Kheerganga-A trek to remember
In the lap of Himachal Pradesh, situated a beautiful place called Kheerganga (3500m) at the extreme end of Sylvan Hills’ Parvati Valley, it is believed that Lord Shiva meditated for thousands of years. The beauty and greenery of the mountains, the elegant sound and view of River Parvati and picturesque skies are undoubtedly a much delightful for trekker’s eyes and soul.
There is a Gurudwara near Kasol called Manikaran . Manikaran Sahib is pilgrimage for Hindus and Sikhs. It is well known for the hot spring water, even the food which is made in gurudwara boiled only in that hot spring water. There is separate place for bathing too, Bathing here is known as balm for arthritis.
How ‘Kheerganga’ came to be called so
A few people believe that it was the son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya, who came here after losing a race to his brother Ganesha. He remained in a ‘Samadhi’(meditation) for thousands of years. It was Lord Shiva who tried to tempt his son by channelizing a stream of Kheer (rice pudding) to bring him back. The actual meaning of the word Kheerganga is ‘milky white sacred water’.
A Trek to Kheerganga
Almost one year back, when I went to Kasol with a group of my office friends, I heard about Kheerganga from the people who were coming back from the trek. They told us that despite its obvious challenges, the trek was an incredible experience that would make for a lifetime of memories. Since then, Kheerganga had been on my list of places to go, till the opportunity finally presented itself.
Last month, I decided to go for the trek, and after packing my bag, I went to Majnu ka tila from where I was supposed to board Volvo bus at 8 pm. Finally at 8:30PM bus departed and my excitement reached to the next level. We took a pit stop at Dhabba near Panipat for dinner, where I enjoyed Dal makhni, Rice and hapati with chilled Thumps Up , then we headed for the road again. We started talking with each other for our next days plan in Kasol and Kheerganga and took deep sleep so that we can enjoy our day at kasol without feeling tired.
The morning started with a stunning sunrise view that I enjoyed from a local Dhaba in the mountains where we relished tea and Biscuit. Finally we reached kasol around 10:30am. We were having our booking in the hotel so we quickly reached there and checked In. Later after taking rest and Breakfast We took our steps to the Kasol Street that is also referred to as Mini Israel, because of the many Hebrew inscribed signboards and a variety of scrumptious Israeli dishes that are being served in the restaurants and cafes. Also we visited Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara and had tasty langer and did sewa(help) of food serving and took a dip in the hot spring water. It was an awesome experience, taking dip in hot water in the open chilled sky.
Next day, I started my expedition at 9am after grabbing some aloo prontha with curd from the hotel’s restaurant. Hotel staff helped us to arrange a cab to reach barshaini(Starting point of kheerganga trek) and booking at kheerganga for camping. After reaching Barshaini there was beautiful view of mountains, we clicked so many pictures , later We met with our guide at Barshaini with whom we started our trekking to Kheerganga. Yeahhh… the wait has come to end..
And then we started our 12 km long kheerganga trek. We also came through villages Kalga and Pulga, where we talked to locals and they shared there daily life routines. We ate maggie and omlette beside the waterfall, wow maggie at waterfall :D. We were enjoying songs in our soundbar while trekking, which was not letting us to think about our tiredness
We reached the Kheerganga around 6PM! We took a refreshing dip in the hot spring that washed off all my tiredness and leg pain from the journey. That day, I decided to spend a night in the camp. To celebrate the achievement of trekking, a bonfire was arranged for all of us at night. Playing cards, chit chats with other groups. That was kind of sleepless night as people were busy interacting and sharing their experiences with each other.
We slept for about 4 hours and woke up to the chilly morning breeze and went for morning walk with a awesome view of the sunrise and flying birds. After having breakfast, I went to take another dip in the hot water spring. We started the trek back to Barshaini after breakfast at 10am which took us 4 hours, and then we returned to Kasol. We went to our hotel to pick our bags and had some snacks and rested in the garden for 2 hours.
In the evening at 5PM we boarded our Volvo for Delhi.
And here we ended our memorable trip of Kasol – Kheerganga.
Things to Carry
- Trekking shoes and trekking pole
- Mosquito repellent
- Sports wear for trekk
- First aid kit
Kheerganga Trek Highlights
- Length: 1 Nights 2 days
- Maximum altitude: 3050 m
- Delhi to Kasol: 520 km
- Chandigarh to Kasol: 273km
- Bhuntar to Kasol: 30km
- Kasol to Barshaini: 16km
Things to keep in mind while trekking
- Avoid taking shortcuts in the mountains
- Leave the least amount of ecological footprint by choosing to not litter on the trail
- Watch your steps at the slippery places
- No mobile networks at Kheerganga and during trekk
Take a dip in the hot spring water in kheerganga and make your soul and tired body happy.