Kasol in Himachal Pradesh is the first choice of Israeli tourists. People from this part of the world have to be in the army for a mandatory period of 3 years during which they see a lot of hatred and violence and hence they want to visit peaceful places such as Kasol.
Some parts of scenic Himachal Pradesh are virtually turning into Jewish settlements, with a large number of Israelis tourists coming in and settling here.
So much so, that people have started calling it mini-Israel. Interestingly, Indian men are not allowed to visit this village. Even if they come as a visitor, locals will not give them rooms on rent.
According to locals, Indian men tease Israeli women because of which the tourists don’t feel comfortable.
Israelis claim that they discovered Kasol over two decades ago and they really liked the place because of the scenic and peaceful environment.
Kasol is inhabited mostly by tourists from Israel which is why most of the hoardings are in Hebrew. Moreover, the foods served here in the restaurants include Israeli cuisines.
Israelis are attracted to the town because of its hospitality, beautiful environs, and wild charas, a hand-made hashish made from the cannabis that is plentiful to the area.
There are Israeli settlements in many countries because as a concept the Jewish settlement experience can be replicated anywhere. While Palestinians appreciate their land for what it is, Israelis crave an experience that they create. And wherever they go, they recreate it. The only difference is some people are more tolerant to these enclaves than others
A state in Northern India has become a hotspot for Israeli tourists looking for sex, drugs and adventure.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, “some parts of scenic Himachal Pradesh are virtually turning into Jewish settlements,” as Israelis import the carefree lifestyle of Tel Aviv to other parts of the globe.
According to an estimate cited by the newspaper, “about 70 per cent of the foreigners visiting the state are from Israel. Places such as Dharamkot village (near Dharamsala), Old Manali, Vashishth, Kasol and Tosh Village have nearly half of their population of Israeli nationality, a source said.”
Even Sign-boards in Hebrew have begun to pop-up in the area.
“The peaceful Kangra and Kullu valleys have become a safe haven for lakhs of Jews who migrate here for many reasons – including karmic cleansing, and an uninterrupted feast of drugs, adventure and sex,” adds The Mail.
Sources told the newspaper that the Israeli backpackers live in groups and rarely mix with others. Others simply stay away from them.
The rave-mad region has also become home to an Israeli mafia, which operates alongside Russian and Italian mafias, though the Daily Mail reports that there are no reports of a mafia rivalry in Himachal Pradesh, as the Israelis maintain a dominant position.