North India’s mini Israel, Kasol is still a dream for thousands of travelers. The small yet famous village is in Parvati Valley, is known for its Israeli inhabitants. The Parvati Valley is also one of the most beautiful valleys in the Great Himalayas and one can see the coniferous forest, crystal clear water streams, snowfall, glaciers, heavy fog, and the Parvati River.
My trip to Kasol was an unplanned travel. Yet, I made the best memories as like my all other journeys. I found myself so happy and overwhelmed as I was approached by locals with almost every type of drug as soon as I deboarded the bus. 😀 😀
PS: Kasol is infamous for Drugs.
The word Kasol is well known among the travelers, therefore, you’ll find it written in front of the lodges and campsites even before 3-4kms from the actual village but the bus will drop you in the main market of Kasol Village.
The freezing turbulent Parvati River is the main attraction there. If you didn’t dive in that cold water, your trip will not be worth. I dare you it’ll freeze you.
I pitched my tent near to a newly constructed hostel in Chojh Village which was just 20mnts trekking away from Kasol Village. Like other villages of the region, this village was also nestled amidst the wilderness and far away from the typical tourist crowd that I enjoyed.
I didn’t find any camping site in Kasol but in Chojh there are many sites. These camping sites light up in dark with loads of colorful small LED bulbs.
What to Do
- Pin Parvati Trek
- Kheerganga Trek
- Sarpas Trek
- Dive in Parvati River (dangerous, do with a professional)
- Walk alongside River up to Manikaran Sahib
- Explore nearest villages like Chojh etc
- A day trip to Tosh, Malana and Rasol
Where is this VILLAGE
Kasol is located on the main road which connects Manikaran to Bhunter. It is just 4 km before Manikaran Gurudwara. The road conditions are good so you can drive your own vehicle or take the taxi or public transport from Bhuntar.
Where to STAY
Where to EAT
When to GO
Kasol is all season destination but in monsoon, the Parvati river crosses the warning level which may lead to an accident so please avoid. Few landslides have also been reported there in July Aug time.
The Travelography’s Tips
Kasol is famous among the travelers for cheap drugs and rave parties but I’d not suggest you go for that until you’re accompanied by your friend. The food is slightly expensive, I paid INR 70 for just one egg omelet so try to cook your own food in case if you’re planning for the longer stay. The hostels and lodges in the main market are expensive.
Located in lap of mighty Himalayas, weather temperature in Kasol gets too cold in night so pack your rucksack accordingly.