We started our Triund Hike on August 17th 2013 at 10:00 am and with brilliant views and company of fellow tourists and hill walkers we reached the top by 12:00 pm. Though monsoon was in full swing we found plenty of tourists in Triund Hill, some were climbing enjoying the drizzle on the trail and some were preparing to head back to hot and humid city plains. The shield of dense fog was preventing the view of Dhauladhar Mountains and it was some movie like scene in Triund with fog all over and visibility up to 10 to 15 meters. Though everything was same still fog effect was making a great moment for the silhouette shots. Rest House of the Himachal Forest Department was reserved up to next three days and we still had not made any arrangement for our one night stay. We headed towards Sunil Tea Shop for lunch and noticed newly set up temple dedicated to Lord SHIVA. After setting up our place for stay we had our lunch and then it was time for more of rain and fog. The play of fog was showcasing amazing views of Triund landscape. After rains we walked to meet Lalu and there we met the youngest and courageous trekkers seen till now.
Gordon got himself engaged playing with little black puppy in the shop of Lalu and I was standing watching Mun Peak of Dhauladhar. The western sky was opening up slowly and we saw two tourists/hikers coming from SnowLine Cafe….as they passed by we asked where to they been and they said the “PASS, Indrahar Pass”. By the time Gordon also joined me. We were discussing about Mountains in England (Gordon is from England). As we were chatting and enjoying ourselves, sun rays pierced through the clouds and lit up a small part of Triund right in front of the shop of Lalu. The mix of Blue tent, Green grass and Sun rays was the best view of the day and in the distant on the Eastern side we noticed a faint Rainbow (I’d been to Triund many times but this was my and Gordon’s first sighting of Rainbow).
A moment later as the sun was going down in western horizon the rays were doing magic with Dhauladhar Mountain and then came another brilliant view of the day with angular sun rays over the trail of Indrahar Pass over Lahesh Cave and clouds throwing dark shade on the edges of Dhauladhar Mountain and Indrahar Pass (The words can’t do the justice to the moment and view you experience with your own eyes and soul).
After sun set we headed to Sunil Tea Shop and there we met two tourists from Finland and they were planning for another walk up to SnowLine Cafe and also asked if we were interested. Gordon looked at me with questioning eyes and then I put down my words “If I go to Snow Line Cafe, I’ll be tempted for more….!” Sunil served us Dal and Chawal and after dinner we headed to sleep. My mind was playing with decisions whether to go to Snowline Cafe or return and after arriving at the conclusion, I suggested Gordon to set up an Alarm for 05:00 am for the next morning and went to sleep. In the middle of night it started raining and while asleep I wished it should continue to rain till morning. Well it was 04:30 AM and I was up but still in bed….it was not raining and I heard the sounds of birds and raven. I got out of the bed and refreshed myself and asked Gordon to get ready. There were other tourists too from Delhi and they wanted to photograph the sun rise, but seeing the clouds in the East I doubted a clear sunrise. By 06:00 AM we were prepared and ready to leave….for SnowLine Cafe (I’d planned to take Gordon up to Lahesh Cave beyond SnowLine Cafe and Illaqa)……!
Tourists going back to McLeod Ganj after Lunch in Triund
Dare to follow a moderate trek up to Triund of 9km at an approximate height of 10,000 feet from sea level and stand face to face with semi-immortal, mighty yet humble Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas. Spend one night in Forest Department Rest House in Triund and on next day start another trek to Snowline and Lahesh Caves. Put up tents in cave and eat whatever is available and experience nomadic life for one night. Get up early in the morning and start your trek to Indrahar Pass of Mighty Dhauladhar after reaching the Pass stay up for a while and have view of amazing horizon and Triund from the heights of Dhauladhar. Start your retreat for Snowline café and then back to Triund Guest House by evening. Spend another night in Triund Hill and in the morning climb down to McLeodganj.
In Triund there is a Guest House of Forest Department Dharamsala with about four cosy rooms and which is looked after by Mr. Baisakhi Ram and one room for a night costs as low as 500 INR** (**rates may change as per rule of Forest Department).
If you plan to stay up in Triund for one or two days you can reserve room in forest rest house triund, from Divisional Forest Officer at following phone number 01892-224887 and email enquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org but prefer to call or directly visit
Forest Complex, which is located behind BSNL Telephone Exchange store and opposite to General Post Office (GPO) Dharamsala near Police Station Dharamshala.
There is news of fire on the store and kitchen of Rest House of Forest Department in Triund due to lightening strike. As per the information this Store and Kitchen a 97 years old structure built by the British in Triund is totally burnt down, but the good thing is that no one is hurt. There was heavy rain and lightening strike up in Triund last night of May 25, 2011 and due to this accident Mountain Cleaners lost their equipments like blankets, coats and sleeping bags.
Below news detail courtesy from newkerala.com and UNI.31 students escape unhurt in Triund rest-house fire.
Dharamsala, May 26 :Thirty-one children and teachers of YPS School, Mohali escaped unhurt in a fire that broke out at a forest resthouse in Triund on Wednesday night, nine km from McLeodganj. Deputy Forest Range Officer Kamar Singh today told UNI that the outhouse in the premises of this nearly century-old forest guest house at Triund, was engulfed in flames due to lightning at around 2330 hrs on May 25. A store, kitchen and guard’s room were totally gutted and boundary wall of the rest house was also damaged in the blaze. The loss was estimated at about Rs 1.50 lakh. However, there was no loss of life, Mr Singh informed. He said a group of 31 students of YPS School Mohali, along with their teachers Jyotsna, Niranjan, Sudarshan Kumar (cook) and two guides Tarsem and Kewal Singh, were staying in tents, 20 metres from the forest guest house when the incident took place. It took them two hours along with forest guards, to douse the flames, the DFRO disclosed. Kangra District Additional Police Chief Sanjeev Gandhi said though rising flames created panic among the students, none of them was injured in the incident. –UNI