India Tour of Kasol-Manikaran-Kheerganga

April 15, 2019

by Pragya Gupta

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

                                                                    -By John Muir

This article is about my visit to Kasol which is placed in the beautiful Parvati Valley and also known as the Mini Israel of India.

Kasol is a gem of a place located in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India.

  • Nearest railway station to Kasol is Pathankot(150 km), Chandigarh(300 Km) or Delhi(520 Km).
  • Nearest Airport is at Kullu.

From all these places one can get a bus at the stand to reach Bhuntar and then take a bus for Kasol or there is an option of a cab from all the places. For insight please read the article.

reach kasol-

We took a simple non-AC HRTC night bus from Kashmere Gate ISBT Delhi. This bus took us to Bhuntar at 620/- per head. This bus further went to Manali. One of the good thing about taking a night bus is that when you wake up in the morning, then you get to enjoy the scenery or the landscape of the mountains. The best part starts after you reach Mandi, traveling in the lush green huge Himalayan mountains.
From Bhuntar one can get a bus or cab to Kasol-Manikaran. Now as we moved closer to Kasol the altitude kept on increasing but as you see the Parvati valley, it is the time when the bus starts to go down the mountains. While on a high altitude it is considerably warm, when you go closer to the valley then you start to feel the cool breezes chilling you. And you know, there it is Kasol, ”A heaven hidden in the mountains”.It took us a total of 14 hrs to reach Kasol.

The View

some details about kasol-

The central market of Kasol is marked by various restaurants and hotels. Kasol also has various riverside camping sites with prices at 200-300/- per person per night. Camping in Kasol can also be a very revitalizing experience with the continuous melody of Parvati river playing in your heart with the woods giving you shelter. Do spend a day in Kasol if possible.

manikaran-

The major attraction of Manikaran is the Manikaran Saheb Gurudwara. The Gurudwara is surrounded by various temples. If you visit Manikaran then do have the food served at the Langar and please do serve at the langar in return. The inside complex of the Gurudwara has a hot water pool. This is the water from the natural geysers in Manikaran. If you want, you can take a bath in the pool. Do visit the Shiv Temple and the nearby market.

stay in kasol and manikaran-

There is a stay option in the Gurudwara. You can also get Hotels near the bus stand and you can get rooms as cheap as 700/- but it depends on the no. people staying and your bargaining skills. We stayed in a hotel at 1100/- for five people. For food, you have dhabas and langar at the Gurudwara. A proper restaurant can be found in Kasol.

Manikaran Saheb Gurudwara

After having dinner do spend some time in the Gurudwara or spend some time stargazing. Believe me, you will be at loss of vocabulary to put the experience in words.

kheerganga trek-

We set out early in the morning for Barshaini which is the starting point of the Kheerganga Trek. One can get a bus easily from Kasol or Manikaran. It takes nearly 45 minutes to reach Barshaini. The road further takes you to Tosh village.

ways to reach Kheerganga-

  1. via Kalga village route
  2. via Nagarthan village

We took the first route to Kheerganga and came back from the second route. For the Kalga Village route, one has to cross the dam bridge following the concrete trail. From here starts a steep ascent for nearly 25 minutes after which we reach the Kalga village. From here on the trail is not that tough for quite some time. Enroute there is a mesmerizing waterfall which is nearly halfway to the 13 km long trek. The view from the waterfall towards the valley is also a masterpiece. There are various shops amidst the trail to Kheerganga which offer various supplies like Maggi, biscuits, chocolates and water bottles. But point to be remembered is that as one moves ahead the price of commodities keeps on increasing. And a simple Kinley 1 lt. bottle shoots to 50/-. So keep adequate supplies.

First shop of Kheerganga

The final trail which just closes onto Kheerganga is the hardest. But believe me, seeing this shop gives you such joy that after all your efforts you have finally made it. It took us a total of 6 hrs to reach Kheerganga.

stay and food in kheerganga-

From here on you can find various tents and if you are lucky you might find a room. Smaller tent cost around 300/- bigger ones come at 200/- per night per head for a minimum of four and the rest is a bargain. We found a room with bedding capacity for five people at 800/-. The food in Kheerganga is a little bit costly but the quality of food is good. Don’t expect world class sanitation facility anywhere over here. A tip is that one should try to take the tents in the upper trails of Kheerganga to enjoy the best view of the valley.

Sit back and relax

what to do in kheerganga-

After finalizing the tent, take a bath in the hot water spring and relax. This bath releases all your tiredness and rejuvenates your energy. Breathtaking views while sitting in the laps of the mountains and that too in the hot water. It was more than anything we expected.

Campsite

For the next day, do watch the sunrise take a bath in the hot water pool visit the Karthikey Cave and get back from the other trail. The Nagarthan trail is marked by Cherry Orchids along the way. On the return first, you will pass Rudranag and then Nagarthan village which is equally beautiful. The return journey takes nearly half the time one takes to climb.

 

buni buni pass-

For people who like to travel a trail less traveled, they can travel to Buni Buni pass from Kheerganga. Buni Buni pass is 4 km from Kheerganga. One should set out in the morning to travel this trail from Kheerganga. We didn’t go to Buni Buni pass but learned about its magnificence from some trekkers we met on the way back.

Snow trail to buni buni pass

If you are traveling to Buni Buni pass then follow the Nagarthan village route to climb to Kheerganga and then Kalga route to come down from Buni Buni pass to Kalga and then back to Barshaini bypassing Kheerganga in the return.

That’s all the info people. Do visit the place, please don’t litter, keep the nature clean and Keep EXPLORING!.
Other places to visit around Kasol are Tosh, Malana, Chalal.

Leave a Comment...

Jitesh Tuteja

April 17, 2019

such a wonderful place to visit

Pradeep

April 17, 2019

Such an wonder write up and informative as well kuddos to the writer !! This places are in top of my list !! Looking forward soon to this dream trip !!

Rita

April 17, 2019

Nicely documented! Keep it up! Love from Bangalore??

Robert Baratheon

April 17, 2019

Nice informative blog

Abhay Vaish

April 17, 2019

Very good article Pragya , it appears I have just been there. Very good pictures. Keep it up!

Mamta Gupta

April 17, 2019

By reading only I can feel the beauty of that place

Shreyansh Jain

April 17, 2019

Great article. The information provide is very useful. Also, thanks for providing rates of various activities, were very useful. Thanks a lot for the info. The article is highly recommended from my side...

tarini.upadhyay

April 17, 2019

Awesome work Pragya we are proud of u

Ajay Kumar Gupta

April 17, 2019

It is very useful for all who love to discover places

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April 17, 2019

Nice blog to go though. Very helpful tips to travel this trail of manikaran . Looking ahead to get to know about another lovely place n nice scenic views ....

Swaroop

April 26, 2019

Way to go girl. This is really really awesome. Makes me visit this as soon as possible. So much of information packed in an article. Thanks and cheers.!!!!