Kasol is known for its picturesque landscapes and interesting culture. This place always finds itself in traveler’s list, especially those who are looking for peace as well as adventure. The villages and beautiful sights of Parvati Valley will make your Kasol trip blissful so much so that would never want to leave this place, as it will take you closer to nature. There’s so much to absorb in the valleys of Kasol that you can’t get enough.
Best Time To Visit Kasol
Though Kasol is a year-round destination, it is best visited during the summer months of May and June. However, people also love to visit the destination during the winter months of November to February.
2 Best Places To Visit In Kasol
Kasol is a small place that can be easily covered on foot. This Kasol travel guide brings to you the list of places that you should visit when in Kasol.
1. Chalal – Explore The Villages And Treks Around Kasol
There is no dearth of scenic spots in Kasol, which means you’ll definitely come back with a lot of DPs and cover pictures. You Kasol itinerary must include treks and treads to journey some amazing places near Kasol; such as Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parvati trek, and Kheer Ganga trek. You might need to travel small distances in a jeep or a cab to reach the starting place. If a tough climb is not your style, take a walk to Chalal, which is just 30 minutes away from Kasol.
For a feel of the rural life in these regions, visit Malana or Tosh. An isolated village 21 km from Kasol, Malana is still untouched by the modern lifestyle. One of the oldest democracies of the world, Malana people claim that they are descendants of Alexander’s army, but the claim is highly debatable. Their descent, however, isn’t what makes this place so popular. It’s the Malana cream – premium hashish which is popular among Israelis, Europeans and Indian youth visiting Kasol. Rules of Malana residents are strict with respect to outsiders, but the village and its beauty are a sight to behold. Rocky terrains with pleasing greenery and rural homes are both charming and peaceful.
2. Tosh – Enjoy Stunning Views
Another gorgeous village is Tosh, 18 km from Kasol. The road leading to Tosh is in a bad condition, so hiring a local cab is the best idea for those traveling by their own car. The ride might be bumpy, but for mountain lovers, it is the ultimate place to be at. Just tire yourself a bit more by going uphill to find a decent place to stay in. Some of the common cafes in Kasol that you can choose for fine dining are Pink Floyd Café, Shiva Mountain, Jackie Place Hotel Blue Diamond, Ashwin’s, Olive Garden, Mountain Goat Café and others. From here you can head to a small trek to Kulta glacier – not very beautiful a scene, but worth an easy trek for sure.
The village however offers an unforgettable experience for those who love to unwind in the lap of nature; what’s better than a lazy evening spent gazing at the majestic Himalayas. Do not miss the spectacular sunset and sunrise here as you must definitely keep Tosh as a priority in your Kasol itinerary.
5 Things To Do On Your Kasol Trip
A lot has been written and blogged about the same cliché things to do in Kasol. While not all of them are absolutely useless, there’s a lot more to experience here which this travel guide to Kasol will provide you with.
1. Hiking And Trekking
There’s nothing more serene that walking along lush greenery. Kasol offers multiple exploration options for casual walkers, trekkers and everyone who falls between these two categories. Best people to give you an idea of the difficulty level of each are the locals. You could either get in touch with a local when you visit Kasol, or plan your treks near Kasol in advance.
2. Israeli Food
Life’s good with a Shakshouka, a Bureka, and a lemon cake in Kasol. Having covered the best places to visit in Kasol, you’d definitely love to gorge on some amazing Israeli food. If you have not tried the cuisine, this is the place to start. Go one dish at a time and keep repeating the ones you like. Don’t forget the trout! And desserts are mind-blowing; we recommend Hello to the king and Hello to the queen at The Evergreen and the fresh bakes from The German Bakery at Moon Dance.
Confused about where to stay? Tried camping in Kasol, if you really would like to explore the true nature of Kasol. While there are a few options, but try your luck at the Forest Department tents. Beautifully located beside the fiercely flowing Paravti, they offer one of most gorgeous morning and evening views in the valley. Also, the camps are quite comfortable and neatly maintained. Prices are as low as Rs 150 during the off-season and Rs 300 during the peak summer (May-June).
4. Enjoy The Serenity
Kasol can be really peaceful. Do what you love the most while you’re still surrounded by the mighty peaks and a powerful river. Kasol is the place to stir up old hobbies that get lost in your urban routine. Read a book, pen a prose, sketch, draw or paint, create a song, dream, ponder or do anything that you love doing, in a spot that makes you peaceful inside.
If you have a chance to plan your visit, pack that dusty archery set, the almost lost air gun, or that carelessly tucked away badminton set. If you are in a group, play a game of pithu; volleyball at Cottage Cafe; or carom at Jim Morrison Café. It is the best place to enjoy some time with your friends and going back to games, you once loved to play.
How To Reach Kasol
Surrounded by mountains from all sides, visiting Kasol is an adventure in itself. There is an airport in Bhuntar, 50 km away and the nearest railway station to Kasol is the Joginder Nagar railway station, 145 km away. However, any which way, Kasol is best reached via road with a thin but solid stretch of road connected from Bhuntar. It takes about 1 and a half hours to reach Kasol from Bhuntar, if there is no traffic.