The spiritual site of KheerGanga’s temporary village is where Shiva is said to have meditated for 3000 years. The hot springs at KheerGanga are extremely important for Hindu and Sikh pilgrims as well as many others who believe the waters have sacred healing properties. So, With a pleasant climate all around the year and low population density, this wonderful place is all set to give you an unforgettable experience.
The snow-clad Himalayas to verdant landscape and clear blue sky adds a touch of mystery to the place. Because, If you are an adventure buff. Love to go hiking, then this is the trek you surely cannot miss.
These mountains covered by herbs & shrubs provide a sense of calmness. Along with the roar of the flawless river create a feel of untouched jungle.
The abundance of waterfalls, the small villages and smiling people, the uncluttered lifestyle and living “one with nature” feeling that one gets while trekking through the valley is incomparable. So, visit this place. Because this is the best place for traveling.
The trip from Delhi to Kasol
Route from Delhi to Kasol- Delhi-Panipat-Karnal-Kurukshetra-Rupnagar-Sundernagar-Mandi-Bhuntar-Kasol
Distance from Delhi to Kasol- 520km
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Planning the trek to Kheerganga –
Since it is likely that one will reach Barshaini by 11 am – 12 noon, most people trek to Kheerganga on the same day.
The time taken to trek to Kheerganga is usually 3 to 4 hours depending on an average person’s speed. It is a fairly easy trek – on the difficulty level and can be ideal for a first time trekker.
It is best to reach there anyhow by noon, enjoy the natural hot water spring bath, eat lunch and leave by 3. Remember that usually the time taken to go back is half of what you’d take while hiking up, so one can get back to Barshaini in 2 hours from Kheerganga.
The Routes :
There are two routes from Barshaini for Kheerganga Trek:
Barshaini is a small village with a taxi stand, few very basic stay options and dhabas. A barely motor-able road diverges from here to Tosh which is little over 2 Kms from Barshaini. A hydro power project is under construction here which has affected the beauty of the place. Hopefully a lot of it will get restored once plant is commissioned and a reservoir is formed.
Route 1 – From the bridge at Barshaini, go right and hike up to Kalga village. This route passing through dense forests is slightly longer but offers easy climb and is suited for beginners and occasional trekkers.
Route 2 – The second route goes via Nakthan village and you have to take a left from the bridge at Barshaini. This is the shorter route and more scenic route but quite steep at places so is a difficult one.
Whichever path you choose, the beginning of the trek is a short gentle climb. The way to Nakthan passes gorgeous apple orchards but can get tiring and hot on a sunny day, in the absence of a tree cover.
Towering deodhar trees line the path from Kalga and the dominance of nature is evident on that route. Nakthan village is a traditional Himachali village with small wood and stone homes and also has a few cafés for travellers and trekkers. In recent years, a few homes have also started offering staying facilities for trekkers.
Nakthan Village ( Route 1 ) Is Preferable More And We Also Went From This Route –
After crossing the village, Rudranag Temple is only a short walk away. A serene waterfall is very close to the temple and one can fill water bottles from there. There are also two small cafes near Rudranag temple. The sound of Parvati river rushing through the gorges is like music to the ears. There are fine views of pine forests towering near the mountain peaks. Remember to carry some candies with you, e.g. I carry alpenliebe which is a great choice on uphill climbs.
Around 30 minutes after Rudranag temple, the trail will reach a bridge to the right – just before the bridge is a lovely dhaba with basic staying facilities too; in case of an emergency or starting the trek late from Barshaini. Around this point, Route No. 2 from Kalga joins the main route (i.e Route No. 1) and an uphill climb begins. There are sometimes shepherds going with their flock of goat and sheep (that cause traffic jam!) to the green meadows of Thakur Khan which is after Kheerganga.
Around the halfway point on the trek, one comes across a huge waterfall with a solitary dhaba café on the right side.
Most trekkers take a short break at this place named Shalom Waterfall Cafe and enjoy a maggi or some snacks, before making the final push to Kheerganga.
The trekking trail becomes a little difficult after the waterfall; a continuous climb begins which can be testing for first time trekkers.Remember it is not a race and that everyone has their own pace.
so walk slow and steady, enjoy the scenery of the forest and reach Kheerganga kasol. The uphill climb is definitely tiring, the good bit is that there are nice spaces to sit in the shade of trees where the cool air helps much in relaxing. Remember to keep a lot of water with you and not empty it before you reach Kheerganga.
Around 45 mins before reaching Kheerganga , there is a beautiful view of a flowing waterfall on the path itself. There are two very scenic cafes with gorgeous views here. In case accommodation is not available at Kheerganga, one can sleep in the common space for a small charge.
When you’ve walked and walked, the path will wind one final time and the first of the yellow and blue tarpaulin covered huts can be seen.
This is the start of Kheerganga, there is a cluster of huts and cafés near the temple and natural hot water spring which can be covered on a 10 minute walk. The temple and hot water spring pool is located on top of all the huts and campsites.
Where to stay in Kheerganga? :
Kheerganga has become a very popular destination for young adventurers during the summer months. There are around 8-10 huts offering rudimentary staying facilities in Kheerganga kasol. Depending on the season, weekend crowds and weather – it is easy to find accommodation in Kheerganga even if you haven’t booked in advance.
There are options of private huts and rooms for couples at 400-500 Rupees per room. Common sleeping space is available (a comfortable bed and blanket) at around 100-200 Rs. per person. Remember that the bathrooms are mostly shared ones and it is almost impossible to find a room with an attached bathroom.
There are no hotels to stay at Kheerganga but simple places. All the staying places have either an open air café (during the day) and a closed eating space with heating arrangements for cold evenings. Some big cafés and restaurants have space for as many as 50-100 people to sit and eat at one point of time. Food is quite expensive at Kheerganga. You should carry a packet or and also carry chocolates to munch and provide energy while on the trek.
Some tented accommodation may also be available on the green meadows that is a short distance away from the other cafés. It is also possible to pitch your own tent by paying a small fee in Kheerganga. A few companies offer weekend trek packages to Kheerganga – with prices from Delhi, which may be a good idea for group travellers. Their common eating space is nice, and with an evening bonfire a packaged deal for Kheerganga may not be a bad idea.
Another option for trekkers can be staying in the common rooms at the place called Ashram. Prices at the Ashram are 150 Rs per day per person including food. Meals include dall, rice and chapati.
Local Legend of Kheerganga :
Lord Shiva (some say it was his son Kartik) came to Kheerganga and is said to have meditated for thousands of years. The name Kheerganga literally translates to ‘milky white sacred water.’
The water of the natural hot springs is indeed white like milk and a bath in the same is considered sacred and meditative. The temple nearby is believed to be quite ancient. Kheerganga trek kasol is the abode of Lord Shiva (according to the locals.) It is a spiritual site.
Important points : It can get quite cold in Kheerganga, carrying heavy woollens is advised even in the summer months. Mobile networks work in Barshaini, Kalga and Tosh. Kheerganga may have BSNL connectivity, but it is better to make important calls before you begin the trek. Water is available at dhabas.
In kheerganga trek kasol, the restaurant owners obviously want you to buy their bottled water. But there is a small natural spring in a place called Ashram. Find it and discreetly fill your water bottles, nobody has a problem with it.
Kheerganga trek has become so popular that these days a small supermarket store has opened there. A small bakery also sells chocolate pastries and other breads. It is advised to carry a power bank to recharge your electronic devices.
ATM services in Parvati Valley can sometimes not work, so it is best to carry the required cash. Try to carry as less weight with you in the backpack as possible. Leave the excess stuff either at Barshaini/Tosh/Kalga or the homestay you are staying at.
There are separate enclosures for bathing for men and women in the hot water springs near the temple. People are expected to strictly observe the same. Please ensure that as responsible travellers you don’t litter the place, and try to maintain it as clean as possible.
So for a 3-4 day trip, the expenses can worked to be roughly around 3500-4000 Rupees.
Thing to carry
- Warm, comfortable shoes and clothes – especially since Kheerganga can get pretty cold even during the summers. Preferably trekking shoes and clothes.
- Backpack or haversack
- A change of clothes
- Medical kit
- ID Proof
- Sunscreen, cap
- Windcheater/ Raincoat
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Water bottle
- Any necessary toiletries
- Carry reusable plastic bags with you
- You will experience a trek of about 24 km
- Camping for the night at Kheerganga
- Bathing in the hot water spring or Parvati Kund
- You will also be able to view apple orchards, which Himachal Pradesh is famous for!