Kheer Ganga situated in the Parvati Valley at an altitude of 3,050 meters is a well-known trek with some stunning visuals along the route. It is believed that Karthikeya, Lord Shiva’s elder son meditated for around 1,000 years in Kheer Ganga. This hidden gem is the last village while trekking to Pin Valley via Pin-Parvati pass. This beautiful place remains covered with snow during winters, so the treks are ideally avoided during this period.
Kheer Ganga is not easily accessible and requires a considerable trek. Barshaini, located 3 km from Tosh is the beginning or base of the further journey. From Barshaini, you can either take the route via Rudra Nag or Kalga. The trek via Rudra Nag is a steep climb with moderate difficulty level, whereas the route via Kalga is a few Km longer but with an easy climb. You will witness the Parvati and Tosh Rivers flowing by the side of the alluring paths, snow covered mountains, small villages, and green fields. The trek gives you an energising experience as you pass through the dense forests and several local villages.
The natural hot springs in Kheer Ganga are one of the finest attractions of the place. Although it may appear something that you should not do, taking a dip in hot water will give you an internal tranquillity. Shiv temple, devoted to Lord Shiva is situated 50 meters from hot water springs and is a must visit holy place for Hindus. Parvati River is known for peaceful relaxation, but you can also indulge in activities like fishing and river rafting as well. Trekkers looking for some challenges in their adventures can surely visit Parvati Pin Pass.
Besides the places mentioned above, you can also visit Manikaran Sahib situated at a distance of 5 km from Kasol. You can easily reach Kasol by booking a cab from Savaari Car Rentals. This huge Gurudwara is beautifully located between the hills and river Beas. Shopping in the flea markets of Kasol is also an enjoyable experience. You can shop a variety of items like t-shirts, pendants, caps, coats, etc. at very reasonable prices. It is highly recommended that you try some Israeli food in kasol.
This marvellous village of Kheer Ganga should be visited between March-July as the weather is pleasant and ideal for trekking. Pantnagar located at a distance of 230 km is the nearest airport to Kheer Ganga whereas Kathgodam is the nearest railway station. You can also book a taxi from Delhi to Kathgodam. You can reach Barshaini from Kathgodam either by bus or taxi. If you intend to take the road, you can take a bus up to Bhuntar and from there take a connecting bus to Barshaini. For anyone visiting by road from outside Himachal, private taxis are recommended; otherwise, you might have to change a few buses. You should not spend your energy in reaching the destination, save it for the trek.