Shimla - Manali - Parvati Valley - Kheerganga

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Photo of Shimla - Manali - Parvati Valley - Kheerganga 1/1 by Kavipriya Adhinarayanan

You can read more about my travels on my website, www.experimentalexplorer.com

Day 1

I took a morning flight from Hyderabad to Delhi. I went around the city a little and then took a train to Kalka, where I stayed the night.

Day 2

I took the toy train from Kalka to Shimla. Even though this takes longer to reach than by road, this is probably the better way to reach Shimla, thanks to the experience. After reaching Shimla in the evening, I just took a walk to my hotel from the station and checked in.

Photo of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kavipriya Adhinarayanan

Day 3

After a quick early morning visit to the Mall road and the Ridge, I left for Kufri. One can easily spend half a day over there, after which I came back to spend a lively evening at the Ridge.

Photo of Kufri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kavipriya Adhinarayanan

Day 4

I visited the Indian Institute of Advanced study and the Himalayan bird park in the morning. I then took a bus to Manali. It took a total of about 9 hours to reach Old Manali from Shimla.

Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kavipriya Adhinarayanan

Day 5

There is a lovely trekking trail from Old Manali that took me to Solang valley in about 3 hours (Solang valley is also reachable by road). As popularly known, this is an adventure destination, though the activities available might vary with seasons. After I was done, I took a taxi back to Old Manali.

Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kavipriya Adhinarayanan

Day 6

After a visit to Vashisht and Manali mall road, I took a bus to Bhuntar, where I spent the night, thereby ending the first leg of my trip after which I was planning to proceed towards the Parvati valley.

Day 7

I took a taxi from Bhuntar to Barshaini in Parvati valley. Thereafter, a short trek led me to a quaint little village called Kalga, which also served as a base camp for the Kheerganga trek that I was planning to do the next day.

Day 8

I started the trek from Kalga to Kheerganga. It took a total of about 4.5 hours to reach the stop. The trail is pretty clear and you will find refreshments along the way. There are accommodations available at the top, varying from rooms, tents and dorms. Based on the rush you may need to make prior arrangements.

Photo of Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kavipriya Adhinarayanan

Day 9

I trekked back down to Kalga from Kheerganga. After a short stop at Kalga, I proceeded towards Barshaini, found a room and stayed the night.

Day 10

Took a bus to Manikaran from the local bus stand. Again, a quaint little town with beautiful views where the best thing to do is just to take a stroll around, which is what I did.

Day 11

Photo of Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kavipriya Adhinarayanan

I took a taxi to Kasol. After spending some time taking a walk along the Parvati river, I proceeded towards Bhuntar by bus, to catch another overnight bus to Delhi.

Day 12

It took about 12 hours to reach Delhi. After going around the city a little, I took a flight back to Hyderabad.

You can read more about my travels at www.experimentalexplorer.com

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