Kasol is the hippie capital of the valley and the most popular out of other smaller, less commercialized hamlets around. We decided to stay away from the main town centre and started searching for budget accommodation in Upper Kasol. Out of the many house-stays and small guest houses, we finalized a twin sharing room for INR 500 at Daniya guest house and made it our abode for next 4 days. Note: Don’t forget to use your bargaining skills. I spent most of time reading, interacting with travellers and eating out at the cafes. The cafes and eateries in the valley serve various international cuisines such as Italian, Israeli, Continental, Tibetan, Chinese and Indian. The food is as good in quality and taste as the food we eat in the cafes/eateries in the city, but at almost 50-60% the rate.
Here is a snippet of what’s on the menu and what we ate - Spanish Breakfast (Spanish Omelette, Hash Brown Potato, Salad, Butter Toast, Mint Tea), Thin crust pizzas, Spinach & mushroom Burger, Falafel with Hummus and Pita Bread, Schnitzel, Bureka, Pasta with Garlic Bread, Chocolate Balls. ‘Nutella’ chocolate spread is a staple diet there – from Banana Nutella Pancake, Nutella Crepes, Nutella-Milky Bar Paranthas to Nutella Milkshake, you get it all. A decent meal would cost around INR 180 - 200 per person.
Guest House: Daniya Guest House
Must Visit Cafes: Moon Dance Café, German Bakery, Yan's café, Jim Morrison Café, Free Kasol, Shambo’s Momo, Soni Cottage - River View Restaurant, Falafels Kitchen
Other cafes: Evergreen Café (over-rated), Cafe Rainbow, Café Bhoj, Shiv Cafe