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Tourist Places To Visit In Kasol
A quaint hill station surrounded with coniferous forests yet abounding with activities, Kasol has become a name to be reckoned with as a tourist destination. Located in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is a stunning burst on the senses. The enchanting landscapes, the adventurous trekking trails, camping under the stars, hotsprings, the lip-smacking Israeli food, Kasol has all the ingredients that make a perfect holiday. Let us look at the tourist places one can visit in and around Kasol during their stay.
Tosh Village is located on the banks of River Tosh at an altitude of 2400 m above sea level. Though situated at the other end of River Parvati, it has become an oft visited destination in Kasol given its charming and pristine surroundings. You can trek up to Tosh from the base of Kheerganga and you are assured of a rather picturesque trekking route. The beauty of Tosh is best appreciated during winter when the whole place gets covered with snow. It is ethereal.
Malana is an untouched beauty tucked away in the lap of the Himalayas. It is culturally cut off from the rest of the country because of the high surrounding peaks like Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani. The inhabitants of Malana village follow and practice their own custom, traditions and rules and believe that they are the descendents of Alexander the Great and of pure Aryan race. They maintain little or no contact with the outside world. But outsiders are pulled towards Malana because of its unadulterated beauty.
One of the most popular trekking routes in Kasol is Kheerganga. A four-hour long trek on slippery trails will take one to the top of Kheerganga. From here one is treated to a fascinating view of the valleys and hills and also has a surprise waiting. A natural hot spring where one can bathe and rejuvenate after the long trek up.
Manikaran Sahib is a Gurdwara located 6 km from Kasol. It is a much revered pilgrimage site among the Sikhs as it is believed to have been visited by Guru Nanak. The peace and serenity of the Gurdwara helps to calm the fraying nerves. It has some natural hot springs where one can bathe and soothe oneself. Eating at the langar is quite an experience.
Located about 60 km Kasol is a secluded place called Tirthan Valley. It has become the recent Instagram obsession as back-packers and travel bloggers have made this their base camp this year. The enchanting views and the surrounding wilderness make Tirthan Valley quite a coveted destination to visit from Kasol. A day’s trip from Kasol, tourists can spend some quality time relaxing, soaking in the beauty or trekking.
80 km from Kasol is one of the most famous destinations of India, Manali. Ideal for a weekend getaway, Manali is a hill station nestled amidst the Himalayas. It offers a plethora of activities for its tourists, from skiing, trekking to paragliding, ice trekking and much more. It has become quite a crowded spot over the years but nevertheless it is always a pleasure visiting the picturesque locales of Manali.
More often than not, the names Kullu and Manali are taken together and hence treated as twin sisters. Kullu is about 50 km from Kasol. It boasts of a number of pleasing sightseeing spots, adventure activities along with some temples and historical places. Tourists remain engaged in Kullu. Trekking and yak safaris are popular in this hill station and one must try each before leaving Kullu.
Chhalal Village is a small hamlet with strong Israeli influences. You must visit the place for a day if you want to see nature at its best and at the same time get a feel of Israeli culture. It boasts of a number of small cafes serving some delicious Israeli dishes that are a real delight. The amazing surroundings with such mouth-watering food is a combination that is hard to resist.