Kasol, a small village situated in the Kullu district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It has become one of the favorite tourist spots in the recent past. With a wide variety of flora and fauna and scenic beauty, it attracts people from different parts of the country. The place has never failed to impress its visitors.
Kasol is approximately 522 kilometers away from the National capital. If this blazing heat of the sun is annoying you down the plains, Kasol is the ultimate destination for you to visit. So get ready to explore the beauty of the place. But obviously there are a number of questions that strike oneâ€™s mind before going on a trip like where to stay? How much would it cost? Where to eat? What all places to visit?
Well, sit down and relax. I have answers to all your questions.
Duration and Price
You canâ€™t really have enough of hills. Well truly, they offer you peace which has become so rare in our lifestyles that everyone literally craves for it. But turning on the reality mode, you obviously have to go back and resume your normal routine.
Therefore, a 5days 4nights trip will offer you to discover most of the place. The budget of the same would also be reasonable enough. The trip would cost you about 5000-6000 per person.
Hiring a guide?
If itâ€™s going to be your first visit to the place, I recommend you to hire a guide for yourself as it would lead to a better discovery of the place. The guide would charge you a sum of not more than 1500-2000 rupees. He would take you to major sightseeing places and also recommend you best hotels and restaurants in the place. The guide can be hired anytime between 10AM to 6PM for a duration of eight hours.
But well thereâ€™s no hard as fast rule that you have to hire a guide. It is absolutely your call whether to hire one or not. Discovering places on your own has a next level excitement. So it depends on your personal choice.
How to reach Kasol ?
You can book a flight to the Bhuntar Airport, which is about 31 kilometers from Kasol. You can book a cab to the village from the airport. .
As there are no direct trains from Delhi to the place, for those who would like to travel by rail, have to take a train from Delhi to Chandigarh. From Chandigarh you may either enjoy the journey by road or take another train to Joginder Nagar, which is the nearest railway station.
Since there are no direct buses from Delhi to Kasol, you got to catch a bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Bhuntar bus station. From Bhuntar you can either book a cab or get a bus to Kasol.
Where to stay?
There are a number of hotels and guest house in and around the place. But if you havenâ€™t ever stayed in a tent, then go for it. There are Forest Department Tents which are not only comfortable and nicely maintained but also offer prices as low as 150 rupees during the off season and not more than 300 rupees during the summers.
The stay at the camps will offer you the best morning and evening views of the valley.
You can go for trekking and sightseeing. Kheerganga and Malana trek are the famous ones.
Kheerganga Trek itinerary
You can cover the trek in 1night and 2 days.
Start from Kasol in the morning around 9-10AM. You have to head towards Barsheni which is about one hour away from Kasol. Barsheni is the place from where the Kheerganga trek starts. The trek will take you approximately five hours. You will reach the top around 6-7PM. Tents are available for the overnight stay. In case the weather is unfavorable homestays are also provided.
Witness the beautiful sunshine by waking up early. Fresh yourself up, have breakfast and then itâ€™s time to go back towards Barsheni and then Kasol.
After you finish the Kheerganga trek you can visit other nearby villages like Toshi, Malana, Parvati River and Manikaran Sahib in the remaining days of your trip.
Where to eat in Kasol?
Food! Yes all love food and Kasol offers you a number of options from Israeli to Indian, Chinese and Italian as well. Some of the famous cafes that you must not miss are Stone Garden CafÃ©, Freedom CafÃ©, Jim Morrison CafÃ© and Shiva Shanti CafÃ© many more. These cafes not only offer good food but a beautiful ambience and music as well.