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Kasol- An Abode of the Gods

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It all started over a sudden craving for wanting something new and I didn’t have to try hard into convincing Maya to come along. To Kasol in Himachal Pradesh we were heading. First thing Monday we decided to take the Rajdhani Express to Delhi and then a bus further up North.

7.30 a.m early Wednesday morning we’d reached Kasol, the sight of the enormous evergreen pine trees was magnificent. The morning sun flittered through it’s leaves, the first breath of the mountains, cool refreshing air, a smell so good, still lingers in my head.

A stunning village amidst the mountains was what Kasol had to boast about, attracting tourists from all over the world. To our luck we got one of the best rooms at ‘The Alpine Guest House’. Its pleasant pine wood floors and a gorgeous balcony were just perfect, overlooking the Parvati valley that nestled among the mighty snow peaks.

Eating out in Kasol wasn’t a problem at all; the locals were used to the pour-in of tourists, mostly backpackers. Kasol is a village that is or has become more of a hippie hangout. Dozens would stop here and some even stayed back on as we got to know from Richard, a German man, who surprised us with his fluency in Sanskrit.

The best eating out place in Kasol would have to be Little Italy, a place where their multi – cuisine menu attracted most tourists. In Kasol you could gorge on Italian cuisine, Chinese or Israeli, surrounded by snow-clad mountains. An exciting place to head out to is the German Bakery that has a wide variety of pancakes, and pies, a must try is their apple – pie.

The next morning after a hearty breakfast of Aloo Parthas (potato on a flattened base) and lassi (sweet curd) we were on our way to pay respects to the Shiva Temple and the Gurudawara (Sikh Temple) in Manikaran. This well-known pilgrimage center, a 30 min drive from Kasol was captivating with its famous hot springs.

The busy and colorful market place, on the way to the temple was one that portrayed an array of exhibits. A little shopping along the way was pretty eventful as well; Maya and I got our hands on a few trinkets and a couple of postcards.

To me life in Kasol was not that of an obsolete way of living, rather a way that most of us could absorb into our daily lives. Most definitely gives one a whole new perspective and a sense of appreciation. We spend most of the other three days lazing around or relaxing in our balcony, watching apple cheeked little ones trotting along with their mothers on long trails.

Four days on and we were ready to get packing watching the sun rise above the mighty snow peaks once again, shining upon the lush green and golden valley was beyond splendid. A place where everything seemed unruffled and tranquil, truly as said “An abode of Gods".
Published: 2008-04-26
Author: Fiona Fernandes

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I'm a professional travel writer currently based in Goa,India. Written a number of articles for various magazines and websites.

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