Story of Triund from Jewel of Dharamsala to Public Toilet of the World

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(As written and sent to us by Ravindra Thakur Chamba) त्रिउंड की कहानी धर्मसाला के गहने से भारत व दुनिया के सार्वजानिक शौचालय तक,

त्रिउंड हिल, द ज्वेल ऑफ़ धर्मसाला

त्रिउंड हिल, जिसकी वास्तविक ऊंचाई लगभग १०६३२ फ़ीट (10,632 फ़ीट) (3240.6336 मीटर्स) है और जिधर श्री कुणाल पत्थरी देवी जी का मंदिर भी है, इसके धरा में पहला कैम्पग्रॉउंड (कैंपिंग हेतु उपयुक्त जगह) त्रिउंड जिसकी ऊंचाई 9150 फ़ीट से 9414 फ़ीट के बीच है (2788.92 मीटर्स to 2869.387 मीटर्स )
दूसरा ऊँचा कैंपिंग हेतु उपयुक्त जगह सनो-लाइन कैफ़े जो की लगभग ३२५० ऊंचाई पर (3250 मीटर्स) है | (अब तो लाका में भी कैंपिंग होने लगी है)

त्रिउंड हिल के वास्तविक चोटी, जो की लगभग १०६३२ फ़ीट (10,632 ft ) है, तक सनो-लाइन कैफ़े के पीछे से पहुंचा जा सकता है |

इस ऊंचाई से आप त्रिउंड हिल, काँगड़ा घाटी व धर्मशाला का ३६० डिग्री मनोरंजक दृश्य (नजारों) का आनन्द ले सकते हो और साथ ही इधर से धौलाधार पहाड़िओं को काफी नजदीक से अनुभव कर सकते हो |

“कृपया प्रकृति में कूड़ा कचरा ना छोड़ें, अपना कचरा अपने साथ लेकर चलें और शहर के कचरा पेटि में डालें”
त्रिउंड हिल तक जाने को ट्रैकिंग नहीं बोला जा सकता है, क्यूंकि त्रिउंड का रास्ता काफी आसान है और सीधा भी है, बस जरुरत है तो “सावधान’ रहने की |

इसे आप हाईकिंग बोलें जो ज्यादा ठीक होगा, क्यूंकि ट्रैकिंग में तो आपको रास्ता ढूँढना पड़ता है और कई बार तो रास्ता बनाना भी पड़ता है |

त्रिउंड वाले रास्ते में किसी का खो जाना काफी मुश्किल है, जब तक की कोई चाह कर ना खो जाये, बस एक बात का ध्यान रखें की रास्ता भारी बर्फ़बारी से ना ढका हो और आप हमेशा सावधान रहें |

समय के साथ त्रिउंड हिल और इसके आस पास के मनोरंजक स्थान अपनी सुंदरता खोते जा रहे हैं |

और इसके लिए हम सब जिम्मेदार हैं, एक तो पर्यटकों की संख्या पर कोई रोक नहीं, दूसरे लोभी व्यवसायी और ट्रेवल एजेंसी, साथ ही वन विभाग और हिमाचल प्रदेश पर्यटन विभाग का गैर-जिम्मेदाराना व्यव्हार |

लगातार होती कैंपिंग से त्रिउंड की जमीन से हरी भरी घास गायब होती जा रही है और उसकी जगह भूर -भूरी मिट्टी निकलती जा रही है |

साथ ही शौच की कोई व्यवस्था ना होने से भी त्रिउंड और दूसरे कैंपिंग स्थानों में काफी परेशानी होती है | पर्यटक खुले में ही शौच करतें हैं जिससे गन्दगी फैलती जा रही है |

त्रिउंड, करेरी व अन्य स्थानों में खुले में शौच से पारम्परिक गद्दी भेड़ पालकों को भी काफी परेशानी का सामना करना पड़ता है |

खुले में शौच का समाधान है बायो टॉयलेट, लेकिन सम्बंधित विभाग को इसका या तो पता नहीं या कोई इरादा नहीं |

खुले में शौच के साथ साथ ज्यादातर लापरवाह पढ़े लिखे स्मार्टफोन व एप्पल आई-फ़ोन धारी पर्यटक भी अपना कूड़ा कचरा इधर उधर फ़ेंक जाते और अपने सभ्य होने का परिचय दे जातें हैं, इनके साथ कुछ व्यवसायी भी अपना कुछ कचरा नीचे घाटी में फ़ेंक देते हैं |

कूड़ा कचरा उठाने के लिए कुछ NGO जातें भी हैं, परन्तु NGO इसका समाधान नहीं |

इसके लिए हर पर्यटक और व्यवसायी को अपनी जिम्मेदारी उठानी पड़ेगी, अपने हिस्से का कचरा अपने साथ उठा कर खुद मक्लिओडगंज (McLeodGanj) के कूड़ा पेटि में डालना चाहिए,

और व्यवसायिओं को भी अपना कचरा खुद घोड़े पर उठवा कर मक्लिओडगंज तक पहुँचाना चाहिए
(जिस धरती माता से अपनी कमाई कर रहे हो, उसकी साफ़ सफाई व सुंदरता के लिए इतना तो कर ही सकते हैं)|

कुछ जागरूक पर्यटकों के अनुसार पहाड़िओं में शराब वाइन बियर आदि का सेवन करने से ठण्ड कम लगती है और कुछ होते हैं जो की टेलीविज़न में बॉलीवुड के सितारों द्वारा रुपयों के लिए दिखाए गए तथाकथित ताकत बढ़ाने वाले ड्रिंक्स जैसे “रेड बुल”, माउंटेन दू” “गेटोरेड” (Red Bull Gatorade Mountain Dew) आदि के शौकीन होतें हैं |

(वैसे इन तथाकथित ताकत बढ़ाने वाले ड्रिंक्स से कुछ फायदा तो होता नहीं) फिर भी लोग ड्रिंक्स पि कर खली डब्बे या कैन रास्ते में या घाटी के नीचे फ़ेंक जाते हैं और अपने सभ्य होने के कई निशान छोड़ जाते हैं |

दूसरी तरफ वाइन बियर पिने वाले लोग….ये लोग भारी बोतल ले तो जातें हैं पर एक खाली बोतल वापिस नहीं ला सकते…अपने पीछे कैंपसाइट में छोड़ आते हैं और कुछ तो एक कदम आगे बढ़ जाते हैं और शराब की खाली बोतल को पत्थरो में तोड़ कर चल पड़ते हैं |

वैसे पहाड़ो में हाईकिंग, ट्रैकिंग या कैंपिंग करतें समय शराब पीना उतना ही खतरनाक साबित हो सकता है जैसे दिन के समय रेगिस्तान में काले कपडे पहन कर पिने का पानी लिए बिना पैदल सफर करना |

एक जागरूक पर्वतारोही, हाइकर व ट्रैक्केर कभी भी पहाड़िओं में शराब का सेवन नहीं करता |
कभी समय हुआ करता था जब त्रिउंड या करेरी जैसे जगहों में लोग शांति, एकांत और प्रकृति का आनंद लेने के लिए जाया करते थे, परन्तु अब ज्यादातर लोग गिलासीआं लगाने और लाउड स्पीकर से दूसरे लोगो की शांति को ख़राब करने जाते हैं |

त्रिउंड हिल अब धर्मसाला का गहने से ज्यादा भारत इंडिया और संसार का सार्वजानिक शौचालय बनता जा रहा है |

और यही बात भारत के दूसरे प्रदेशों व जिलों में स्तिथ पर्यटन स्थानों के साथ हो रहा है….और अगर विदेशों के पर्यटन स्थानों की बात करें तो उनकी हालत भारत के पर्यटन स्थानों से कई सो गुना अधिक सुन्दर है |

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English text

Triund Hill, The Jewel of Dharamsala
Triund Hill, with its actual top point at 10,632 feet (3240.6336 meters) and temple of Kunal Pathri Devi hosts a ridge and the first camp-site Triund ranging between 9150 ft to 9414 ft (2788.92 to 2869.387 m)

The second high camp-site, SnowLine Café, is at around 3250 meters. One can trek to the real top point that is 10,632 ft (3240.6336 m) from the backside of SnowLine Cafe.

From this top point you can enjoy 360° panoramic views of Triund Hill, Kangra Valley and wider view of Dhauladhar Mountains.

Rather than terming Trekking to Triund, it is more like Hiking as the trail is properly marked with 100% visibility and no chance of getting lost (unless one tries to get lost intentionally).

In Trekking you have to trace the trails and trek and sometimes do bush-whacking to make new trail, while in Hiking your just need to follow the laid out trek and trails.
With time and tide Triund Hill and its neighboring campgrounds are slowly losing their charm all thanks to unchecked tourists flow and greedy businessmen and travel agencies! The careless attitude of Forest Department and Tourism Department just adds to woes!

The green meadows of Triund Hill are giving in to the continuous camping and tent pitching, resulting in green grass being replaced by top brown soil. Also open defecating is another major issue beside the garbage left behind by the tourists and the garbage tossed down the valley by all kind of vendors in Triund.
To tackle open defecating, there are good options like dry pits to or all weather Bio Toilets, but the concerned authorities seem to have no idea or interest.
As of littering by tourists…NGO do their part but that is not the answer…tourists visiting such serene places must understand their responsibility towards Nature and cleanliness of the same.

All tourists especially the Indians and the locals are well educated and smart enough but when it comes about cleanliness, not all act practically.

Most of them toss off or leave their garbage (water bottles, liquor bottles or some even smash the bottles thus create more of trouble).

First of all if you are really a hiker or mountaineer, then you will never take alcohol on mountains (the tale that claims “alcohol helps in cold” is nothing more than a myth).

Not so long time back, a day hike or night camping in Triund Hill, Kareri Lake was like solitude and for peaceful moments but now it is more of show off and taking shots of energy drinks and hard drinks with heavy volume speakers blaring noise in campsite and on trails…causing nuisance and troubling fellow tourists or hikers who are there to enjoy the company of the mountains and nature.

More over at present Triund has turned from the Jewel of Dharamshala to open public toilet of India and the World

WikiLoc Trail to Triund Hill from Gallu Devi Temple

WikiLoc Trail to Triund Hill from Gallu Devi Temple  Dharamsala

Triund can be accessed from regular trek like via McLeodganj -> Dharamkot->Sh Galu Devi Temple or via McLeodganj -> Bhagsu->Sh Galu Devi Temple and also from via McLeodganj -> Bhagsu->Bhagsu Waterfall-> and the village on the north east side of Waterfall or you may try the shorter but more steep trek from Bhagsu which will take u directly close to Magic View Cafe and Best View Cafe.

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Girls Cow Bulls Boy and Nature

“SHIVA loves and observes Nature!”

Girls Cow Bulls Boy and Nature

Well directly this is off-topic post but if you observe, it is related! We are not comparing India with any-other country!

India the land where SHIVA-SHAKTI and every god praise Women and Girl, SHIVA observes NATURE the form of SHAKTI.

Where our oldest scriptures say that “A land where women and Nature are respected, remains prospered”(Something like that).

India where most of us claim Worship Cow, Cow is like our Mother and many other quotes!

Quotes!! Yes just for saying! What we’ve observed, there is plenty of similarity between the conditions of Women, Girls, baby Cow and baby bulls!!

99% of we the Indians do sex determination while the baby is unborn and most of the girl child are either killed before birth and who so ever is brought in to this World half of them have hell like lifestyle and have constant threat of mistreatment from various elements of the well behaved “Society”!

To the contrary if the child is a boy, he becomes the “Prince” of the family!

If a family in India has a girl child and a boy child, then in 90% families there is major difference in their upbringing! That is irrespective of educational status of the family!

Also when it is about boys, they can have pre-marital phyical relationships and even after getting married, they continue with “girl friends” though the family is aware of it, they make no fuss about it.

But if a girl has some boy just even as a friend, people start making judgments about her characterstics.

Well now come to baby Cow and baby Bull! Cow is our Mother!

Now if the newborn baby is a to be Cow, then that baby is treated like a doll, well taken care of until she is ready for “Milk Production” and is treated well as long as she is able to produce “Milk”.

Once Cow is unable to produce Milk, she is kicked out off the shed to streets and left to survive on her own! There may be few who keep the old cow with them for good!

No wonder we see so many, so many unclaimed cows on streets and roads.

As of baby bull, the life of this fellow is good only to the age he is dependent of Cow milk and after that baby bull is lifted on truck and is shipped to far off streets again to survive on his own or are sold for leather production

They become the “Live” garbage disposal living beings; you can see them eating anything from plastic to rotten vegetables thrown!

Now comes Nature, we (both NRI and Resident Admins of this site) don’t claim ourselves as the only saviors of this planet, mountains and Nature, but we do our part. India is running on the track of development come what may!

We have built infinite types of Micro Dams over free flowing rivers to small rivulets, constructed roads through mountains and forest; have deforested plenty of lands to construct hotels, shopping malls and housing societies!

Though roads are necessary just like housing societies but with that have increased easy deforestation and killing of Wildlife and forced wild animals to come in to human settlements and eat away crops!

To add to it our media and we blame wild animals for the damage they do, which is indirectly forced upon them by, we the humans.

We Humans are responsible for instigating wild animals to attack humans, so be that a wild elephant on fields rampage or wild leopard killing domestic dogs or human babies!

Even officials associated with concerned departments e.g. Forest Dept, Land and Revenue Dept are hands in glove with high profile loggers, corporates and miners!

And beside this we the tourists (most of us highly educated) are also not responsible and don’t even behave like educated! We go to the places of interest and throw our trash on trails and in open…and we even teach same behavior to our children also!

So we don’t respect Nature also!

Now about SHIVA! SHIVA without Religion

“SHIVA loves and observes Nature!”

We are not blaming…this has been going in our minds from a long time…so we decided to post now. We the administrators of this page honor and respect every religion and for us and our first most religion is of Humanity and being human!

Triund Snow and Views

This gallery contains 4 photos.

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 Hill Heaven

Triund Hill Heaven July 2012

Triund 2012

Triund Hill Heaven for Nature lovers and trekkers. 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.

 

 

Triund Hill and Gari Wali Mata

Triund Hill Gari Wali Mata mandir

In the neighborhood of Triund is another temple of  Gari Wali Mata. Our solitary trekking to Gari Wali Mata Mandir in the heights of lower Dhauladhar 9,500 feet and in front of Mighty Dhauladhar of Palampur, Kandi which is accessible from Dovri village near Kandi village a head of Saurabh Van Vihar, Bandla and Lohna.

The area of Gari Mata is just an isolated place in winters with empty and open huts built by the shepherds and only during April to October the shepherds live here with their livestock.

Yet the spell bounding views and silence of the temple area is unforgettable.

From the heights of Gari Mata you can have the sight of Char Pathar (Mysterious Rock Formations) on the North, Birni Devi on the North-East and Devi Himani Chamunda, Triund and Devi Kunal Pathri on the North-West.

After climbing further 800 meter you can stand face to face with the top hill of the Mighty Dhauladhar in Palampur region.