This post is all about a solo travel experience, heading to Kasol, better be said the Traveller's Paradise.
It was the month of November last year when after a lot thinking and planning, I realized that it's not worth it, so better just pack my bag and start travelling. Had fernweh for Kasol from a long time and no constraints from office as now a 5 day leave was in front of me which I really did not want to waste.
After a bit of research, got details of how to reach Kasol.
For reaching there, you need to book a bus to Bhunter, which is en route Manali, just an hour or two before that.
There is no direct route by train. You will have to book a train till UNA station and then take a bus to Kasol from there.
Started from Delhi in a volvo at 9 in the evening and reached Bhunter at around 9.30 a.m. The resfeber for my first solo trip was too high.
And yes, you will get to see the elegant Beas river if you are an early bird.
From Bhunter, you can opt from a number of local buses to Kasol with reasonable rates of 30-40 bucks.
Asked the driver to drop me at Kasol, I guess he was too busy in the local song that he was listening, result of which I was dropped at Manikaran, a place 2 kms away from Kasol.
Though I didn't think of going to Manikaran in the first place but did not have any option. So meandered around the place for an hour and traversed it in detail.
The place is known for gurudwara called Manikaran Sahib along the Parvati river with hot water spring inside the sanctum which is used for cooking rice for Langar. On the other side of the river lies the small town of Manikaran with a dharamshala and temples of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and other deities. There is also a small market for basic necessities and also an ATM.
Since Kasol was my priority, I took a bus from Manikaran and was dropped in the main market of Kasol, in front of a guest house. Got a room for 200 bucks!! I also could not believe at first but the room was a huge one which could easily fit 6-7 people in it, with double bed and extra blankets, with Parvati river roaring in the background, location was way better than a 5 star hotel in the cities. Since it was an off season therefore got the things at an unbelievable low price.
Far away from my daily office life in that forest of concrete to the life which seemed like a page from a poetry book was what I came here for and got better than expected.
Finding solace in this enticing place was all that I wanted, surrounded by the pine trees all over the place and a river curving through the forest.
Day 1: I decided to explore Kasol, as unlike my expectations, it was a small place which could be covered in half a day.
In the afternoon, it was sunny but was cold as there was snowfall in the mountains the previous night.
There are a lot of reasonable food joints alongside the Parvati river, with good food.