Kasol

Hill Station | Adventure / Trekking | Nature

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Distance (From Kullu): 38 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Days

Place Location: On The Way To Manikaran

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 4 km from Manikaran, 30 km from Bhuntar, 38 km from Kullu, and 76 km from Manali, Kasol is a small village in Parvati Valley of Kullu district. It is one of the famous Kullu sightseeing places.

Situated at an altitude of 1640 m, Kasol is a picturesque village with traditional wooden houses having slanted stone roofs. The place is dotted with small orchards of apple, plum, peaches, pears, apricot, and almonds. A mountain stream called Grahan Nallah divides the village into two parts. This stream flows into the Parvati River.

Kasol is a favorite tourist destination, especially for Israelis. Thousands of Israelis visit this region every year and stay for months as part of their Himachal tour. Frequented by tourists and hippies, Kasol has everything from Reggae Bars to Internet Cafes and cheap guest-houses. Kasol is an ideal destination for backpackers, trekkers, and nature enthusiasts due to its scenic beauty, untouched mountains, and great climate throughout the year. It is an important base for trekking towards SarPass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parvati Pass, and Kheer Ganga.

The Parvati River abounds with trout fish and is the perfect place for angling. However, permission from the forest department is required for trout fishing in the river. Parvati River at Kasol is also ideal for white water rafting. It is one of the best places to visit as part of Kullu packages, especially for adventure lovers.

Kasol is also base for trekking trails like Kasol - Malana Trek, Kasol - Kheer Ganga Trek or Kasol to Tosh. Trek to Kheer Ganga will start from Barsheni which is 15 km from Kasol and is usually done as a two-day trip. Malana is famous for its distinct culture and the temple of Jamlu Devta. Malana village is about 5 - 6 hours of a trek away from Kasol. Hiring a local guide is the best way to enjoy the trek. Trekking to Tosh also starts from Barsheni which is about 5 km away and takes about 3-4 hours one way. Tosh is located on a hillside overlooking the river and a waterfall.

Kasol also serves as a base for the Youth Association of Hostel Camps in India that organizes trek and rock climbing trips. Kasol has pleasant weather throughout the year and the best time to visit Kasol is early summer between March and May.