You can start trekking for the temple by two trails:-
Taking a stiff and risky trail from the side of the cave located behind one of the rest house owned by shopkeeper which is located above concrete water storage tank. Here while the risky word may sound tempting to take risk but it will be of no worth if you take this trail, because you’ll get to go through thick woods and you’ll miss the beauty of the trail on the other side.
There is another regular and trail which is bit of moderate but long one for Shri Kunal Pathri Devi Mandir, it is after reaching Snow Line cafe then take up side trail to the left of Snow Line cafe follow the trail for about 45 minutes and you will be surprised to see meadow on the trail up in the hill. After a careful walk you’ll reach the temple of Shree Kunal Pathri, from there you will have the complete 180 degree view of Triund and Kangra valley beside Dharamsala and also you will feel Dhauladhar Mountain very close to self without trekking to Dhauladhar heights.
During monsoon season Sheapherds’ from villages of Dharamsala and Kangra come to Triund with their livestock and after spending some time in Triund head further to Illaqa and go over Indrahar Pass and Jot of Dhauladhar in search of green pastures for their farm animals. One of the interesting thing is that in monsoon they push more than 200 livestock up in Dhauladhar mountain and sorroundings of Triund but only one or two sheapherds’ manage them as most of the sheapherd’s leave behind their livestock in the care of the other sheapherds’ and god and return to homes. The remaining all stay up there from May to October.
The Sheapherds start climbing down the Dhauladhar and Triund by the middle of October month to avoid harsh winters.These Shepherds have been on Triund trails for ages and they will continue.
You will find such glaciers in Illaqa or Laka in all seasons, but in December this glacier spreads and reaches out up to the foothills of Snowline cafe and you need to be really careful then. During summer some monks come to Illaqa for meditation and prayer all the way from Mcleod Ganj.
Triund is a paradise for trekkers. Triund hill is situated in Indian state Himachal Pradesh, district Kangra, town Dharamsala and which lies after McLeod Ganj.
Trek to Triund comes under moderate hiking category with normal gears according to the weather like normal clothing or warm jacket and good pair of sports shoes, sleeping bags with tent if you would prefer to stay up there for more than one day and yes the trek is of worth once you reach the top of the hill and if you would like to go further you must come fully prepared as a pro hiker because after Triund Hill the trail gets a bit of hard as you will face the mighty Dhauladhar and its trail starts from Triund to Snow Line then Dhauladhar Base Camp in Illaqa and Lhasa caves and finally the moon peak of Dhauladhar mountain range which will take at least two days to complete with return to Base Camp in Illaqa.
Beauty of Triund Hill, well if you reach Triund early and plan to stay up for one night you can enjoy the blissful and beautiful moments in Triund.
The first being the open area and the closeness of Dhauladhar mountain and in the evening the sun set at the western horizon and as viewed from Triund the vastness of horizon over Dharamsala and the reddish color of sunset just fills your heart with joy and good feeling, which further promises a new day coming soon.
In the morning if you could manage to wake up early, you will have a wonderful view of sun rising behind Dhauladhar and a perfect positioning will get you an awesome photograph of the remarkable sunrise in Triund hill.
Further if you like meditation and yoga or have someone who has the knowledge of yoga and meditation, the peaceful environment of Triund is just perfect for it.
With all this Triund is the jewel in Himalayan region of Dharamsala a gift from Nature to all people which we must conserve and save beautiful earth.
The Mountain Cleaners is a group of dedicated volunteers which is founded by Jodie Underhill from Great Yarmouth, England in the year 2009 in Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
The Mountain Cleaners visit Triund every Monday and Tuesday to collect and sort the garbage left behind by the tourists in to recyclable and non-recyclable and bring it down in McLeodganj for proper disposal.
They also have set up with owners of Magic View Cafė and Best View Cafė located on the trail to Triund and two other cafe’s in Triund who put the garbage of their surroundings in the bags provided by the Mountain Cleaners and also suggest tourists to keep trail to Triund clean.
With the efforts of the volunteers of Mountain Cleaners, Triund and trail to Triund is somewhat cleaner than before.
Beside cleaning Triund, Mountain Cleaners also hold fundraising events every month to continue and fund their others such projects that are in the interest of India and the Indians. On behalf of Triund and Nature, we wish them good luck for the cause they are in to.
Well during your trek to Triund always for any season apply good quality sun protection cream and carry extra pack of cream as the Sun rays up in the mountains are very sharp and crystal clear which can harm your skin in the form of sun tan or sun burn..also wear full sleeve shirt plus a hat to protect your face from sun rays also apply a lip guard gel.
During Winter never forget to wear hot clothes like woollen sweaters, socks , jackets for your body and gloves for hands and if you intend to stop in Triund for more than one day ensure you have either enough cash for guest house and food or have your own sleeping bags and food or food supplement.
Water is major shortage in Triund since the water tank built by Forest Department is in bad shape and you may have to shell out extra cash for water bottles unless you can manage to walk up to a source of water near by the shallow ridge of Triund.
If you are a Nature freak and love photo-shooting, do carry extra backup batteries and rolls or memory cards for camera as up in Triund, there is no source for electrical charge except solar batteries that works only for lighting of solar bulbs.
Final safety measure during trek to Triund, always walk in the inner side of the trek or trail and never try to show off courage or overconfidence by walking on the edges of the trek, because one slip of step will mean, immediate risk to your life as in the past about two or three people lost their lives on treks of Triund.
One can access or Trek to Triund and Laka or Illaqa in McLeodganj, Dharamsala,and Himachal Pradesh.
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