Set at an altitude of about 1,580 metres, Kasol is a small quaint village located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the Parvati river, the village lies on the way to Bhuntar and Manikaran. One of the most famous spots for backpackers and hikers, Kasol acts as a base camp for a number of Himalayan treks, like the Kheerganga trek and Malana trek. due to the huge number of Israeli tourists visiting this place, Kasol is also known as the ‘Mini Israel of India’. Not only this, Kasol is a favourable spot for tourists from all different parts of the country as well as the world. This article gives a brief description to some of the best and most popular places one can visit in and around Kasol.
One of the most famous tourist destinations in the state, Kheerganga derives its name from the milky waters of the Ganga which flow into the Parvati valley. Located at an elevation of about 2,950 metres, the place is best known for its natural sulphur hot water springs, as well as its religious and spiritual importance. Adding to the charm and appeal is the spectacular scenic beauty and natural diversity. The Kheerganga trek is one of the shortest and most sought after treks in the state, and can be completed in a day or two. An ideal trek for people looking to spend a day in the serenity and tranquillity of the mountains, the Kheerganga trek is becoming increasingly popular among tourists of all age groups.
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The Kheerganga trek is best known for its route through the open meadows, streams and waterfalls, and forests and grasslands – all set in the mesmerizing backdrop of the magnificent snow laden mountains. The place lies at a distance of about 22 kms from Kasol, and can be accessed easily by tourists. What makes the Kheerganga trek even more special is that one gets glimpses of the Parvati river flowing alongside, and one can even visit the meeting point of the Parvati and Beas rivers.
A religious and pilgrimage centre lying at a distance of about 4 kms ahead of Kasol, Manikaran is mostly known for its spiritual and mythological significance. A popular place of worship for both Hindu and Sikh people, Manikaran is mainly visited by pilgrims and devotees from all different parts of the country. Popular places of interest in the area include a number of Hindu temples which include the Ramchandraji temple and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib. The hot water springs in the region are yet another popular attraction for the tourists. The beautiful landscape with the snow capped mountains along the skyline adds to the charm and appeal of the place.
Kasol Nature Park:
Located at the centre of the Kasol village, the nature park is quite a popular tourist attraction in the village. The Parvati river flows right along the park, and it is mostly known for its calm and serene environment. The park provides direct access to the Parvati river- and the river flowing over the rocks makes a beautiful rumbling sound. An ideal location to go on long walks and stroll around, the nature park is visited by a large number of tourists. The place is also close to a number of cafes, enabling visitors to enjoy a variety of different exotic cuisines of the region. The park also provides a wide range of different exciting activities, especially for children.
Located at a distance of about 20 kms from Kasol, the Tosh village is another popular tourist attraction in the region. The village lies at an elevation of about 2,400 metres, and derives its name from the Tosh river flowing alongside. Mostly known for its picturesque views, the Tosh village is becoming increasingly popular among tourists – especially nature lovers. A favourable spot for trekkers and hikers, the region is quite popular among trekkers and hikers of all age groups. The Tosh valley trek is also known to be one of the most beautiful treks in the state.
Located at a distance of about 60 kms from Kasol, the Tirthan valley is considered to be one of the best hidden treasures of nature. The place is best known for its breathtaking scenic beauty and its rich diversity of flora and fauna, making it no less than a paradise on earth for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The region also consists of the Great Himalayan National Park, which is home to some rare and endangered species of plants and animals.