A natural hot spring is the prime point of Kheerganga trek. We planned for this trek for that only. Kheerganga trek is of 12 Km from base village Barshaini. Barshaini is hardly 7 to 8 Km from Tosh, hence better to stay at Tosh for a day & than move to for a days trip to Kheerganga. The trek is of medium difficulty, where there is hardly any difficult part in first 6 Km. The first 6 Km altitude rise gradually hence one does not feel much pain. The best part other than surroundings are the cafes, there are many cafes along the path where one can rest & enjoy some time eating maggie & having tea.
It took us 1.5 Hours to reach mid point a village named as Kalga from Barshaini. The place is having lots of cafes providing the best of the views. Food is affordable & you can literally get everything. This place is usually a resting place for all trekkers, as after that path is tough.
The trek is blessed with gorgeous surroundings, during trek we encountered few waterfalls a deadly bridge, a steep rise, a wooden bridge, monstrous sound of water flowing. & lots of rain. It is advisable to wear great trekking shoes in rainy season as the soil is slippery. At a point before the bridge (I dont remember the name of the place), is one of the best places to have tea purely because of its surrounding & location. The place is nothing less than Yash Chopra movie scene :D.
The path after the bridge is difficult, at one point of time the trekking takes its toll you are eager to reach the top but it seems that destination will never come. This is why trek is difficult as you have to fight yourself to finish it. We completed first half of 12 Km in 1.5 hrs & next half in 4 hours which shows how difficult is the second part of trek. The second half trek is through jungle infact a beautiful jungle. While walking you are constantly hearing the sound of river flowing on side. Throughout the trek one walks in shades of high trees.
After trekking for 4 hours we reached the top of place & as soon as we reached first thing that came into mind was WOWWWWW. The place was the smallest of the peak surrounded by three more peaks each over looking us. Top of Kheerganga is having a natural hot spring & we did the best thing went straight to hot spring. Sitting in hot spring for 20 min & all of our pain vanished majestically. There are tents, home stay & tin stay all available at the peak. The temperature drops in the night so its better to carry some warm clothes.
Once you at the top you see the beautiful night sky, a night full of stars, I hardly saw sky as beautiful as I saw that night. Even the morning, the sun rays reflecting on the top of the mountain while others are in dark , this site is one of the best sights I saw during that trek. Its an amazing feeling to have sip of tea in little chill overlooking some of the most beautiful structure built by nature. One can relate why Lord Shiva chose this place for meditation.
CostFood: Food is cheap & with cheap I mean really cheap, one can eat as low as Rs 30 for a plate of maggie. Considering the height at which you get this it is very cheap trust me.
Accommodation The cost of one room varies, there are different options available for staying from tent to a tin room. Depends upon budget one can choose anything. The price starts from Rs 150 (may vary with season)