A destination bestowed with all of nature’s blessings, Kasol is known for its Israeli inhabitants, Parvati river, trekking base-camp and Malana. A tourist hub for Israelis, with signs of various cafes and restaurants in Hebrew serving great food, of 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 is all set to give you an unforgettable experience.
Top Places To Visit In Kasol
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parvati Pin 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.
Stroll to the local flea market to pick souvenirs for family and friends. The flea market of Kasol sells items like semi precious stones, pendants and other trinkets. Bob Marley T-shirts abound alongside that of Lord Shiva, incidentally both pot smoking icons. Winter clothing like pullovers, caps and coats can be bought at astoundingly low prices.
Traveling to Kasol from Delhi could take anything between 8-14 hours depending upon your mode of transportation. If you take a bus from Delhi, you will be dropped at Bhuntar from where you need to take a local bus or book a cab to Kasol. A well laid out travel plan includes things to do and places to be on the list. Apart from Kasol, Himachal provides other great hideaways to unwind in the lap of nature.
Try Israeli Food
Apart from being a hippie paradise, Kasol is also a haven for great food, albeit little known. Tucked amidst wilderness, in a remote corner of the world, Kasol is flocked by young Israelis. Hence the name Mini Israel. The influence is clearly visible in the Hebrew inscribed sign boards and abundantly available Israeli food. When in Kasol don’t hunt for fancy. Street side cafes serve excellent food. Eat outdoors if you can. There is no dirt threatening to get into your food in this pristine valley. A view of the immense hills and dark green forests just makes your eating experience that much better. Do try the ‘Turquoise Kasol’ and ‘The Evergreen’ for a taste of Israeli food.