As everyone knows, Kasol is the hub of trekkers. Kasol is a small village nestled in the Parvati Valley, in Kullu district, Uttarakhand. It is perched at an elevation of 1,580m above sea level. Kasol is a popular trekking destination that attracts a lot of trekkers and backpackers every year. Kasol is also known as the Mini-Israel of India due to a huge crowd of Israelis. The beautiful village offers great views of lush green valleys and the alluring Parvati river flowing alongside. Kasol is a heaven for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. Riverside camping in Kasol is another amazing experience you can have. You can explore the village, take a walk in the markets, have delicious food in the trippy cafes, and enjoy the tranquility of the lush green surroundings.
Kasol is famous for its hippie culture. A lot of tourists and travelers come from all across the world and get lost in the trippy vibes of Kasol. If you are planning to travel in Himachal Pradesh then you must explore Parvati valley and experience the best of nature.
Let’s move on to the next destination Kheerganga. A peaceful place up in the hills of Parvati valley. Kheerganga is perched at an elevation of 3,050m above sea level. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The place is famous for its natural hot springs. An old temple of Lord Shiva is also situated at the top. The hot water pool which is known as Parvati Kund is separated into two parts one side for males and one for females. Kheerganga is a popular trekking destination.
Kasol-Kheerganga trek starts from Kasol and leads to Barshaini. A short one hour drive will take you to Barshaini, which is a picturesque hamlet between Kasol and Kheerganga. The total trek distance is 12km which can be covered in 5-6 hours. The trek is so refreshing and surreal one. The trek will take you through dense groves of pines and fir, cascading waterfalls, steep climbs, ascends and descends, with great landscapes of nature. After reaching the Kheerganga top, you will be amazed by the surreal beauty of nature, tranquil surroundings, great landscapes of nature, and lush greenery rolling down from the mountains. In winters, get ready to witness snow at Kheerganga. Camping at the top will be an amazing experience to cherish for a lifetime. The star-glanced nights are magical. Early morning is the best time to take a bath in the hot waters and then offer prayers in the temple. Say goodbye to the place and trek back from top to Barshaini via Natkan and Rudranag villages. Reach Barshaini and explore other villages in the remaining time. Tosh, Malana, Pulga, Chalal are some beautiful nearby places that you can easily explore.
Best time to visit:
Kasol-Kheerganga is accessible round the year. In the summer season, you will spot a huge crowd and the temperature remains soothing with the shiny sun. In winters, with an average crowd, witness the snowfall and enjoy the New year festival at Kasol. In monsoons, it is advised to do not do trekking as the trail becomes slippery and dangerous.
How to reach?
The best way to reach Kasol is to get down to Bhuntar first. There are a lot of buses available from Delhi to Bhuntar. You can also take a direct flight from Delhi and reach Bhuntar. Then, take a bus from Bhuntar to reach Kasol.
You can also take a direct flight from Delhi to Bhuntar airport in Kullu.
There are a lot of local buses and taxis available at Kasol that will take you to Barshaini, where you can start the trek.
General Travel tips:
- Carry all the essential things in your backpack.
- Travel light and carry minimum weight.
- Inform your family prior in advance as there will be no networks available up in the Valley.
- Always follow the trek leader and do not take shortcuts.
- The trail is not well-defined. It is advisable to be physically fit and have strength and stamina.
- Always carry an ID proof.
- Do not litter. Keep the surroundings clean & green.
- Always carry a water bottle and handy snacks in your backpack.
- Always check the weather conditions before leaving for the trek.
- Eat healthy and do not skip meals during the trek.
- Always carry a personal medical kit with you as cuts & bruises are very common during the trek.
Kasol-Kheerganga trek is a must-do adventure in the Parvati Valley. It is a popular spot in Himachal Pradesh which holds tranquil surroundings and beauty in it. The best part is, it is a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi. Plan a weekend trip and spend some time with nature.
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