'Yearning to chill and relax in the lap of nature and craving to escape from the mundane routine of all work and no play?' Don't be as dull as Jack and pack your bags to visit one of the finest destinations in northern India, rejuvenate your senses and live in close proximity to the bounty of nature. WELCOME TO KASOL! With even less than 4,000 people in the town, affordable accommodations most of which faces a clean, gurgling river, coniferous forests, and snow-capped mountains, Kasol is the perfect 'do-nothing' vacation spot to just chill and relax in the arms of nature. Apart from being apt for travellers wanting an escape from the madding crowd, Kasol is also an ideal destination for backpackers, trekkers and nature enthusiasts due to its breathtaking scenic valley, immaculate mountains and great climate throughout the year. It is an important base for trekking towards SarPass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Kheerganga.
TREK TO THE HOLY ABODE
Lying in picturesque Parvati Valley, Kheerganga makes it to the list of destinations to encounter hippie culture amidst the mountain solace. The base point of the trek is from Barshaini which is 20 km from Kasol and one can reach Barshaini via private cabs (Rs. 1100 to 1200 for 4 persons) or a local buses (Rs. 45). The 12km trail from here provides you with ample opportunities to explore the natural bounties of the region. The first few kilometres are hardly a climb and the trail will take you through lush farms, small hills and villages along the Parvati River. On the way, you will find numerous charming waterfalls that will lure you to take a pictures. This mystic land of enchanting beauty will compel you to sink in its enthralling views that serves as 'food for soul'. The last village where you can expect your phone network to work before dying is the Rudra Nag village, crossing it will leave you with just yourself, your trekking partners and of course Nature. One sight of the astonishing serpent-shaped waterfall of Rudra Nag will give you a new perspective on nature. These splendid waterfalls are one of the highlights of the trek. Kheerganga is almost 2 hours from this village.
Beyond Nag village the woods become dense and the path becomes steeper. The trek from here requires strenuous climbing and hardcore trekking abilities before you reach Kheerganga. After reaching the green meadow of Kheerganga, take a refreshing dip in the hot springs to wash off the fatigue acquired during the trek. The cool weather and vistas of the mighty peaks of the Himalayas, and the therapeutic water of the hot springs is a unique combination, a life changing experience to be cherished forever. The best feeling is the one you feel on being immersed in a pool of warm water surrounded with snow clad mountains. Unbelievable!!! Isn't it?
ABOUT THE PLACE
Kheerganga is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva meditated for 3,000 years, thus it holds spiritual and religious importance. The hot springs here called the Parvati kund, is the highlight of this place and is believed to be 'holy' with healing and therapeutic properties. Kheerganga which translates to 'milky, holy water of pious nature' is said to be named after this tiny pool, which is considered sacred. Amidst the heaven at Kheerganga are many cafes and a dharamshala. You can spend the night here in your tent or get an accommodation from the various lodging options at a throw away cost .The cafes offer stay in tents and large halls with inbuilt 'tandoors'. The cost per bed varies from INR 100 to INR 200 depending upon the season. Spend the night here and gear up for the second round of the trek and wake up to a magical morning that won't fade away from your memory ever. You can take the same route to Barshaini the next day. From Barshaini you can take a bus back to Kasol. A gist about the trek is given below:
Approximate trekking distance (to and fro) : 26 Km
Base Camp : Barshaini
Difficulty Level : Easy to moderate
Highest point of trek : 10,065 ft
Nearest Airport : Bhuntar Airport
Nearest Railhead : 150 km
Region : Kullu
Snow : Kheerganga is covered with snow in the winters that is from November to January.
PLANNING A TREK TO THIS MYSTIC LAND, KEEP THESE THINGS IN MIND
Be sure to carry a powerbank, rain coat, something warm to wear at night as Kheerganga is cold during summers too, torch and cash (credit and debit cards don't work here).
Wear proper trekking/ sports shoes.
Do not carry heavy backpacks while trekking, carry light backpacks with only the important items in its stead.
Carry drinking water and some biscuits for that quick energy reinforcement.
Do not try to trek to and fro to Kheerganga in a day. Resting in Kheerganga is highly advisable for safety as well as to avoid too much fatigue.
Respect the serenity and beauty of nature and the locals, do not litter and make this pious place dirty.
The Parvati Valley is one of the most picturesque places in Himachal Pradesh. You can explore its magnificent landscape and let your soul devour peace from its enchanting views. The Kasol to Kheerganga trek is an invigorating journey, which not only unveils the stunning terrain of the Himalayas, but also gives you a chance to learn about the interesting culture of the people living here . So pack your bags and Get, set Go......!!