• Naman Mittal

18 Must-visit Places to visit in Kasol in 2022

Updated: May 10

Kasol is probably India's most famous backpacking destination. Favorite among students and travelers alike - Kasol offers everything a traveler wants from a place - clean air, peace, tranquility, and closeness to Nature! This picturesque town is located in the Parvati Valley in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh. Besides being a backpacker's heaven, Kasol has some amazing places of interest. Hence, let us look at some places to visit in Kasol :

  1. Manikaran Sahib

  2. Nature Park Kasol

  3. Trek to Kutla

  4. Trek towards the Glacier Point(Hidden Gem)

  5. Parvati River Bed

  6. Tirthan and Jibhi Valleys

  7. Choj Village

  8. Kasol Bridge

  9. Walk to the amazing Chalal village

  10. Trek to Grahan village

  11. Visit the mysterious Malana Village

  12. Stop at Kalga, Pulga and Tulga village

  13. Trek towards the adventurous Waichan Valley

  14. Stay in the most unique domes in Jari

  15. Trek towards the Rasol pass

  16. Visit Tosh

  17. Go Shopping

  18. Trek to Kheerganga


1. Manikaran Sahib

Manikaran Sahib is a famous Shrine sacred to both Hindus and Sikhs and is a must place to visit in Kasol

Manikaran Sahib, a famous pilgrimage site located just a few kilometers from Kasol is among the most popular places to visit in Kasol. It is believed that Manu recreated human life here after a flood, thus the name Manikaran. Furthermore, according to Sikhs, Guru Nanak visited this place with his disciple Bhai Mardana. Hence, Manikaran is a place holy to both Hindus and Sikhs! In addition to this, Hot springs are also a major attraction here!


Location: 4.5 km from Kasol

Timings: 05:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Photography: allowed everywhere except sacred places





2. Nature Park Kasol

Nature Park is a beautiful place in the lap of nature. It is among the places you must visit in Kasol

Nature Park offers a peaceful atmosphere in the hills of Kasol. While taking a stroll through this park, you can listen to the songs of birds, the rustling of leaves, and feel the cool mountain breeze on your face! In short, if you love nature, Nature Park is a place you must visit in Kasol!


Location: in the heart of the Kasol village

Timings: N/A

Photography: Allowed


3. Trek to Kutla


Trek to Kutla has to be on top of your list when you're looking for offbeat places to visit in Kasol

Kutla is a quaint little town that has just a couple of travelers going towards the village from the town of Tosh. The trek to Kutla takes around 1.5 hours of steep climbing but the majestic view and the clean air are definitely worth it. If you're staying in Tosh then Kutla should definitely be on your itinerary.


Location: A 1.5 hours trek from Tosh

Timings: It is advised to either stay in Kutla camps or come back to Tosh in the afternoon before the sunsets.

Photography: Allowed with a surreal view.


4. Trek towards the Glacier Point


Glacier point is one of the must-visit offbeat places in Tosh

The glacier point is a clear meadow from where you can see a mammoth glacier in front of you that will make you feel like the snow-clad mountain is just a fingertip away from you. The sound of the river gushing with such an amazing view will make your stay there and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

PS:- You'll always find a dog helping you find the way towards the trek.


Location: A 30 minutes trek from Kutla, 2 hours from Tosh

Timings: It is advised to either stay in Kutla camps or come back to Tosh in the afternoon before the sunsets.

Photography: Allowed with a surreal view.


5. Parvati River Bed

Parvati River Kasol | Things to do in Kasol and one of the best kasol places to visit

What's better than being able to spend your time listening to the burbling of water and basking in the Mountain Sun on the bed of the Parvati River? When in Kasol do take your time out and spend time relaxing with your feet soaked in the crystal clear water of Parvati. To conclude, this is a thing you must try in Kasol.


6. Tirthan and Jibhi Valley

Tirthan and Jibhi valleys are two popular tourist places near Kasol

The twin valleys of Tirthan and Jibhi are the major attractions in Banjar. Tirthan Valley, also known as the Trout Fish Valley is regarded as Himachal's best-kept secret by bloggers and travelers! This valley is a part of the Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With beautifully carved small wooden houses and mesmerizing beauty, these villages are like the ones mentioned in the fairy tales. Hence, these valleys are at the top of the list of places to visit in Kasol.


Location: 80km from Kasol.

How to reach Tirthan Valley from Kasol?

By Car: It takes about 3 hours to reach Tirthan from Kasol by car.

By Bus: Take any bus from Kasol going towards Mandi. Deboard at Aut (before the tunnel) and take a bus up to Banjar. From Banjar, you can reach Gushaini which is basically a part of the Tirthan valley.



7. Choj Village

Choj Village one of the more offbeat places to visit in Kasol

Just a small walk from Kasol lies the Choj Village, a hamlet free of cars and bikes which is a must-visit place if you are in Kasol. If you are looking for peace and quietude, Choj must be your choice! For people willing to spend a day or two at Choj, there are lots of homestays and hostels at affordable rates.

Location: Approximately 1km from Kasol towards Manikaran



8. Kasol Bridge


When it comes to places to visit in Kasol, the Kasol bridge is on of the most famous places to visit

One of the main attractions in Kasol is that perfect bridge that is placed over the wide Parvati river overlooking the snow-capped mountains making it a perfect spot for amazing Instagram-worthy pictures. Just head over for a walk to the bridge and enjoy the riverside tranquility.


Location: Just 50 meters from Kasol main market. You can ask any local and they'll help you with how to reach it.


9. Walk to the amazing Chalal village


A small trek to chalal village is a must visit in kasol

A village close to Kasol that has risen to fame in recent years. Chalal was an unknown village a few years back but has quickly seen a rise in tourists visiting the place due to its proximity to Kasol and being on the riverside with good cafes and homestays. Chalal could be a perfect alternative for Kasol if you're looking to stay at a very quiet yet majestic place.


Location: Just an hour's walk from Kasol bridge, the path is really straightforward.

Timings: You can visit Chalal village at any time but it's advised not to travel at night.


10. Trek to Grahan Village


Offbeat Grahan village is easily accessible from Kasol

A completely offbeat village near the main Kasol area where you would find ample homestays or you can even opt to stay in camps. The village is an absolutely beautiful sight to behold which is still untouched by outsiders and offers some of the most unique and authentic cultural significance of the mountains. The place is completely filled with Israeli tourists since the place has no internet or ATMs and people wander here for much-needed peace.


Location: A trail leading from Kasol will take you to the Grahan Village

How to reach: After reaching Kasol head over to the Kasol bridge and on the left you'll find the way to Grahan, the distance to reach would be around 8-9 km and it would take around 4-5 hours to reach there.



11. Visit the mysterious Malana Village


A mesmerizing Malana village is a must visit in the Parvati valley

One of the oldest villages that have incorporated democracy and isolated from the rest of the world. The village once inaccessible from any road is now easily accessible if you're visiting any place in the Parvati valley. The place is not just famous for the amazing view it has to offer but the mysterious people, their traditions, and the cannabis cultivation that attracts the major tourists. The village still does not acknowledge any customs or laws from any other village even in Parvati valley. They have their own language that is unique to the citizens of the village, they consider themselves descendants of Alexander the great and don't let any outside touch their holy shrines or shops. A visit to the village is a must to check out how different these people live their lives and how unique it is.


How to reach: Just 13 km from the main town of Jari, Malana is easily reachable by either hiking or taking a cab from Jari. It will take 4-5 hours to reach Malana by foot and a taxi can also be hired to reach Malana although the road leading to Malana is not great and the taxi charges a lot for the same.


12. Stop at Kalga, Pulga and Tulga village


Offbeat villages in Kasol to visit

These three villages are just beside each other and fall on the way to your trek towards the Kheerganga peak. Kalga, Pulga, and Tulga are just in the vicinity of 30 minutes from Barshaini and can easily be reached by walking over the dam on the Parvati river. The villages have a very rustic look with wooden houses and narrow stone lanes making them perfect for a stop to relax for a while. These villages do have some homestays for staying in as well if you're looking to relax at a secluded spot.


How to reach: You can reach Barshaini from Kasol and then these villages are just 30-40 minutes hike from Barshaini after you cross the dam on the Parvati river.


13. Trek towards the adventurous Waichan Valley


An adventurous trek to Waichan valley from Kasol

Waichan valley or the magic valley is one of the best places to catch the night sky at its best while being surrounded by huge mountain ranges. There are not a lot of options to stay in the Waichan valley but a couple of camp stays that could offer you tents for the night. Waichan valley is definitely for the adventurous since reaching the valley takes a mammoth task of trekking a very uphill mountain for around 4 km but the view and the silence from the top are definitely worth it and you'll not feel the tiredness once you're at the top.


How to reach: Waichan valley is a 4 km trek from the village of Malana, the trek is pretty steep and if you're planning to go and stay at the campsite in the valley it's better that you do prior bookings for the same.


14. Stay in the most unique domes in Jari


Stay at a unique dome in Jari near Kasol

Jari in the Parvati Valley is one of the major towns that have access to proper health care and schools but what Jari also has are some amazing and uniques stays that are worth a visit once in your lifetime. The best dome in Jari would be the itsy bitsy cabin that is a glass dome perfect to watch the sunset and the night sky.


How to reach: Jari is easily accessible by road, you can take an overnight bus from Delhi to Jari and a local bus from Kasol to reach Jari.


15. Trek towards the Rasol pass


A difficult trek from Kasol and is a must-visit village

Rasol or Rashol is a town that is gaining popularity in the Parvati Valley amongst backpackers due to its seclusion which is much needed for many travelers. Kasol was once a place that attracted only a few tourists and most of the people used to flock away at Kullu or Manali but Kasol has emerged as a very hot destination for tourists which is why Rasol is a perfect destination to sit back and relax in silence. Rasol has some cute homestays and hotels where you can stay for the night too if you love the peace.


How to Reach: Rasol is just 4 km uphill from Kasol that would take around 1-2 hours to reach depending on your pace.



16. Visit Tosh

Tosh is a beautiful place near Kasol to get away from the busy city life
Town of Tosh captured by @amanresort2021 from Instagram

Tosh is yet another town nestled in the Himalayas that lures tourists for its unmatched natural beauty. Away from the hurry-scurry city life, Tosh offers refuge to its visitors that seek some quiet. Here, you can chat with the locals and other travelers while enjoying the local cuisine.