In for a bet? I am sure most of us sulk at the mention of a village. What’s in a village? What can a village promise as a vacation? Nah! Come on. Let us explore one of the most exotic villages in India: Kasol. And I bet, not only will your hesitation towards holidaying vanish, but also, you are going to get there this summer! Ready?
To start with, Kasol is a small village in Himachal Pradesh. But mind you, do not judge the place’s magnificence just by the fact that it is ‘small’. Come on! It is not about the length. Sometimes it is about the depth and width too. Right? Stretched along the lovely Parvati River and with mountain views to the northeast, Kasol is the main traveler hang-out in the valley. And this is the most hippie place in Himachal. Busted with bars, bakeries and cheap guesthouses, this village is a huge craze for travelers from all around the world, including Israel! Kasol has been an easy base for the nature-lovers who want to explore the forested valley. And I have a little surprise for my readers at the end of this article! Let us get to know what are the things to do in this amazing ‘small’ place!
Lose Yourself In ‘Parvati’s’ Lap
Oh! Before you imagine other things, let me tell you, the Parvati I mentioned is hell more beautiful than what you imagined her to be! *wink* Well, I am talking about river Parvati! The picturesque river is breathtaking! The frothing river cuts across the mighty rocks, cackles and churns, while tall and green pine trees loom on its banks. A walk along this river-bank is sure to unravel all the emotions you had been holding back till now. Each bend in the river opens up to the exciting stretch of pine trees, cliffs and waterfalls. And the most exciting thing is, you could gift yourself a sensuous foot spa right in the middle of nature’s lap! You can stretch out on one of the smooth boulders beside the river with you feet playing in the cold water! Believe me. No expensive salon can give you that feel! Try it out to experience it.
Get Spiritual At Manikaran Sahib
No vacation would be complete without a little ‘off-beat’ twist! Amidst all the fun and frolic, you can spare an evening and visit Manikaran Sahib, just 6 kms from Kasol. It is a Gurudwara but, offers you so much more than a spiritual experience. It offers you a beautiful landscape as it is tucked between the imposing hills of Himachal and the fireceful, Beas. And to sweep, the explorer in you, off his feet, there is a hot spring located within the premises of the Gurudwara. And this also gives you a chance to wash your sins and illnesses away as the spring water is believed to have healing properties. See? I give you a chance to ‘cleanse’ you soul! Well, coming to even a better part, let us rekindle the ‘Foodie’ in you. Love food, right? Good news! The ‘Langar’ served in this Gurudwara is delicious. And, even if it’s not your favorite KFC, you can still say, “It’s Finger Lickin Good!”
Get Astonished At Malana!
Malana is a famous hamlet in Himachal. Famous for its distinct culture and a temple named Jamlu Devta. Malana is all about adventure, sight-seeing and the peculiar culture and tradition of the villagers. The inhabitants of the village are confined to a self imposed isolation. Proclaiming themselves as the descendants of the Aryans, they believe that their purity would be lost by interaction with outlanders. They are so conscious about their tradition that they do not consider themselves a part of the Indian jurisdiction. Well, do not expect a classy hospitality from this place. But, what’s wrong in trying something new? Experiences should not be classified as good or bad. Everything adds to your bag! Right, traveler?
Try Trekking To Kheer Ganga
We all agree that every adventure is incomplete without trekking! Trek to Kheerganga is a four hour steep climb, stretched over a distance of nine kilometres. The climb is not only quite steep but also, is narrow and very tricky. However, it still remains the easiest one in Kasol. So let us not over rate ourselves as a trekker in Kasol! After crossing across the steep hike, when you finally reach the lush greenery, you will be mesmerized by the geo-thermal spring. You can warm yourself in the hot bath and this is supposed to soothe your exhausted senses! And I advise you, to take proper rest while on this trek! Do not be swayed away by the tranquil beauty and over-exhaust yourself!
The Best Part! Food!
Kasol is a haven for great food. Particularly, Israeli food. In for a new cuisine? Yum! Set in a remote corner of the world, Kasol is crowded by young Israelis. And so it is referred to as Mini Israel. The street side cafeterias serve excellent food. Given the fact, that the place is serene and pristine, there is no fear that any dirt would enter your intestines! *wink*. So just go and indulge in some yummy Israeli food, enjoying the view of the might hills and green forests! You do not know, what’s more satisfying of the two!
Lighten Your Pockets
Apart from memories, you can collect souvenirs for your loved ones. The local flea market in Kasol sells semi precious tones, pendants and other trinkets. And what’s exciting is the sale of Bob Marley T-shirt! Also, you can buy amazing winter garments at more amazing prices! Heavy on happiness and light on the pocket!
Surprise! Time For A ‘High’ Stroll
Ever heard of the saying, “Walk till the road goes on”. Come, let us experience it in real. Tosh is a more off-beat version of Kasol. This is the last spot in the Parvati Valley and the road ends here! Go home and boast, that yes, you have ‘traveled as far as the road goes”! Tosh is a tiny hamlet with a few cafeterias and beautiful places to stay. This place gives you the perfect getaway for relaxation and offers a break from your polluted cities! Okay. Now it’s time for the surprise. Yes. This is the place which is ‘infamous’ among the ‘cannabis smokers’ and Israeli tourists. This place offers you one of the finest qualities of weed in the world. Well, this is just a warning! I do not want you to smoke up, any day! Just laying the facts down! Who wants to sit amidst the picturesque hills, cackling river, tall pine trees and then spoil the whole vacation by getting high! I am sure you do not smoke up. I have heard, that weed is surreal, but never been into it. So I am tight lipped about it! So, Tosh is definitely not a place for familial tourists. But yeah, there are other attractions here! *wink*
Best Time To Visit
Kasol is at it’s peak beauty in the month of May – October. You can cool down in the summers and also witness snow fall in the winters!
How to Book
Trip to Kasol can be booked here by clicking Heavenly Kasol
Some pictures of Kasol
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About the Author
Ipsita is an economist by profession and writer by passion. She has found solace in travelling. It is a part of her very existence as she gets to meet new people, do crazy things and above all, discover herself in the process. And also check out her blog, Withouthorizon.