In Parvati Valley, we set off in search of a hot spring with amazing mountain scenery.
We enjoyed a 3-4 hour walk through thick pine forests, over streams and around valleys. The scenery then spectacularly opened up to a large green meadow revealing the small seasonal village of Khirganga.
The area is an important spiritual site, where Shiva is said to have meditated for 3000 years. The hot springs are believed to have sacred healing properties and receive many Hindu and Sikh pilgrims.
During the winter, the meadow is covered in thick snow and has been known to receive an avalanche or two. This results in a temporary tent village which has a festival vibe. Once the season is over, all the guesthouses and restaurants are packed away under their foundations to be stored till next season.