot water spring where a Geothermal Energy Plant is set up on the experimental basis. Be sure to include visiting here in your list of things to do in Kasol.

10. Get Lost in Stargazing

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If stargazing is what you die for Parvati valley has plenty of awing sights to offer. Lying beneath the sky full of twinkling stars is an unforgettable experience an one of the best things to do in Kasol. Fall in love with the night beauty Kasol has to offer. Counting the stars while you lie in utmost tranquillity is all you need to do. This will not only be an experience of amaze bells but also of self-exploration. In our busy schedules, we have started paying less attention to our inner self. Here, while you stargaze, you get a chance to spend time with your self.

11. Explore the Exquisite Village of Malana

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If you are up to some adventure, sightseeing and understand the traditions of the local inhabitants, a visit to this small village is a blessing in disguise. If visiting Kasol you need to get involved in a trekking expedition to Malana. Malana village is almost 21 km from Kasol. A drive to Malana from Kasol is needed. As you drive you will find an endpoint to the road. This endpoint is the spot from where the trek to Malana village begins. Trek 2 km uphill to reach the village of taboos. On your way, you will find the enchanting beauty river and valley blowing your mind.

12. Experience a Thrilling Trek to Sar Pass

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Endowed with diverse terrain and rich in nature’s beauty, Sar Pass Trek is a perfect trek destination for beginners. Steeped in great beauty, the trail passes through thick forests, lush green meadows, rustic villages, and snow clad mountains gracing the backdrop. Offering a range of experiences for trekkers, this trek nestled in the perfect lands of Parvati Valley is full of excitement and adventure. The trek commences from Kasol, a paradise for the trek lovers from all around the globe. It is also one of the topmost things to do in Kasol.

13. Trek Up to the Quaint Village of Chalal

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While Kasol gets the spotlight amongst the villages of the Parvati Valley, one can enjoy the true serenity of the magical Himachal Pradesh by trekking a little further from this major town to the quaint little village of Chalal. Situated at an altitude of over 5300 feet and a 30-minute trek away from the tourist hub of Kasol, Chalal has managed to retain its old world mountain village rustic charm, set in the beautiful Parvati Valley of the Himalayas, with a grand view of snow-capped mountains and majestic pine trees.

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