Kasol is a picturesque village in Himachal Pradesh, located by the banks of the Parvati river in the Parvati valley. Situated 42 km east of Kullu at the height of 1640 meters, Kasol is many a times called “the mini Israel” and is a hot-spot for backpackers and explorers.
The village is divided into Old Kasol and New Kasol , separated by a bridge on the river Parvati midway and offers splendid view of the surroundings.
The Kasol Craze
In the recent years Kasol has become one of the most sought after destinations of many. Despite being a small hamlet in the Himalayas you would be surprised by the number of bars, bakeries and cafes here. The main reason being the inflow of Israeli tourists, many of whom have settled in Kasol for good. You can even find hoardings in Hebrew and Israeli delicacies like Shakshouka,hummus and pita bread are common here. This is a perfect destination for if you want to chill and enjoy a great party in the lap of nature.
Kasol is also a base for many Himalayan trekking too . The treks for SarPass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Khiriganga start here. There is no dearth of scenic places, every spot is lovely. To get the real feel of rural life visit Malana or Tosh. An isolated village 21 kms from Kasol, Malana is still untouched by modern lifestyle. Tosh, 18 kms from Kasol and is equally scenic.
Manikaran at about 6 kms from here has a magnificient Gurudwara tucked in between the hills and Beas river. A hot spring located within the premise of the Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib is a must visit.
You can also trek to Kheer Ganga that is 9 kilometers away. It is a four – five steep climb on narrow trails. But this challenging hike is worth it as you reach the green meadows with geo-thermal hot spring. A dip in these springs can take all your tiredness away.
Kasol is a year round destination with pleasent climate. The climate is actually is quite unpredictable, a chilly morning can turn into a warm and sunny day to a cold night.
Food and Stay
While in Kasol you cannot miss out on the famed Israeli dishes and the local food. Accommodation is Kasol is not a problem with many good hotels, home-stays and resorts.
The nearest airport is Bhuntur near Kullu but the flights are rare and costly. Kiratpur Saheb in Punjab and Una in Himachal are two railway stations around this place at about a distance of 150 kms. The best way to reach Kasol is by road. There are many buses that ply to Kasol from Delhi and Chandigarh.