In the next mornings, we began our journey to Bershaini, HP for going to kheerganga. You've to go to Bershaini from Manikaran by a cab, sharing taxi but the best way is public transport which runs at a different schedule. So you need to ask locals about the time of a bus and it may cost you ₹ 35 per person whereas it takes an hour. Meanwhile, you get an opportunity to know more about the beauty of Himachal Pradesh on the way to Bershaini, it's incredible even you can easily be mesmerized. Bershaini is also a small village like Kasol and Manikaran. For Kheerganga, you have to prepare yourself otherwise you may face many consequences unless you've ever been to Trek in your life! There are many shops which provide you many requisites; rubber shoes, woollen socks, wooden sticks and dress especially in winters, they all will be required to carry for kheerganga because during this season trek becomes more slippery for this you need to be cautious. So it's better to take advice from the shopkeeper, moreover, you may be in a cleft stick after reaching on the top or en-route, however at kheerganga only camp facilities are available not anything else. As we'd bought sticks and rubber shoes only, they cost us ₹750 for all. Still, it's been snowing over here.
On the other hand, if you have your luggage so you shouldn't better take all with you, so for this you can take out important things; clothes, medicine, water bottle, especially money after that you can hand over to the shopkeeper, who keeps your luggage in an almirah for safety purpose and for this you have to pay extra. There are almost two treks; one from Nakthan village and second Kalga village. Trekking from Nakthan village is far better than Kalga village because it is much riskier than the first one. It takes almost 7-8 hrs to reach the final destination. The total distance is 10km from Bershaini to Kheerganga. The majestic views of Kheerganga will make you spell-bounded. It is located at an altitude of 9700ft. The vibes of the trekking offer you chilly and fresh winds, peaceful surrounding, lush greenery, snow-capped mountains. Even there are many other fantastic places to visit; Pulga, Tosh and Malana. It's one of the gifted abodes of Natural sulphur hot water spring and it's believed that this water has some healing powers. The valley is so much abundant in the water supply to the Hydel power project which is in Bersaini village. This valley also shows us splendid glaciers of Lahaul, Spiti valley. The trek has almost many interesting spots like; Shiva's temple, Rudra naag waterfall.
The best time to come here is from March to April and September to November. It takes you almost 2 days. You can do exploration, trekking, camping, bonefire and party here. Kheerganga is also known for the cultivation of 'marijuana' generally 'charas'. Camping facilities are available here but you need to make sure that you book your tent online otherwise you might face some consequences when it's bustling more, but they'll cost you much. Meanwhile, you may get tents but you've to bargain, it's totally up to you.As, we had been provided tent at ₹500. There is also facility of a guide, who takes you from Bershaini to Kheerganga but if you're on Trek for first time than it's up to you whether you need any of them or not. In fact, for hiring any guide, you've to pay atleast₹ 1500- ₹ 2000 for one side only. On the other hand, I must advise you that you have to reach on the top as soon as possible just before night because it's true that at mountains it gets dark soon then you have to start trek quickly so that you could end up on time.
After reaching there, you can take rest and then do your tasks. A meal will be provided to you by the owner of the tent, so you don't have to worry about this. It's not just finished yet, you've to go ahead to take bath in hot water spring for which you come, which is separated for gents and ladies.
And just in front of the 'Parvati Kund', there is Lord Ganesha's temple. But due to heavy snowfall, we visitors aren't allowed to visit at Kartikeya's temple which is located at just some km away from kheerganga and it's said that Kartikeya's temple is the origin of Parvati river (Kheerganga).
I must say this trip is one the best trips in my life ever till now!! I'd like to recommend all of you who read my blog here, do visit these marvellous places once in your life and try to make memories.