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8 Things to Do in Kasol

 
  • 8 Things to Do in Kasol

    A landscape worth a million thoughts and speechless moments spent admiring the rivers and mountains, Kasol is a village located in the gorgeous Parvati Valley, nestled safely between the shielding mountains of Himachal Pradesh. You can spot this lovely piece of paradise 42 km east of Kullu, set at a height of 1640 metres.

    Acclaimed to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Kasol has been emerging rapidly as one of the most exciting hubs for backpackers, trekkers and for anyone who loves the snow, mountains, rapids and a budget paradise!

    For the avid traveler, Kasol holds many hidden treasures you can explore and delight in and fill up your itinerary for at least a month! The one million things to do in Kasol will not only show you a side to India that you would have never seen before, but also broadens your wanderlust to explore more of all that this hamlet in the hills can offer..

    Here are a few things you can do when you're in Kasol: 

  • 01Visit Manikaran Sahib

    Image Credit : Lava

    Situated at a distance of about 6 kms 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. 

  • 02Visit Manikaran Sahib

    Image Credit : Lava

    Situated at a distance of about 6 kms 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. 

  • 03Walk along the 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 neighbouring forests on both sides, with pine trees towering high above them. During the monsoon seasons, the waters here lead to a steep gradient from where the water gushes rapidly to form rapids that would send any avid rafter and water sports enthusiast running for his kayak.

    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. Enjoy the sights of this beautiful aquatic pride of Himachal Pradesh as you relax on one of the high boulders on the banks of the river and simply take in the views. 

  • 04Walk along the 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 neighbouring forests on both sides, with pine trees towering high above them. During the monsoon seasons, the waters here lead to a steep gradient from where the water gushes rapidly to form rapids that would send any avid rafter and water sports enthusiast running for his kayak.

    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. Enjoy the sights of this beautiful aquatic pride of Himachal Pradesh as you relax on one of the high boulders on the banks of the river and simply take in the views. 

  • 05Head out to Tosh and Malana

    The smaller version of Kasol, Tosh is a quaint and small locality with a population of a mere 700 people. Unlike Kasol, this small community has a more European influence and is the last place at the end of Parvati Valley. A mere bus ride away, you must pay a visit to Tosh for the beautiful scenery and to tick off your list of things to do in Kasol. The good food and the unique set of people you will get to meet on your travels here will give you memories for a lifetime! 

    There are several foreigners who visit Tosh for its famous produce that has had several people flocking here to have a really good time. This hamlet is extremely cold during the winters and is known for their sudden influx of Israeli and European tourists. If you are looking for something different in the things to do in Kasol, then you should head here.

    The other amazing place, Malana is a village few have ventured to, but many have dared to see as well. This is because the place is believed to house descendants of Alexander the Great himself and of course, the world renowned Malana Cream. A 5-6 hours of trekking from Kasol will take you to this quaint and beautiful village and make you fall in love with anything and everything 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. 

  • 06Head out to Tosh and Malana

    The smaller version of Kasol, Tosh is a quaint and small locality with a population of a mere 700 people. Unlike Kasol, this small community has a more European influence and is the last place at the end of Parvati Valley. A mere bus ride away, you must pay a visit to Tosh for the beautiful scenery and to tick off your list of things to do in Kasol. The good food and the unique set of people you will get to meet on your travels here will give you memories for a lifetime! 

    There are several foreigners who visit Tosh for its famous produce that has had several people flocking here to have a really good time. This hamlet is extremely cold during the winters and is known for their sudden influx of Israeli and European tourists. If you are looking for something different in the things to do in Kasol, then you should head here.

    The other amazing place, Malana is a village few have ventured to, but many have dared to see as well. This is because the place is believed to house descendants of Alexander the Great himself and of course, the world renowned Malana Cream. A 5-6 hours of trekking from Kasol will take you to this quaint and beautiful village and make you fall in love with anything and everything 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. 

  • 07Binge on Israeli Cuisine

    Imagine viewing the beautiful Himalayas and the other snow capped mountains as you binge eat shakshoukas, 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. 

  • 08Binge on Israeli Cuisine

    Imagine viewing the beautiful Himalayas and the other snow capped mountains as you binge eat shakshoukas, 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. 

  • 09Trekking in Kasol

    Image Credit : Chandramohan B V
    There are treks and tour providers in Kasol who will guide you and take you up the terrains of the Parvati Valley during the operative months, making this activity one of the most fun things to do in Kasol. There are many hills and valleys here that you can traverse and you will find yourself exceptionally enjoying the climb as the weather is almost always pleasant and during the cold winters, you will be given the right equipment to guide you through the ice and snow

    The Parvati Valley trek has gained popularity over the past few years among both the domestic as well as the international crowd and there have been a vast influx of tourists resorting to trekking over simply relaxing by the cafes and villages of Kasol. The hills around Manikaran have teemed to be popular among the different trekking enthusiasts out there and in the past, become very popular too.
  • 10Trekking in Kasol

    Image Credit : Chandramohan B V
    There are treks and tour providers in Kasol who will guide you and take you up the terrains of the Parvati Valley during the operative months, making this activity one of the most fun things to do in Kasol. There are many hills and valleys here that you can traverse and you will find yourself exceptionally enjoying the climb as the weather is almost always pleasant and during the cold winters, you will be given the right equipment to guide you through the ice and snow

    The Parvati Valley trek has gained popularity over the past few years among both the domestic as well as the international crowd and there have been a vast influx of tourists resorting to trekking over simply relaxing by the cafes and villages of Kasol. The hills around Manikaran have teemed to be popular among the different trekking enthusiasts out there and in the past, become very popular too.
  • 11Go shopping on the streets of Kasol

    Street shopping adds to that extra bit of fun when you go looking for things to do in Kasol. There are many places you can go in Kasol and shop for those goodies that you will not get anywhere else. The flea market of Kasauli sells trinkets, toys, ornaments and they also have their own collection of precious stones as well.

    For those who are big fans of Bob Marley or those who are avid worshippers or devotees to the lord Shiva (both are famous for common reasons), then these markets sell some of the most amazing Tee shirts and apparel that you can take back for your friends in the city. This is also one of the best places from where you can get cheap yet beautiful winter clothing.
  • 12Go shopping on the streets of Kasol

    Street shopping adds to that extra bit of fun when you go looking for things to do in Kasol. There are many places you can go in Kasol and shop for those goodies that you will not get anywhere else. The flea market of Kasauli sells trinkets, toys, ornaments and they also have their own collection of precious stones as well.

    For those who are big fans of Bob Marley or those who are avid worshippers or devotees to the lord Shiva (both are famous for common reasons), then these markets sell some of the most amazing Tee shirts and apparel that you can take back for your friends in the city. This is also one of the best places from where you can get cheap yet beautiful winter clothing.
  • 13Visit Moon Dance Café

    One of the most desirable cafes for tourists and yet another exciting thing to do in Kasol, the Moon dance café has an amazing view of the mountains and valleys outside, making for a perfect place for conversations and some amazing photos of the landscape. There are a host of mouth watering delicacies that you can enjoy here and for prices that will make your wallet smile if it could.

    Enjoy their excellent breakfast menu of fresh bread rolls, scrambled eggs and a host of other mouth watering dishes that will have any foodaholic swooning. Moon Dance Café in Kasol has been a local favourite bakery for its delectable food and many have lauded the cafes service and cuisine as well. Guaranteed there may be better cafes, but Moon Dance is a must visit if you are in the mood for a brunch or a late breakfast with the hills.
  • 14Visit Moon Dance Café

    One of the most desirable cafes for tourists and yet another exciting thing to do in Kasol, the Moon dance café has an amazing view of the mountains and valleys outside, making for a perfect place for conversations and some amazing photos of the landscape. There are a host of mouth watering delicacies that you can enjoy here and for prices that will make your wallet smile if it could.

    Enjoy their excellent breakfast menu of fresh bread rolls, scrambled eggs and a host of other mouth watering dishes that will have any foodaholic swooning. Moon Dance Café in Kasol has been a local favourite bakery for its delectable food and many have lauded the cafes service and cuisine as well. Guaranteed there may be better cafes, but Moon Dance is a must visit if you are in the mood for a brunch or a late breakfast with the hills.
  • 15Trek to Kheer Ganga

    Image Credit : Arun Ganesh

    The trek to this vast blanket of emerald green hills is a challenging yet fun, nine kilometer, four hour climb on narrow and tricky trails, therefore it is not for the faint of heart. Although it is tricky in many aspects, it still stands to be one of the easiest treks to do in Kasol and one of the most daring things to do in Kasol as well. Kheer Ganga lies towards the extreme end of Parvati valley, and for a most part of the year, 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.

    This hill is a magical haven for hippies from all over the world and over the past few years has successfully got in Indians to visit its soil. Once you reach the top of the Kheer Ganga, you will find yourself in the beautiful company of magical clouds, dense and moist due to the weather, pine and apple trees right out of fairy tales and snow-capped mountains that give an almost mesmerizing look to the sky. For the more religious and the fascinated by India folk, there is a beautiful and mystical temple of Lord Siva with hot spring baths here for you to see and enjoy.

    Kasol is the best idea for a holiday where you don’t need to do much, simply sit back, relax and let the mountains, pine trees, good food and amazing folk of the place transport you to a whole different world where there is the sound of music in the air from Mother Nature and get a chance to do the exciting things to do in Kasol that have made tourists flock towards the place in excited anticipation. 

  • 16Trek to Kheer Ganga

    Image Credit : Arun Ganesh

    The trek to this vast blanket of emerald green hills is a challenging yet fun, nine kilometer, four hour climb on narrow and tricky trails, therefore it is not for the faint of heart. Although it is tricky in many aspects, it still stands to be one of the easiest treks to do in Kasol and one of the most daring things to do in Kasol as well. Kheer Ganga lies towards the extreme end of Parvati valley, and for a most part of the year, 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.

    This hill is a magical haven for hippies from all over the world and over the past few years has successfully got in Indians to visit its soil. Once you reach the top of the Kheer Ganga, you will find yourself in the beautiful company of magical clouds, dense and moist due to the weather, pine and apple trees right out of fairy tales and snow-capped mountains that give an almost mesmerizing look to the sky. For the more religious and the fascinated by India folk, there is a beautiful and mystical temple of Lord Siva with hot spring baths here for you to see and enjoy.

    Kasol is the best idea for a holiday where you don’t need to do much, simply sit back, relax and let the mountains, pine trees, good food and amazing folk of the place transport you to a whole different world where there is the sound of music in the air from Mother Nature and get a chance to do the exciting things to do in Kasol that have made tourists flock towards the place in excited anticipation.