Kasol Manikaran

In Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh, flows the beautiful River Parvati, on the banks of which lie the village of Kasol and Manikaran. Pristine hills, low population and a great climate all through the year are characteristic of this valley. Kasol is the base for trekking to Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Khirganga. It is an anglers delight too as trout fishing is popular here.
Located 45 km from Kullu at a high altitude is Manikaran, a famous Hindu and Sikh pilgrimage destination. There are many temples and gurudwaras in Manikaran.The main attraction here is the Hot Springs among the snowy peaks which are believed to possess tremendous healing properties.
Best time to visit: March to July, October to February
Languages spoken: Hindi, Pahari
Climate: Pleasant summers and cold winters
Holy Places: Lord Ramchandra Temple, Temple of Lord Shiva, Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib, Hot Springs, Kulanth Pith
Natures Bounty: Harinder Mountain, Parvati river

In search of some trance: Kasol

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This very famous hippy quote made me to search more and more about the hippy culture. I watched a documentary ‘Last Hippy Standing’ and finally decided to spend a few days in Kasol. I have been to the place once before, with my friends. But that was on bikes and we spent only a night in Kasol. This time i planned to stay there for atleast 4 days and same number of nights. After going through many blogs, I decided to stay at Alpine Guest House owned by Sanjay Mukherjee. The companion would be none other than Munish Bhya (who accompanied me to ‘Trip to Mussoorie and Landour’. as well).

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