Himachal Pradesh has a certain charm that attracts all tourists and travelers alike. Those with an adventurous streak feel the tug towards this hilly region ever more. For such travel enthusiasts, Kheerganga needs to be added to their travel bucket list right away. This gem lays in the abode of Himachal Pradesh, to the extreme end of Parvati Valley of Sylvan Hills. The place must not be unheard of for trekkers and adventure travelers. But not many know much about the place or how to get there and what are the trekking options and routes.
So, we’re here to help with some trivia about this slice of heaven. Get ready to explore a new place.
The meaning behind the name is “milky white sacred water”. A few believe that this place is where Kartikeya, Shiva’s son, came to, after losing a race against his brother Ganesha. He remained here in ‘Samadhi’ (meditation) for many years. In an attempt to appease and tempt him back home, Lord Shiva channelized a stream of kheer to the region and hence the name.
Where to start
The trek starts from a place called Barshani (also known an Berseni) which can be reached by road from Kasol. Irrespective of the route or trekking trail you take, this is where your trek will start.
While waking up early may be a task for most, we suggest it’s the best way to get the best out of this trek. The total hiking to Kheerganga lasts for 6 hours at least, hence if you want to explore everything the trek has to offer, with peace and without missing out on any viewing points, start as early as possible. The best time? 8 am!
Choose homestay options over hotels
In case you want to make it a 2-3 day hike with breaks, there are many lovely and tiny villages uphill as you make way to Kheerganga. Barshaini, Tosh and Kalga village offer great homestay options which are as cheap as 200/- to 500/- INR per day for each person. However, if you prefer luxury and five star hotel stays, you’ll be disappointed because there are none available.
The perfect midway break
Such a long trek can be tiresome and requires at least one or two breathers. With this trek, you get that in the form of Naktan village. It lies almost midway to the entire trek route and offers amazing valley views alongside some great food like noodles (because, up in the hills, noodles are a must, right?) and watermelon juice.
An idyllic picnic spot
Once you cross Rudranag on your uphill trek, you’ll come across a dense pine forest with a good stretch of plain, flat run-off area with a waterfront and a fantastic view of the valley. This can be the perfect spot for a midway picnic spot.
Hot water bath
Of course, the trek would be incomplete without indulging in the one thing this place is most popular for! The hot springs of course. Indulge in a hot bath at one of the many hot water springs, during sunrise or sunset to soak in the ice capped mountain peeks and to relax those muscles gone sore because of the long trek.
Witness the sunset and camp under the stars
If not witnessing the sunset from the hot water springs, we recommend doing so from the endpoint of the trek. Also, the top of the trail offers many campsites for a night stay. Why miss a chance to fall asleep under the stars or gaze at them from one of the best spots in Himachal, right?
Enjoy a variety of world cuisine and beverages
While it may not be possible to have a 6 course meal, the trail does offer a variety of world cuisine (because Kasol gets a lot of international tourists) and of course having a cup of tea/coffee on the hilltops is such an experience that no one can deny enjoying! A lot of the cafes at the campsite also turn into dorms post 11 pm. Isn’t that amazing?
Even though reaching the moutain top may be tedious, these experience definitely make the hike worth it!
Have you been to Kheerganga? If not, which was your best trek so far and what was your experience like? Let us know in the comments!