From Bhuntar, you can get plenty of local buses to Kasol which will cost you Rs 45.
They come at intervals of 15-20mins so you need not worry at all. The locals are considerably helpful. Kasol is a matter of about 30 kms from Bhuntar. Even with rush, you should reach in about 1.5-2hrs.
Kasol is a hamlet in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.
Situated in the Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, it is the Himalayan hotspot for backpackers and also as a base for nearby treks to Malana and Kheerganga. From the spot where the bus halts in Kasol, you can walk straight down by the River Parvati after crossing a bridge for a stretch of about 1.5km and reach Chhalal. Note that there are more than one routes to reach the Chhalal village. I myself never traversed the same paths to and fro Chhalal from kasol even in 5-6 times! I would always accidentally find a new way. On the way to Chhalal, you will see plenty of homestays and tents and camps advertising themselves on the big boulders on your right if you’re walking with the river on your left.
The Parvati river currents are very strong so do not keep posting stories and taking selfies, your life is more important and if you fall into that water there’s no way you’ll live to see the next morning. Depending on your walking speed, it should ideally take you 25-30 mins to reach Chhalal where stays start at Rs 400 for a night for proper rooms with clean baths and the like. Locals are happy to help if you ask them for directions.
I put up at the Skyward cafe for the night, the staff there were exceptionally hospitable and the rooms were spotlessly clean with 24hr running water. Seems like a good deal? It definitely was. To cut down on your cost on food, I’d suggest you pack dry foods like biscuits and cup noodles with you. Else, you can live on Maggi that will range from Rs 30-60 and not more. My hotel had a great menu so I decided to try out the hummus and pita(Rs 130), chicken Zika(Rs 210, tradition bread stuffed with cheese and minced chicken and topped with sesame seeds bakedd to perfection),and their fixed breakfast(Rs 180, comes with spiced potatoes and carrots in barbeque sauce, cheese sandwiches and a cheese omlette plus tea or coffee).
Thankfully, unlike trekking spots in the mountains, in the valleys of the Himachal, water is sold at MRP at 95% places. Depending on the brand, you’d get water for Rs 20-30 a bottle. 3 one litre bottles a day should keep you going.
After snacking some light food, I asked the locals about some nearby places that I could go to and they suggestes Risoul/Rasoul.It is one of the most prominent mountain soaring upto a gigantic 10,000 ft above the sea level and can be spotted easily. One way in which it’s made distinctive is the village temple sign board stating how entering the premises would cost a hefty fine of Rs 2,000.Rasoul is among the very untouched hikes in this part of Himachal Pradesh where no proper trekking routes have been made prominent yet.
It was a proper climb from boulder to boulder and half the time I was on my knees so as to not fall. The climb was a very tiring one, for in 3 hours there were just 2 locals that I could spot in the vicinity apart from barely 20 houses in all of the stretch. The descend too is difficult and without proper shoes, you wouldn’t want to think of going up there. Sometimes, I had to keep an eye to look for food wrappers to actually believe that people came here and that I wasn’t lost. The sun sets at around 8 pm during these summers.