Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
A destination bestowed with all of nature's blessings, Kasol is known for its Israeli inhabitants, Parvati River, trekking base-camp and Malana. It is a tourist hub for Israelis, with signs of various cafes and restaurants serving great food and cuisines from around the world. The snow clad Himalayas to verdant landscape and clear blue sky adds a touch of mystery to the place. Nestled in the lap of Parvati valley alongside the streaming and gurgling Parvati River, this remote village is a blessing for adventure buffs, trekkers and backpackers. With pleasant climate all around the year and low population density, this wonderful place provides an unforgettable experience.
Almost 31 Km away, Bhuntar Airport located near Kullu is the nearest airport to the village. It is connected to three cities Delhi, Pathankot and Shimla. One can hire local cabs or private vehicles from there to reach Kasol.
The Nearest Airport is Chandigarh Airport at a distance of 157 km from Kasol
The Himachal Road Transport Corporation runs regular buses from neighbouring states of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. In the state itself they run to and fro from cities of Pathankot, Shimla, Kangra, Solan and Dharamsala.
Pathankot serves as the nearest railhead at a distance of almost 150 Km, while Chandigarh about 310 Km away is another option one can opt for. Taxis or private vehicles can be hired from here as well to reach Kasol.
March to May & October to June is the best months to visit Kasol. Although the Kasol experiences good weather throughout the year, the ideal time to explore the wilderness of the place is from March to May. At this time of the year the weather is pleasant and the temperature varies from 15-22° . Winter from October to February is also the right season for visit. The temperature during the season usually varies from 3 to 10°.
Parvati River: An ideal place for relaxing, one can also indulge in some nerve wracking activities like river rafting. Another option there is to laze around and spend your time trout fishing. In fact it is considered as a best place for angling. One needs to acquire a special permission for fishing here.
Manikaran Gurudwara: Located hardly 15 minutes from Kasol, Manikaran Gurudwara lies deftly on the banks of Parvati River. It serves as a major pilgrim centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The place apart from gurudwara also houses many temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Vishnu and Krishna. Sitting in the lap of spellbinding backdrop of mountains, this place is also known for its hot water spring where a Geothermal Energy Plant is set up on the experimental basis.
Tosh: Treacherous roads, a hippie culture and some stunning sceneries and this is what makes up Tosh. This little village tucked in the Himachal offers on-going trekkers pretty pastoral scenes and calming views. The architecture of wooden houses, with simple designs and bright colours also add a lot to the beauty of this pristine Himalayan village.
Malana : If you are up to some adventure, sightseeing and understand the traditions of the local inhabitants, a visit to this small village is a blessing in disguise. Famous for its cultivation of Malana cream, a quality of Hash, the village is about 5 - 6 hours of trek away from Kasol. Hiring a local guide is the best way to enjoy the serene surroundings and unique way of living of the village.Trekking and Rock Climbing : A trip to a hill station is basically incomplete without some adventure. And when it comes to Kasol, the place is full of many trekking paths defined as easy to difficult and dangerous. With a perfect weather, one can enjoy a short trek of half an hour to Village Chalaal or a slightly longer trip to Pulga Village. Tosh and Kheer Ganga are the two places where you can feel an adrenaline rush through your veins while trekking.