Amsterdam of India’, Kasol is a tourist attraction that is rapidly gaining fame as a popular hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers.
Kasol is a quaint little village in Himachal situated along the banks of the river Parvati. Commonly known as the ‘Amsterdam of India’, Kasol is a tourist attraction that is rapidly gaining fame as a popular hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. Kasol is situated 23 kms from Bhuntar and next to the religious town of Manikaran and is one of the best places in the country just to sit back and chill in the panorama of snow-clad mountains, pine trees and gurgling river.
Kasol is famous for its trekking trails, which include treks to Kheerganga, Yanker Pass, Sar Pass, and Pin Parbati Pass. To get a real feel of the culture in this region, go on a visit to the village of Malana. Located a few kilometres away from Kasol, Malana is a tiny hamlet inhabited by people living in self-imposed isolation. The people of Malana claim themselves to be Aryan descendants, as a result of which they avoid interaction with outsiders. The village has plenty of scenic sights, though, and is often called ‘Little Greece’.
Kasol is inhabited by a huge number of people from Israel, which is discernible from the plenteously available Israeli food, and the street signposts inscribed in Hebrew. Kasol has quite a few streetside cafes which serve delicious food, and the experience of sitting and enjoying a meal amidst the dark green forests and the awe-inspiring mountains make the meal even more enjoyable.
Kasol has a flea market that sells a variety of items, so you can pick up trinkets, souvenirs, pendants, and even semi-precious stones to take back home for family and friends.
Owing to the high altitude, Kasol is well connected to the rest of India only by well-connected roadways. Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Kasol; buses being operated both by private and government owners. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity to Kasol. 31 km away is the Bhuntar airport near Kullu, which is the nearest airport that connects Kasol to the rest of India. The nearest railway station to Kasol is in Joginder Nagar, which is 145 km away from Kasol, in terms of narrow gauge. Broad gauge wise, Pathankot is the nearest railway station available.
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.
Chandigarh Airport (IXC) – 157 kms from Kasol
Bhuntar Airport – 40 kms from Kasol
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.
Pathankot serves as the nearest railhead at a distance of almost 150 Km,
Himsagar Express, Andaman Express, Ten Jammu Express, and Sarvodaya Express are a few trains you can opt for. 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.
It is considered as the most adventurous way to reach Kasol. On your way, you get a chance to please your eyes with the beauty of Indian valleys. The distance between the two is 526 km which can be covered by hiring a private cab or a Volvo. If you have no pre-booking for Volvo you can find one on the spot from the major bus station, ISBT Kashmere Gate. Himachal Road Transport Corporation Buses operate from the same.
Walking is the best way to commute in Kasol as the town is very small. However, if you wish to go to Manikaran or to Malana, then you might need to take a local taxi or a state bus to go there.
October to June is the best time to visit Kasol as the weather remains pleasant. Although Kasol experiences good weather throughout the year, the ideal time to go for trekking nearby is from March to May. At this time of the year, the weather is pleasant with the temperature ranging from 15 – 22 degrees 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 degrees Celsius and the roads leading to Kasol might be blocked because of snow.
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