If you ask me about the happiest place I have even been to in India, the answer would be Kasol without any second thought. It’s a perfect ‘go and do nothing’ destination. Kasol is a small town with more tourists than locals, tourists who came here and never left. Such is the magic.
Kasol is almost 40 km from Bhuntur which happens to be on Delhi-Manali highway. Generally direct bus is not available from Delhi. Take a drop off at Bhuntur and hop on another bus to Kasol (45 minutes ride). Private taxies also available which are a bit costly. Wake up early in the morning while on bus to see the river flowing alongside the road. The road and valley an hour before reaching Bhuntur is amazing. Wish I could hop on the roof of the bus.
Staying in Kasol
We stayed in YHAI tents as Kasol happened to be our base camp but there are many home stays (as low as Rs 150), resorts and hotels to accommodate all but not many to make it commercially crowded. I would suggest booking a camp or home stay beside Parvati River. You can anyway go to costlier resorts with river facing restaurant to spend your day. Nobody says anything. I won’t suggest pre booking.
A walk from one end to other end of town takes less than 30 minutes of casual walking. You actually don’t require any exploring guide. My favorite destination was riverfront and favorite past time was staring at the ever flowing river. The very air of Kasol makes you high.
There is absolutely nothing I can think of to describe the pleasure of just aimless roaming around. Head towards any direction and you won’t feel lost.
It is around 4-5 km from kasol. We walked till there. You can do too. Its a pilgrimage centre for Sikhs and has an adjoining temple as well. The major attraction is hot water spring. The hot water is diverted in to a bath pool area which not very clean but then who cares.
Its a small village of 20 odds houses. One has to trek for about one and half hour to reach there. Locals are very friendly and helpful. Although there is no hotel/homestay as such but anyone will be more than willing to provide you a stay for a nominal amount. The view from village is amazing. The place is perfect place for staying for 3-4 days. Went there in early summer I wonder how the winters would be. Want to stay in sheela village, I have got some contacts for you –
- Contact Person – Amarnath, Dist – Kullu, Village – Sheela, P.O. – Barshani, District – Kullu PIN- 175105 (they don’t have a phone number)
- Contact Person – Prem Nath, S/O Shri Krishnan Singh, Village – Sheela, P.O. – Barshani, District – Kullu PIN- 175105. Phone number – 9736629867
- Call Jaichand – 09805288380
Eating in Kasol
You just enter in to any cafe, Bakeries and you won’t be disappointed. Some of the names which I recall is cafe Gungun, and Cafe Shiv Mama. There many maggy and momo joints The place is known for cannabis. Its is growing everywhere. Don’t believe me, check this picture – O yeah!!! Police doesn’t interfere much and nobody will confess selling it. Everything is at peace. Boozing is also not a problem, cafes charges very less premium for a serving in open air river facing restaurants.
One Final Suggestion
Make sure you don’t litter and respect locals and their faiths