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At 3000 metres, how about a plate of white sauce pasta, a bowl of sweet corn soup, and a complimentary jacuzzi? Add in a hike through the mesmerising grey-green mountains and the raging Parvati river. When you reach the summit, you will be in Shiva’s dwelling. Yes, I’m referring to the infamous hash area, as well as a land full of enthralling passages to see — the Kheerganga Trek. In an attempt to learn more about the infamy and glory of these hills, I went on a date with them and let my camera do the talking. While I divulge the secrets, scroll down.
Best Time To Visit:
If you’re thinking of going on a Kheer Ganga hike, you’re probably wondering when the finest time is. Trekking is not recommended in the extremes of summer, monsoon, or winter. As a result, it is advised to schedule time during the transitional weather. Given this, the optimum months for a Kheer Ganga hike are May to June and September to October, when temperatures are mild. It is neither too hot nor too cold for walking. Furthermore, because it is the post-monsoon season, you will not experience any of the slipperiness that you would have experienced throughout the monsoon season.
Kheer Ganga is around 9-10 kilometres from Barshaini and can be reached in three ways. Here are the several paths and options from which you can choose the best one.
1. Nakthan Village:
The best and simplest way to go to Kheer Ganga is to travel to Barshaini and turn left off the bridge into Nakthan Village. This is the most popular route because it is the shortest, taking only 3-4 hours to reach Kheer Ganga at a moderate pace. The clean Parvati River may be seen on the left side of the trail while on this path. Because this is the most popular path, it is impossible to get lost here because most trekkers choose this route.
2. Kalga Village:
After arriving at Barshaini, proceed to the bridge and turn right to reach the well-known Kalga Village. Because the path passes through dense forests, it may be difficult to stay on track, thus it is recommended that you bring a friend or a guide who is familiar with the area. Many people are unaware of this route, but if you want to avoid the throng, it is the ideal choice. Furthermore, after a few kilometres, the road rejoins the original route.
3. Tosh Village:
Another trail leads from Tosh Village to Nakthan Village, where it rejoins the original route. People who are staying in Tosh for the night and want to start hiking in the morning usually use this route. The Tosh River, which eventually enters the Parvati River, may be seen here.
Although tourism in Himachal is well-organized, getting to Kheer Ganga is not easy, which is why careful planning and iteration are required. The travel can be divided into two parts:
Pathankot, the nearest railhead, is 150 kilometres away from Bhuntar. By road, we recommend Delhi-Chandigarh-Mandi-Bhuntar. After 6 p.m., regular bus services depart from Delhi.
Barshaini can be reached by local bus from Bhuntar, although a private taxi would set you back INR 900–1,000. Avoid taking a cab if you have the time. Take a bus from Bhuntar to Manikaran (36 km in 90 minutes) and then from Manikaran to Barshani (36 km in 90 minutes) (18 km in 40 minutes). At 5:00 p.m., the last bus from Barshaini to Bhuntar departs. If you’re on a tight schedule, a shared cab from Manikaran may be useful. They charge between INR 75 and INR 100 per person on average.
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