Kasol – Another solo venture

24th Nov 2015

Day 1 and 2

There was some jinx between Kasol and me,
whenever I used to make plan, my friends ditched me.

This time I decided to go solo
to explore the place with my own shadow.

I booked an evening bus from Delhi
reached Bhunter with an empty belly

On the adjacent seat I met a man
who was a contractor and a businessman

He snored the whole night
but when he talked, he talked  right

He discussed his business
and I discussed my passions

He asked that why I was alone
Didn't I like the company of known

I said I wanted to spend time with myself
To find and to explore myself

He helped me find a bus from Bhunter to Kasol
My guest house not being good I started taking a stroll

I booked a new place 'Raj Palace'
It was a perfect place to find solace.

I started exploring the roads and cafes
The Parvati river and the mountains. 

That's how the day was well spent
More to come as to what I saw and dreamt. 

Photo of Kasol – Another solo venture 1/13 by Nancy Agarwal

Parvati River

Photo of Kasol – Another solo venture 2/13 by Nancy Agarwal

Graffiti on Kasol walls

Day 3

The day started with breakfast and the river view

Alpine cafe, mountains and the sky which was bright blue

I started my trek for Chalal

reaching there in half an hour

Wondering what to do next

I met a group of people who suggested to go to Rasol

which was a two hours trek

I joined them in their venture

And when they stopped in between

Bidding them goodbye, I continued with my own adventure

Two hours passed and I couldn't see any sign

I met a group of villagers who told me

it would take another two hours, but I would be fine

We walked together till the half way,

talking in sign language

Washing face in waterfalls, drinking water

as I was carrying no sandwich

The mountain was getting steeper

And I started losing patience

Alone, empty stomach and the fear of unknown

Pain started in my leg bone

But there was no looking back now

I had to reach Rasol somehow

Finally I reached my destination

and for me it became a pure celebration

I hogged on food like I hadn't eaten in days

Paranthas, Maggie, chai and the lays

When the stomach got full

my mind started working

No stamina to retreat

Yes! a new guest house- I started searching

Exploring the village Rasol and climbing further

I found a guest house with the name Dola Ram

Mr Dola Ram being the owner and Ramesh the caretaker

With the snow covered mountain peaks

the view was spectacular

It was worth a trek

and I realised that's how life is of a traveller

It was chilling cold there at the top

I could see the clouds moving in my lap

and suddenly I felt a rain drop

Ramesh immediately moved the bonfire inside the kitchen room

Cooked delicious omelette and tea

Talked about his two children

and the story of how he became a groom

Rains became heavier

We chatted with the TV on

I retreated to my room

thinking what was next from thereon

Tired but unable to sleep

I grabbed my book "Into The Wild"

As if it was my story

I read and smiled

It was an amazing day 

by all means

And I didn't realise

when I went into the deep dreams.

Photo of Kasol – Another solo venture 3/13 by Nancy Agarwalbridge to cross Parvati River- Way to ChalalPhoto of Kasol – Another solo venture 4/13 by Nancy AgarwalTrekPhoto of Kasol – Another solo venture 5/13 by Nancy AgarwalTrekPhoto of Kasol – Another solo venture 6/13 by Nancy AgarwalThe fellow villagersPhoto of Kasol – Another solo venture 7/13 by Nancy AgarwalView from my Room- Dola Ram Guest housePhoto of Kasol – Another solo venture 8/13 by Nancy AgarwalMr Ramesh

Day 4 and 5

I started retreating to Kasol

the next day

with more confidence

as then I knew the way

Reaching Chalal

I took a break

I stopped at Guru Cafe

which was serving ash cake

There I met few people

who joined me in my journey to Kasol

We stopped at river bed

which was there common protocol

Tired but still energetic

I went to Little Italy Cafe

I had Apple Cider

as I realised it was Friday

The day was still incomplete

As I hadn't gone to Evergreen

Trippy music and delightful dinner

Watching the brightness of full moon in between

The next day I caught a bus

till Manikaran

which is famous for its hot spring, Gurudwara and hot cave

amongst everyone

I went into the cave

and it was like taking sauna bath

so soothing, so meditating

it removed all the previous day's trek wrath

In evening I caught bus till Delhi

reached my home the next morning

Happy, peaceful, settled, satisfied

Kasol, a heaven on earth

I left behind.

Photo of Kasol – Another solo venture 9/13 by Nancy AgarwalVapours of hot Spring- Shiv Mandir (Manikaran)Photo of Kasol – Another solo venture 10/13 by Nancy AgarwalIn Shiv Mandir black chana boiled in hot spring water is given as parshad Photo of Kasol – Another solo venture 11/13 by Nancy AgarwalHot springPhoto of Kasol – Another solo venture 12/13 by Nancy AgarwalManikaran

Photo of Kasol – Another solo venture 13/13 by Nancy AgarwalKasol

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wishlisted!! which month is best to visit there???
Sat 12 12 15, 17:13 · Reply (1) · Report
Kasol is a beautiful place! Kasol season starts from July and lasts till September. If you don't want much crowd November is the month when everything is very reasonable. For snow or totally cold weather-December.
Sun 12 13 15, 20:47 · Report