Kasol Tourism, India 2020 (50 Tours & Activities)

When it comes to finding a destination that is beautiful, serene, adventurous and available through the year, in Kasol India has already found its favorite spot to travel to. Kasol shot to fame for a plethora of reasons, the prime being the kind of serene beauty that surrounds the city lying in the Parvati Valley as well as the activities you can do here. This quaint little town in Himachal Pradesh is situated on the banks of the Parvati River and has maintained a level of pristine beauty through the years, the kind that attracts people not just from India, but also from many different corners of the world.

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, is very well known in the travel community for being a haven for backpackers and budget travelers. Replete with experiences that will take away the heart of a lot of travelers, Kasol is more than just a destination. It can easily be proclaimed to be a whole adventure in itself. with a wide number of places to visit in Kasol, it can be called as an ultimate destination. The reason for that is the many adventures that a traveler experiences, be it physical, visual, spiritual, and in some cases, life-changing. Really a small town in the Parvati Valley, Kasol is not just a hotspot for backpacking adventures or a destination set amidst green hills. It is a hub for people looking to just get away from their regular office lives and take to the Himalayas for an experience of a lifetime.

The reason why Kasol is famous amongst such a crowd of travelers is that it caters to everyone. Be it the ones arriving for trekking, camping, rafting, sightseeing, parties, or seeking spiritual awakening, Kasol never disappoints anyone. Starting from the beginning, Kasol is a heaven for the trekking enthusiasts and adventure buffs.

Starting from Kheerganga, Kasol has made this meadow high in the Himalayas their favorite destinations. A 12 km trek that leads through forests of Oak and Rhododendron, trekking on this trail in Parvati Valley is one of the best things to do in Kasol and is one of the favorites too. Beginning from Kasol, the trek passes from Barshaini and Rudra Nag waterfalls, it ends high up on Kheerganga which is a hotspot for campers. Kheerganga is also a location of one of the many hot springs in Kasol with water coming from the earth’s crust naturally warmed up. Popularly known as the Parvati Kund, it is a great spot to relax on top of Kheerganga after a long day of trekking in Kasol. From Kheerganga, the way can either take you back to Kasol or on a majestic detour to the village of Tosh. Nestled in a side valley to the Parvati Valley, and situated in the banks of a small rivulet of the same name, Tosh is an offbeat trekking adventure and a quiet small town. Lesser known and almost uncrowded, the scenes from Tosh of the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas are the best that you can get anywhere in Kasol. Also famous in Tosh are the many small cafes catering to the small tourist crowd that chooses to visit this offbeat green vista of a village.

Another trekking adventure that leads from Kasol is to the secretive village of Malana. The small village in the Himalayas is situated amidst the towering giants of Chanderkhani and Deo Tibba, and is famous for various reasons, the prime one being the self-isolation of the people of the village. This secretive nature, and the fact that Malana is the gateway to the famous Magic Valley is what brings a large crowd of people to take on the trek and pay this majestic little town a visit. The whole experience soothes the eyes and soul of the travelers who take on the Malana and Magic Valley trek and arrive in this green heaven.

And another day hike from Kasol, which is short yet highly adventurous is the trek to Chalal. Situated by the roaring Parvati River in Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, Chalal is also called the Little Amsterdam and for every reason. This place is well-known in the world for the crazy trance and PSYtrance parties that happen here from time to time. But one of the greater reasons for the fame of this tranquil small town is the presence of the River Parvati and the kind of beauty that it brings to the whole place.

And speaking of the River Parvati in Kasol, India, there is no denying the fact that the soothing stream is a landmark of this town in itself. It is the river that created the valley and hence, everything beautiful in Kasol is owed to the presence of Parvati in the region. The sometimes roaring sometimes gurgling river is a great place to just sit back, relax and marvel at the beauty of nature around. Parvati River also makes for a great spot to camp near, on the banks of it, to be precise.

And speaking of camping, Kasol, India has many great spots to enjoy staying out in the lap of nature and under the billions of stars in the night sky that you can see loads and loads of because of the fact that this place is untouched by the modern curses and is still in its pristine state. Some of the best spots for camping in Kasol include the name of Kheerganga. A chance to camp in the meadow seems to be a great option as you will be waking up to one of the best sunrises ever over Kheerganga. Apart from this, Tosh proves to be another great place to set up camp and get an exquisite hilltop view of the entire region as you sit near a bonfire. Malana, in its secluded and cut-off state, is also a gateway to one of the best camping sites in the Himalayas, known as the Magic Valley. And for an offbeat experience of camping amidst towering mountains of the Himalayas and a place where the inhabitants do not keep themselves reserved from talking to outsiders, Grahan will prove to be a great retreat. The trail to Grahan walks beside the river Parvati in Kasol, with the village lying in the midst of towering green hills and a view of the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar range.

Apart from the adventurous face of Kasol, there is also a spiritual side to this town. And one of the greatest spots of religious importance here is Manikaran. The region built around a cluster of natural hot springs, Manikaran is of great religious significance to the Sikhs and Hindus. The Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara is said to belong to the era of the founder of the Belief, the first religious leader of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak. He is believed to have come here with a disciple, and to cook their food for a public kitchen called ‘Langar’, he asked the disciple to remove a stone. From under the stone came a hot spring, which still resides in Manikaran Sahib and is considered very sacred. People from all over come to cook the offerings to their God in these springs before consuming, and even take a dip in these waters to wash off their sins. The piety of this place is of the utmost level for the believers of Sikhs.

Another legend relates the place with the Hindu Gods, Vishnu, and Parvati. Parvati lost a gem or ‘Mani’ in the torrential waters below, and the story that followed gave this place its name, Manikaran. Also, it is believed that Lord Shiva’s legendary anger is what gave birth to the hot springs in the area. With many temples dotting the place all over, Manikaran is a must visit, especially because it falls on the way to Kullu and Manali.

Speaking of these regions in the valley, Kullu and Manali can be called as the cultural capital of the state. With such close proximity to Kasol, the name of the small town is many a time collectively called along with the other two. Their presence nearby has boosted tourism in the area even more. And that has given a speed boost to the emergence of a number of cafes, guesthouses, and homestays in the area, so the tourists arriving here will feel all in their comfort zone, meeting and greeting other like-minded backpackers arriving in this quaint destination from several corners of the country, sometimes even the world.

Kasol tourism has done everything to ensure that when someone arrives in this city, they feel safe and sound, alongside the conquering feeling of adventure and the serene feeling of calm taking over their self. And so a trip to Kasol will sure be the best budget tour with a fulfilling feeling that you will ever take. Read this guide for all the information you will need for motivating and planning a trip to Kasol.

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13 June 2019
Excellent
"It was a wonderful journey and enjoyed a lot and welcome gesture was good and the guides were good"
24 June 2019
Excellent
"One of the experiences, which will always remain in my memories. Kheerganga is a trek which is beautiful, not so tough, tiring but the moment you reach the destination, you forget it all and you feel that you have reached a different realm altogether. I can still feel the fresh air hitting my face up there. anyone who can trek 4-5 hours continuously, please do not miss this place.\nand our trek guide is VICKY a very good person\n"
17 August 2019
Excellent
Highly satisfied with my maiden camping experience at HIM CAFE.. Realy awe-inspiring views around the camp. Decent food to get in a hilly terrain. Pawan-caretaker is too friendly and caring. Tents were clean and safe.. Day 1: Reached the camp by 2.00 pm checked in the tent. Started trek to Tosh village after a Powernap at the tent. Tosh village is too beautiful that it couldnt be penned down. Wittnessed aome melting snow while sunset which is an imsane experience. You can enjoy at cafes at Tosh before your way bck to the camp. Had dinner. Enjoyed Bonfire. Day2: If you are trekker then use this day for an early morning trek to a stunning water falls which is little above the Tosh village. Come back for a sun kissed breakfast. I had Kheerganga in my list so i started to Barshaini which is the starting point of the Kheer ganga trek. So its ideal to stay at Tosh before/after a trek to kheerganga. Amenities at camp: Food Tents Cafe Kitchen Clean washrooms And what not amazing sceneries around. An amazing one day backpacking experience which could carry lot of insane memories. Happy Trekking..
02 August 2019
Excellent
"It was a nice trip, I loved how beautiful that place was"
10 October 2019
Excellent
"The agent Ramesh Sharma was very very good, he was very genuine and helpful and polite.. He helped us keep our luggage safely. The trek is definitely great but our guide was not so helpful but the trail was itself leading to the destination. Our guide left us on our way down and was not seen thereafter.. The lodging and food on kheerganga was quite good. The guide was giving us a twin share small tent but that could be easily wet if it rained, so we asked him to provide us a bigger tent and he did.. Kheerganga is astoundingly beautiful. Must visit.. "
26 March 2020
Excellent
I have been on many treks, some good some bad but in this case, the experience was fantastic. First of all, kudos to the customer service team of Thrillophilia who went out of their way to explain to me each and every detail about Sar Pass Trekking and helped me with a smooth ticket booking experience. The trek was awesome. From food to the guide everything was on point.
16 March 2020
Superb
I always wanted to experience the Sar Pass Trek and Thrillophilia made that happen. Booking tickets for me and my friends from Thrillophilia was a breeze. The tour was amazing and the guide really helped us with a lot of things throughout the trip and never complained. Overall, I must say that the experience was wholesome and if you are an adventurer, you need to visit this trek.
29 February 2020
Excellent
Trip was very good and enjoy full... just issue your transport service not good
25 February 2020
Excellent
"overall good"
16 February 2020
Excellent
Hey hi! I'm Divya. This was my experience with Thrillophilia and it was amazing. They've responded always whenever I needed them. About this trip, firstly Kasol is a very beautiful place and the camp we were staying at is located Riverside, a very beautiful location and the hosts are lovely ppl, very friendly, camp in Kasol. They've taken us on Trek to Chalal .... This is a trek trail that goes along the river up to the village of Chalal. And next day was the Kasol trek. It is the beautiful trek that I've experienced till now ( not that I've climbed many mountains and hills). It was covered all over with snow. The views were amazing.. We had a guide trekker who took us on the trek. Overall it was a wonderful experience!!! Thanks to Thrillophilia, sincerely!!!!

People Also Ask About Kasol

  1. Travel tips

    • Kasol is a cold and a small town in Himachal Pradesh.

    • Carry warm clothes and shoes to protect yourself from the chilling weather.

    • Also wear shoes that have a spiked and rugged heal so you can walk comfortably in the hilly region and enjoy your treks.

    • Bring along with you backpacks filled with energy bars, energy drinks, and travel medicine kit in case of emergencies.

    • This place is also called India’s drug capital as getting high is one of the things people come here for.

    • You can avoid groups and people who look dubious.

    • Malana is a place that is visited by people who love the Bob Marley culture.

    • You get to live in the wooden houses when you visit these tourist places.

    • If you want to attend parties, you can do so at your own risk.

    • Do not buy or possess any kind of recreational drugs as this is sternly dealt by laws.

    • Avoid physical contact of any kind when shopping or trekking in Malana.

    • Tourists are not allowed in the temples of Malana and are considered untouchables.

    • Malana is a village that follows many taboo laws.

  2. Drinking Laws

    Alcohol and hookah is free flowing in Kasol. However, you are not allowed to get drinks or take cartons of drinks along with you outside of Kasol.


  3. What you will like there?

    Outdoor and adventurous activities
    Tourists from all over the world visit Kasol to get a taste of its scenic beauty, its hippie culture and unique history. Most of the houses are made in lumber and wood. The architecture of the villages near Kasol is unique. In Malana, every storey of the building has a name. This is one of the most quintessential places in Himachal Pradesh. You might not find a lot of resorts in this hilly area. 

    Shopping, indoor games, and food
    You can shop for clothes, jewelry, and artifacts that depict the trance and the hippie culture of this area. You can as well style yourself in vibrant clothes this place has to offer. Food is one of the highlights of Kasol. All the cafes and restaurants serve delish food that has exotic taste of Israel and Indian platter.

    Photo blogging
    You can start a travelogue and a Photo journal beginning at this place. The villagers do not mind being photographed and there are no restrictions to taking photographs in and around areas of Kasol. You can capture the vibrant culture at every stage.

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  5. When is the best time to visit Kasol?

    For those of you who are planning to visit Kasol the best time to visit this place is during the month of October to June. You can explore the vivid wilderness of this region during the month of wilderness from March to May. During this time the weather is very pleasant and the temperature varies from 15 - 22 degrees Celsius.

  6. How can I reach Kasol from Delhi?

    • By Road

    Kasol is very well connected by road to the rest of India. There are regular bus servicesavailable you can easily get a bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Kasol which will take around 14 hours.

     

    • By Air

    There There is no direct flight connectivity to Kasol.  Bhuntar airport near Kullu is the nearest airport that connects Kasol with the rest of India. It is located at a distance of 31 km from Kasol and from there you can take a taxi. You can also or you can fly to Gaggal Airport in Dharamsala and from there take the local bus to reach Kasol.

     

    • By Train:

    If you are planning to travel by train then take a train from Delhi to Bhunter. Get down at the Bhunter railway station and from there take a local bus ride or hire a taxi to Kasol. All the roads are well connected to Kasol so you can easily get a ride from the station.

  7. How far is Kasol from Manali? How to reach Kasol from Manali?

    Kasol is located at a distance of 75.2 km from Manali. Kasol is well connected to the rest of India only by well-connected roadways. You can easily take a bus which will take around 2 hours to reach Kasol. Bus fare from Manali to Kasolmay be around Rs.26.

  8. How far is Malana village from Kasol?

    Malana Village is located at a distance of 21.5 km via Manikaran Rd and Malana Valley Rd/Malana Village Rd. If you are travelling by car then you will have to park your vehicle on the road and then trek down from the Malana main road to trek towards Malana village.

  9. How far is Tosh Valley from Kasol? What all things can be done there?

    Tosh Valley is situated at a height of 7,874ft and is located at a distance of 20.1 km from Kasol. Some of the things to do in Tosh Valley are:

     

    • Visit Manikaran Sahib
    • Trek to Kheer Ganga
    • Visit the Fairy Forest
    • Visit the Malana village
    • Spend some time by the Parvati River
    You can also experience, camping tours in Kasol with a trek to Malana Valley!
  10. Which are the best places to visit in Kasol?

    Kasol is a quaint little village which attracts a lot of tourist around the world. Some of the best places to visit in Kasol are:

     

    Tosh valley:This little town tucked in the Himachal offers on-going trekkers truly peaceful scenes and calming scenes. The architecture of wooden houses, with straightforward plans and splendid hues likewise add a considerable measure to the excellence of this unblemished Himalayan town.

     

    Malana Village:Shadowed by the glorious pinnacles of Chandrakhani and Deotibba, Malana is a little village in Himachal that has self-isolated from whatever from rest of the world.  This peaceful area is a visual treat to eyes of the voyagers and a mind mitigating spot to visit in Kasol.

     

    Pin Parvati Pass: This is another beautiful trek which you should explore while you are in kasol. The Pin Parvati Pass trek takes you through a portion of the most elevated pinnacles, getting acclimatized to the environs also become a major requirement for successful completion of the trek.

     

    ManikaranGurudwara: This is another of the best places which you can explore in Kasol. Found scarcely 15 minutes from Kasol, ManikaranGurudwara lies deftly on the banks of Parvati River. It fills in as a noteworthy explorer community for Hindus and Sikhs.

     

    Visit the Naggar Village:Naggar town is one of the lesser known or virgin towns that encompass Kasol. This village is home for a couple of temples, military structures, exhibition halls and gallery making it one among the best Kasol spots to visit. One can tick them all off and make a beeline for investigate the rustic perfection of this town.

     

    Explore the Pulga Village:Pulga is best known for the temple or gurudwara in Parvati valley. The peaceful habitat has surprisingly large number of foreigners visiting the place throughout the year. Soak in the amazing beauty of the region with its peaceful surrounding.

  11. What all things can be done in Kasol?

    While you are at this wonderful destination you might be thinking where which are the best things to start with. Some of the best things to do in Kasol are:

     

    Head out for a camping in the wilderness: Kasol has captivated a great many voyagers till date and it is the unrivaled center point of peacefulness, bona fide customs and social upgrades. Indulge in the savoring trekking expedition to Malana Valley and camp there for the night. Some of the other places for camping in Kasol are: Parvati Woods Camps, Kasol Camps etc.

     

    Go out for Hippie shopping:  The flea market in Kasol is said to have some of the best hippie clothing. T shirts to chillums, mixing bongs and a lot of hiking gear you will find everything here. This flea marlet has it all. All you need to do is just bargain a bit and you will have you desired wear.

     

    Visit Moon Dance Café:A standout amongst the most attractive bistros for voyagers but then another energizing thing to do in Kasol, the Moon dance cafe has an astonishing perspective of the mountains and valleys outside, making for an ideal place for discussions and some astounding photographs of the scene. There are large groups of mouth watering delicacies that you can appreciate here for prices that will make your wallet smile if it could.

     

    Head out for a trek to Kheerganga: Trekking in Kasol is also one of the exciting things to do. Kheer Ganga lies towards the extraordinary end of Parvati valley, and for the most piece of the year, this place will be shrouded in snow and this place will be covered in snow and sparsely covered in other months, still making for a slippery cover and trail for anyone walking or trekking here.

     

    Explore the Tosh Valley: This little town is situated on a hillside above the waterway and a waterfall. It is perfect to attempt long strolls to discover the pretty delights of its mountain scenery. Tosh is more European than Israeli and with a consistent whiff of cannabis in its air. Trekking tough through the forest is a shorter course to achieve Tosh. Taxis are likewise accessible to take you there for a negligible charge of 200 Rupees.

     

    Do some sightseeing at Malana:A 5-6 hours of trekking from Kasol will take you to this curious and excellent town and influence you to go gaga for everything without exception that it is known for, from its landscapes to the people, although reviews have suggested you shouldn’t get too comfortable there, it is still a wonderful place to visit on your way from Kasol.

     

    Try the Israeli Cuisine: From the curious bistros to amazing street food, Kasol offers you a brilliant opportunity to eat on amazing food and have an extraordinary discussion about the climate. Visit the 'TurquioseKasol' and 'The Evergreen' for astounding food that will have you frail in the knees. Appreciate pastries like 'Hi to the ruler' and 'Hi to the lord' while you are at the Evergreen eatery and bistro.

  12. What are the best resorts to stay in Kasol?

    While you are travelling to this one of a kind amazing location you would definitely like to make your stay and enjoyable one. With a number of resorts and hotels Kasol attracts a lot of cutomers around the world. Some of the best resorts in Kasol are:

    • The Hosteller Kasol
    • Panchali Holiday Homes
    • Hotel Sandhya
    • ParvatiKuteer
    • Hotel Devlok International
    • The Himalayan Village
    • Hotel Sun 'N' Wind
    • Hotel Royal Palace Manikaran
  13. Is it safe for a solo female to travel in Kasol?

    Yes, it is safe for solo female travelers to travel in Kasol. During your trip you will find many girl travelers travelling alone. But do keep in mind that you don’t stay put late at the markets at night.

  14. What all things I should carry for Kasol trip?

    If you are planning to travel to Kasol this time there are few essential things which you need to carry with your to make you vacation an amazing and thrilling one. Some of the essential things that you should carry for you Kasol trip are:

    • A backpack rain cover
    • Sleeping bag
    • Mobile
    • Mobile Charger
    • Woolen clothes
    • Trekking Shoes
    • Travel Map
    • Socks
    • Gloves
    • Rain Sheet
    • Comfortable Footwear
    • Hiking Shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Soap
    • Snacks
  15. Is smoking and drinking legal in Kasol?

    Although smoking and drinking is not allowed in public areas. But Kasol is known for the famous Malana Cream. So you can hit the pub for drinking or smoking and you should be at least 21 years old.

  16. What kind of clothing is suitable for Kasol?

    While in Kasol the weather will be a bit cold so it is always advisable to carry some warm clothes like

    • Jacket
    • Pullover
    • T-shirts
    • 2 pair of jeans
    • Track pants
    • Trekking Shoes
  17. What is some other must visit destinations around Kasol?

    After exploring the places in Kasol you would certainly want to know where to visit next. If you are one of those who are looking for some other option nearby Kasol then this might definitely help you. Some of the nearby must visit destinations around Kasol are:

    • Narkanda
    • Kullu
    • Manali
    • Kunzum pass
    • Rohtang pass
    • Mandi
    • Malana
    • Parvati valley
    • Tosh Valley
    • Bhuntar Town
  18. Why Malana Village is famous? What is the difficulty level of Malana Village trek?

    Placed at the Northeast of Kullu, Malanais an ancient village. Laying at an altitude of 9,938 feet above sea level this village is famous as village of Toboos.  Malana is famous for 'Malana cream' which is Cannabisand has high oil content and an intensely fragrant aroma. The difficulty level of this trek is from moderate to difficult. The best time to do this trek is during the month of April - June, October -November.

  19. Can I do trekking at Tosh Valley? How much it will cost me?

    Yes, you can definitely head out for a trek at Tosh Valley. Tosh is situated at a height of 7,874ft and leads to the beautiful Pin Parvati Pass. Tosh Valley will take you through gorgeous meadows and streams leaving you breathless.The average temperature here ranges between 2°C and 7°C and dips below the freezing point in winters. The approximate cost for your trek starts from Rs 2200 per person.

  20. What are some do’s and don’ts in Kasol?

    While you are visiting a new destination there are few things that you need to keep in mind. Kasol is a quaint little town away from the hustle and bustle of daily city life. The way of living of the people may be a bit different from what we follow usually. So here are a few do’s and don’ts in Kasol which you need to follow. 

    Some of the do’s and don’ts in Kasol are:

     

    Do's

     

    • Explore new varieties of pahadi cuisine.
    • Learn about the local culture.

     

    • Visit the local markets.
    • Meet the local people.
    • Head out for a meditation
    • Make new friends.
    • Always ask permission before clicking pictures.

     

    Don'ts -

     

    • Don't wander around after 12 AM till 6 AM as the woods and the forest get dangerous.
    • Don’t meet too many random person and ask aboutstuffs
    • Don't buy too much of stuff or you might get a seize bounty on you.
    • If you spot some international tourists, be friendly but don't get caught in raves.
    • Carry your medicines along with you and take your meds on time as you are on a different altitude.
    • Don't keep all valuables in one place. Rather don't carry too much flashy items or accessories. One camera one phone would be enough or just a phone that works
    • Don't do on the spot room bookings at night. Prices triple up. If possible pre book.
  21. What are some famous music festivals happen in Kasol?

    Kasol is known as a Psychedelic Party Village. There are a lot of music festivals which are held here and draw in a lot of crowd around the world. Each of this music festivals are unique and have their own essence. So while you are at this destination you definitely need to know about the music festivals happening here. Some of the famous music festivals which are held in Kasol are:

     

    • Himalayan Music Festival
    • Indrasan Festival
    • Parvati Peaking
    • Hill Top Festival
    • Shiva Squad
    • Arudra Festival