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Things To Do In Kasol
An offbeat tourist destination, Kasol has over the years curved out a niche for itself. Located on the banks of a river surrounded by towering mountains, with dense coniferous and pine trees, Kasol in Himachal Pradesh has the perfect setting for an adventure holiday. It has some beautiful locales for camping as well as trekking. Let us take a look at the plethora of things one can indulge in once in the little hamlet of Kasol.
One thing which you surely cannot miss when in Kasol is camping outside under the clear blue skies. The surrounding hills and river provide the ideal backdrop for camping and there is no dearth of that perfect spot where you can camp. The Tosh Valley, Magic Valley, the perch on top of Kheerganga, banks by the riverside... the tourists are spoilt for choice. The pristine and untouched beauty of the surrounding makes camping a memorable experience in Kasol.
Trekking to Kheerganga
Kheerganga lies at the extreme end of Parvati Valley. A trek to Kheerganga is a 9 km journey, a four-hour long climb on slippery trails. Trek to Kheerganga is one of the most exciting things to do in Kasol. Once you reach the top of Kheerganga, you are treated to mesmerising views of the surroundings. Sit back and enjoy the beauty until it is time to head back.
Exploring Tosh and Malana
Tosh is a small locality at the end of the Parvati Valley with a population of 700 people. A bus ride from Kasol will take you to this quaint little place boasting of scenic beauty. It has strong European influence and a lip-smacking palate that you must try. Another place more than worth the visit is Malana. It is a 5-6 hours trek from Kasol. It is believed that descendants of Alexander the Great reside here. The place is also popular for Malana Cream, which is delicious. The surrounding landscape is breathtakingly beautiful.
Strolling Along Parvati River
River Parvati offers a fascinating view of the Parvati Valley and forests on either side of its banks with the pine trees rising high above. The blissful and pristine surroundings act as a soothing balm to ravaged and worn out souls who come in search of peace. A leisurely walk down the riverside, listening to the prevailing silence, soaking in the nature’s beauty is the recipe for a perfect holiday.
Exploring the Hot Springs of Manikaran Sahib
Manikaran Sahib is a Gurdwara located 6 km from Kasol. It is also the home to some natural hot springs. Bathing in these hot springs and visiting the Gurdwara can also feature in your list of to-do things in Kasol.
Attending PSY Trance Festivals in Kasol
Psychedelic Trance or PSYtrance is a genre of trance music that has garnered a lot of popularity over the years. It has a huge fan following and Kasol has emerged as the capital of PSYtrance in India. It hosts some of the craziest music festivals and those interested must attend one of them to get a taste of this craziness. It has been steadily drawing people each year.
Kasol is considered to be a trek lover’s paradise. There are many hills and valleys offering trekkers with great opportunities, the trails perfect for trekking up and down. With weather staying pleasant during the summers, trekking can be fun and enjoyable. There are a number of trekking providers in Kasol who assist trekkers with the terrain and hence there is nothing you need to worry about. For the colder months, suitable equipments are provided to allow trekkers to move through ice and snow.
Tasting Israeli Food in Kasol
Kasol is abound with hippies and Israeli travellers, a phenomena which has left a deep impact on their cuisine. Food items like Falafel, msabbha, Zatar naan, tahina, Shakshukas etc feature prominently on their menus. While in Kasol you must drop in at Moon Dance Cafe, a German Bakery and try their chocolate brownie, Juices and macaroni. Stone Garden Cafe is popular for their Sheesha and Chicken Lafa. Evergreen Cafe is extremely popular among Israelis and among their must have dishes is the falafel, grilled eggplant and hummus with zatar naan.