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If you are traveling to Kasol on your own, then you can either take Himachal Roadways starting from ISBT Kashmiri Gate or book Volvos that are going to Manali (Redbus.com is a preferred source for ticket bookings). On the way, you need to get down at Bhuntar.
After you de-board at Bhunter, you can either take a taxi or local bus as there are no direct buses to Kasol. If you are traveling by a tour booked bus then that case is different as was mine.
For Kheerganga, you need to reach Barshianni by taxi and then follow the main trekking route via Nakthan village as it is a well-marked trail.
Important Tips :
- Carry heavy woolens with you, even in summer months as the temperature drops dramatically at night. - Carry Power bank, moisturizer, cash (in case ATM's don't work at Kheerganga, withdraw cash at Kasol) - While trekking, keep refilling your water bottles - Pack some light snacks, dry fruits, chocolates to provide you with energy while trekking -Try to keep your backpack as light as possible because it becomes really hard to climb with a heavy backpack - Carry an umbrella, it can rain on your way to Kheerganga on the trek
A basic idea of costs for the trek to Kheerganga :
Volvo tickets from Delhi to Bhuntar & back - 2000/-. Bhuntar to Barshaini (to & fro) - 200/-. Stay at Kheerganga (or other villages) - 200 to 1000 per day. Food - Rs. 500 to 1000 per day. So, for a 2-3 day trip, the expenses can be worked to be roughly around 4000- 7000 Rupees.
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