Kasol - An Unforgettable 650 KM Road Trip

by Dushyant Chauhan


Posted on 16th Apr, 2015


Motorcycle Mountain Road

I came back from office at 4 A.M. in the Morning. My usual office timing is from 8:30 A.M. in the morning to 6 P.M. in the evening. So I'd worked for 19 hours straight. I had this long weekend in front of me as Thursday to Sunday were Holidays.

I got up at around 8 30 in Morning and thought - "Lets go somewhere."

I decided to go to Kasol - Himachal Pradesh as I had heard a lot about the Place and I decided to go "all alone".

So I packed all my stuff in a bag and Left for Kasol which was about 650 kms. from my place.

And it was a trip I'll remember throughout my life!!

I am a Biker but never rode 650 kms. in one go and I realized that you need to have an enduring body for that kind of riding especially if you ride in the mountains. I realized that its not your arms or back that needs to be strong but for such rides the strongest thing should be YOUR ASS!!

Your bums pain like anything and you have to lift them off the seat to keep the blood flowing while riding. I got sores on my bums at the end of the trip. :D

Blackened Hands Bike Trip
My hands after 650 kms. of non stop Riding.

But when I looked at them I was smiling. Damn I made it this Far!!

You realize why your Father is the Boss.

I told my Mom that I was in Kasol all alone and my father heard this and he asked for the Phone and I was so shit scared that I hung up!!

I laugh at this now :).

Someone has rightly said that in some cases the Route matters more than the Destination and so true it is in my Case. It was an amazing experience to ride these "Mountain Roads". You are all alone so you sing your favorite song when you ride. You look at the mountains and feel as if they are welcoming you. The snake like road entices you to ride with passion and you Ride.

Simply Beautiful!!

Beautiful Route Himalayas

Kasol is called "Mini Israel" as it populated with Israelis and lots of them even the shops have there names in Hebrew. When I saw this I said to myself "Man that is cool".

Hebrew Boards Kasol
Boards in Hebrew!

The beauty of the mountains is mesmerizing and the Fresh air and the Tall Fir trees and the Small streams gushing out of everywhere soothes your mind. It induces this Peace inside you as if extinguishing a fire burning inside. When you look at the mountain top with the clouds kissing its peak you feel as if somebody is up there who wants to give you company and who wants to talk to and you just keep looking up as hypnotized. You don't have to care for anyone as you are alone. Sit and simply watch till you fill your eyes with the beauty of Mother Nature. You feel so small in front of Mother Nature it simply fuses you inside of it.

Himalayas Mountains
Feast for your Eyes!

Himalayas Valley
Peace for your Mind!

Himalayas River
Love for your Heart!

And what can be better than to sip on your Favorite drink at about 7000 Feet and staring into the vast expanse.

Drink Tea Hills

And you discover a completely new thing when you are all alone with no one around you that even taking Selfie is a huge talent in itself. There was no one around so I was taking pics of myself and they were horrible. I was not able to find the camera button on my phone and that pissed me off badly. I was making all kind of stupid faces and screamed ones or twice.

So my salutes to all the awesome selfie takers!!

Weird Selfie
Weird Expressions

On the way to Malana Village I met a Guy named Kevin and we had little chat so he asked me where I was from and I told him I am from Agra and then I said "Are you from Australia??" and he was Baffled as he actually was from Australia. He shook himself from top to bottom and only when I said "I made that out from your accent" he came back to his senses. We Indians are so good you know but he was a nice man to talk to.

In a Nation of 1.2 Billion it is a miracle when no one is around of you. I did a trek to Malana and in two hours of climbing I did not find a single soul. It was just me and mother nature and that felt great. All I could hear was my breath and heartbeat and I was looking down and felt like I have conquered something. I was talking to myself as if sort of mending the differences with my soul and mind. It is so good when there is not even a single thought left in your head and that is actually what peace is.

Selfie Himalayas
Who cares about the destination when the route is so good

The waters from the flowing though your feet takes away all the negative energy. You can simply concentrate on the feeling as there is nothing else to concentrate upon.

Legs in Flowing River

You also discover that Jerks remain Jerks everywhere they go!!

If you can litter a place like this you don't deserve to be here. I promised to myself that on such treks I'll carry a garbage bag with me to clean a place like this.

Litterbugs

You must have read water is Tasteless, Colourless and Odourless but in my 26 years of life i never came across such water until Mother Nature provided me with such water. It was a great experience to sip the water coming straight out of Mountains Cracks and It was the freshest water I ever had.

Pure River Water

Among the creations of mother nature even man made creations can stun you by their elegance as I discovered in this temple at Tosh Village. The entire carving is on wood.

Tosh Temple Wood Carving

When I told My Friends and Family about this Trip they said I was Crazy this and that and were laughing on me.

They don't know is how it feels when you talk to yourself.
They don't know how it feels when you make friends with yourself.
They don't know how it feels when you become your best friend.
They don't know how it feels sitting on the riverside and just listening to the gushing of water.
They don't know how it feels looking at the cloud kissed mountains for hours.

You feel a new confidence building up inside of you and you feel you can win above anything.

They ask me - "Was it worth it??"

And I say in my heart......YES!! IT WAS WORTH EVERY GODDAMN KILOMETRE AND EVERY GODDAMN SECOND!!

I know in the coming years when I'll look back I'll have a reason to "smile" and that "smile" will make it worth it.

There are a lot of fences I still have to mend and I will in the trips to come.











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About the Author: Dushyant Chauhan

Dushyant Chauhan

I am a Software Engineer who is trying to learn the art of travelling. I love to travel because it soothes me and gives me immense peace. Apart from that I love Music, Biking, Trekking and all adventure sports. The beauty of Mother Nature is what that keeps me alive.

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India, Road Trips, Solo Travel, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, Himalayas