Finding Your seat in the Himalayas

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Finding Your seat in the Himalayas

Everyone has a seat in the Himalayas. You have to find yours.” I take a small sip of coffee before continuing. “For me, it’s KheerGanga. One can find its own seat someday, somewhere in the Himalayas when you get there.”

Spectacular view

It’s midnight and a cold and freezing wind is blowing. I’m outside my tent on a cliff of mountains with my friend to put up for the night. I take a long sip of my coffee and light a candle while pondering what to do next. It’s a full moon clear night and we look at the south to the mountains where one can catch the glimpses of the snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks.

Kheer Ganga sunrise- Sun splashing colours on the snow clads.
Kheer Ganga sunrise- Sun splashing colours on the snow clads.

 

KheerGanga

Located in Parvati Valley of Kullu district, just 22kms far from Manikaran is a attractive situation known as Kheer Ganga. Kheer Ganga shouldn’t be only fashionable for its hot springs, but additionally for the holy River Ganges that surrounds the virgin forests of this position and gushes down mischievously by way of the verdant forests. The trek to Kheer Ganga is regarded to be probably the most refreshing with invigorating views on your approach up and publish the climb you’re rewarded with an experience so that it will make you disregard your entire pains and aches a clean tub within the common hot water spring.

Kheerganga
Kheerganga

Attractive sunsets, and a dazzling view of the luxurious inexperienced mountains are one of the most options for sightseeing in Kheer Ganga.The villages of Barshaini, which has the final bus discontinue en route to Kheer Ganga and Kalga, are one of the intriguing locations to peer in Kheer Ganga. Enjoy a sport of pool at an open air pool table in Kalga. Places of religious interest incorporate the Shiva Parvati Temple and a Gurudwara close Manikaran Spring that you’ll be able to go for sightseeing in Kheer Ganga.Despite the onset of summer here, the temperatures even drop to below 10°C after sunset, and if you are at the top of the mountain peak like I was, it could get quite windy. I was glad for having a heavy coat and hot friend 🙂

The Great Gig in the Sky
The Great Gig in the Sky

Barshaini is the last motorable point. Hiring a consultant to arrive Kheerganga is encouraged.Whilst trekking from Barshaini, you will come across a number of sightseeing choices like Rudra-Nag, the serpent-shaped waterfall, the rock formation of Pandu Pul and the Pin-Parvati move (5400 m). The Pin Valley countrywide Park is an additional vacationer enchantment and is known for its resident wildlife population including snow leopards.

kheerganga
Tosh
Parvati Valley, Himachal
India

This is now going to be more of a photo post because its hard to put beauty in words (though professional writers will deny this claim☺)

Parvati river Kasol
River Parvati Kasol

To go to kheerGanga you need to get down at a place called Bhuntar. It lies on the highway which connects Delhi and Manali.

Kasol Parvati valley
Rocky Belt of Parvati River

There are very cheap buses which ply between Bhuntar and Bharshini. Avoid taking cabs since they are pretty expensive. Kasol is a very famous place which lies between these two towns (And i am sure you know why is it famous ☺).

Parvati Valley
Beauty of Parvati Valley

After reaching Bharshini either you can start the trek from here or you can take a day’s halt at Kalga which is very close by to Bharshini.We reached Bharshini in the evening so we had to stay over at Kalga.

Kalga Valley
Kalga Valley

It was unknown to us that the trek from Kalga is much more difficult than the one from Bharshini so be careful as this route can be extremely tricky during rainy days.

Kalga Valley
snow capped mountain from Kalga Valley

There are many small houses in Kalga which offer rooms at around 300 Rs (5$) per day and they are pretty clean. The village is serene and the air here is very clean (height of village is around 6000ft).

We started our trek at around 10 in the morning after a gourmet breakfast which included pan cake, toast, tea etc.

Kheerganga
You live in midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance

KheerGanga is a very small place. The maximum number of people at any point would be hundred.

Kheerganga trek
Rough road which is very slippery even after a drizzle.

There are lot of warm and cosy cafe’s out there which provide really cheap rooms to stay. The price again ranges from 300-600 Rs per day.

A view from tent
A view from tent

This place is famous for its hot springs. People claim that it has healing powers and especially any skin disease gets healed up if you take a dip in these waters.

We stayed at the top for nearly a day and started our descent at around 10 in the morning. This time we took the easier route because it rained in the night and the kalga route can be dangerous.

Kheerganga
Lessons from the Trek
It’s about what lies ahead and not what you’ve left behind. Keep moving.
Tosh valley
There is no Wifi in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection

We thought this route will be easy but we were wrong!

sunrise

In conclusion it is a must visit place. If you are into hiking then you would want to come back again. I bet if you come to this place once, you would love to come here second time as you can simply not get enough of this place. With so many good and few bitter memories we said adieu to Kheerganga hoping we could visit it again. For me the title of this place was truly justified “The Magical Valley” and in order to believe, you need to visit this magical valley because it’s said that ‘Great things happen when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street’.☺

 

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