At the end of the Parvati valley in Sylvan Hills, where Lord Shiva is believed to have meditated for thousands of years, is located in Kheerganga, a beautiful place in Himachal Pradesh. The lush greenery of the mountains, the graceful Parvati River, and the picturesque sky are undoubtedly a treat for the eyes and soul of hikers.
For Hindu and Sikh pilgrims, this place has a religious significance. The Kheerganga Trek is located 22 kilometers from Manikaran and is popular even during heavy snowfalls because its hot springs and baths are a true experience. This trail shows popular tourist destinations along the way such as Rudra Nag Waterfall and Shiv Temple. To experience the tranquility in the relaxing places of the great Himalayas, you must continue your Kasol – Kheerganga trek.
What is called “Kheerganga”
Some people think that it is Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva, who approached his brother Ganesha after losing the game. For thousands of years, it has remained in “Samadhi”. It was Lord Shiva who tried to guide his son’s rice pudding by guiding its current.
Trek to Kheerganga
About three years ago, when I went to Kasol with a group of childhood friends, I learned about Kheerganga from people returning from a walk. We were told that despite the obvious challenges, this hike was an incredible and unforgettable experience. Since then, Kheerganga was on my list of places to go until this opportunity finally came.
I decided to go hiking last month and packed my luggage, took a bus from here to Shivaji Stadion at 10:00, put on my headphones, turned on the music, and sat down comfortably. Having dinner at Murthal, we went into the pits, where I had some good kimchi and tofu, and then we were back on the road. This is my first time traveling alone so I can’t get much sleep on the bus. Starting with the magnificent sunrise of the local Daba in the morning of , we like to eat sandwiches and tea.
After crossing the bumpy roads of Manikaran and Kasol, the bus took me to the Kasol stop around 14:00. At the bus stop, I met other people who were planning to go to Kheerganga at 14:00. I decided to find a hotel in Castle for one night rather than agree because I wanted to get enough rest. After relaxing for 2 hours, I took a walk down Kasol Street, also known as Mini Israel, because the restaurant serves a lot of Hebrew inscriptions and Ronca dishes.
After a toast at the hotel restaurant at 6 is the next morning, my journey will begin. I first visited a nearby temple, where I met my 8-year-old trekking guide. We set our goal at noon to reach Kheerganga. The Parvati and Tosh river base camp Barsaini have also been removed from the temple. On the way to the top of the mountain, we passed through the majestic countryside with magnificent natural scenery. We have walked through some wooden bridges, rugged terrain, and slippery curves. On my camera, I captured several wonderful views of the sky, waterfalls, and birds.
We also passed by the villages of Kalga and Pulga. The locals sang some popular Himachal songs for us. It was a sacred moment. They told me about their way of life. The locals gave me rice, brown sugar, raisins and nuts, and asked me to go to the Himachal Mita Desert, which is a traditional dessert. Later along this route, the scenery of temples, rivers, flowers, mud houses, and alpine trees became majestic.
We arrived at the green grassland of Helganga on time! I took a relaxing bath in the hot spring and washed away all the fatigue and soreness during the journey. I decided to stay in the camp that day. In the evening, a bonfire party was organized to celebrate our achievements on foot. Card games, dancing, and Antakshri set the right tone for the evening, it is another sleepless night. This trail shows popular tourist destinations along the way such as Rudra Nag Waterfall and Shiv Temple. Since then, Kheerganga was on my list of places to go until this opportunity finally came.