Sacred: a place that has some religious values and beliefs. Kheerganga is one of the popular trekking destinations in Himachal Pradesh. It is perched at an elevation of 2,960m in the alluring Parvati Valley. Kheerganga is a perfect place for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and backpackers.
Apart from being the most popular one, Kheerganga is famous for its hot springs and amazing views of the snow-capped mountains with rolling greenery. The trip to Kheerganga will be an amazing and exciting one. The trek is of moderate difficulty and passes by tricky trails, gushing waterfalls, and lush beauty of dark green forests.
Details of Kheerganga trek:
- Elevation: 2,960m
- Duration: 2 days
- Distance: 12 km
- Difficulty: Easy
- Best Time: April- October
According to mythology, Kheerganga is an abode of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva was said to have meditated here for 3000 years. The hot springs of Kheerganga are sacred and the locals believe the water has some healing properties. A lot of Hindu and Sikh pilgrims come to take bath in the sacred waters. There is also a Shiva temple at the top near the Hot waters pond. The pool is divided into 2 parts, one side for women and another side for men.
Kheerganga trek is 12 km and starts from Barshaini, a picturesque hamlet near Kasol. The majestic views of Kheerganga will leave you speechless. Camping at the top is something that you can’t miss. The top offers magic, magic with the chilly winds, fresh air, tranquil surroundings, lush greenery, and snow-capped mountains. Himachal Pradesh has so many gems in the Parvati Valley, one of them is Kheerganga.
Kasol is the nearest village to Kheerganga. Without a doubt, Kasol is behind the popularity of Kheerganga. Every year a lot of tourists visit Kasol to explore the hippie culture. Kasol is famous for its crazy music festivals and serene beauty. There are a lot of tiny hamlets and villages which travelers explore while on Kasol trek like Pulga, Tosh, Malana, Chalal, Rasol. Hashish is commonly found in the valley.
How to reach Kheerganga?
- There are two ways to reach Kheerganga, one is from Barshaini to Natkhan village and then Kheerganga. And another one is form Kalga/Pulga through forests which is a longer but prettier one.
There are several modes of transportation. Barshaini is the starting point of Kheerganga trek.
By Road: The most convenient way to reach is to take a direct bus from Delhi and get down to Bhuntar. Then, you have to catch buses to reach Barshaini along the way through Kasol.
By Air: The nearest airport is the Bhuntar airport. You will easily get a flight from Delhi and reach Bhuntar. Then, take a taxi or bus to reach Barshaini.
By Train: Joginder Nagar railway station is the nearest one. Take a direct train and reach Kasol by taking a cab from the railway station.
Activities to do:
Exploration: The trek offers a great chance to explore the quaint villages and hamlets to know the pahadi culture and lifestyle.
Trekking: You can also do short treks from Kasol to Chalal, Malana, and Tosh Village. Trekking in the Parvati valley is an amazing adventure to do.
Camping: Camping at Kasol near riverside and at the top of Kheerganga will be magical and exciting.
Partying: If you are a party animal then, do attend the psychedelic party in Kasol and get lost in the trippy vibes.
- Do not wander alone at night in the valley. It is not safe.
- Pack light and carry minimum weight.
- Do not litter. Keep the surroundings clean and green.
- Be a responsible trekker. Take care of your valuables.
- Do not misbehave. Show respect to the culture and people.
- First aid box with necessary medicines is very important to carry along.
- Always keep a water bottle and some handy snacks.
Kheerganga is truly a great adventure to explore. A trip to Kheerganga will take you close to nature. The mountains, magical views, and serene surroundings will make your weekend a perfect one. The trek welcomes all from beginners to experienced trekkers.
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