Kasol is a hamlet in the district Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, northern India. It is situated in Parvati valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, on the way between Bhuntar and Manikaran.
Kasol is the Himalayan hotspot for backpackers and acts as a base for nearby treks to Malana and Kheerganga. It is called Mini Israel of India due to a high percentage of Israeli tourists here.
Surrounded by hills covered with forests of alpine and coniferous trees, Kasol is the paradise for the lovers of adventure. This place is famous for the hippy culture that is prevalent in almost every corner of the region, and one of the many things people come to witness here. Fishing also happens to be one of the many other famous activities of this place.
7 Things to do in Kasol
1. Shopping in the Street Market
Whenever we hit any new destination, the first thing we think of is what to buy from there so we take it all back as souvenirs of our time there. And believe it right away that Kasol is an amazing place to add some of the best collectibles to add to your house, memories, and even your wardrobe.
When in Kasol, the Street market is the place to go when the shopping bug bites. Collect semi-precious stones, t-shirts, woolens, aromatic oils and sheets, rugs, carpets and much more to add to your pile from Kasol, so when you go back, you will know that there is some part of Kasol still with you.
Also the flea market has everything that a Hippie backpacker is looking for from sweatshirts, patches, harem pants, T-shirts with psychedelic and glow in dark patterns, mixing pouches, chillums and bongs etc. Mind the fact that the Kasol street market has everyting so the bargaining skills might come in real handy !
2. Camping in the Woods
Out of so many amazing activities, one of the sure best things to do in Kasol is to camp in the many amazing places of the Parvati Valley. Green-clad hills with the roaring river passing by at the base make for an amazing backdrop to camp in this beautiful place.
You can camp by a riverside, or camp at the top of Kheerganga, or in the majestic Magic Valley, or even in the beautiful Tosh Valley, there is no shortage of places to pitch your tent for the night as you sleep looking at the most stars you have ever seen in this pristine and untouched heaven of a valley. Kasol is surely the best time to dust your tent and take it out for a ride.
3. Israeli cuisine Feast !
Imagine viewing the beautiful Himalayas and the other snow-capped mountains as you binge eat shakshouka, lemon cakes and other types of exotic Israeli cuisine. There is a reason that Kasol is known as the mini Israel of India.
From the quaint cafes to the loud street food in the area, Kasol offers you a golden chance to dine on amazing food and have a great conversation about the weather. Visit the ‘Turquiose Kasol’ and ‘The Evergreen’ for amazing cuisine that will have you weak in the knees. Enjoy desserts like ‘Hello to the queen’ and ‘Hello to the king’ whilst you are at the Evergreen restaurant and café.
4. Visit Manikaran Sahib
Situated at a distance of about 6 km from Kasol, Manikaran Sahib is a Gurudwara situated right in the middle of the scourging River Beas. It doesn’t matter what religion you are, this is a definite thing to do in Kasol on your trip there. You can take a dip in the hot springs located by the Gurudwara as it is believed to wash away all sins and wrongdoings, according to the locals.
Although the Gurudwara is currently under renovation due to a natural disaster striking its architecture, it is a must visit if you are in Kasol. The ‘Langar’ in this Gurudwara is definitely worth the time you will spend here as it is simply delicious and cooked within the four walls of the holy place.
5. Visit Cafe’s with Magical views of Parvati River
Unlike the loud and voracious water of the Beas River, the Parvati River gives you a mesmerizing view of the lovely Parvati Valley and the neighboring forests on both sides, with pine trees towering high above them. To get through to the other side of the river, you need to cross a rickety old wooden bridge, which in itself is a thrill of sorts.