During your approach to Manikaran from Bhuntar or vice versa, you’ll pass through Kasol, a Kullu hamlet blessed by nature. This small community is closer to Manikaran and is a backpacker’s heaven due to the numerous walking paths with breathtaking scenery. The hamlet has earned the moniker “little Israel of India” due to the huge amount of Israeli visitors that come to explore this portion of Himachal Pradesh. With a variety of attractions to explore in and around Kasol, your time here will not be wasted. Heavy snow begins near the end of December and lasts until February. In essence, the climate here stays moist continental.
The Gurudwara at Manikaran Sahib said to have been visited once by Guru Nanak, is one of the most treasured pilgrimage destinations in Sikhism and one of the top locations to visit in Kasol. The hot springs here are considered sacred and are associated with several stories. That is why the offerings to God here are cooked in these hot springs and consumed as exquisite. Bathing in the springs is also regarded as a ritual and a spiritual act performed to bring the pilgrim closer to God. The spiritual atmosphere produced by the auspicious practices at this place calls for a definite visit to Manikaran Sahib, once you set foot in Kasol.
The panoramic beauty of Kheer Ganga coupled with bushy green meadows over the hills makes it enormously desired, also not without the clear sky reflecting from above. It is a holy site at the further end of the Parvati Valley, hypnotizing you with its bluer skies and greener hills than usual. The KheerGanga walk is one of Kasol’s easier hikes, making it ideal for beginners. It is obvious that no one wants to miss this opportunity. Kheer Ganga, also known as the Shiva Land, has legendary beliefs woven around it, which you can learn about during your visit to Lord Shiva Temple. This excursion has even more things in store for you – a steam dip. One can chill out and enjoy the hot water spring amidst the snoozing snow. Parvati Valley, Kasol is the location. The best months to embark on this trek are May and November. The trekking range of the peak is 12-13 kilometers. The elevation ranges up to 13,000 feet.
Tosh is a small settlement on the banks of the River Tosh located at an elevation of 2,400m above sea level. The uniqueness associated with Tosh as a constituent of Kasol involves photogenic beauty, which is absent in any other part of the country making it frequently crammed by visitors. Strolling along the Tosh stream that follows the trekking path makes the trek appear immensely gorgeous. Tosh’s beauty is at its peak in the winter, when the snow on the trail and around the village gives you the sensation of being in what closely matches our image of Paradise. The tranquil beauty of this location is unrivaled, which is why Tosh and a hike to Tosh are must-sees.
Manikaran Hot Springs
The heated water forms a wonderful tourist attraction base at the place and delights almost every visitor coming across it. Radioactive chemicals and uranium present in the water enrich its content. The water within is regarded auspicious and is claimed to have healing characteristics for the human body that can cure skin and other problems. There are folklores associated with the spring that have their origins in Hindu and Sikh religions. Typically, the water from the spring is hot enough to boil rice and other foods, and it must be cooled with water from the river Parvati for bathing purposes. On the lower level, there are indoor and outdoor swimming pools for both men and women, while the upper level includes an open pool. It is advised to have a change of clothes with you.
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The Chalal Village, which resonates with Israeli culture, is enriched with the authentic essence, which is portrayed by its buildings and tasty dishes. While trying to find a place to eat in this area, you should stop by the Tosh Cafe and sample some delectable Israeli meals. Perching 5,366 ft. above sea level to replenish the soul amidst the varied flora and fauna. is one of the objectives of the visitor to this place. This lovely village is a 35-minute walk away. This tiny community is great if you’re looking for unsolved questions. It’s usually frequented by individuals looking to find themselves.