Monthly Archives: January 2018

Long Weekend Short Trip

A Trek to Kheerganga from New Delhi

Planning a trek to Kheerganga from New Delhi? Then the best time to visit Kheerganga is May – June and Sept – Nov. Kheerganga in the Parvati Valley is a meadow at 2960m where Lord Shiva is said to have meditated for 3000 years. It is also said to be the ‘cheap and safer staircase to Heaven’ for the people who are looking for the perfect hideout from the city hustle and bustle. Starting from Delhi, you can reach Manali by private Volvo buses which would cost around 600-800₹ per head. After reaching Manali take a local bus to either Kasol or Manikaran. If you’re planning to stay in Kasol, there are various options available around like budget hotels, homestays and luxury hotels. Or else you can directly go to Manikaran, which would cost you approximately 120-150₹ from Manali.

Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib

About Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib, it is the centre for pilgrimage for Sikhs. The place is also famous for hot boiling Sulphur Springs. You can enjoy the hot bath and relish ‘Langar’ before starting your journey ahead. From Manikaran, you can take a local bus till Barshaini which would cost you around 70-80₹. The real trek starts from Barshini. The total trek is about 12km distance and it takes approximately 6 hours to reach the top of the hill. The last village before Kheerganga is Nathan. If you have started the trek around late afternoon and reached Nathan in the evening, it is recommended to spend the night at Nathan. As the trail is serene but it’s also quite dangerous for night trekking. The town has decent places to eat and also good hotels to spend the night, which costs around 100₹ per head.

Food on the way

After the night halt at Nathan, the trek next day will be more refreshing and charismatic. You will come across the tall, gigantic shades of Pine trees which when one walks through the trail, provides shade and cool breeze. So the trek becomes easier. On the way to Kheerganga, there are so many tea-stalls if you feel like stopping by for a quick bite. Even in Kheerganga you will find good affordable places to stay that cost around 80-100₹ for the bed on the sharing basis and approximately 200₹ for private rooms. You can save that by carrying your own tents and sleeping bags as there are beautiful meadows where you can pitch in you tents. And encounter the serene beauty of sleeping under the sky and star gazing experience.

Sulphur Spring

There are two pools with 24/7 flowing water of Sulphur spring in Kheerganga. One for men and a bit covered one for the women to take the bath. At first it scares you to death to even dip your toe but later, even the biting cold is forgotten once your body is in that sulphur heated water. It is also believed that the water has sacred healing properties.

There is one small temple of Lord Shiv and if you climb up a little more, there are caves where it is said that Lord Shiv and his son Kartik performed meditation. Next day plan your return journey to New Delhi accordingly so that you reach Barshini before the last bus leaves, that is around 5:00 pm else you have to spend the night at Barshini till you catch the next bus.

Things to keep in mind while trekking to Kheergana

Respect Nature

Watch your steps at the hot water spring as its very slippery

Carry a pair of slippers, water bottle, good pair of trekking shoes, sun block, sun glasses, torch and basic medicines

Distance:

Delhi to Kasol: 520 Kms

Kasol to Barsaini: 40 Kms

Barsaini to Kheerganga: 12 Kms trek.

Coastal Diaries Day – 14

Day 14.

January-24’15

Jaganath Puri, Orissa
We hired a car for visiting places around Puri and had planned to go to Chilika Lake near Satpada. We hired a boat from there and started out boat trip around 10:00 which lasted till 4.p.m. The boat charges are pretty high there, call it monopoly or goongiri but that’s how it is. It was really an amazing experience. When we started out boar ride we saw some Dolphins . They were too far & too fast for my camera to capture or maybe they were not in the mood to come near us and pose they were maintaining the low profile and we as a good tourists behaved ourselves too.

On the way towards Sea Mouth we saw so many beautiful migrated birds enjoying their afternoon after-meal time sitting by the bamboo sticks placed everywhere within the lake.

Then we stopped by an Island parked our boat there (These parking the boat is really a very fascinating concept) we also saw so many sea creatures waiting to be cooked. And a guy with a basket full of shells with a real pearl in it I doubt how much real though. 

My co-travellers had live sea food. As in fresh Tiger Prawns and crabs recently caught from the water & specially cooked for them. I loved the sea on the other side of the island this was really an unique experience when you have a lake on one end and beautiful waves of Bay of Bengal on other.

After food we all were so drowsy but then still visited the ‘Chilika Visitor’s centre’ near the booking office, after coming back from boat ride. We reached back around 5:30-6:00 to Puri. Then all we did was enjoyed the sunset & just chilled out at the beach.

I’ve noticed that drivers here in Puri are really very arrogant and they have this irritating habit of honking after every few minutes despite the car is within the traffic or on the empty road. And also they give money to anyone and everyone who stops them. That can be some random bhaktjans who has arranged some pooja and collecting money from car drivers or a place that don’t seem like a toll booth nor they provide any receipt. Which is so weird.

Late that evening, We got our Mahindra Scorpio back from service station. Which was such a relief in so many aspects specially from wasting money on any such drivers.

As next day we had planned to goto Konark and Raghurajpur.