Nestled amidst the adventure-filled Valley of Parvati, Kasol is one of the greatest tourist attractions in India. It is surely the most trending spots for avid travellers and adventure lovers. Every year a lot of youngsters hit this place to experience a plethora of things that stay for a lifetime.
I believe traveling is brutality. It forces us to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. We are constantly off balance. Nothing is ours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky-all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
And to support this statement, a trip to Kasol is one of the most befitting destinations that I’ve ever explored.
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Therefore, here I have listed the 8 Best Things to do in Kasol that will make you braver than ever. So, all the adventure lovers, this article is for you.
Trek to Kheer Ganga
Trek to Kheer Ganga is a complete masterstroke in the journey of all the brave hearts. It had to top the list of ‘8 Best things to do in Kasol’ for a million reason. I found this superbly challenging yet a fun-trip, indeed. The nine km long climb along the lush green hills, through narrow ways and tricky trails, is incredible. The sense of achievement it gives you is sheer magic. Although difficult, it is yet one of the easiest and one of the most daring things to do in Kasol.
This place literally gave the feels of YJHD. Not to mention, this is where some of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani shots have been shot as well. So, all the adventure lovers, what are you waiting for? Relish and rejuvenate the memories of YJHD downtime here.
Tosh & Malana Visit
This small town at the end of Parvati Valley is a blissful place to spend some quality time. Unlike Kasol, it is less crowded and has the essence of European style. Tosh-Malana is just a bus ride away of merely an hour or two from Kasol which I just never miss out. The moment I stepped into this town, its unique cuisines and overly friendly people totally mesmerized me. A lot of Foreigners, as well as Indians, flock here to enjoy its famous organic production.
This place gets extremely cold during winters when you can find plenty of Israeli tourists around.
Camping In Kasol
Camping in Kasol is one of the simplest yet enthusiastic escapades to do. The lush green forests and snow-clad mountains that are surrounded by dense white clouds will totally soothe your eyes. The banks of the whizzing river that flow cutting gorges across the valley is where the camps are generally set. Spending my nights beneath billion stars around this outstanding backdrop was nonetheless heaven on earth.
Also, there are a variety of places to pitch your tents like the Kheerganga, the tosh valley or the Magic Valley. So, fulfill your dreams and cravings of crazy camping downtime here.
Walk along The Parvati River
Unlike the voracious Beas River, the Parvati river displays a blissful atmosphere. While walking into the river, stepping over soft rocks, I could sense the mildly tingling brushing against my skin softly. During the monsoons, the river forms steep gradient here. This leads to rapid flow water which attracts avid travelers for kayaking.
So, if you want to try Kayak, visit here during the monsoons. To get through to the other side of the river, I had to cross a rickety old wooden bridge, which in itself is a thrill to heart. I believe exploring Himachal Pradesh is no doubt, incomplete without this.
Trekking in Kasol
Kasol to me was a solo-trip and it was the first time, infact. However, I didn’t really have much of difficulties here for there were lots of travel guides present. Hence, while trekking in Kasol, you can be as relaxed as ever because these guides are always there to hold your back. There are many hills and valleys here that you can traverse. The trekking was exceptionally wonderful because of the majestic surroundings and peaceful weather.
Hot Spring @ Manikaran
I personally love hot springs and Manikaran’s Hot Spring in Kasol is eccentric in nature. Housing many pilgrimage sites revered by the Sikhs and Hindus, Manikaran is located on the Parvati River. The pilgrims believe that a bath in this river is one of the holiest things to do. When I took my first dip here, I sensed a spiritual and homely essence of experience here. It felt immensely wonderful and the reasons are plenty.
So, if you hit this hot spring, do worship the temples and relax yourselves amidst the lap of mother nature.
Sar Pass Trek
The word ‘Sar’ in the local language translates into ‘Lake’. And when on this trek, you have to pass a lake which is usually frozen while doing it, thus giving it the name of Sar Pass Trek. This trek was moderately difficult for me, but at the same time, it was a thrill of sorts. It was a complete offbeat and unique trek which attracts a large number of Foreigners from worldwide.
While climbing up the ethos of steps, the view of beautiful meadows, streams and green-clad mountains made my jaw drop. But believe me, nothing beats the magnificent view of the quintessential valley, the surrounding ranges once you will reach the tip.