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Trek to Kheerganga via KalgaNext day i trekked down from Pulga early in the Morning as i have to start trekking to Kheerganga, but i didn't know the way therefore, i asked around and decided on a way via Kalga which is more challenging in comparison from the Varseni one. Trek up to Kalga was also a bit steep, so it took me around 3 hours from Pulga to Reach Kalga. I stopped for a while in Kalga as i found the guy whom i met in the bus. He was there in Pulga from last two days, he told me he came up in Kalga for Rainbow gathering which was going on from last fifteen days. It was like a hippie gathering where people gather, listen to music, dance, bonfire and everything is free. i regretted that i missed on that as it was the last day of gathering. Then i continued my trek to Kheer Ganga, this trek is around 11 to 12 kilometers and is moderately difficult. But you can find everything in between the trek, waterfalls, streams, bridges, steep climbs and many more things. it took me around three and half hours to reach Kheer Ganga from Kalga.
The trail is really awestruck with lot of waterfalls and one of the most famous one's being Raudra Nag waterfall. Also while on the trail one can easily find various eating/ halting points which will ensure that you are on the right path.We decided to take a little break and eat Maggi noodles near the waterfall. Beyond Rudra Nag, the woods became dense and the path became steeper.
Also Manikaran is famous for its hot water spring in which rice and various vegetables are cooked which are than served as langar.
What started of as small talk, the next morning, formed into a bond that none of us three could really understand. I was convinced enough to change my path and travel to Kheerganga with them instead of Old Manali. What awaited was a dangerous rainy trek. After crossing almost impossible patches of a landslide, walking through nerve freezing water, falling down gazillion times(that was just me), an ankle sprain, breathtaking views, and not to forget the 14 kilometre tiring trek, we only hoped to reach the peak before sunset. Meanwhile, P: Yaar, Tu English mein achi hai? Me: Hai? Kyu? P: Tu na iss trip ke baad ek blog likhio. When a person with a more than decent experience in trekking, tells you that, you just know this one trek is different. Well, my plans weren't any different. That one night of pure bliss, the hot water spring, Israeli food, old monk, and two people who made the trip what it was. कभी कभी साथ रहने से बेहतर है, की अलग रहकर उस कुछ वक़्त को अपने पास क़ैद रखा जाए. And we parted ways the following day. Without exchanging numbers, email addresses or Facebook IDs. With that, I left a part of myself at that place, with those people. They made me realise that happiness is not that hard to find as we think it is. Thank you, for introducing to me a new kind of human affection.This post was originally published on Live.
After walking in rain for alomst 4-5 Hours. We finally reached this magical place known as "Kheerganga".
"Kheerganga's panaromic skies and vast greenery are a much needed delight to the eyes" – Apoorv AhlawatRead - The End of the Trek - Kheerganga, Parvati Valley by Apoorv Ahlawat
3. KheergangaWooden rooms loaded with snow and natural hot water Jacuzzi waiting for you outside, it’s like a dream isn't it? This place remains crowded in summers but converts into an absolute heaven in winters. You have to go through a moderate level trek of 12 Km to reach this heaven. Highest altitude: 2960 meters
5th July :- As I did not planned for Parvati valley trip, I was not aware of the places to go. I asked some of the natives about it & decided to go to Tosh in the afternoon. In the morning I went to Manikaran, 3 kms away from Kasol and famous for Manikaran Saheb Gurudwara. I enjoyed hot water bath & Langar there. Then I left for Barshaini ( Tosh is 3kms away from Barshaini and public transport is available till Barshaini). In the bus I heard 3 bangali people talking something about Kheerganga trek. I talked to them & get to know that they are from Bangladesh & came to India to do Kheerganga trek & visit some other places. I decided to join them for Kheerganga trek as it looked much more fun than staying in Tosh. Kheerganga is a 15 kms long trek mostly uphill & starting point at Barshaini. The trek was awesome with many exciting moments but I will not talk about it and most likely cover it in another blog. We reached at the top at 6:30 P.M. We were exhausted and relieved ourselves by taking hot water bath.
What caught our sight next morning other than the breathtaking view of Kheerganga was this cute cafe bordered with swings floating at its edges, almost like you are swinging into the mountains and the sunflowers grown around the cafe, made it the most picturesque place in Kheerganga. The cafe had some amazing food, it was perpetually crowded, had fun music playing and most importantly was a home-ground for many a friendships with Isrealis.
KheergangaA must-do 12 km trek in the Parvati Valley region, Kheerganga is known more for its hot-water springs which magically emanate from such a high altitude and has medicinal properties, and attract people from all over the world.After bidding a heavyhearted goodbye to Tosh, we headed towards Barsheini from where we were to start the most awaited Kheerganga Trek. Barsheini is a village about 15 minutes from Tosh by cab and about an hour and a half of walking if you have luggage on you.We obviously had no plans of carrying our entire luggage up to Kheerganga so the next move was to find a place where we could keep our luggage safely until we get back to Barsheini after spending 2 nights in Kheerganga. Once again the locals helped us, and the cabbie took us to a shop where his mate agreed to keep our luggage safely for 2 nights at a price of Rs . 300/- only. And let me tell you everything was as it is when we came back to pick our luggage after the Kheerganga Trek. There are many shops that keep luggage safely in Barsheini as its from there the Trek to Kheerganga starts so don't bother spending money for hotels and get on to speaking to locals, cabbies, other tourists and just about anybody, you are sure to find your way through.
And it rained for the whole night. The sound of raindrop falling on the tent is eargasm. Such a treat. Its gonna to ring in my ears for the longest time.Got up at 5 30 when the rain finally stopped and the view was a site to stare at. The grass all wet, had to walk real slow, else one would go rolling down the hill.
There are two ways to reach the top. Either you take Barsheni-Rudranaga route or Kalga route. If you are looking for more of the wild scenery then you gotta choose Kalga. Also, Kalga route is 2kms shorter the former one. It started with a walk in to the forest to climbing rocks and it got a little tougher after 6 kms. There is a waterfall cafe halfway to kheerganga(6kms) and i will advice you not to miss vegetable maggi, its extremely windy and cold because of the waterfall and you will enjoy your maggi well.