The next village we hike to is Rashol, a village comprising of 150 households, a school, a waterfall and wonderful people. To get here one has to go through a four hour trek. The trek route is craggy and scenic. This village is nick named Magic Rashol by many travellers because of the magnificent views it has to offer both during night and day. There's magic unfolding here all twenty-four hours of the day. A place where you just sit tight and watch time pass. Being a small village tucked away deep in the hills, there is nothing much to do here. If you don't want to sit around in the village, you can explore further and take the short treks to Rashol top or Virhim which generally takes not more than 2 hours.Elevation: 8497ft ASL
How To Reach Rasol
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We took a night Volvo from Chandigarh and reached Bhunter at 6 a.m. from where we took a local for Kasol. We had a little idea that Kasol is crowded and there is a place Chalal that comes on the way and is a much better option for a stay. So we enquired from the local people and got off four kilometres before Kasol at a temple from where a way leads into the valley. We crossed a bridge which gave us those ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Me’ movie feels (For those who haven’t seen the movie, a reference is being made to a swinging scary bridge, in fact most bridges in rural areas that dwindle and swing as you walk, so much that you keep saying to the sky, *Bhagwaan aaj bacha lo*). We crossed the bridge and found a trail next to the majestic Parvati river that had cafés and guest houses by its sides. We chose a nice little guest house that looked more like a hostel and it cost us just 500 bucks for a room per night. The manager Siddharth shared his name with my brother and was very hospitable (And I can’t resist mentioning that he had a brilliant American accent that depicted his experience in job and with travellers).
evergreen cafe kasol
We reached Kasol somewhere around 10 am. With hunger beating drumsticks in our belly, we stepped in to Evergreen Cafe, an amazing cafe at Kasol. Here you will find most amazing food and outstanding ambiance. raggets music, rock music playing at the background, Evergreen cafe is the best place to chill.Attendant at the cafe advised us to go to Chalaal village at to try a camp stay on the bank of River parvati. Chalaal village is located around 2 km from kasol and you have to cross the suspension bridge over Parvati river and follow a trail to towards chalaal. Around 40-45 minutes it will take to reach there.After reaching Chalaal at 1 afternoon, We went to Fusion cafe. Though there are lots of cafes in chalaal, but we decided Fusion care as it is the best cafe out there. Views are amazing, and the rent for the room per day there is just 500 Rs and one room can accommodate 3 people easily. Food is also not so expensive there.We had our lunch there and then decided to explore the village further. Hence we decided to move out to the cafe and asked the cafe owner "Monu Bhai" about the availability in the village. He asked, "bhaiya kya chahiye, sab milega". We went for a chilling session on the banks of river parvati. Lots of DPs and cover pics were stored in our camera. After sunset we returned to the cafe and had our dinner. Some localides from there also joined us and we talked to them for hours to know their lifestyles and how they survive in there. The major source of earning for them is to hash harvesting.P.S. - Don't miss maggi and paranthas!!!!next day we booked our bus back to Delhi.Must place to visit guys.Kasol nahi gaye to kahi nahi gaye.(Please feel free to contact me in case of any query regarding your plans for Kasol or Anywhere in the Parvati Valley.)Best,Ashwani Verma+91-9953550989(Bitten By The Travel Bug)
German Bakery Kasol
2. Head to the oldest German Bakery in Parvati ValleyCoffee, baguettes, crepes, shakes, juices, waffles... you get just about everything you need here to keep you going on lazy evenings in this sleepy town. The German Bakery is also the oldest bakery in the region and the sunny courtyard remained full with travellers at all hours of the day.
Kasol Bus Stop
As soon as you move from bhuntar to the road for kasol, there is a small dhaba by the river. You have to park your vehicle on the top and then move down to have food by the river. I ventured down for breakfast and believe me I experienced the very local cuisine by the river. Some trips to remember some meals to cherish
en route kasol
The trip goes back to last juneI started gazing & chasing the Parvati connection the last soul left for hippies to be The scene goes back the days years back where free souls spirits moved and danced in a different vibe what now seems to be a complete market and a substance influenced crowd looking out do and see what ever heard and seen on social media The hype made it what it isThe parties never , rare or the poor crowd with the current situation The end of beautiful psychedelic eraWhat all came looking for was gone in both the cases the plant and the vibeThe loud crowd moved in the quite crowd moved outThe good part local income increased with few local car owners many local car owners with rare places to park less rooms to offer the pile of dump increased and tourists piled up The crowd moved like whats been seen or heard by some one should be seen or doneFrom the beautiful local wooden homes came the brick walls and trucks of building material There were still many of honest and old regular visitors mostly the young ones from Delhi university the followers of the the good treks and plants would look real crazy intelligent moved or flew in different directions with great intelligence to survive and keep the place clean and survived on the most cheap bag packing skill some of them even trolled with out even a piece of hanky but pockets loaded with everything to survive in any kind of weatherThe back water crowd - respected as shanti people by locals The IT section crowd - out to chill not move The lower central states crowd - luggage tantrums - misspelled names of places to be seen or heard followed with late food ordersThe scenic scene was gone Whats left is commercial social advertisement of a town known as kasolU wont get it now what u have heard it...Although i tried to be as far with the town as much possibleMy long stays were at places with no access to road My stay remains there with great respect to the valley which has given the best shots to photographers be it any mountain photography groups on social sites The place that has so much to offer in return looks up to calmness (shanti) and cleanliness The place that has made the best name in treks for youngsters to be and enjoyWith rare Medical facilities and rare accidents it has held every visitor safe with a connection called Parvati connectionWith dew respect to every visitor Keep it real keep it clean to fit in the right Parvati connection....
Sasi Restaurant Kasol .
6. Visit Sasi Restaurant for breakfast of all kindsThe view of the gushing Parvati River from Sasi Restaurant is one obvious reason for travellers returning to this eatery. The cafe makes your mornings perfect with a delicious Israeli and English breakfast with ample greens on the plate, good food portions and complete value for money.
The Evergreen Cafe
1. Start a love affair with the food at The Evergreen CafeAs you walk along the long road that cuts through the hill town of Kasol, you will see The Evergreen Cafe, which sits at the distant end of the road leading to Manikaran. The creepers on the doorway make this little corner look like a secret hideaway. Start your day with the fresh juices served here. The vibe of the spot gets better as the day progresses. Maybe it's the soulful music or the enticing aroma of the cuisines served, but there's something about this place that makes it unmissable.