Sanchayan Chakraborty from Kolkata shares his travel experience to Kasol with us.
State: Himachal Pradesh
Best time for travel: Oct-June
Known for its Israeli inhabitants, Parvati river, trekking base-camp and Malana, Kasol is bestowed with all of nature’s blessings. 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 will give you an experience like no other. Being called the Israel of India, Kasol is filled with a mixture of India and Israeli culture that is worth a visit.
How to reach Kasol
By air: Almost 31 Kms away, Bhuntar Airport located near Kullu is the nearest airport to the village. It is connected to three cities Delhi, Pathankot and Shimla. You can hire local cabs or private vehicles from there to reach Kasol.
By road:The HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) runs regular buses from neighbouring states of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. In the state itself they run to and fro from cities of pathankot, Shimla, Kangra, Solan and Dharamsala.
By train: Pathankot serves as the nearest railhead at a distance of almost 150 Km, while Chandigarh about 310 Km away is another option you can opt for. Taxis or private vehicles can be hired from here as well to reach Kasol.
Best places to visit in Kasol:
- Malana Village: Also referred to as the ‘little Greece of India’, this serene location is a treat to the eyes and a mind soothing place to visit in Kasol. Malana is a small hamlet in Himachal that has self-isolated itself from the rest of the world. You can trek to this destination and explore the tranquillity of the place yourself.
- Tirthan Valley: A 60 kilometres drive from Kasol takes you to this secluded heaven amidst the wild, called Tirthan valley. Tirthan valley is surely one of the best one-day getaway from Kasol and is a must visit to everybody that hit the land of Himachal.
- Parvati River: River Parvati is one of the major attractions in Kasol for sightseeing and enjoying nature.
- Tosh Village: Tosh is a green treat to the tourists that visit the place. The best way to get to this village is by trekking up the hill and witnessing the unreal amaze of this small township in Kasol.
- Kheer Ganga Peak: Kheer Ganga is one of the easiest treks and also considered as the most joyous one. It is about 9 kilometres long and passes through easy trails that lead to the uphill.
Indulge in Israeli Food at the Best Cafes in Kasol
The hippie village offers you abundant options from Israeli, Italian, Chinese and Indian cuisines. Some of the popular cafes in the region are:
1. Stone Garden Café
2. Freedom Café
3. Jim Morrison Café
4. Shiva Shanti Café
5. The Evergreen Café
*Photographs by Sanchayan Chakraborty