Kasol, in Himachal Pradesh is a picturesque and idyllic village situated on the banks of the Parvati River. At an altitude of about 5200 feet above sea level, Kasol is the last word in natural beauty. Many decades ago, a group of young Israeli back-packers happened to visit Kasol. They fell in love with the undisturbed beauty, friendly locals and the peacefulness of Kasol. They stayed much longer than intended. They returned to Israel and soon the word of a magical and mystical place that is out of this world spread. Over the years droves of tourists from Israel started coming. Some of them set up cafes and guest houses. Kasol became known as ‘Mini-Israel’.
Kasol is also well known for its amazing trekking trails, camping opportunities and mind blowing music festivals including the Kasol Music Festival on New Year’s Eve, Indrasan festival in May, and Summer Hills festival in June.
The Parvati River flows through the village and is a perfect place to sit by its banks and just watch the thundering river flowing furiously. There are a number of places in Kasol and at short distances that are worth visiting. (Distances are from Kasol)
Places to visit & Things to do in Kasol
Challal Village (1.2 km)
This is a quaint village near Kasol that has managed to retain its old world charm and tradition. Stunning views of the mountains all around can be seen from here.
Evergreen Cafe (0.4 km)
Evergreen Cafe is one of the more popular cafes in Kasol offering multi-cuisine fare with amazing views of the valley and mountains. It is a fun place to hang out and listen to cool music.
Rasol Village is a quaint old fashioned village of about 100 houses. It can be reached by a walk of 2 km. The trail to Rasol takes you through forested areas and nothing to disturb the peace and tranquility.
Kheerganga (22 km)
Kheerganga is a small village with an ancient Shiva temple and delightful views of the panorama all around. There is a hot water spring that is said to have curative properties.
Manikaran (4 km)
Manikaran is yet another idyllic place high in the mountains. There are three hot water springs with high sulphur content and are said to be beneficial. There is a Gurudwara situated on the banks of the Parvati River which is a major pilgrimage for Sikhs.
Jim Morrison Cafe (0.8 km)
This is a haven for lovers of music and a place where you can hangout for hours and not spend much. Named after the legendary rock musician, the cafe has indoor and outdoor seating arrangements.
Stone Garden Cafe (0.1 km)
Frequented mainly by foreigners, this cafe has lively music playing, Israeli cuisine and amazing wall decor.
Pin Parvati Pass (16 km)
This is a challenging trek from Kasol but once completed will leave you spellbound with the amazing views of the Himalayas. Most of the route goes through forested areas and is an exhilarating trek. Not for the faint-hearted.
Buddha Place (0.1 km)
Yet another hangout in Kasol – with music, maggi and tea. Buddha Place is one of the favourite trademark cafes of the village. Lively atmosphere and great views add to your enjoyment.
Flea Market (0.3 km)
The flea market in Kasol is a place where you can pick up amazing and unexpected goodies. Trinkets, artificial jewellery, semi-precious stones, shoes, caps and clothes are some of the items you will find on sale here.
Shiva Temple – Manikaran (4 km)
This is an ancient temple that survived the 1905 earthquake with minor damage. It is believed Lord Shiv and Mata Parvati spent 11,000 years at this spot. There is a hot water spring nearby.
Besides these places, there are many more worth visiting. A few days in Kasol will be a cherished experience. You will want to go back, whenever you can – for a few days of peace and recharging in the lap of incredible natural beauty.
The nearest airport is in Bhuntar, about 30 km away. Buses and Taxis are available on a regular basis from Manali, Kullu and other locations.
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