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Rasol is nestled in the Parvati Valley of the Himalayas.

Getting to Rasol is no easy feat. It’s a simple yet exhausting trek from Kasol that can take anywhere between 2 to 4 hours depending on your hiking abilities and familiarity with the area. So, make sure you’ve got your good hiking shoes on and your water bottle filled up!

But, once you enter Rasol, you’ll be greeted with an endless expanse of lush greenery and around 75-100 wooden houses. The villagers here are slightly wary of outsiders due to the after-effects of tourism in popular destinations like Kasol, Manali, and Tosh. So, don’t be surprised if they take measures to protect their personal space.

But, fear not! The locals are still very hospitable and engage in authentic rural activities like domesticating animals and spinning wool. And, if you’re lucky, you might catch the children playing Panjee, a game similar to chess, but with 4 people playing at once.

The food in Rasol may be a bit costly due to the village’s separation from the outer world, but it’s totally worth it. And, if you want to take your adventure to the next level, try having a meal with the villagers in their homes!

Oh, and don’t forget to visit the village temple devoted to Jamdagini Rishi, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

And, when it comes to accommodation, the only option in Rasol is backpacker guest houses with common washrooms and one bed per person. But, don’t worry, neighbouring villages like Chalal and Kasol have many more accommodation options for travellers.

And, while you’re here, remember to be respectful of the culture and customs of the locals. Don’t take personal offence if they avoid strangers, and always ask before taking pictures of them. And, please, don’t litter or destroy the natural surroundings.

And, finally, a word of caution: Rasol is known for producing some of the best hashish in the world, but possession of it is illegal throughout the country and can result in legal troubles, fines, and imprisonment. So, be smart, don’t carry any with you, and instead, enjoy the locally-grown vegetables and simple yet delicious food from places like Om Cafe and Monty’s guest house.

So, what are you waiting for? Put on your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure in the magical village of Rasol!

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