A follower of my blog knows how depressed and tormented I was feeling. I was totally jobless which made me only think and think and think – surprisingly all in negative !
So a few weeks back things changed. It took a little trip with friends to bring me back to happiness and craziness! (read as: myself)
But since cashless was another state that I was in so this was molded into a budget trip. And mark my words ” it did not feel like one”.
So we boarded the bus to Bhuntar from New Delhi and from Bhuntar we went to Kasol. It took us around 16 hours from ISBT in New Delhi to get there.
After dozing off for hours and getting frustrated of the long journey some peace came to us as we drove in Himachal. Beautiful scenery and pleasant weather took away all our frustration and idleness of being tied down to our uncomfortable bus seat!
Much later we entered Kasol. And it was different. A very small hill station. No honeymoon couples and people holding photograph albums. Israelis in hot pants, German bakeries, Cafes boasting of best Israeli food was all that we could see. It was all on a 2 km long road and it all seemed so out of world and pretty!
Welcome to Kasol – an Israeli village right in Himachal Pradesh of India. We got down from the bus and started looking for a hotel. We found “Sunny Guest House” up on the hill right opposite “Free Kasol Toast and Coffee Bar”. The rooms were big, neat and clean for just Rs.500 per night. Remember I told you this was meant to be a budget trip!?
After checking into Sunny Guest house, we freshened up and went for lunch @ Lil Italy. A perfect start to the trip with amazing food. Little did we know this was just the trailer. Kasol is filled with cafes and all offering amazing food.
For amazing beverages and light bites you can head to “Free Kasol Bar”. We used to go here twice a day – in morning and evening . Their hot chocolate, coffees and sandwiches everything rocked! The cafe alway played the best music and you could play your own music here too.
Kasol is filled with lots of shops – clothes, art galleries, jewelry stores and cafes. Everything in Kasol is a must check. We tried a lot of cafes – cafe Gungun, Cafe Shiv Mama, German Bakeries, Maggi and Momo point near river. It was all too good. Also if you visit Kasol you must try their signature dish – Lemonnana. It is a refreshing blend of mint leaves, lemon juice and ice. We were able to manage breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner + DAARU in Rs. 500 per day. (I know it is shocking)
The place is pretty much the drug capital of India. You could see plants of Cannabis (Hash) growing everywhere. Infact the air of Kasol was so different that the flies seemed to be high too. Seriously! They used to wander around and sit on us and even after we jerked ourselves they did not move. So different from flies of Delhi. 😀 Haha!
If you take a stroll along Parvati valley in Kasol you come across a lot of shops selling hippie clothing, Bob Marley tees and huge warm coats. Nothing very fancy as all seemed too worn out but that’s how people in Kasol like it I guess.
The jewellery shops had amazing collection of stones, pendants – most of them talking about 7 chakras of body, Merkaba. Quite obvious in a place where most people are in trance state !
Since there was a party going on then (Rave probably – namely FLOWER POWER)– we could hear amazing music even in our hotel’s room. We were a little too scared to attend the party however Kasol was in a mood to “party like a rockstar.” (Yes, we did not attend the party! I know it sounds stupid LOL).
Some 3 hours up from Kasol is Tosh. Now that’s an European area- european cafes, cafes talking of music of pink flyod and there is again so much. However Tosh is much smaller than Kasol, so we spent a day there and then returned back to Kasol.
Both these places have a unique thing – you see everyone with a joint in their hand – smoking up and enjoying life. The police doesn’t interfere much, everyone’s satisfied in their life – no need of Armanis, Guccis or BMWs. Its all a small different world in Kasol.
On our last day we visit Manikaran Gurudwara – some 15 minutes away from Kasol. It was shocking to see such a huge gurudwara up in hills – and the footfall that day seemed to cross over 5000.
Apart from eating out in almost all cafes, enjoying by the river side, boozing like a fish each night and me checking out all stones (I am very spiritual), we enjoyed in our own way by playing dark room, dare & dare and dancing our hearts out. (No, we weren’t keen on smoking up)
This is not a place if you want something regular – but visit it for a unique experience of how Israel-iness is growing in least heard place of India – Kasol.
Want a vacation that’s musical, carefree and offering a totally new experience and changes your outlook on life. Then please read the title of this post again – that’s the answer!
– The Free Spirited Soul
PS- A lot of you post comments asking me about weather, how to travel there and one even went to the extent of asking if I would like to join that stranger. Please understand this post is just my experience, for any questions regarding travelling or planning the itinerary please contact the related agency or use Google. I am sure it would be more helpful 🙂 Thanks x