Kasol & Tosh- Feel the Heaven in Mountains

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Kasol &Tosh– Visit if you love driving in mountains and want to experience awesome weather

Living in North India(Delhi) for about 1.5yr & now leaving back to Pune, so thought of atleast making last weekend a memorable one. That led me to make an instant travel plan with friends to Kasol.

 

Kasol:

A small Himalayan village, with plenty of things to do like trekking, shopping and hiking along the Parvati River. A must visit if you are planning a trip to Himachal Pradesh(India)

Starting from Delhi at 6am with around 520km by road & in the month of June. Starting drive was full of summer heat till we reached near to hilly roads. While you are planning to drive to Kasol, keep in mind, roads are very very narrow and not in a good condition. Traffic jams are very frequent. If two big vehicles are coming in opposite direction, there is not much space for them to move causing traffic jams. But don’t worry, tourists are very much expert in catering and clearing those traffic jams themselves 😉. There can be stones falling down the mountains sometimes (mostly during monsoon season), so just be careful while driving. Rest it is fun drive and yes don’t forget to wear seat belts and keep speed in control while driving in mountains.

Driving time is around 11.30 Hrs from Delhi to Kasol, but it took us around 14Hrs because of obvious traffic jams at some places. Anyhow that was a fun drive. I myself helped in clearing traffic at some places along with other tourists (which added to more fun 😉 ).

Anyway, it was already around 8.30pm when we reached a place(we didn’t booked any hotel in advance as it was just an instant plan). We stopped at a hotel & found no rooms were available, but to our luck and a small adventure, they offered us to stay in camping tents, which we enjoyed a lot. Food is anytime good and you can find various cuisines (and not just Indian).

 

Photograph by Romey

 

Tosh: The last village

Around 20km of distance from Kasol, Tosh is last village. It looks like you are entering different part of world. It is located at about 2,400 metres in elevation on a hill in the Parvati Valley, surrounded by mountains. Known for its scenic beauty, this is a must go for tourists visiting to Kasol. You can find a lot of foreign tourists over there & also though being a remote village, Israeli & European cuisines are very much available there.

You can either trek right from Kasol or you can drive or take cab till Tosh. There is nothing much to do in Tosh, saying so, you will be so attracted by the beauty of this village which is covered by beautiful mountains that you will feel worth by visiting here. There are plenty of places where you can stay all depends on your budget and preference.

We could literally see rainbow just below our hotel height. Mountain top, covered fully with snow will make your soul feel pure. You can just sit hours to enjoy fresh air and beauty of place in Tosh. Take a walk around and you will feel fresh and energetic.

 

Photograph by Romey

 

Below are the things you can do:

Walk by the Parvati River

Parvati River is a river in the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh, northern India that flows into the Beas River at Bhuntar, some 10 km south of Kullu. Nothing like a nice stroll down a cackling, churning and frothing Parvati river on one side and looming pine trees on the other. Water flows with very high speed. It is a great place for River Rafting lovers. Another option there is to laze around and spend your time trout fishing. Clean white sand and smooth boulders separate the lush green grass from the tumbling blue-green water of the river. Every bend in the river opens up to an exciting vista of pine trees, cliffs and waterfalls. All this is framed with snow-capped peaks piercing the happy blue sky at the horizon. A great site to take those pictures you could show off on your wall. The river has a steep gradient and a greater mass of water, so it rages down in noisy torrents. It is inadvisable to cross the fierce river on foot. There is a rickety old wooden bridge for that. For a supremely pleasant leisure afternoon stretch out on one of the smooth boulders beside the river with your feet in the cold water. It could be an eternity in an hour or an hour stretching into a lifetime.

 

Photograph by Romey

 

Visit Manikaran Sahib

Manikaran is just about 6 km from Kasol so you can walk or take a ride, whatever suits you. Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many temples and a Gurudwara. There are temples of the Hindu deities Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu. The area is well known for its hot springs and its beautiful landscape.

According to legend, when the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati were walking in the valley, Parvati dropped one of her earrings. The jewel was seized by Shesha, the serpent deity, who then disappeared into the earth with it. Shesha only surrendered the jewel when Shiva performed the cosmic dance, the Tandava and shot the jewel up through the water. Apparently, jewels continued to be thrown up in the waters at Manikaran until the 1905 Kangra earthquake.

Manikaran Sahib is a huge Gurudwara tucked between imposing hills and a fierce Beas. The high point of the Manikaran Sahib is the hot spring located within the premise of the Gurudwara. The devout take a dip here to wash their sins and illnesses away as the spring water is believed to have healing properties. The ‘Langar’ is delicious and wholesome. It is a fact that the rice is cooked in the hot water from the spring. You have to take off your footwear and cover your head in respect before entering the holy Gurudwara. It would be wise to carry a convenient piece of clothing to cover your head.

 

Kheer Ganga Trekking

An emerging favorite of the country is the Kheerganga trek in the beautiful land of Kasol, which is a small town housed on the slopes of Parvati Valley. Nestled on the fringes of Parvati River, Kasol has found its place in the tourism face of Himachal Pradesh for being a pleasant getaway throughout the year. Apart from that, Kasol is also famous for being a favorite for budget travelers from around the country looking to have a memorable and scenic getaway in the Himalayas.

And their search always ends at Kasol because the River Parvati has gifted this small hill station with scenic treks, pristine beauty, green slopes, majestic waterfall, high altitude meadows and natural hot springs, a combination of which makes it the place to unwind after a break from the boring weekday life. And one of the most valuable gems of Kasol is the meadow of Kheerganga.

This Kheerganga trek starts at Kasol and takes you on a 12 km trek to one of the most scenic locations in Kasol. You will be arriving in Kasol and spend a day at leisure before waking up and leaving for the starting point for the trek, which is in Barshaini. As you trek through the forests of Coniferous trees, you will first arrive at the Rudra Nag Waterfalls which derives its name because of its serpentine nature, and then finally arrive at Kheerganga.

This meadow is famous for the scenic beauty that it possesses. Views of the river stream flowing by and the glaciers of Lahaul and Spiti will bring a relief to everyone’s mind, irrespective of the fact that you are sleeping or waking up to a view of them. And when you trek back, retracing the steps from yesterday, you will see the scenic valley again, making this a double treat for you and your camera.

 

You will feel amazing when you get up in the morning by looking at beauty of mountains.

 

Last but not least, visiting Kasol or Tosh is not that costly and you can enjoy a lot. Just remember to take sufficient cash with you, as in Tosh you will hardly find any place where cards or any digital medium of currency is excepted & there are no ATM’s to withdraw money. We had to pay 10% extra to get cash as we were running out of cash.

 

Hope you have enjoyed reading this and can be helpful for you. Next time add this place to your list, if you are planning for Himachal Pradesh.

Below are some pics from the trip

 

Photograph by Romey

Photograph by Romey

 

Photograph by Romey

Photograph by Romey

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