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KASOL – A PERFECT MARIJUANA DESTINATION AT ITS BEST!!
A holiday plan on the cards, and being so close to the picturesque hill state Himachal Pradesh, one is spoilt for choice. Kasol, is a little village situated on the banks of Parvati River between Manikaran and Bhuntar in Himachal Pradesh. It has long been an ultimate getaway for backpackers and travelers in the idyllic Parvati Valley. Most of the time, people confuse Kasol with Kasauli which is in Uttarakhand. Kasol is an offbeat destination situated close to the Sikh shrine of Manikaran. Kasol has a couple of feathers added to its hat as well. It is a famous destination amongst Italian and Israeli tourists since one can find fresh hash and marijuana. And you thought Goa was the ultimate destination to get marijuana!
A Brief History of Kasol
Kasol is a quaint little village located 42 km from Kullu at a height of about 1640 meters. The place is partitioned into New Kasol and Old Kasol separated by a bridge. It’s situated at a distance of about 5 kilometres from the holy shrine in Manikaran. Manikaran is famous for two reasons or let’s just say a combination of two reasons. The prime reason being that Manikaran hosts a famous Sikh temple (Gurudwara) and secondly, it is famous for hot water springs.
“The raw beauty of mountains dotted with Pine trees and rivers twisting to make their way through the rocks make for one of the most scenic views you’ll have a chance to behold. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we were awed by an incredible view of the Pandoh Dam catchment lake.”
This small little place also serves as a base for trekking destinations like Sar Pass, Yanker Pas, Khiriganga and offers nice avenues for Angling. The history of Kasol is both rich and fascinating. The history of Kasol reveals interesting and often charming aspects of the culture and life of the people of Kasol. Once you set foot in Kasol, traces of the historical events that happened can be seen. Quite a few of the most visited attractions in Kasol have historical significance. The best way to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the people here is to get familiar with its enriching history that you will be narrated by locals.
“The town is a typical backpacker place – although, vastly more Israeli infused than most other places. Many restaurants don’t even bother to have English menus, and the local used bookshop has more Hebrew books than English. The prices for things are cheap, restaurants with chill out music are on both sides of the main road, and all in all, things are surprisingly hassle free.”
For the villagers, Ganja is a season that begins in the last week of September and ends by the first week of November; an important and frantic time of the year where they need to earn as much as they possibly can, for there is no other season that would fetch them good money. Women abandon homes, children stop attending schools as they join the men folk in farms, furiously rubbing the cannabis plant into Charas. This Charas has, over the last 40 years, garnered universal recognition in the cannabis world as among the best in the business.
What’s in Store?
Kasol is known as a home to a large population of Israelis. As per the locals, this town is a hot spot for loads of young people who complete their compulsory military services in Israel and then head towards an escapade to the beautiful Parvati Valley. You will come across signage in Hebrew language besides the one in Hindi or English. Hence, apart from Hindi, the dominant Indian language, there is Hebrew.
“The valleys have virtually become homelands for foreigners. They not only stay for years, but also marry local girls and settle down.”
The town is majorly embraced by tourists eventually bringing in a lot of cash flow. One is offered with a mind blowing range of weed, hash and marijuana. You will come across ‘saints’ offer to teach you methods of channelizing inner Zen and common trance parties. Unlike other hill stations, Kasol believes in having a night life of its own. Away from the city dwellers, noise and pollution; people find peace and serenity along with good music as well as food.
“Every year the area under cannabis cultivation has been increasing, thanks to the patronage of foreigners”
Heading to Kasol is the next high for people. Kasol is placed between Malana and Manikaran, a holy place as mentioned above. Malana, also known as the Magical Valley is the mother vein of the famous Malana cream which apparently serves the highest quality of cannabis resin in the world. On the streets you will witness a majority of vegetation consisting of fresh and green marijuana plants. That’s definitely a rare sight to look for in the entire country.
“It’s very systematic. One set of foreigners gets hybrid cannabis seeds, and another set resides here and monitors the cultivation through local folks. The produce is then smuggled out by villagers to Delhi, Mumbai and Goa to be shipped abroad.”
Legend has it that people of Malana are descendants left behind from the Great Alexander’s army. The residents converse in Kanashi, which a unique fusion dialect of Sino-Tibetan and Sanskrit roots which is only understood by the villagers.
Beware of the “No Touch” rule laid by locals. You are not allowed to touch humans, children, plants or even animals! In case you refuse or fail to abide by this rule, you are entitled to pay a fine of about Rs 1,500; or if you end up touching or plucking a plant, you need to pay a fine close to Rs 2,500. There is a reason behind this rule which states that people living here are a close knit community who are strong believers of nature. They keep its beauty intact by not letting anyone harm it in any form. And yes, the history of this rule goes back to 326 BC!
Kasol is a new place to go for backpackers…You may title it as the new Goa, sans beaches, sand and bikinis!!
A holiday plan on the cards, and being so close to the picturesque hill state Himachal Pradesh, one is spoilt for choice. Kasol, is a little village situated on the banks of Parvati River between Manikaran and Bhuntar in Himachal Pradesh. It has long been an ultimate getaway for backpackers and travelers in the idyllic…