Kasol is a delightfully dreamy little town nestled along the gurgling River Parbati. This small picture-perfect hamlet is surrounded by dense Pine, Fir and Oak forests. Due to its proximity from Kullu and Manali, many visit Kasol and Manikaran as a day trip. But such short visits cannot do justice to this enchanting valley. Rather to experience the real charm of this little piece of haven, it is recommended that nature lovers should spend at least 2 or 3 days exploring Kasol and its surrounding valleys.
First of all Kasol looks straight out of a picture postcard. It offers the perfect destination to relax in the lap of nature with the sparkling Parbati river keeping you company all along. There are numerous guest houses, home stays and small hotels in Kasol, some lined along the river with lovely river side restaurants for a romantic holiday away from the crowds.
For the more adventurous, Kasol serves as a good base for exploring the other areas of Parvati Valley like Tosh, Pulga. One can also venture on overnight treks to the hot springs of Kheer-Ganga which of late has been rapidly gaining popularity. Lord Shiva is said to have meditated at Kheer Ganga for 2000 yrs.
Above all shopping enthusiasts will love the walk down the quaint market area in Kasol. The narrow lanes are dotted with shops selling colourful woollens, locally styled coats and hordes of jewellery, wooden and metal knick- knacks. It is quite an enchanting experience. The German Bakery is a popular eating place and the small sit out welcomes you with heavenly smells of freshly baked goodies. Crepes are also available at a stall near the entrance. The area is dotted with guest houses and small restaurants. This area gets moderate to heavy snow in winter hence the market is shut down during the colder months from November to March.
Things To Do
* Laze around the riverside and revel in the lap of nature.
* In addition spend the morning walking across the bridge and hiking along the river lined by pine forests.
* Furthermore the fit can climb down the side slopes near the hanging bridge and go to the hot springs. Steam pours out of the rocky surfaces and the water is quite scaldingly hot.
* Indulge in Adventure activities like river crossing which is conducted at the camp site along the Parbati River a little ahead of the market towards Manikaran.
* Spend the afternoon or evening browsing around and shopping at the local market.
* Try the delicious cakes, pies and breads at the local bakeries with steaming cups of coffee.
* Drive to Manikaran (4 kms) and visit the famous Gurudwara. Local buses also ply to Manikaran.
* Drive or hire a cab to Tosh, walk up to the village and hang out at the small dhabas. Enjoy breath-taking views of the snow-capped Himalayas while tucking in amazing sandwiches, pasta and hot cuppa’s.
Accomodation in Kasol:
Alpine Guest House: Is a good option to stay with basic comfortable rooms and a small restaurant overlooking the Parbati river. Phone: (Mrs. Mukherjee) +91-1902-273710/ +91-9418400328/ +91-09816271067.
The Himalayan Village: Luxury stay on the outskirts of Kasol.
Hotel Sandhya: A budget and luxury stay located a little ahead of the market. Phone: +91-1902-265662/ 265762/ +91-9218525595/ +91-9218525695.
Sun and Wind Hotel: Phone +91-1902-265651/ +91-9816499561.
Hotel Devlok International
German Bakery: Try the apple pie, cinnamon rolls, brownies. Its next to the Moon Dance Cafe.
Little Italy restaurant: most noteworthy for pizzas, pastas and sizzler. It is located on the first floor overlooking the main road in Kasol. Indian and Punjabi cuisine served is also good.
Moon dance Cafe
Distances from Kasol
Kullu (37 kms, 1 hour 15 mins.): Kullu – Bhuntar road – Turn left from bridge onto Manikaran road – Kasol.
Manali (75kms, 2 hours): Manali – Kullu bypass – Manikaran Road – Kasol.
Manikaran (4kms, 10 mins.)
Shoja (87kms, 3.5 Hours): Shoja – Jibhi – Banjar – Larji – Aut – Bhuntar – Manikaran Road – Kasol.
Delhi (529kms, 12 Hours): Delhi (NH1) – Ambala (218 kms; 4 hrs) – Take the Chandigarh bypass – Kharar – Ropar – Kiratpur (Turn right, 320 kms; 6 hrs) – Swarghat – Bilaspur (374 kms; 7.5 Hrs) – Sundernagar – Ner Chowk – Mandi (439 kms; 9 Hrs) – Pandoh (457 kms; 9.5Hrs) – Aut (479 kms; 10 Hrs) – Bhuntar – Manikaran Road – Kasol.
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