High in the hills and deep in the woods of Himachal Pradesh, at the extreme end of Parvati Valley, lies Kheerganga. A trek to this mystical land rewards you with natural hot springs, intriguing legends, and refreshing views. Photographs & Text By Atif Amin
The Himalayan Village (starts from INR 12,500/USD 169; thehimalayanvillage.in) on the outskirts of Kasol makes for a comfortable stay before and after the trek. The boutique property stands 46 kilometres from Barshaini, the base town. Carry camping equipment to pitch your own tent in the wilderness.
May to June; September to October
The hamlet of Naggar in Kullu is a heritage site. Once the capital of the ancient Kullu kingdom, Naggar houses several temples, an eponymous castle and the Roerich Estate that displays paintings by Russian painter Nicholas Roerich, who settled here in the 20th century. The town of Manikaran, less than five kilometres from Kasol, is worth exploring for its hot springs and Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib.