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Reminiscences of Manali - Kasol - Manikaran - Tosh

''Trek up to Tosh, a destination for lazy hippies. Stay and food options are in surplus here''

I believe in experimenting with new places and new people in every travel. For me, it has to be unusual everytime, more than just stay in a good hotel, good food and sightseeing. Manali and kasol always featured in my list. It's just that was looking for the right time and right mood to experience these stunning beauties. Finally, came the time to feel it in person. It’s was like stepping into a world of dreams.
Kasol that rests in the Parvati Valley, is majestic, charismatic and welcomes with arms open. Kasol is a hub for backpackers and trekkers with scenic surroundings, untarnished beauty and a salubrious climate in summers. River cuts through the village and divides it into new and old Kasol and is inhabited mostly by tourists from Israel. Perfect, if looking at a budgeted travel.

LOCATION : Kasol is a village in Himachal Pradesh state. It is at a distance of about 40 kms from Kullu and approx 520 kms from Delhi.

THINGS TO DO : • To start with, take a stroll by the gurgling Parvati river or just stretch on one of the smooth boulders beside the river.
• Go for interesting treks into the wilderness around Kasol and Malana, which houses the famous Jamlu Devta temple. Kheer Ganga is one of the key treks here. The place is also famous for its cultivation of Malana cream, a quality of hash.
• Kasol also serves a base for Youth Association of Hostel camps in India that organizes trek and rock climbing trips.
• Munch on apple crumble or carrot cake from the popular German bakery run by a local. Some cafes and shops are open till late midnight here keeping the non-Indian culture alive.
• One can also trek uphill through the forest or hire a cab to reach village Tosh that overlooks the river. The place is full of cafes that serve good Israeli and European food.
• Malana, about 6 kms from Kasol, is home to the huge Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara. Devotees take a dip in hot spring here to wash their sins and get rid of illness. Try the langar food here. Dress sober and carry a cloth to cover the head.

GETTING THERE : If on a budget trip, road trip would be the best idea. Although there’s an airpot at Kullu, which is about 40kms from Kasol, flights are not very frequent to this place and airfare too may pinch if on a budget trip. There’s no rail line close to this part of Himachal Pradesh. Coming to buses, HRTC buses ply on Delhi – Kullu routes on a daily basis. All Volvo buses by HRTC & Himachal Tourism start from Himachal Bhavan in Delhi, which is located at Mandi House near Connaught Place. Local buses too are available for the place from Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. One will have to get down at Bhuntar to take a local bus or taxi for Kasol.

STAY AT KASOL : Parvati Kuteer: +91 96544 55361
Panchali holiday home: +91 98163 55095
Sandhya Hotel: +91 1902 273 745
Hotel Devlok International: +91 88942 80028
Hotel Royal Palace: +91 98160 10949
The Himalayan Village: +91 1902 276 266


Source / Review By : Nisheeth Ray Saxena

Nisheeth takes keen interest in photography, poetry and music. He currently looks after sales and marketing division of a real estate company.

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