Kasol is a village in Himachal Pradesh, northern India, Kasol is also known as ”Stoners Paradise”. Kasol is known for its Israeli inhabitants, Parvati river, trekking base-camp and Malana. A tourist hub for Israelis, with signs of various cafes and restaurants in Hebrew serving great food, of cuisines from around the world.
The snow clad Himalayas to verdant landscape and clear blue sky adds a touch of mystery to the place. Nestled in the lap of Parvati valley alongside the streaming and gurgling Parvati River, this remote village is a blessing for adventure buffs, trekkers and backpackers. With pleasant climate all around the year and low population density
It is situated in Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, on the way between Bhuntar to Manikaran. Kasol has recently transformed into a hub for backpackers, who are attracted to the scenic valley, untouched hills, low population, and good climate throughout the year. Kasol is also a base for Himalayan trekking. Visitors from Israel are common in Kasol and one can see the Hebrew language banners throughout the valley.
Kasol As Mini Israel
Kasol is also known as Mini Israel in Himachal Pradesh. The shops in the village of Kasol have western food and clothes. There is only one school which has classes up to 7th grade. The nearest college is in Kullu. The recent inflow of Israeli tourists has triggered mushrooming of restaurants, hotels and shops catering to their needs. Kasol is inhabited mostly by tourists from Israel which is why most of the hoardings are in Hebrew and the Israeli Shakshouka, a dish of poached eggs in tangy tomato gravy along with hummus and pita bread will definitely drown you in its’ rich flavours. The Israelis in India move from Kasol to Paharganj in Delhi to Goa with an elan as if each is in their neighbourhood.
Kasol - The Mini Israel
Why You Must Visit Kasol
Kasol has all, fierce Parvati river, suspended walking bridge on Parvati River, snow-capped mountain peaks,Careless Hippies from Israel, Italy, Russia, Europe etc.
Parvati Valley has been nicknamed "Hashishi Valley", Kasol is a macca for all Hippi travelers who stay here for 2 to 6 months, Enjoy the time partying day & night in the forests of Kasol.
Oldest Village in India
Malana is an ancient Indian village in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This solitary village in the Malana Nala, a side valley of the Parvati Valley to the north-east of Kullu Valley, is isolated from the rest of the world.
The Himachali people understand basic Hebrew – shalom (hello), sticha (excuse me) and schnitzel (boneless meat) – as well as they understand their own language. They welcome young Israelis into their homes and share the same food, without any reservations. This familiarity is the result of a mutually beneficial relationship. The foreigners supply dollars in return for the privilege to treat the remote mountain villages as their home, no questions asked.
Kasol - A Holiday Paradise
The village of Kasol givs a different feeling. Though a small place, you feel like settling permanently in the village. It is dotted with restaurants like Little Italy, La Pizzeria and Moon Dance Café offering range of mouthwatering specialties like pepperoni pizza, hummus, tiramisu, cinnamon rolls and lemon cake. Where were we? Had one of those hundreds of turns on the way magically taken us into a European heartland? Every street side café you find groups of foreigners lazily sipping mint tea and nibbling at one exotic looking delicacies or the other.
Kasol - Tosh - The Party Villages of Himachal
Kasol is unofficially Party town of Himachal
About 3 hours from Kasol is Village Tosh. Now that’s an European area- European cafes, cafes talking of music of pink flyod and there is again so much.
However Tosh is much smaller than Kasol, so we spent a day there and then returned back to Kasol. Both these places have a unique thing – you see everyone with a joint in their hand – smoking up and enjoying life. The police doesn’t interfere much, everyone’s satisfied in their life.
Day 01: Chandigarh – Kasol ( Around 292 km/7-8 Hours)
Start the tour from Chandigarh and proceed to Kasol. It is around 292 km and take 7-8 hours to arrive. The Journey is too long so we will break journey at Mandi. Have lunch and some rest at hotel Raj Mahal Palace and proceed to Kasol. After arrival check into hotel and rest of the day is at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 01: Food
Lunch: In Between your Journey you may have lunch at Hotel Raj Mahal Palace (Next to District Court, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh 175001)
Dinner: Served at Hotel
Day 02: Kasol Local Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed to visit local sightseeing like Parvati Valley, Tosh, Kheer Ganga, Trekking and Rock climbing. In between your visit have lunch at Jim Morrison Café. Enjoy the local food of Kasol. Shakshouka is one of the mouth watering dishes of the place consisting of poached eggs dipped in tangy tomato curry served with hummus and pita bread. After that came back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
Parvati Valley: This is one of the famous place in Kasol. Beautiful landscapes of the valley and charming river side, makes this place better than the regular. Visit to River Parvati is the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience in Kasol. The place is suitable for sightseeing and a few fun activities with your group. It does not offer any major adventure activity and hence is a great place to visit in Kasol to just lay back, relax and enjoy the calm of nature. Another option there is to laze around and spend your time trout fishing.In fact it is considered as a best place for angling.
Tosh: Tosh is a green treat to the tourists that visit the place. The best way to get to this village is by trekking up the hill and witnessing the unreal amaze of this small township in Kasol. Mesmerising hilltop view and refreshing trekking experience will keep you close to delight the entire day. Tosh lies on the slope of a mountain overlooking a river and a waterfall. Tosh is the last place in Parvati Valley till where the road goes. Tosh is a tiny hamlet with few cafes and places to stay and is a perfect place to relax.
Day 02: Food
Lunch: In Between your Journey you may have lunch at Jim Marrison Cafe (Opp Sandhya Hotel, Manikaran Road, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh 175105)
Breakfast & Dinner: Served at Hotel
Day 03: Kasol –Chandigarh(Around 295 Km/6- Hours)
After breakfast proceed to Chandigarh. It is around 295 km and take 7-8 hours to arrive . The journey is too long so we will break journey at Mandi. Have lunch and some rest at Hotel Raj Mahal Palace and the proceed to Chandigarh. Our representative will drop you at Chandigarh Airport/Railway station.
Day 03: Food
Lunch: In Between your Journey you may have lunch at Hotel Raj Mahal Palace (Next to District Court, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh 175001)
Breakfast: Served at Hotel
Daily Breakfast & Dinner
2 Night Accomodation in Kasol.
Private Taxi (swift Dzire) from Chandigarh
Pickup and Drop from Chandigarh
All Toll taxes, Parking, Driver night hault
Lunch not include in this package.
Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, beverages, gratuities etc.
Entrance Fees and Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest.
Kasol Tour Package: Hotels
3 Star Hotels
Kasol- Hotel Blue Dimond -TA Rank – 4.2 - Certificate of Excellence
Other Major Attractions:
Kheerganga: Kheer Ganga is one of the easiest treks and also considered as the most joyous one. It is about nine kilometres long and passes through easy trails that lead to uphill. On reaching the top, to one’s surprise and delight; you can relax and rejuvenate in the hot water spring that originates at the top of the hill.
Trekking in Tosh
There is great trek in Tosh Village to the Glacier or Tosh 'Waterfall'. Trek winds its way through the green forest and you will reach a beautiful waterfall of the Tosh river in the dense jungle. In the corner, there is a tiny cafe called "Ishan Shanti Cafe" the owner Ishan is a pretty friendly guy. You can have a tea break here and proceed on the trek further and along the trail there are numerous smaller water-falls, snow slopes, lush forests, alpine meadows & Breathtaking Beauties. As you go higher up on gradual trail, it becomes little dangerous and finally you reach the Parvati River appears in front of you.
The village of Malana is considered as one of the oldest democracies in the world. It is also known by the drug mafia for its hash which is extracted from the Cannabis plant and travels the world which is also the main source of income for the Malanese. While, visit this village of Taboos it is advisable to not touch the walls or belongings of any of the Malanese people as you will have to pay a fine if you touch anything. Malana is famous for Malana Cream. After that check into hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
Malana Village Tourist Guide:
5 Myths about Malana Village:
The locals do NOT consider themselves descendents of Alexander.
Malana Villagers does not have a problem with tourists touching/living/eating in their house as long as they are Rajputs/Brahmins.
The local temple of Jamlu Devta shall not be touched.
You can stay in Malana. Yes. There're 2-3 guesthouses. But there's also a secret hippie guesthouse.
View from secret Hippie Guest House is exceptional as it is located at high altitude , and the Parvati flows in front of it
Malana Cream Price
Best Time to Visit Kasol
March - May
October to June are the best months to visit Kasol. Although the Kasol experiences good weather throughout the year, the ideal time to explore the wilderness of the place is from March to May. At this time of the year the weather is pleasant and the temperature varies from 15-22 Degree Celsius. However, if you are fond of strolling in chilly nights and cool evening winds, winters i.e. from October to February is the right season for you. The temperature during the season usually varies from 3 to 10 Degree Celsius.
Kasol to Rasol Trek Distance
It takes 18 minutes to travel from Kasol to Rasol. Approximate driving distance between Kasol and Rasol is 15 kms or 9.3 miles or 8.1 nautical miles . Travel time refers to the time taken if the distance is covered by a car.
Kasol - The Food Heaven
Kasol is Best Destination for Best Quality Food in Himalayas
Kasol is known for amazing food, its 2 km stretch has amazingly cheap cafes offering beverages and light snacks, If you want cheap and best Food, Just Head to Kasol and you can manage all meals with beer and drinks under 700/- Per Day.In addition Kasol has many family-owned restaurants offering Israeli food, continrntal Cousine, Italian food, Momo and thukpa. Shakshouka is one of the mouth watering dishes of the place consisting of poached eggs dipped in tangy tomato curry served with hummus and pita bread.
You can spend Evenings in Kasol with company of friendly Israelis, Dinner range from eating steaming momos, noodles, sipping on vodka, having wood fire oven pizzas, schnitzel, grilled fresh trout.
One of the popular joint is Free Kasol Bar famous for hot chocolate, coffees and sandwiches & playing best music.
Other Good Cafes in Kasol are Maggi and Momo point,
Cafe Shiv Mama,
German Bakery ( Famous for apple crumble or carrot cake).
The signature dish of Kasol is Lemonnana. It is a refreshing blend of mint leaves, lemon juice and ice.
Also try Evergreen Cafe for Greatfood & Recharging yourself, then eat Momos at Reyshan's Cafe. Reyshan is a sweet friendly local boy, he can guide you towards cheap local accommodation as well.
Underground Himalayan Music Cafes-That's the thing about underground cafes. If non-serious people go there, not only do they spoil the scene, they don't have much fun themselves.
So if you like Himalayan Trance, then visit Cafe Bhoj.
Eating- Chilling in Kasol
Food overall is fresh and nice, but please bear in mind most of the places take time to prepare food - around 30-45 minutes, gives you enough time to lose your state of conciousness.
Parvati fresh ground coffee - next to Rainbow hotel, off the main road - serves Italian coffee - all variants.
Buddha Cafe - Lounge sitting space - music can get loud at times. Check out the couple of fresh bakeries - cinnamon roll, chocolate croissants are the star items.
Couple of Momo shacks on the main road
MiddleEast - Arabic - Hebrew Food in Kasol
General Shops/Restaurants in Kasol sell lot of Middle Eastern Cuisines and Food Items like tahini, laffa ,olives, fresh mozzarella, zatar spice, Nutella, Hummous, Filafel,shakshuka etc. These food are favourite with Isreal Tourists in Kasol.
Food At Tosh: 'The Last Resort", A good Resort in the Tosh Village. From this resort enjoy the great view of Himalayas and towering mountains. Tosh is also famous for its Cream, Tosh Cream is second only to Malana in quality
Pizza Hut, Tosh: There is a cafe in the sleepy Tosh. Its owner Krishna offers mouth watering dishes in these higher mountains for tourists and trekkers.Ask Krishna for the secret "perfect" cake he makes. I can assure you nothing would show you what psychedelia is better than his cake.
The total distance from Manali to Kasol is of 75 km, which takes around 3-4 hours to reach by road, depending on the state of the traffic. There are buses, which run from Manali to Kasol everyday and it takes around 5 hours to complete the journey by bus. Kasol is a tiny hill station in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, famous among foreign tourists and young travellers for its hippie culture, yet untouched till now by commercialization. It is surrounded on all sides by beautiful mountains and a scenic view, which is further enhanced by a pleasant climate all year round.
The climate here is mild, and generally warm and temperate. When compared with winter, the summers have much more rainfall. According to Köppen and Geiger, this climate is classified as Cwa. The average temperature in Kasol is 16.8 °C. The rainfall here averages 1582 mm. October to June are the best months to visit Kasol. Although the Kasol experiences good weather throughout the year, the ideal time to explore the wilderness of the place is from March to May.
Recommended Activities - while your stay in Himalayan Village - Kasol
Visit the village of Kasol
Visit Tapobhoomi of Bhole Nath
Trekking in the valley
Visit Tapobhoomi of Shiv Shamboo
How to Reach Kasol:
By Flight: Almost 31 Kms away, Bhuntar Airport located near Kullu is the nearest airport to the village. It is connected to three cities Delhi, Pathankot and Shimla. You can hire local cabs or private vehicles from there to reach Kasol.
By Road: The HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) runs regular buses from neighbouring states of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. In the state itself they run to and fro from cities of pathankot, Shimla, Kangra, Solan and Dharamsala.
By Train: Pathankot serves as the nearest railhead at a distance of almost 150 Km, while Chandigarh about 310 Km away is another option you can opt for. Taxis or private vehicles can be hired from here as well to reach Kasol.
How to Reach Tosh:
Take a train/flight to Delhi or Chandigarh. There are regular buses/Taxis to Manali from both these cities. Get Down at Bhuntar and From Bhunter you canhier a taxi to Tosh/Kasol.
Tosh is a sleepy Himalayan village on the Tosh river. Most of the inhabitants are herdsmen and hemp growers. The 3 hours Drive from Kasol to Tosh is very adventurous and After a bumpy ride you reach the Tosh bridge, trek a bit and you're in the magical village.
How to Reach Malana Village
The road for Malana parts from Zari town. Zari also has the last ATM on enroute the valley. The road is super-rough so make sure you have strong/high base car with you.
The road till Malana Hydroelectric Plant is motorable and metalled. Thereafter, drive at your own risk.As you drive up you'd see a board reading "Way to Malana village", you could stop and start climbing from here, it's a 4-5hour trek from this gate. Otherwise you could drive uphill and reach another similar gate. The village is a 1-1.5hour trek from there.The trek is ugly in a nutshell. The hills are barren, all the water has been diverted to the power plant. The stairs might slow/tire you down, but keep trekking nevertheless.
The Malana Village is as primitive as it could get. Hayshacks, wooden houses and tons of muck everywhere. Cross the bylanes of Malana to reach the other side, cross the permanent snow and keep going uphill beyond the village. You might just start living there is all I'd say. Go explore for yourself.
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