Kasol has always been a pit stop for backpackers moving to higher camps. It has shops selling all sorts of trekking essentials and knick knacks. A large number of Israelis and Indians call Kasol their home for a greater part of the year, migrating to Goa during the winters.
About the Place: Kasol is situated in the Parvati valley and is a stones throwaway from Manikaran, the famed gurudwara with hot water springs. It has a lot of little hotels which stock a lot of world cuisine. You meet a lot of backpackers who are always ready to share their travel stories.
There is a bridge which separates Kasol and new Kasol. The rickety bridge also offers a breathtaking view of the snow clad mighty Himalayas. There is a tiny hot water spring next to bridge.
Things to do: Pick the essentials for the trek ahead and chill out along the Parvati River.
How to get there: Kasol is easily accessible throughout the year. The fastest way to reach it would be via Mandi, taking a local bus or flying down to Bhunter and then taking the local bus. The bus journey can be a little scary for the faint hearted, but the view more than compensates for it.
Here are a few tips for fellow budget travelers:
- Walk around and check out the place before you decide where to stay. You don’t want to waste your money on a fancy hotel when Mother Nature is offering her best to you!
- Talk! Talk! And talk to the travelers. They have the best tips to offer.
- Be willing to try out the various cuisines on hand, instead of sticking out to the tried and tested food!
- Travel light! Kasol is a small place and is best explored on foot. You don’t want to be walking around with a heavy load on your back.