If you are a party animal and love dancing till the last beat of music then, these trance parties is another one of the enticing things to do in Kasol. Music festivals in Kasol are the ones you shouldn’t miss upon your visit. These festivals are organized during special occasions like new year, Holi, and Shivratri with the most popular DJs from all over the country landing to perform on stage. Kasol is also well known for its psychedelic trance parties which generally take place during May & June and Sep & Oct. Interacting with the locals in the cafes would be the best way to get the right information about these trance parties. If you are in Kasol to enjoy the tranquility and peace of the Himalayas, then these crowded music festivals might not be your cup of tea and there will be lot more things to do.
2. Go trekking to Kheerganga
A trek to Kheerganga is that one trek you should add to your itinerary even if you are having a short trip of two days. This trek starts from a place called Bharshani( 7km away from Kasol) and is a 12km long trek that would take around 4 to 5 hours to reach the peak point. Though it is a long trek, trust me you wont feel the tiredness of walking up straight. The beauty around casts a magic spell and time just flies by without even knowing. There are two routes to the trek and I would suggest taking the jungle way to trek up and the village route on the way back. Spending a night on the peak is advisable to enjoy the clear sky with glittering stars overhead reminiscing your childhood. Do shop the juicy Himachali apples on the way where locals sell them at very fair prices. Going for this trek is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Kasol Himachal Pradesh.
With the little cute cafes scattered like jewels around the place, Kasol can also be named as a cafe hub. What would you choose between a cafe and a restaurant? I am a cafe person. Just sitting at the cafe watching the people juggle is my favorite thing to do. The cafes here in Kasol have the most scenic views and keep you engaged for hours without uttering a word. All you can hear is the slurping sound of your coffee amidst the melodies of nature. Taste the best food of Kasol in these little cafes with outstanding scenic views. The vibe, the decor, and the multi-cuisine mouth-watering foods offered in these cafes are to die for. If you are a decor enthusiast, you would find a ton of inspiration back home to experiment with. After a tiring day of exploring, hopping from cafe to cafe, enjoying the hot local delicacies in the chilled weather of Kasol isn’t a bad idea, after all. Right? Each cafe will have a story to narrate and things to do in itself.
4. Get a hippie makeover
Kasol is also called hippie land and attracts hippies from different places for its famously infamous stuff ( you know if you know). This place has salons with standoff dreadlock artists whom you can trust for a makeover( preferably a hippie one). If you want to refresh your hairstyle and are yearning for a long time, this is the place to give it a try at many affordable prices.
Tosh, yet another splendid creation of God. It’s a gorgeous village situated on a hill in Parvati valley near Kasol which is guarded by mountains which are covered by snow during winters season giving a spectacular image. Wooden houses here are an ideal example of village architecture and are a perfect stay for all of us living in concrete jungles. A distinct smell of marijuana hits you as you enter the village making the whole experience even more exciting (wink). The most crispy and sweet apples are found here and apple orchards are the main source of income for the locals. The meadows and valleys around the Tosh are filled with lot of things like blue poppies, buttercups, and Himalayan balsam flowers and are bliss to the naked eyes. Exploring Tosh is an untold experience all by itself. If you choose to trek to Tosh remember, climbing up the irregular mountain terrain might be a daunting task for a few and also there are no eateries available along the way. So, make sure you carry water and food to snack on the way.
6. Visit Malana( world’s oldest democracy)
Malana, a hidden village in the Parvati valley is a world on its own, untouched by modernity even in this 20th century. This village with its traditional rules and regulations was prohibited for the non-natives until recently. The villagers believe themselves as the descendants of Alexander the Great and consider very pure. Though you cannot reside in this village, you might go on an exploring spree and witness the unaltered beauty. This village is beautifully adorned by greenish mountains overlooking the peaks of Deo Tibba and Chandrakhani. Visiting this solitary village which is isolated from the rest of the world and knowing its mysterious secrets is an interesting activity when in Kasol. Also, beware there are a few rules to follow when in Malana.
Your trip to Kasol might stay deficient in the event that you don’t enjoy one of the fun things to do in Kasol, While Kasol is known for its picturesque landscapes and arid mountains, the weather stays cool and pleasant all year. Bathing in hot water springs is a luxury and an incomparable feeling given the weather conditions. Though Manikaran and Kheerganga are popular for the natural hot water springs in Parvati valley, Kasol also has a couple of small hot water springs. One is situated just at the spot where the Chalal bridge ends and the trail to the Chalal trek starts which is 5 min walk distance from the main town of Kasol. Being dipped in the naturally occurring hot water springs appreciating the scenic beauty around is a must-do activity on a trip to Kasol.
8. Visit Manikaran Gurudwara
Manikaran Sahib is a pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs and is situated just 6km away from the town of Kasol. You can either hike or hitch a ride to reach the place. The serene view of this gurdwara is a treat for thy. This temple is beautifully located tucked in between grander mountains and the cold untamed Beas river.
At the high point of Manikaran Sahib is a naturally occurring hot water spring which is located in the premise of Gurudwara and a dip in this hot spring is considered holy. Also, do not miss the ’langar’ which is wholesome and delicious.
9. Shop at the flea market
No trip is complete without shopping for native handicrafts, Thus, ensure that you explore the streets as well as it is one of the top things to do in Kasol. Either as a memory to cherish or as gifts to loved ones. This nature’s wonderland has a small flea market have lot of things to shop ,all the local handicrafts crafted by the local artisans and many more interesting things to buy in Kasol. Hop into the little flea market and shop your heart out. Because shopping is cheaper than a psychiatric you see (wink).
10. Camp on the banks of river Parvati
Camping on the hard rocky banks of river Parvati amidst all the wilderness is another activity worth indulging in. The nights on the river bank turn magical, revealing a completely different world. The reflection of million stars in the silently flowing river, a bonfire keeping you warm, and a zillion stars upright in the sky twinkling and accompanying you when the world is resting. I cannot explain any further. I fell short of words. You need to experience things to believe the magic.
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