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How To Reach Kasol
Situated on the banks on River Parvati between Bhuntar and Manikaran, Kasol is small village in the state of Himachal Pradesh. A beautiful tourist destination and backpacking hotspot, Kasol is inhabited by locals and a fair number of Israelis. Boasting of a strong Jewish heritage, one finds significant Jewish influences in the region. It is also referred to as ‘Little Amsterdam’ as it has large number of hippies from everywhere. A hamlet, flanked by hills and river and Hebrew cafes all around with remnants of Jewish history, Kasol is an interesting place that needs to be explored. To know how to reach Kasol in detail, read on.
Kasol is a small village with no airport and hence has no direct flights connecting it with the rest of the country. The nearest airport is the Bhuntar Airport near Kullu located about 31 km from Kasol. Flights connect Bhuntar with three neighbouring cities namely, Shimla, Delhi and Pathankot. These cities are fairly well connected with the rest of the country. From Bhuntar Airport tourists can hire cabs to reach Kasol.
Kasol is not connected by rail networks with the neighbouring regions. The nearest railhead is Pathankot located at a distance of 150 km from Kasol. Trains like Andaman Express, Sarvodaya Express, Himsagar Express and Ten Jammu Express connects Pathankot with some major cities. Apart from the latter, tourists can also use Chandigarh Railway Station to reach Kasol which is 310 km away. From the stations tourists can hire cabs to reach Kasol.
Given its altitude, Kasol is connected with neighbouring regions not by air or by rail but by a well developed network of roadways. Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses between Kasol and states of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. Within Himachal Pradesh, the buses connect Kasol with some major tourist destinations like Solan, Dharamsala, Kangra and Shimla. Private carriers also operate regular bus services to and from Kasol.
Getting By in Kasol
For moving around in Kasol and exploring the area, walking is considered the best option. However, for anyone travelling to Manikaran or Malana, state buses and local taxis are available.