About Kasol

A small village in Himachal situated along the banks of the river Parvati, Kasol is a tourist attraction that is rapidly gaining fame as a very popular hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. Commonly known as the Amsterdam of India, this quaint little village is resplendent in natural scenic beauty, and is one of the few places in the country that is yet to be ruined by urbanization and commercialization. Situated between the towns of Bhuntar and Manikaran, Kasol might seem like a plain, nondescript village from the outside, but it is one of the best places in the country to just sit back and chill in the lap of nature. With the waters of the Parvati river gurgling along and a stunning view of the snow-capped mountains in the background, taking a stroll along the river is one of the best ways to spend a day in Kasol. With smooth boulders and clean white sand separating the green grass from the frothing sea-green waters of the river, every single bend in the river opens up to a breathtaking panorama of cliffs, pine trees, and gushing waterfalls. Kasol is famous for its trekking trails, which include treks to Kheerganga, Yanker Pass, Sar Pass, and Pin Parbati Pass. To get a real feel of the culture in these regions, go on a visit to the village of Malana. Located a few kilometres away from Kasol, Malana is a tiny hamlet inhabited by people living in self-imposed isolation. The people of Malana claim themselves to be Aryan descendants, as a result of which they avoid interaction with outsiders. The village has plenty of scenic sights, though, and is often called ‘Little Greece’. Kasol is inhabited by a huge number of people from Israel, which is clearly discernible from the plenteously available Israeli food, and the street signposts inscribed in Hebrew. Kasol has quite a few streetside cafes which serve delicious food, and the experience of sitting and enjoying a meal amidst the dark green forests and the awe-inspiring mountains make the meal even more enjoyable. Kasol has a flea market that sells a variety of items, so you can pick up trinkets, souvenirs, pendants, and even semi-precious stones to take back home for family and friends.

Place to must visit in Kasol


Places to Visit in Kasol

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Distance: 20 kms

Kheerganga Trek

Kheer Ganga (3050 meters) lies at the extreme end of Parvati valley and the last inhibited village while trekking to pin valley via Pin-Parvati pass. Kheerganga's panoramic skies and vast greenery are a much-needed delight to the trekker's eyes and especially the tired legs. It is a holy place with a hot water spring, a small temple of Lord Shiva and a bathing tank. It makes a rare combination for any trekker to bath in hot spring water when everything is covered by snow.

Experience Time: 4-5 hrs

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Trekking and Rock Climbing

Words are rendered redundant when one tries to describe the beauty that the enchanting land of Kasol holds. Ranging from emerald green mountains to the flowing frothy rivers, Kasol is undoubtedly one of the gorgeous places up north. And what more can a traveler can ask for, if a land like this offers the enthralling experiences of trekking and rock climbing! Famous for its forest treks, Kasol will give you the ultimate adrenaline rush with its multiple varieties of adventure sports. Perhaps the most famous trekking route here would be the Kasol Kheer Ganga trek, which is beautiful beyond imagination. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated here for 3000 years. The trek begins from a place called Bersheni from where you need to trek up to Kheerganga. The trek is about 12 kilometers before you reach the summit and needless to say, the view is mesmerizing. The difficulty level of this trek is moderate to difficult, and it is advisable to take a guide along with you as the trek passes through a dense forest. You will also encounter the crystal waters of the Parvati river on the way.

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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 need to acquire a special permission for fishing here.

Experience Time: 5 - 6 hrs

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Tosh

Popular for its cannabis plantations, the tranquil village of Tosh is just another example of the unparalleled natural beauty that Himachal holds within its bounds. Located at the far end of Parvati Valley, Tosh is untouched by modernisation and fast-paced life. With its gradual terrain and the waters of river Parvathi flowing through its bosom, the trek of Tosh is the go-to expedition for all adrenaline junkies. The hippie culture and otherworldly vibe of this village will surely transport you another world. Tosh has scattered villages across the lush green hills juxtaposed against snow-dusted peaks. Here you can experience the bounty of nature in all its glory, combined with some indigenous as well as exotic experiences. This destination is quite often thronged by visitors from other countries, and you can interact with them and experience their cuisine at local eateries as well. It has become quite popular in the recent years due to its proximity to the famous hippie town - Kasol. It is popular among backpackers who are looking for an escape from the humdrum of their chaotic life. People often throng here to practice yoga and meditation in the clean, fresh air and peaceful surroundings. It is mostly visited by backpackers from Isreal and Europe. One of the first things that hit you when you enter tosh is the distinct smell of marijuana. Tosh is most famous for the trek route here, Kheerganga being the most popular. With every step you take into this quaint village called Tosh, you feel more in love with this city of hash and trance!

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Distance: 8 kms

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. If visiting Kasol you need to get involved in a trekking expedition to Malana. Malana village is almost 21 km from Kasol. A drive to Malana from Kasol is needed. As you drive you will find an endpoint to the road. This endpoint is the spot from where the trek to Malana village begins. Trek 2 km uphill to reach the village of taboos. On your way, you will find the enchanting beauty river and valley blowing your mind. Malana is famous for its cultivation of Malana cream, a quality of Hash. Hiring a local guide is the best way to enjoy the serene surroundings and unique way of living of the village.

Experience Time: 11 day

Distance: 16 kms

Pin Parvati Pass

Pin Parvati Pass serves as a perfect destination for the trekkers seeking challenging adventure. It is one of an amazing Trans Himalayan trek that will not only leave spell bound by its beauty but also gushing with adrenaline with the challenges it throws at you. With a fascinating trail of approximately 110 km, the thrill it presents is almost unending. The trail is not really well defined but get worse during the monsoon season. The track within the thick forests of Great Himalayan National Park is also a big challenge even for an experienced trekker. Crossing the Parvati River and its various tributaries can be a bit excruciating and so does traversing the high altitude fissures. However, no matter what number of challenges it presents, the overall trek is exhilarating enough to make it one of the most sought after Himalayan Pass trek at high altitudes.

Experience Time: 5 days

Distance: 0 kms

Sar Pass Trek

Endowed with diverse terrain and rich in nature’s beauty, Sar Pass Trek is a perfect trek destination for beginners. Steeped in great beauty, the trail passes through thick forests, lush green meadows, rustic villages, and snow clad mountains gracing the backdrop. Offering a range of experiences for trekkers, this trek nestled in the perfect lands of Parvati Valley is full of excitement and adventure. The trek commences from Kasol, a paradise for the trek lovers from all around the globe. The city is beautiful and offers all kinds of accommodation from budget hotels to high end places and lots of delicious food serving restaurants. If you are looking for something thrilling yet easy, Sar Pass Trek is an ideal destination to begin your trek expedition.

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Distance: 4 kms

Manikaran Gurudwara

Located hardly 15 minutes from Kasol, Manikaran Gurudwara lies deftly on the banks of Parvati River. It serves as a major pilgrim center for Hindus and Sikhs. Th eplace 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.

Experience Time: 1-2 days

Distance: 1,495 kms

Rasol

Nestled deep within the mystical Parvati Valley of the Himalayas is the magical village of Rasol. An elusive and largely disconnected village situated approximately 10,000 feet above sea level, Rasol is an enchanting location where one is privy to breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayas, which turn lush green as they flow down deep into the valley. Close to the famous Malana village, Rasol is not so different to outsiders, with its rustic charm and well-protected community and culture. Apart from agriculture, one can see locals engaging in authentic rural activities such as the domestication of animals and spinning of wool. Visitors are greeted to an endless expanse of lush greenery as they enter this village, which has around 75-100 wooden houses. A simple yet exhausting trek from Kasol, spanning between two and four hours, is undertaken to reach this mystical village. Due to the after-effects of tourism seen in popular destinations like Kasol, Manali and Tosh, villagers are slightly wary of outsiders in their village, taking great measures to avoid physical contact and protect their personal space. However, visitors who respect the customs, culture and natural surroundings are in for the treat of a lifetime, with the unique experience of witnessing the magic Rasol in all its glory.

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Distance: 2 kms

Camping

Spending a night in camps under the sky full of stars is everybody's dream. This can come true on your visit to Kasol. You can set camps beside the Parvati River or in the Kheerganga Valley for a whole new thrilling experience. Whether you want to have an adrenaline rush or want to have one of the best backpacking trips of your life, Kasol will never disappoint you! Camping in this heartwarming hamlet will act as an icing on the cake. Its bountiful nature makes Kasol an ultimate camping destination.

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Stargazing

If stargazing is what you die for Parvati valley has plenty of awing sights to offer. Lying beneath the sky full of twinkling stars is an unforgettable experience. Fall in love with the night beauty Kasol has to offer. Counting the stars while you lie in utmost tranquillity is all you need to do. This will not only be an experience of amaze bells but also of self-exploration. In our busy schedules, we have started paying less attention to our inner self. Here, while you stargaze, you get a chance to spend time with your self.

Experience Time: 2 - 3 days

Distance: 1 kms

Chalal

Chalal is a quaint little village close to Kasol, where one can appreciate the true beauty of the mountains and the original charm of a mountain village, with a grand view of snow-capped mountains and majestic pine trees.

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