Popular for the hot springs and scenic views of the Himalayan mountains, Kheerganga is situated in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Located about 22 km away from the pilgrimage town of Manikaran, trekking through the dense forests and a bath in its hot springs are a refreshing experience.
You can go trekking, camping, nature walking, leisurely walks in the forest, mountain climbing and indulge in landscape photography during your stay at Kheerganga. The view of the sunset and trekking through Kheerganga forests are an incredible experience.
Barshaini is the last motorable point. Hiring a guide to reach Kheerganga is recommended.While trekking from Barshaini, you will come across several sightseeing options like Rudra-Nag, the serpent shaped waterfall, the rock formation of Pandu Pul and the Pin-Parvati Pass (5400 m). The Pin Valley National Park is another tourist attraction and is known for its resident wildlife population including snow leopards.
There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, hot springs and a Gurudwara located near Manikaran. The hot water springs at Manikaran offer a rejuvenating feel and it is believed that a dip here has medicinal benefits.
According to legend, Kartikeya, the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, meditated for a thousand years at Kheerganga making it a very important religious place for Hindus.
The best time to visit Kheerganga is between the months of May and November when the weather remains pleasant and favorable. Winter months are best avoided to embark on the trek as the snow makes the trail difficult to tread and the rocks become slippery.
Kheerganga is infamous for the marijuana that grows here which is known as ‘charas’. Kheerganga is a favourite with the hippies and off late, it has become popular with the Israelis.
There is an ashram near the Shiva temple that offers basic accommodation and decent facilities.
There are a few restaurants along the road near Kheerganga that serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes of Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine.
Kheerganga is a favourite haunt of Israeli tourists and it is hardly surprising then that some stall also offer Jewish snacks.
The best time to visit Kheerganga is between the months of May and November.
BEST TIME TO VISIT KULLU
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Kullu is as given below. The best time to visit Kullu is also specified.