Kasol can be accessed from Delhi either by road or by air. Apart from private and hired cars, bus services are available between Delhi and Manali. One has to get off at Bhuntar for the onward journey.Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) runs daily A/C and Delux buses to Manali leaving Delhi Daily at 7:00 pm.Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has buses running right round the day.There are also other private bus operators undertaking the trip. However HPTDC buses are by far the most comfortable means to travel.At Bhuntar the remaining 30 kms can be covered by local taxis or local buses.
Dep: Delhi Arr: Shimla Arr: Kullu Arr: Delhi
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Kasol, situated on the bank of River Parvati in Himachal Pradesh, is a small village in the Parvati valley about 550 kms away from Delhi. Kasol can be accessed either by road or by air via Bhuntar (Kullu airport). The Delhi-Manali highway (N H-21) is a wide and well-maintained road and it takes 12 hrs of pleasurable motoring to reach Bhuntar from Delhi. After driving for 6 hrs through the plains of Haryana and Punjab, the gradual ascend begins a few kilometers past Kiratpur and thereafter its all mountain driving.
The road from Delhi to Bhuntar follows the NH-1 upto Ambala and there after via Chandigarh, Rupnagar (Ropar), Kiratpur, Swarghat, Bilaspur, Sunder Nagar and Mandi. The route has been amply elaborated in the adjoining map. All along the road, there are numerous ‘dhabas’ and other eateries, which serve clean hot meals and snacks and also have washroom facilities. Most of these are available on 24 hours basis.
A caution for those who are driving for the first time along the mountainous road, it would be wiser to know the customary rules of the road in respect of right of ways, strict adherence to lane driving and careful negotiations of hair pin bends, ample use of horn by day and dipper by the night. A serviceable handbrake is mandatory. With limited car servicing shops in the hills, it would be advisable to carry spare head-light bulbs, spark plug, ignition point, brake fluid, engine oil, coolant and of course a good spare wheel.
After having entered Himachal Pradesh at Swarghat the first major township enroute is Bilaspur, which happens to be the district capital. Bilaspur offers good hotel facilities, medical facility and vehicle repairing garages. Sundernagar the next large town is situated in an open valley with the beas canal running alongside the road. Like Bilaspur, this place also fairly large and offers many facilities. Mandi (800 m) is famous for its array of intricately carved temples. This district head quarter has also been an important commercial center. It Himachal Pradesh tourism hotel Mandav is located on a hilltop over looking the township. We get the first glimpse of river Beas as we near this town and here after we follow the river right up to Bhuntar.
After having traveled 18 kms from Mandi, the road crosses over to the west bank of Beas across the Pandoh barrage. This is a massive hydroelectric project where river Beas is harnessed by a 61 m high dam. The difficult part of the climb actually begins after crossing the Pandoh barrage. At this place the valley becomes narrow and steep with a number of sharp blind turns and hairpin bends. As if in an expression of gratitude and thankfulness for having seen them through this difficult portion of the route, every traveler stops to pay homage at Hanogi Mata temple, located 30 kms from Mandi.
Having crossing Aut (22 Kms from Pandoh) the valley gradually opens up a gentle decent begins towards Bhuntar. The road descends to the river level and passes through villages like Nagwain and Bajaura, which have very picturesque setting against the mountains and the river. At a comfortable driving speed with adequate intermittent halts, Bhuntar can be reached in 12 hrs. With only one fuel pump ahead, which is still not fully operational, it is advised to top up the fuel tanks at Bhuntar. The road to Kasol bifurcates off from the highway to the right, crossing the bridge over the confluence of Beas and Parvati rivers. Very soon it enters the densely forested scenic Parvati Valley. The next 30 kms of road is narrow, uneven and broken at places. This calls for some careful driving. The 30 km stretch from Bhuntar to Kasol takes about 1 hr 15 mins by car and around 2 hrs 15 mins by public transport buses. The road winds through the valley past villages and hamlets unfolding the true rural and natural life of Himachal Pradesh.
At Bhuntar, which is located at the confluence of river Parvati and Beas, a right turn away from the state highway past the river bridge leads to the Parvati Valley. The next 30 kms of road is narrow, uneven and broken at places. This calls for a careful driving. The road has patches of plum, apricot and peach orchards and terraced gardens right on its either side. The prominent villages enroute are Sarsari, Shaat and Jari. The Kasol village is 11 kms from Jari. As one enters the village, any villager will surely be able to point you out to the guest house hoarding at the entrance to the jungle path leading to the destination.