Welcome to Khir Ganga
This sloping alpine meadow is a beautiful three- to four-hour walk up the Parvati Valley from Barsheni, which is 13km up from Manikaran. The meadow is home to delectable hot springs and a shabby collection of shack guesthouses (rooms ₹200 to ₹500) and cafe-restaurants, open from about April to October – it's a popular spot to drop out for a few days. A day trip to Khir Ganga and back is also well worthwhile. The walk from Barsheni, in which you ascend about 800m, is also the first stage of the Pin-Parvati trek. Paths run along both sides of the valley, through Nakthan village on the north side, and Kalga village on the south side, meeting about 45 minutes before Khir Ganga. The Nakthan route is prettier, sunnier and more frequented.