After some big bites and talks we receded to our hotel rooms by 11pm and had a good night sleep. After all, we were exhausted from being in the car all day! The next morning, by 7am we left for Kasol and reached the small yet encapsulating city by 12pm. Excited as we were, with an aim to find the perfect hotel we spent sometime looking for the right guesthouse. Tired and hungry we decided to unwind at The Woodrose Cafe – a refreshing place with boardgames such as Chess and Carrom Board, offering light snacks and coffee and unheard songs that would find a way to your heart no matter what genre you follow. ‘Dreamcatcher’ is one song that I heard there and simply fell in love with. Listen to it (especially after 4:00) and tell me how you like it (hyperlinked in the above sentence). Also, with graffiti walls and cushioned floor for seating, do try the Nutella toast here.
After a couple of rounds end to end in Kasol, we finally settled on The Green Valley hotel in the middle of the bustling market, safe and right under our budget (INR1500 for two). The best part about this hotel is its proximity to all the happening eateries and scenic places around. With the not so wide roads, its better to walk it out to explore this city.
Explored plenty of other cafes and restaurants there, each of which has at least one dish that you shouldn’t miss. Will pen down another blog with all the food details very soon.
The crowd I’d say was a mix of Israelis, the youth from all over India and others, with one thing in common – Looking for a break from their stressful lives. Trying to be lost so no one else could find them but themselves. It’s surprising how some places have the power to do that to you.
So in the evening we decided to visit the Chalal lake which is famous for rendering an out-of-the-world view of the stars. The way is a mini trek and we had to use our phone’s flashlights for it was pitch dark. However, we found an amazing spot in between, by the river and spent sometime gazing at the stars and listening to the water gushing by, shimmering in the moonlight. As we got hungry, we went to the Evergreen Cafe where I had the best chicken pizza EVER. No kidding! Their kitchen closes at 10.30pm and they are very strict about that. We all wished for at least another slice of that pizza but didn’t get it because it was past 10.30 by the time we realised how awesome that pizza was.