Kasol is a picturesque destination in the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The place is known for its hippie culture. It is a perfect destination for backpackers and solo travelers. The scenic surroundings, snow-capped mountains, lush greenery, waterfalls, gushing Parvati valley, and landscape vistas.
If you have a couple of days more, then you can visit the nearby beautiful destinations that will leave you speechless by their beauty.
A small beautiful village at a distance of 20km from Kasol offers breathtaking views of the valley. The culture and vibe of the place is unique and hippie. You will smell marijuana all over the surroundings. The scenic vistas and tranquility of the place will make you spend some time in Tosh. The lush meadows and a rich variety of flora & fauna, apple orchards, wooden houses, mixed forests of deodars & rhododendrons make the place more beautiful. Tosh is perched at an elevation of 2,400m on a hill in the Parvati Valley. The best time to visit Tosh is in Winter, as the place receives snowfall and looks extremely beautiful. In summers, the weather remains pleasant and calm.
For FOOD, Most of the places offer different cuisines like European, Italian, and Chinese cuisine. Maggie with a cup of tea with the chilly weather is an amazing thing.
You can reach Tosh by taking a bus from Bhuntar to Kasol or by a one hour hike.
Trekking is one of the main adventure activity that everyone do in the Parvati Valley.
Another picturesque destination located at the far end of the Parvati Valley is also a popular trekking destination among backpackers and travelers. Kheerganga is famous for its hot springs and offers great vistas of the Parvati Valley and the mighty mountains. A trek of 23 km from Kasol will take you to Kheerganga which is at an altitude of 2,960m. According to Hindu Mythology, Kheerganga is an abode to Lord Shiva. Parvati Kund which is situated at the top is a small pond of hot water and locals believes that the water has some sacred healing property. A lot of trekkers and travelers take a dip into the hot water and relax.
The lush greenery rolling on the mountains, under clear skies will make you fall in love with this place. Camping at Kheerganga top is a wonderful experience and something that one desires of.
It is the most-honored and beautiful pilgrimage site in the Parvati Valley which is located 4.5 km from Kasol. Manikaran is perched at an altitude of 1,760m and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The place is famous for its hot springs and pilgrim sites.
Manikaran is a pilgrimage center for Hindus and Sikhs. The sacred area has many temples and a gurudwara. The hot waters are very famous here and there is no sulfur in the springs.
Places to visit in Manikaran are:
- Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara
- Lord Shiva Temple
- Harinder Mountain Pass
- Kulanth Pith
- Lord Ramchandra Temple
You can reach Manikaran by taking a direct bus from Delhi to Kullu. Manikaran is well connected to all the cities of Himachal Pradesh. You can also take your own private bus from Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Lucknow, etc.
The nearest is the Joginder Nagar Railway station which is located 148 km from Manikaran.
Kullu Manali airport is the nearest one to Manikaran. Take a direct flight from Delhi, Chandigarh, and reach Kullu. It is only 36 km from the town of Bhuntar.
A quaint village with serene and tranquil surroundings in the Parvati Valley. Chalal is perched at an elevation of 5,300ft and is located at 4km from Kasol. You can do a 30-minute trek to reach from Kasol. The quaint town is also known as Israel of Himachal Pradesh. The majestic views of snow-capped mountains, dense groves of pines, lush greenery of the valley and tranquility make Chalal a different place.
Chalal is famous for psychedelic and rave parties. It is a paradise for nature lovers and backpackers. Here, nights are more beautiful than the days. Camping under the sky full of stars will be a memorable experience. The best time to visit Chalal is in summer from April to June. You will easily find cheap accommodations in homestays, riverside camps, and hotels.
The food here is quite famous Israeli cuisine like Falafel, hummus, pita bread, etc. There are so many cafes in the village which offer good food. The trek to Chalal from Kasol is the most scenic one alongside the Parvati river and the backdrop of majestic mountains. Chalal also serves as base to Rasol trek.
A small hamlet perched at an altitude of 10,000ft, Rasol is an enchanting place nestled deep in the Parvati valley of the Himalayas. The place offers breathtaking views of the lush green valley, majestic snow-capped mountains, and its charm will leave you awestruck. Rasol is 3km from Kasol and the distance can be covered in 3-4 hours. It is very near to Malana village, which is very famous for Malana cream and hashish. One of the finest hashish you will get in Rasol. There are approximately 75-100 wooden houses and every second person is engaged in the spinning wool activity. Living in wooden houses with Charas farmers will be a unique experience.
Rasol has a hippie and trippy vibe in its surroundings. The place is less crowded and is a famous spot among backpackers. The best time to visit Rasol is in Winter, as the place turns beautiful with the foggy mountains and snow.
These 5 places are must a visit near Kasol. Whenever you plan a trip to Kasol then take time and do visit these beautiful less explored places. A paradise for backpackers and solo travelers.!
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