To reach Kheer Ganga in the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh, the closest town is Bharsheni. One has to take a bus ride from Bhuntar to Bharsheni. This ride takes 5-6 hours along a winding road that is bumpy.

Once at Bharsheni walk down the steps from the dam construction site, trekking along a mountainous path for between four to six hours depending on one’s speed.

Many travelers however, prefer to drop in at Tosh, Pulga or spend the night at Bharsheni as they do not want to reach Kheer Ganga after sun down since the walk is long and tiresome.

Kheer Ganga is located at a height of 13,051 feet above sea-level (3978 m), while on the trek to the hot sulphur springs there; one has to ascend a height of more than 5,000 feet. While on the path there are a  number of small water-falls in the midst of a coniferous forest that need to be crossed.

To reach Kheer Ganga it is necessary to pass the village of Naktan where the holy place of Rudranag is located. It is here that people eat food, snacks and relax on their way to the springs. The tea stalls at Naktan are all made of wood from the trees found in the forest. Here noodles, biscuits and tea are sold. These stalls have a rustic look and feel to them.

As one plods along the path there are a number of wooden bridges that one has to cross along the way. Many trees along the path are struck by lightning and have hollow barks. Horses carry goods up and down the path. While on the trek the path often gets slippery as a result of slush. It is advisable to carry a wooden stick along for aid and balance during the trek.

The accommodation at Kheer Ganga is make-shift as there is no village there but there is an open pasture where business people come and set shop. The rooms at Kheer Ganga are made of patra and each of them has a tandoor due to the low temperatures in the nights. There is no electricity so the restaurants here run on power supplied by generators.

There are a large number of foreign travelers who visit the springs. The food at Kheer Ganga is limited with the make-shift restaurants selling food and other eatables at prices that are very high, even above the MRPs. This is due to the transportation along the 5,000 feet that needs to be done to get foodstuffs up to Kheer Ganga. Foods like pasta, steak, pizza. etc are easily available at exorbitant rates. The only Indian food that one will get here is a vegetarian thali.

The must-do thing at Kheer Ganga is to take a dip in the hot sulphur springs. There is a separate bathing area for men and women. There is also a Shiva temple near the springs. The view from Kheer Ganga is splendid as one gets a 360 degree view of the Great Himalayas with their snow-capped mountains.

The best time to visit Kheer Ganga is from mid-April to the end of September. The descend from Kheer Ganga is much faster and takes less than three hours. It is advisable to carry one litre of water per person on the trek.

Kheer Ganga is the perfect place for backpackers to visit and set tent. With its magnificent location perched in the midst of the forest it is indeed a reminder of ‘Paradise Lost’ with beauty, tranquility and a hot bath all in one place.

 

15 Responses

  1. Parvesh Jain

    Wow. Great article, It’s quite descriptive. Your trip experience sounds amazing although I too recently did Kheerganga Trek up and down in just 6 hours. And with my experience I jotted down some tips to do the trek swiftly than other trekkers and I am sure you can add some good tricks to that list.

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  2. Emelia Joris

    Kheer Ganga sounds so much like a hot bath sent by the gods. the location of this place is apt perfect according to your description. Far away from all kind of civilization so noting can hamper it.Just thinking about this place makes me feel like packing my bag and wanting to head straight for the mountains in Kheer ganag. Wonderful write-up.

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  3. Maggie Dtroit

    It is a wonderful article, I like the fact that after walking for so many hours there is a reward in the from of a hot bath and which better place to have one than on top of the Himalayas. It really sounds wonderful that one can just set up camp and stay there for months on end. The pictures of this place make the walk look very heavenly and beautiful. I hope to visit India time in my life.

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  4. travis

    I must say that this post is really good and I like places like kheer ganga which are away from the outside world and hence have maintained their own charm. The hot bath that you have described really just be heavenly and relaxing to the body. I hope to experience something like what you have in the near furture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  5. Lucas Soho

    I was very pleased to find this site. I wanted to thank you for sharing very important details. I was very confused about how to get around to Kheer Ganga but after reading this all my doubts have been cleared and the pictures that you have uploaded prove to me that this place is really worth visiting and spending at least a few days there. thanks a lot again

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  6. kim barboza

    I wanted to read about the river ganga and I assumed that this was a write-up about the same but I must save that this place kheer ganga is very beautiful and the fact that one can have a good refreshing bath there makes the place all the more interesting.

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  7. Jack

    Kheer Ganga sounded like a river where one stop by and have a nice bathy, but reading your post I realize it is much more wonderful then I thought it was. The pictures you have displayed give a feeling of a nice environment and great weather. The hot water bath on the other really sounds refreshing.

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  8. James

    It seems the trip to Kheer ganga would have been very tiring, but anything for such a beautiful place. Temples, mountains, water springs and great food, all in one package. I would try to make it this year any how because missing out this place doesnt seem wise. Thanks fornm the share.

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  9. Domenic De Giorgio

    the trip up till kheer ganga sounds so adventurous and interesting through your words and pictures. A hot bath in the sulphur springs sounds ultiomately relaxing after a long trek. The way you have described about the food, the temple and the mountains tempt to go there atleast one in myn entire life.

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  10. jenna tylor

    hello I would love to add that kheer ganga looks and sounds really like a place where once can relax and find some peace and also have a hot bath without any worries. The trek to get there also looks very refreshing with the greenery all over the place.

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