This is a brief Review of our recent Kasol and Kheerganga Trip. We started at around 9 pm from Majnu Ka Tila in Delhi and the bus dropped us at the Bhuntar bus stand at 8 am the next morning. From Bhuntar, you can get lots of government buses from 7 in the morning to 5 in the evening. I personally took a cab that was in our package booked from The Travel Square which saved us from hours of negotiation. The Travel Square is one of the best sites that take care of all your travel needs and I am glad that I found them.
So lets begin, we reached Kasol by 12.30 pm and We were welcomed by the famous German bakery where we had our breakfast – delicious pancake and chocolate crepe. Because we went during peak season, all the hotels were charging a bit much then there usual and regular prices. After a bit of asking around, we found out about a great option of crossing the bridge across the mighty Parvati River and staying in the beautiful village of Chalal.Trekking to Kheerganga
From Barshaini there are two ways to trek up to Kheerganga. One that I knew is by taking left from the bridge after Barshaini; and reaching the Nakthan village. The other one is by taking right from the bridge and reaching Kheerganga via Kalga village. It is advisable to start the Kheerganga trek early and complete by 2-3pm. This will serve you two purposes. The first one is that you will get to enjoy a lovely evening at Kheerganga; else you won’t be able to see much of the evening there in case you did not reach in time. Second is that if it got dark while you were on the trek, it will be really difficult to guess the correct paths; which can be very confusing after you reach the village of Rudranag.
Barshaini to Kheerganga
After crossing the Nakthan village (the path I chose), we walked for a few kilometers to reach Rudranag temple. There are two big cafes here which serve full meals as well as home stays. After Rudranag and another 30-45 minutes of trekking, you will reach a bridge on the holy Parvati River. After crossing this bridge a steep uphill climb begins; and believe me when I say this, that it is not easy for a first timer.So if you are not into trekking or used to walking long distances, please ensure that you do enough exercise a few days before you do the trek.At this point, the second trail from Barshaini via Kalga merges with the one via Nakthan and from here on, it is just one trail all the way to Kheerganga. When I visited this place there were very nice indications and markings for the route to Kheerganga. I would also advise to stay on the main trek and not act foolishly by taking advice for shortcuts from anyone. The shortcuts can actually be very dangerous. I even saw a board where you can see details of a person who died while taking shortcuts on the trail.
On the way uphill, you will find many cafes during the first half of the trek. Shalom cafe is probably the most famous one. You must, however, remember to carry enough water with you. We spotted various waterfalls and water crossings on the way where you can even refill your water bottle. Please also ensure to wear good quality trekking shoes. Actually, I still wonder how those small Himachali kids run around in their flat ‘chappals’ there. But I suppose being a local does give you a certain advantage.After a while of trekking, when you start seeing a lot of homestays and cafes, Congratulations, you have completed the ascent of the trek. In case you have reached early, you can see the hot water bath where out of nowhere hot water comes throughout the year.