Being a travel enthusiast and a great nature lover I always plan my trip to green regions of India. This time I planned my trip with my friends to a dream backpacker destination Kasol & Kheerganga.
We were not clear about the trek routes, itinerary and continuously discussing what to do next. One of my friends suggested BanBanjara(tour operators) to book a tour package for Kasol-Kheerganga. After hearing us and our plans they booked our packages and suggested some good ideas to explore more on our own.
After bookings and packing, we were all set to embark on an amazing adventure in Himachal Pradesh.
We all gathered up at Delhi and book a bus to Bhuntar town in Kullu District. After a not so good journey of 10-14hours, we reach Bhuntar and took another local bus for Kasol.
Day 1. KASOL- MINI ISRAEL!!
We have to reach Kasol at 10:30 am sharp according to the itinerary.
We reached and met our trek leader, group of other travelers, and supporting staff of BanBanjara.
The first was all about exploring the Kasol village which was the best part of the itinerary. As I love exploring, I was so excited to see the wonderful place on my own. Though my friends are a little boring they stayed at the campsite and took rest after a long tiring journey.
I must say Kasol is truly a paradise for backpackers and travelers. Kasol- a beautiful hamlet situated in the Parvati Valley on the way between Bhuntar and Manikaran. It is so true that you got hippie vibes when you explore the Mini Israel of India. You will see Israeli tourists more than Indian Tourists.
I walked down on a street for some good food. And found so many cafes offering Israeli cuisine and great ambiance. All the cafes have one thing in common and that is the trippy interior. Buddha cafe, moon cafe. Mama cafe, Jim Morrison cafe, and many others are some good cafes in terms of views and food. I tried the Israeli cuisine at the famous Evergreen cafe. The food and ambiance were next level and definitely something that you will not get in cities and lavish hotels. The other attracting thing you will find in Kasol is the market and the products they are selling like Bob Marley T-shirts, chillums, wooden handicrafts, bags, funky jewelry and a lot more. I bought a few things for myself and my friends.
With the high mountains, green surroundings, splashing waters of the fast-flowing Parvati valley was a treat to the eyes. I was so lost in the vibe that I totally forgot to go back to the campsite.
And then the sun was about to set, I walked to the campsite and enjoyed the bonfire and story-telling session with other trek members.
I had my scrumptious dinner and slipped into my tent to take proper rest and prepare for the next adventurous day.
Day 2 Kheerganga, Here we come!!
We woke up early and freshen up. After that, we had our hot breakfast and get into our trekking shoes.
A small drive of 1 hour took us to the starting point of the trek Barshaini.
Barshaini is another picturesque hamlet in the Parvati valley.
And the much-awaited trek of Kheerganga began. On the way from Barshaini and Kheerganga, we passed from various tourist destinations like Rudranag waterfalls, an ancient Shiva Temple, and lots of apple orchards.
The journey became more beautiful when we passed by the forests trails, surrounded by dense woods with oaks, and deodar trees and alluring wildflowers. After reaching the top we pitched our tents and feasted our eyes with the ravishing views of the Himalayas and dark greenery rolling all over. The tranquil surroundings and peace was remarkable.
With cozy campfire, fun music sessions, and great surroundings the day ends!!
Day 3 The Hot Springs!!
We got woke up call at 6:30 am, and later I realize why so early. Because early morning time is best to beat the chilly winds by taking a dip into the hot waters. The natural springs of Parvati Kund with the magical views of green slopes of Parvati valley and the scent of fresh air.
The experience was magical and beyond good.
After the sacred water bath, we had our breakfast and started trekking back to Kasol. This time we got a chance to explore the Barshaini village and other villages like Tosh, Malana. We clicked so many pictures and I got my perfect Kasol- Kheerganga trek picture. I and my friends had some good local cuisines in the splendid cafes and enjoyed every second of the trip.
And by the evening we reached Kasol and this was an end of my beautiful first-ever trip to Himachal Pradesh.
In 3 days, I completed one trek, made new friends, explored and experienced a new culture, and spent the most amazing time in the laps of nature. And I think this was the trip where I explored, see the serene nature closely and made memories with my loved ones.
My trip to Kasol-Kheerganga was a memorable one and taught me so many things about nature and the new cultures of India.
And A Big Thanks To Banbanjara and their team for a great experience!!