Known as the mini Israel in Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is a hill station in Parvati Valley, on the way to the pilgrim town of Manikaran. It is located 42 km east of Kullu at a height of 1640 m.
Kasol is an ideal destination for backpackers, trekkers and nature enthusiasts due to its scenic valley, untouched mountains and great climate throughout the year. It is an important base for trekking towards SarPass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Khiriganga.
The recent inflow of Israeli tourists has triggered mushrooming of restaurants, hotels and shops catering to their needs. Kasol offers the much needed respite for young Israelis desperate for a break after their compulsory military service. With a sizeable Israeli population, it comes hardly as a surprise that the signboards outside shops are also written in Hebrew. Cafes and restaurants serve Israeli cuisine along with local dishes.
Kasol is ideal for a vacation if you want to chill in the lap of nature. The village is an open space by the banks of the Parvati River where one can spend lazy afternoons. The river abounds with trout and is the perfect place for angling. However, permission from forest department is required for trout fishing in the river. Parvati river at Kasol is ideal for white water rafting.
One can also visit Manikaran which is famous for the natural hot springs. The hot springs is said to possess curative powers. Many pilgrims take a dip in the holy water to wash away their sins.
One must have an angling license and receive a permit from the forest department for angling in Kasol.
Kasol has many cafes and restaurants. As it is a favourite with Israelis and other foreigners, continental cuisine is also available apart from North Indian and local cuisine.
Kasol enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. Best time to visit Kasol is from March to May.
BEST TIME TO VISIT PARVATI VALLEY
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Parvati Valley is as given below. The best time to visit Parvati Valley is also specified.
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