Kasol is what they call is the stoners Paradise or smokers Paradise and the best way to reach Kasol has been described in detail. It is the relaxing getaway for people coming here. The town hasn’t got monuments or other such sightseeing points but the natural beauty that the heart craves for, is in abundance. You need to walk in order to commute here in Kasol. But if you wish to go to Malana or Manikaran, you need to hire a taxi or catch a bus. The area is a little remote which makes it an ideal place for relaxing. The place has many hotels, guest houses which one can get at affordable prices.
Trout fishing, Camping, trekking are some of the things you can do here. Although you might need to take special permission for the fishing experience. It is considered to be as the best place for angling. There are various interesting, easy as well as difficult treks around Kasol and Malana. Kheer Ganga is one of the main treks.
How to Reach Kasol
You can take a flight to Kullu Manali airport, Bhuntar, which is at a distance of around 32kms from Kasol. From Bhuntar you need to catch hold of a bus in order to reach Kasol or you can hire a taxi from there. I would prefer you to take a bus because it will cost you a ticket of Rs30-50 only while a taxi driver may charge upto Rs500.
Get to Shimla or Dharamshala through a flight, but you will have to take a bus or a cab to reach the destination.
Shimla to kullu-210kms.
Dharamshala to kullu-195kms.
Shimla airport, Jubbarhatti
Gaggal Airport or Dharamsala-Kangra airport, Kangra
Kullu Manali airport, Bhuntar
All the buses from Chandigarh to Kullu/Manali go via Bhuntar. Kullu is at a distance of around 490 kms from Delhi. You can travel to Chandigarh from Delhi either by a bus or a train. I found Shatabadi(train) to be very comfortable and also it takes a little less time to reach Chandigarh by this train than by bus. I don’t know much about other trains. They might take a little longer. Hence, not preferable.
Chandigarh can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH1 and then you can go to Kullu by national highway NH21 which passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar and Mandi towns, covering a distance of about 270kms. All the buses go to Manali via Kullu and one needs to get down at Bhuntar from where you can hire a taxi or catch a bus to reach Kasol.
Bhuntar- Kasol 32kms
Bhuntar- Kullu 10kms
Kullu- Manali 40kms.
There are only two railway stations that can be used, one is the Kiratpur Saheb in Punjab while the other is Una in Himachal Pradesh but both are at a huge distance from Kasol and you have to go by bus or a taxi from there on. You can also try the toy train from Pathankot (Punjab) to jogindernagar(Himachal Pradesh)but only if you have a lot of time to burn. Jogindernagar is about 144kms from Kasol. You have to go by road from there to Kasol too. I would not prefer for you to take this route as it is very much time consuming.
Best way to reach Kasol
Chandigarh can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH1 and then you can catch a bus to Kullu by national highway NH21 which passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar and Mandi towns, covering a distance of about 270kms. All the buses go to Manali or Kullu via Bhuntar and one needs to get down at Bhuntar from where you can hire a taxi or catch a bus to reach Kasol.
Bhuntar -Kasol 32kms
Bhuntar -Kullu 10kms
Kullu –Manali 40kms
There are other ways of traveling too but the best and the fastest options for reaching Kasol are the ones mentioned above that is by road.
You can also rent bikes from bhuntar call 8988265439
Things to do around Kasol
Malana in recent years have become a kind of brand which attract tourist not only from India but also from abroad. The entrance of village is marked by the terraced plantation of hemp which is the main cash crop of the village. The beautiful labyrinth of wooden houses with stone slabs on the top marks a unique architectural style. This was all about the village but the main topic for which I have written this post is the Malana cream titled as the best hashish in the world.
Tosh is one of the most beautiful village after Kasol in Parvati valley. If you guys are planning a trip to Kasol then Tosh should always be on your wish list. In this article I will tell you how to tosh and things to do around.
Snow-capped peaks, lush green landscapes and the freezing temperature are some of the basic characteristics of village Tosh.
Tosh is small village in Parvati valley and is located at a distance of 21 Km from Kasol. This village has recently become a hub of bag packers who come flocking here in search of parties or cheap accommodation. Tosh is not that expensive as compare to Kasol. The guest houses and the hotels are available both at the entrance and far end of the village.The main occupation of the people in Parvati valley is the production of Hashish. May that place be Kasol, Malana, Tosh, Pulga or any other village. Apple orchards are also a big source of income for the local people. Wooden houses in the village are excellent example of architecture of Mountain people.
Pulga is beautiful and peaceful village situated in Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh. This village is situated at a height of 9498 feet above the sea level adding to the charm of this place. In order to reach Pulga village one need to get a bus or rent a bike from Bhuntar, then one has to travel till Bharsheni from where the small walk or trekking will lead you into the village. One has to walk down the dam construction and after 30-40 minutes of walk one can reach this opulent village in Parvati valley. The first sight of village is amazing you are going to witness a cluster of wooden houses designed in very unique way. The houses are made in such a way that they could store wood for entire year. Due to heavy snowfall in winters it becomes very difficult for the people to collect fodder and wood for keeping themselves warm hence they collect wood before the winters starts.
In the center of the village a temple dedicated to lord Naryana is made which is there local deity. The most common thing which I have noticed in Parvati valley is that in every village temple of one or the other deity is built in the center of the village which act as an assemblage point for the local villagers.
Kasol is a name which everyone knows now a days but have you ever heard of Rasol. This beautiful village lies few kilometers from Kasol and takes around 2-3 hours of trekking to reach this village. To reach this village one need to travel from Bhuntar to Kasol and then head toward the famous bridge which connects Challal to Kasol. After 20 minutes of trekking small village challal comes from where 2-3 hours of further trekking leads to Rasol. The trek is not difficult, it is simple and easy hence a person of any age group can accomplish this trek. My only suggestion to you would be that never visit parvati valley with your family members always visit this land of wanderlust with your buddies. On the way to Rasol you will spot number of sign boards leading your way by the sign Magic Rasol.
The food items are little costly in the village as compare to Kasol because the goods are carried manually without the use of any transportation method. The village have guest houses where one could stay and enjoy the calmness and peace offered by the nature. So if you are planning a trip to Kasol never ever skip this beautiful village from your wish list because it is among the top villages in parvati valley.
If you are seeking for peaceful holidays with some luxury then this place is not for you but if you want peace along with activity packed getaway then this place is perfect destination for you guys. Kheerganga has recently become so famous that youth not only from our country but also across the globe is flocking in large number to enjoy the peace and hot water springs on the top of mountain. Kalga is perfect place to break your journey to Kheerganga, a day trek from village Kalga will take you to Kheerganga.
Kheerganga is situated at an altitude of 2960m approximately. 12km trek to kheerganga falls under the easy category of difficulty level, half of which is normal walk till Rudranaag and another half is mild climb, covered with pine tress which soon opens to the meadows of kheerganga. It is believed that in Satyug with Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati’s grace kheer emerged out of ground and flowed into the valley, that’s why its called kheerganga and with Parshuram’s help it was turned into water because they knew that people of kalyug might fight for this. But something’s never lost there magical powers, they cast a hypnotic spell on you and forcefully make you fall in love with this place like the white turbulent water of parvati river and the tiredness healing water of the spring and stargazing in the middle of the night.
Manikaran is a holy destination in the Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh along the banks of river Parvati. This place lies at an distance of 34km from Bhuntar (nearest airport) and lies at distance of 4km from Kasol which is also referred to as mini Israel. Manikaran is holy center for both Hindus as well as Sikhs. The legendary tales states that once the wife of lord Shiva, Parvati dropped her earings in the spring of Manikaran which led to the uprising of hot water from the place. On the other hand Sikhs believe that the third Udasi, Guru Nanak Dev Ji came to this place in 1574 with his disciples. After some time one of his disciple felt hungry. So they went to collect food but the only problem was that there was no fire to cook. Then Guru Nanak lifted the stone in Manikaran and the spring of hot water came out of the earth Surface.
So this was the ultimate guide which will help you in Kasol from reaching to things to do around Kasol