Dharamsala Eco Home Stay

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Developing McLeodGanj and Dharamsala

Tourists and trekkers have been coming to Dharamsala McLeodGanj, Bhagsunag and Dharamkot and trekking to Triund Hill for to be close with Nature.

To breath fresh air, enjoy the views of Mountains, Deep Horizon and seek Peace are some of the main reasons that made McLeodGanj and Triund Hill a favorite spot in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, though Manali and Simla are still pretty popluar. But in both locations like Shimla and Manali, Nature has to pay a very heavy price for helping out stressed tourists.

In the name of comfort and luxury, we have converted Shimla the Queen of Hills to a Queen of Concrete Hills and Manali is also on the same direction to become another concrete jungle.  Beside this the term Development (Negative Development) has also caused more of damage to Nature and with that we are spoiling the beauty of Mother Nature, the same very beauty for which tourists come here to enjoy.

In Kangra district too famous spots like Dharamsala, McLeodGanj, Bhagsunag, Dharamkot, Naddi and Satovari are getting developed with concrete structures. The felling of Green Cover (Pine and Cedar) has been rampant since year 2000 and it has just crossed its limit this time.

Many new hotels and restaurants have come up in places where earlier the spots were covered with thick Deodar, Pine and Rhododendron trees. Now we even want to develop Mountains by constructing Cable Cars and Rope Ways.

With all this unbalanced and negative development we are killing Nature and the things that are the main attractions in Himachal Pradesh.

Back in Simla as you are about to reach Shimla, the view from distant is very disturbing unless you don’t understand what Nature is. Few months back, in TaraDevi region of Simla hundereds of age old Trees were uprooted for some fancy hotel.

In 2000 if you visited Bhagsu Waterfall the Waterfall and the surrounding area used to be more greener and even the Waterfall was huge and alot more beautiful. In Dharamkot, Naddi and Satovari too the green cover has shrunk to a large extent and now you only see hotel rooftops.

We modern humans have no respect for anything and anyone. Technologically we are advancing but when it comes about Humanity, Senstivity and (Etiquettes) Cleanliness of Nature, we are loosing it day by day. It is only for the Photosession and to be in news. We even don’t help out the fellow humans in need than how come we can feel the pain of Mother Nature. We are pretty Modern and over educated!

And most of all with all this kind development, Dharamsala McLeodGanj are certainly losing the International Trousit base!

Through Rain and Fog

Magic View of Bhagsunag from Magic View Cafe

On August 17th 2013 at 10:00 am we (Gordon Cole) decided to meet up in Sun & Moon Cafe behind Gallu Devi Temple above Bhagsunag and 2km ahead of Dharamkot.

We had planned a Triund hike through possible rain and thick fog, so after having tea and noodles at Sun & Moon Cafe, we started our climb. As usual plenty of tourists were heading to Triund Hill. The views as expected were brilliant with light fog all over. But the rain was still absent.

We were in no hurry and after 1 hour climb we arrived at Magic View Cafe and paused there for a cup of tea and as the name suggest the view of Bhagsunag and Dharamsala from there were magical with Fog and Clouds acting as frames on both sides of Bhagsunag and in the centre Bhagsunag was all clear with green fields, trees, stream that flows out from Bhagsu Waterfall and concrete buildings.

Magic View of Bhagsunag from Magic View Cafe

Triund and BhagsuNag

Triund Hill and BhagsuNag

Decmeber 8th, 2012 month and the streets of BhagsuNag look deserted, even most of the cafes are closed and dismantled. Cafes and hotels are closed due to off season and lookout for a new owner for the next year but come to Triund Hill the jewel of Dharamsala it is always seeing new visitors. This was a comparative view of Triund and BhagsuNag.

While most of tourists head to warmer places like Goa, some daring tourists as well as lone trekkers brave the freezing cold and hike to Triund Hill, snowline cafe and Illaqa and some extra daring and experienced trekkers hike up to the Lahesh Cave and further to Indrahar Pass of Dhauladhar Mountain.

Lahesh Cave

During our December 2012 visit of Triund Hill, we saw a lone German Girl daring a night stay in the colder Lahesh Cave (in night temperature goes below -3 degree)

Lahesh Cave View

and then in the early morning of December 9th, 2012 around 06:30 am she started her lone hike up to Indrahar Pass and back to McLeodganj……and on the same day we also witnessed a European guy trekking to Indrahar Pass on single day all the way from Dharamkot and back to Dharamkot and further to our amazement he was on regular clothing and in place of hiking shoes he was wearing only sleepers!!

Amazing courage of the German Girl with the spirit of mountaineering just inspire a lot.

On the other side, we found the Lahesh Cave spoiled with empty bottles of alcohol and juice cartons….so much filth over there…it seemed that the most of people trekking to Indrahar Pass and Lahesh Cave have no respect to the beauty of Nature….come down the Illaka is also spoiled.

Coming back, even the trails of Triund Hill were not spared…….tourists claim to be good to Nature but in real they are not.

The evening sky of Triund Hill is always beautiful….

Triund Sunset

we also had a chance to meet the French couple

French couple

and two lone girls from Belgium(Sofia) and Finland (the girl Haide from Finland is asthmatic still she dared to hike up to Triund Hill, Snowline cafe and Temple of Kunal Pathri Devi at 10,100 feet).

There was another lone trekker named Patrick, some American and Korean tourists. As usual these daring lone trekkers and tourist have the courage to trek alone and make new friends and learn and share their experiences……and make the lovely environment of Triund Hill more joyful.

lovely environment of Triund Hill

And if you need to feel the power of Dhauladhar Mountain, you just need to sit down and concentrate on the peaks, admire their robust body; humble nature and you will have a strong feeling of connectivity….between human soul and the soul of mountain…amazing it is….and it is correctly said “Triund Hill is Heaven for Nature Lovers”.

Yes if you are lucky you can see the Alpine Accentor, Himalayan Pine Marten, Black Bear and Leopard.

Lastly the news, there is work in progress of three new rooms of Forest Department Rest House.

Water is still scarce and electricity is a big no, so keep your camera and mobile battery fully charged before initiating your journey to the Jewel of Dharamsala, Triund Hill.

Once you are in Triund Hill you can also understand the value of precious water so how come we do not keep Nature clean.

View of BhagsuNag

Gallu Devi Temple, Dharamkot and upper BhagsuNag area view.

Gallu Devi Temple, Dharamkot and upper BhagsuNag

Some fellow tourists retreating to McLeodganj

tourists retreating