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New Backpackers Destination: Kasol is the new Goa for the Young

For a long time, Goa had been the most happening spot for the young. Goa spelt adventure, secret and of times forbidden. The eternal scare for parents as it became a vogue for every child to approach with a proposition of a Goa visit after crossing the last threshold of formal schooling. Times have changed and from fun in the beaches, the location has changed and escalated pretty much in altitude. Kasol is a pretty popular name amongst the early to late twenties bunch because of its mind-numbing beauty.

To serve as an introduction to the place Kasol is a small village in Himachal Pradesh( not to be confused with Kasauli, that is located in Uttarakhand), about 42 km from the main town of Kullu and at a height of 1640 metres. It is hidden away amidst breathtaking mountain ranges dotted by horizons of Pine and Cedar covered landscapes broken at swift intervals by narrow scenic rivers gliding across valleys. One of the prime attractions is the view Pandoh Dam Catchment Lake, an incredible sight offered from the place. Kasol also serves as a trekkers’ paradise as it forms the base for reaching destinations like Sar Pass, Khiriganga, e.t.c. Angling is also popular as a sporting activity here. In all, the place is a cosy corner of peace nestled away in the high Himalayas surrounded by alternating green and frosty whites.

Kasol is a backpacker’s heaven and has an immense Israeli tourist population. So much so that a lot of eateries will have Hebrew menus replacing English ones. Kasol forms pretty much of a Himalayan hippie hub. You will often chance upon the very common symbol of the exoticised India, the roadside sadhu with whom you can indulge in conversations about inner peace or might just hit upon a trance party if you are lucky. Boisterous nightlife is an unusually heady surprise you will find in this quiet Himalayan hamlet.

Kasol is a vibrant place to take away the stress of mundaneness in one’s regular life. Be it in the dynamic residents and their sweet dialects or the throbbing seasons of life in this quiet little hamlet, the place is worth a visit at least once while you are still young.

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