KHEERGANGA- The Hot springs Adventure!!
Kheerganga is a popular trekking destination. It is located in the far end of Parvati valley at an elevation of 2,950m. It is an abode of Lord Shiva meditated for thousands of years. The lush greenery of the mountains, splashing waters of the Parvati River, blue skies, and rolling landscapes of nature.
According to mythology, Kheerganga has a religious significance for Hindu & Sikh pilgrims. The place is famous for hot springs. Parvati Kund, a pond of hot water at the Kheerganga top has some healing properties in it. The water remains hot even in heavy snowfall and taking a deep into the hot waters will give you a lifetime experience.
Highlights of Kheerganga:
- The sacred hot springs!
- Lush greenery and splashing waters of the Parvati valley
- Rudranag waterfalls
- Explore villages like Tosh, Kasol, Chalal, and Malana.
The trek of Kheerganga starts from Barshaini. A small village that serves as a starting point to many treks like Tosh, Kheerganga. The total trek is 14km and can be covered in 1 day. The trek will pass through beautiful waterfalls, mixed forests of oaks and deodars, spectacular views of the Parvati valley, and tricky trails. Kheerganga trek is an easy to moderate trek which offers a lot. The lush greenery of the valley will make you fall in love with the place. You will see the amazing Rudranag waterfalls at the end of the trek and the Natkhan village culture.
Camping at the top will give you an unforgettable experience. Staying under the clear blue skies and at night watch the star-glanced sky.
The best season to visit Kheerganga is in winter. In the months from October to February, Kheerganga is a paradise for nature lovers. The foggy views, snow-covered mountains, the lush greenery and tranquil surroundings will leave you breathless. In winters, a bath into the hot waters is a must.
In summers, the sky remains clear, vibrant colors of nature, rolling landscapes of mountains, and serene beauty. You will spot a huge no of crowd in summers.
Springtime is the best time if you are a nature lover, the best landscapes of lush meadows and flora will so soothing and mesmerizing. Monsoon season is not good to travel in the mountains, the oath gets muddy and slippery. Avoid trekking in monsoon season.
How to reach?
To reach Kheerganga you have to reach Kasol first.
The is no railway or airport connectivity to Kasol from Delhi or Chandigarh.
The nearest airport is the Bhuntar airport near Kullu, which is 31km from Kasol.
Direct buses are available from Delhi / Chandigarh to Bhuntar. You will easily get buses from Kullu to Bhuntar which is 5km away.
The nearest railway station is the Joginder Nagar Railway station which is 145 km from Kasol. You will easily get a private taxi or bus to reach Kasol.
Food & culture.
Israeli cuisine is the most popular food in Kasol. There are so many restaurants on the street where you will get different cuisines like German and Chinese. The food is good and different from your regular food.
The culture of Kasol and other nearby villages is very vibrant and great. The lifestyle of the locals and hardships what they earn, how they live, famous things, etc. The trek offers a great opportunity to explore the culture.
Essential things for Kheerganga:
- Carry minimum weight
- Always carry some eatables with you
- Water bottle
- First aid kit
- Take the essential toiletries
- Inform your family prior to the trek
- Be smart and nice to people
- Choose a good tour operator
- Trekking gears
- Torch and flashlights
- Trekking shoes
- Woolen clothes (according to the weather)
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Sunglasses and hat
Tips for Kheerganga:
- Always carry some minimum cash with you. There are only a few ATMs at Kasol, you will not find any ATM on the trek.
- Do not litter. Follow the leave no trace policy
- Always check the weather forecast before leaving for the place.
- If you have extra time then explore the nearby villages. Manikaran Gurudwara is an amazing scenic destination to visit near Barshaini.
- Take adequate breaks while the trek. Do not run, just walk.
- Always try to cut the cost while traveling. Taking a bus rather than a private taxi will be convenient and less expensive.
Kheerganga is God’s place and offers a lot. The serene beauty of the mountains will make you stay longer. Plan your next trip to Kheerganga and experience nature at its best.
Live. Travel. Explore!!