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I am going to ask you a few things, raise your hands if you feel the same. Do you want to escape from the daily city blues? Any nature buff out there who are looking for a place to soak in nature? Looking for a getaway with your friends for a couple of days? Want to meet new people or maybe want to enhance your cross-cultural understanding? Also read:

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If you agree to any of these things, I have a perfect escape plan for you. Move to nature’s one of the best creations or I should say a happy place for a small and satisfying vacation. Kasol definitely has a solution to all your stress and daily hassle.

Kasol

 This small Himalayan village comes with a number of things to do that includes hiking, trekking, shopping and what not. Surely the fastest growing hub for backpackers, trekkers, and nature lovers, the place can take all your worries and let you feel that ‘this is the moment I was looking for’. Check out this perfect travel guide to Kasol, so that you already know a bit what are you going to take from this place.

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Things to do in Kasol

There are a number of things and activities you can try out when in Kasol according to the number of days you want to spend there. Check out the list of things to do in Kasol and enjoy your trip in the best way possible.

Hiking and Trekking

There’s nothing calm and serene than walking along the lush greenery. Kasol allows you to explore a number of things and places and the best one, which is also the frequently-visited one, is the KheerGanga Trek. Though this 9km and 4-6 hour trek is quite difficult due to the steep climbing through narrow and tricky trails still it is considered one of the easiest treks to do from Kasol. Tosh Village is the best camp out there and the breathtaking vistas of nature are totally able to leave you spellbound. However, there are a few other famous treks you should definitely try like Sar Pass Trek and Pin Parvati Trek to enhance your experience.

Hiking and Trekking

Before I jump to my next section, tell me.

Do you know? Why this place is often referred to as ‘Mini Israel”? Well, for those who don’t know, Kasol was just a bus stop till the early 90s. It evolved as a place for backpackers in 2014 when a huge number of travelers from all around the world came to traversed unexplored hills and found this beautiful hill station with low population and fantastic weather all around the year. This tiny mystical village gained its significance ever since Israeli natives started dominating the place. Now, here’s my next thing to do in Kasol.

Tempting Israeli Cuisine

Since the place is dominated by a big number of Israelis, it becomes a must-thing to try out their authentic and different cuisines at the restaurants out there. And as you walk miles and miles in order to explore this beautiful town, your stomach becomes more and more demanding. So, do not let your belly to wait anymore and just grab a bowl of Shakshuka, or mouth-watering Bureka or maybe a lemon cake. Not just this, you can even try on German, Italian, Indian, and Nepalese cuisines at the Moon Dance Café or German Bakery to please your taste buds with some luscious dishes.

Israeli Cuisine

Try out some Adventurous Activities

Make sure you save up some of your time for indulging yourself in a few adventurous activities in Kasol. Now, when you know that you have to trek to reach anywhere in and around Kasol, this is your first activity because trekking is no less than an adventure. Then you can enjoy camping and bonfire with your companion or group on the overhead villages. Try out fishing in the Naggar village and if you’re a true biker at heart, try out biking and mountaineering in Manali. Fly like a bird (paragliding) and witness some top-notch spectacular views. Just remember that traveling to a new place not only means seeing those picturesque hills and mountains, it about those adventures and small experiences that make your trip worth it.

Bike Adventure, Kasol

Places to Visit around Kasol

Check out the list below and explore more about some picture perfect places around Kasol.

Manikaran

I’ll be starting with my favorite destination, which is a sacred place for both Hindu and Sikhs. Well, the place is mere 4km away from Kasol where you can reach hiking or riding, according to your convenience. This sacred place of faith and God can surely cast spirituality over the mind and soul of all the tourists as well as the devotees. In addition to that, both Hindus and Sikhs have distinct beliefs when it comes to Manikaran Sahib. Hindus say that when the wife of Lord Shiva dropped an earring near the place that very incident led to the rise of hot spring in Manikaran. While Sikhs believe that when Guru Nanak Dev Ji came there with around 1500 disciples and in the urge of having something to eat, Guruji lifted a stone and the hot spring came out, where they cooked the food.

Manikaran

Challal

Here comes a small village near Kasol, a place where you can easily trek to or casually walk by in just 30 minutes. And if you’re the one interested in psychedelic parties, you cannot miss the place deep into the wood anyhow. Show your presence there during the music festivals and break a leg at the parties hosted by the top-class DJs. And that’s not it, the place is also famous for its hash. Get some for your after parties even in your home town.

Challal

Tosh

Push yourself a little more and get ready to try something challenging because we are heading towards Tosh trek. The trek is located at an altitude of 2400 ft and allows you to experience the best of the place on your way from Kasol to Tosh and back. You can try out a number of things until you reach this magnificent land. Also, the place is the heart for the people of the east and west who are on their way to connect with nature. Talking about the stay and accommodation, places are really easy to find and stay in. Though Maggie and tea are the souls of the place, there are number of cafe where you try out different cuisines. The best season to be a guest of Tosh is from April to October.

Tosh

Rasol

If you’re more of, “I want more peace and fewer people around me while traveling”, Rasol is the best option you can travel to. The place is situated at a height of 3048m, above the rushing sea, and of course, in the mountain range of the Great Himalayas. The journey to Rasol will take around 3-4 hours and you need to start it from Kasol only, then you can stop at Chalal to have some tempting food and then head towards Rasol to be amidst this little meditative land. March to October is the best time to visit this place and experience the most exciting trekking expeditions.

Rasol

Best time to Visit Kasol

This wonderful village, situated on the Parvati Valley has pleasant atmospheric conditions throughout the year, but the best time to drop by is during the months of October to June. The temperature generally switches between 15 to 22ᵒ C during these months when the climate remains amazingly cool.

How to reach Kasol

Reaching the place is really accessible. You can select the mode according to your convenience. Here’s how you can reach the place.

By Air: The nearest airport is the Bhuntar Airport that is situated near Kullu and is around 31km away from Kasol.

By Train: Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Kasol and is nearly 144km away from the village of Kasol. You can hire a cab or taxi from the station to reach your destination.

By Road: Well, booking tickets for a bus that takes you directly to Kasol is not possible. You need to change your bus or take a taxi from Bhuntar to get down at your destination.

So, this was all about your happy place. I just gave you a rough idea in order to build your excitement. Show your presence and feel the real fun and adventure out there.

Step into your trekking shoes, put on your jacket, and get your trekking pole because we are going to keep ourselves away from the monotonous and chaotic city life for a few days. Yes, you heard that right. There’s nothing better than be in the lap of Mother Earth’s best landscapes and Kasol is definitely one of the best getaways that work as an amazing stress-buster. Parvati Valley is undoubtedly the best place in Himachal and right there come to the most popular trek of the country, KheerGanga Trek. This fabled hash land is known for its scenic beauty, hypnotic mountains, and overnight camping with your loved ones.  

Well, wandering around in Himachal is quite easy and you’ll even find everything well-organized but the real test starts when it comes to reaching KheerGanga. One needs to do a little preparation and planning prior leaving for the trek and I’ll be helping you out in the same. To make things simpler, let’s break down the venture into two phases:

Make it to Bhuntar: For reaching Bhuntar one can have access to the Volvo Bus Services from Majnu ka Tila or R.K. Ashram Metro Station in Delhi. All the buses leave from Delhi post 6 pm and will help you reach Buntar at around 5 or 7 am in the morning. Nearest railhead, Pathankot is 150 km. If possible, make sure you travel by the Delhi-Chandigarh-Mandi-Bhuntar route.

Make it to Barshaini: This one is a small town with limited staying options, a taxi stand, wine shop, and basic dhabas. Though one can have access to the local bus from Bhuntar but you can even hire a private taxi that might cost you around Rs. 900-1,000.

If you’re not short of time, try to avoid a cab and take a bus from Bhuntar to Manikaran, which is 36 km in total and will take 90 minutes to reach. From Manikaran to Barshaini it is 18 km that will take another 40 minutes to reach. Well, you can even opt for a shared cab from Manikaran that might cost you from Rs.75-100/per person in case, you don’t have much time. Do not forget that last bus from Barshaini to Bhuntar is at 5 pm.

Trekking Routes to KheerGanga

There are 3 different routes from Barshaini to KheerGanga and the trekking distance from any of the route is around 9-10 km.

First: You can walk to the bridge after Barshaini and then make a left turn. Check out or ask any local the way to Nakthan Village and KheerGanga. This one is the easiest and most considerable route that will take around 3-4 hours for a person with average trekking speed. The most famous route falls on the left side of the Parvati River.

 Second: This one is known as the Kalga route. From the bridge, you need to take a right to hike up and reach the Kalga village. Though it is somewhat a different route to your destination but don’t worry it joins the key route halfway on the trek. The best part about this route is that it passes through the dense forests and a few trekkers opt for this route.

Third: The last trekking route for KheerGanga is from Tosh Village. An interesting thing about this path is that it joins the first route near the village of Nakthan. Usually, the route is preferred by those who wish to stay in Tosh village for the night and start trekking the next morning. Also, the Tosh River flows by near Tosh Village, which later joins the Parvati River near Pulga.

Hey, I took the second route while trekking to KheerGanga and believe me I had the best experience there. So, forget about everything and let your camera do the talking.