Kasol is a small village located near the small town of Bhuntar of Himachal Pradesh. The village is situated alongside river Parvati. The place is also popular as mini Israel. To explore the beauty of the village we started our trip to Kasol.
Trip To Kasol
We headed towards the land of gods that is Himachal and we did not have any appropriate plans where to go. But because we heard a lot about Kasol, we decided the trip to Kasol.
Kasol is a small town situated deep inside the great Himalayas near Parvati river in Parvati valley. The place is untouched by the people and mainly populated by Israelis. We reached there via Bhuntar, it is a small town from where the road divides for Kullu and Manikaran. Kasol lies in the path of Manikaran. The hoardings and boards outside shops and restaurants contain Hebrew subscripts. We reached there in the morning so we take a hotel, dropped our bags and proceed to explore the place.
Our Experience in Kasol
We went to the restaurant The Evergreen, the location of the restaurant is beautiful and is well maintained. The amazing view of nature makes you fall in love with the place.
We saw Europeans there and most of them were engaged in smoking and drinking. The Hippy culture at its peak, as per our expectation from the place. We ordered the Israeli(shakshuka) and Italian(Vegeteria and Italian pasta). The foods were delicious and affordable. Then we decided to explore more and more and for that, we headed alongside the Parvati river, the beauty of nature is amazing and the valley of Kasol makes it more and more interesting. The place was untouched by the outer world, but now every bachelor wants a trip to Kasol. By enjoying and praising the beauty of the Himalayas we headed to Manikaran Sahib which is only 4km distant from Kasol, by following Parvati river.
I remembered when I was small I visited Manikaran Sahib with my parents but this time I was there with my friends. We reached Manikaran Sahib at evening visited the gurudwara. On the way to gurudwara we see well decorated Sikh youths on bikes with the flags of Khalsa.
The place is famous because of its religious beliefs thus the place is scared for both Sikhs and Hindus. It is a famous tourist spot mainly famous because of hot water springs. An experimental geothermal energy plant has been also set up there.
Sikhs Religious Belief
Guru guru Nanak dev Ji along with his disciple Mardana arrived at manikaran, Mardana felt hungry so Nanak Dev ji send him to collect some food for Langar. People donated Atta for roti and rice but the problem was how to cook..?
Guru Nanak Dev ji asked Mardana to lift a stone and he complied and a hot spring appeared. As directed by Guru Nanak Dev ji, Mardana put the rolled chappatis in the spring to his despair the chappatis sank. Guru Nanak then told him to pray to god saying that if his chappatis float back then he would donate one chappati in the name of God. When he prayed all the chappatis started floating duly baked. Guru Nanak Dev Ji said that anyone who donates in the name of God, his or her drowned items float back.
Hindus Religious Belief
According Hindu believe, Manu recreated human in Manikaran after the flood and thus the place is sacred. Thus, the area has a lot of temples of the Hindu deities Rama, Krishna, Vishnu.
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.
We visited Gurudwara for prayer spend some time in the complex, enjoyed a bath and sit in Langar. The beauty of gurudwara enhanced by the river flowing adjacent. With the blessing of the sacred place, we headed back to Kasol.
During night time Kasol gives a tremendous view with the relaxing sound of the river we enjoyed the beauty of the place and visited the market.
The market is mainly dominated by the handcrafts and sets a great example of merging of Indian and Israel culture.
Why Kasol Is Best Destination For Hippies?
The small village is situated quite distant from the main cities. The nearest town from Kasol is Bhuntar which is about 30 kilometers distant in the Himalayas. As it is away from the towns and cities, situated along with the river valley and due to the availability of basic amenities. It becomes the first choice for those how are searching the place for peace, spirituality, drugs, sex, and adventure. To experience the hippies’ culture the trip to Kasol is the best choice for young people.
Why Kasol Is Known as Mini Israel?
Not only Kasol but many areas such as Kangra, Dharamshala, old Manali, Vashistha are some other places have the good number of Jews footprint from Israel. According to some estimation around 70%, foreign visitors of these place are Israelis.
The peaceful valley have become a safe haven for lakhs of Jews who migrate here for many reasons – including karmic cleansing, and an uninterrupted feast of drugs, adventure and sex,- adds The Mail.
Israel is lying near the sea and mostly a desert and crowded by cities so such Himalayan beauty is rare in Israel. The recent increasing relationship between India and Israel makes them feel India like a second home. After completing tough and tired military training, they come to India for relaxation and spend some time in peace. For that Himalayas are the best destination.
According to some sources, a decade before Israeli people started visiting the Kasol and then some of them settled here. Now the place becomes the hub of the travelers who are coming here in groups. Israeli people feel safer here because locals villagers are also trying to provide the services according to there need and thus the tourists are contributing a lot to the local village’s economy. As the Kasol becomes the hub of Israeli travelers, the locals are getting employment in the hospitality sector.
Thus more and more Israelis are attracted towards the place and helping in the development of the local economy. If you want to experience the hippy culture then Trip to Kasol is one of the best options for you.
Best Time to Plan Trip to Kasol
Kasol is a place which gives you pleasure all around the year. But you can visit the place in May-June during summer time and if want to experience the winter then November to February is the great time period.
Experience the service of some of the Best cafes while Your Trip To Kasol!
Stone Garden Café: A 24-hour café with awesome food and ambiance.
Freedom Café: It’s the music and the legacy of ‘freedom cafes’ that keeps it bustling most time of the year.
Jim Morrison Café: Great music after a small trek makes it special. Food is all vegetarian though.
Shiva Shanti Café: Terrace seating allows an enchanting view of the valley and the surrounding peaks.
The Evergreen Café: Don’t miss the church behind and the great food.
Moon Dance Café: Lovely setting, great food, and irresistibly good bakery.
Bhoj Café: One of the oldest cafes is a different experience altogether.
Buddha Place: Vibrant music and interiors.
The Art Café: Go here for some peace.
Alpine Guest House Café: A scenic café along the fiercely flowing Parvati River.