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A small village in Himachal situated along the banks of the river Parvati, Kasol is a tourist attraction that is rapidly gaining fame as a very popular hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. Commonly known as the Amsterdam of India, this quaint little village is resplendent in natural scenic beauty, and is one of the few places in the country that is yet to be ruined by urbanization and commercialization. Situated between the towns of Bhuntar and Manikaran, Kasol might seem like a plain, nondescript village from the outside, but it is one of the best places in the country to just sit back and chill in the lap of nature.
With the waters of the Parvati river gurgling along and a stunning view of the snow-capped mountains in the background, taking a stroll along the river is one of the best ways to spend a day in Kasol. With smooth boulders and clean white sand separating the green grass from the frothing sea-green waters of the river, every single bend in the river opens up to a breathtaking panorama of cliffs, pine trees, and gushing waterfalls.
Kasol is famous for its trekking trails, which include treks to Kheerganga, Yanker Pass, Sar Pass, and Pin Parbati Pass. To get a real feel of the culture in these regions, go on a visit to the village of Malana. Located a few kilometres away from Kasol, Malana is a tiny hamlet inhabited by people living in self-imposed isolation. The people of Malana claim themselves to be Aryan descendants, as a result of which they avoid interaction with outsiders. The village has plenty of scenic sights, though, and is often called ‘Little Greece’.
Kasol is inhabited by a huge number of people from Israel, which is clearly discernible from the plenteously available Israeli food, and the street signposts inscribed in Hebrew. Kasol has quite a few streetside cafes which serve delicious food, and the experience of sitting and enjoying a meal amidst the dark green forests and the awe-inspiring mountains make the meal even more enjoyable.
Kasol has a flea market that sells a variety of items, so you can pick up trinkets, souvenirs, pendants, and even semi-precious stones to take back home for family and friends.
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Kasol is probably the first place which comes to everyone's minds when they think about escaping their homes and the city life. Situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, it is a haven for trekkers and backpackers. Be ready to experience a nomadic lifestyle when you visit, as it is one of the most life changing experiences for any person. I personally found it challenging at times to lug around my rucksack, across unkept trails and long and winding paths, but at the end it was always worth it. I had gone with my friends and we chose to camp by the river. We had bonfires and jam sessions. The food served at the camp was rustic but was warm enough to fill both our stomach and souls. The main town of Kasol is filled with cafes. In these cafes you will find a lot of tourists as well who come to escape from their own hectic lives and share their stories and sorrows with each other and the locals. Be sure to also visit some of the local cafes. They make some of the best croissants I ever had!!
Situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh- Kasol is the go-to place for all the people who love carrying backpacks on their backs and trekking. Surrounded by the beautiful picturesque hills and serene Parvati river, Kasol is a great weekend getaway. I visited this small town the previous year in October and got to experience the best of all. The place is just perfect to be visited by college students as it unfurls a lot for you. Almost everything is in close proximity and one can easily walk to Chalal Valley and enjoy the walks by the river and streams. Kasol, being on the greener side looks beautiful and fresh and is perfect for the stargazing! I loved watching the infinite stars with the bonfire on the riverside in the night when it was all dark and quiet. Tosh valley, situated close to Kasol is also a must visit as the trek up there is long and tiring but it’s worth the sweat! The view down from there is as good as a scene out of the Yash Raj movies! My group further trekked from tosh to a waterfall some several kilometres further and the cafe set up amidst the water was relaxing and perfect. Kasol has a trippy vibe and cafe culture all around. Famous for crepes, waffles and hot chocolates; you can find the best food, brownies and drinks at the Moon dance cafe, Evergreen cafe, Rainbow cafe in Kasol and Cafe Shiva in the Tosh valley. If you have a If you are somebody who loves coloured graphic tees or dainty jewelleries and dreamcatchers, you won't be disappointed as Kasol is full of such tiny gems and souvenirs. You can find everything from woollen scarves to trendy boots and relaxing ginger-honey tea to gulp down while having a peaceful time with your friends!
Kasol is definitely one of the best places in India where mainstream travel has not entered yet. It used to be even better in the past when it was even quieter. It's a small town near Kullu and on the way to Manikaran. Kasol, famous for Parvati Valley, has good weather almost throughout the year. Though it can be a bit chilly during Jan-Feb.
A paradise for adventurers and nature lovers in Himachal.
Difficult to access as not directly connected by flights and trains. Avoidable after Autumn due to the extreme cold.
Ideal for both nature devotees and fearless, bold backpackers. Also suitable for tourists touring nearby sites like Shimla, Palampur, Kullu, Manali etc.