The centuries old temple of Aadi Himani Chamunda Devi is completely burned part Naturally and small part human err. As the temple of Aadi Himani Chamunda Devi had wooden sealing and flooring, the lighting stroke was enhanced by cylinder of liquid petrolium gas stored inside.
All leftover now is darkened walls made of stone slabs. Though the area still has sufficient snow….no approach has been made to start the restorations effort.
As of the work done to make concrete trail up to temple is also a total waste of funds as within two years the concrete pavement laid by state government has started to break and in most of parts it is already ruined…plus at some points it is more dangerous to step on some parts of trails..though the old trails is still good to follow.
Availability of water is still not dependent…you might think you will get water refill in the old water point..but that’s just a luck…you might reach the spot and find the tap dry. (that happens mostly and at times when on the opposite ridge villagers go to collect woods or grass for livestock and from the water source they untie the pipeline to drink water and leave the pipeline untied and which results in dry tap on Trail to Aadi Himani Chamunda Devi So you need to carry own water, if you want to avoid dehydration and loss of energy which is required to climb the steep trails.
August 18th 2013 by 06:00 am we were prepared and ready to leave….for SnowLine Cafe (Though I’d planned to take Gordon up to Lahesh Cave beyond SnowLine Cafe and Illaqa). The morning sky above Dharamsala and Kangra was cloudy but something bit of different from the sky above Triund Hill (Sometimes we see city sky cloudy but often it is not same up in high mountains). As we moved upward and took the first turn to SnowLine Cafe we saw family of Red Jungle fowl gliding towards the water source in the ridge of Triund Hill Continue reading →
Indrahar Pass a mountain Pass at an altitude of 4,342 metres (14,245 ft) beyond Triund Hill, Snow-Line Cafe and Illaqa, a traditional gateway to Chamba/Bharmour from Dharamsala. When there was no road connectivity the people of Chamba and Kangra used Indrahar Pass to travel both side and it was not only for hikers, whole of the families used to migrate from this route and due to heavy snow in those days they even had to come across causalities and more. Though today with the convenience of roads and public transport all have switched to bus and other means of transport. So now a days during summer and monsoon in search of green pastures for their live-stocks, only Gaddi shepherds use this pass to cross over to Holi, Bharmour and Lahaul Spiti and they are joined by hikers and mountaineers.
Kuwarasi in Chamba district is the first village you will come across if you start your hike from Dharamsala, Triund and Indrahar Pass.
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.
What will be the weather in last of December for camping overnight?
— As of now there is fresh light snow fall in Dhauladhars, so you can expect a cold weather in Triund Hill.
2. Do I need a guide for the mentioned Itinerary?
No if you start early in the morning say around 8AM then you’ll reach Triund by 12 noon and may come across some fellow trekkers plus there are two shops ahead Dharamkot one in Gallu Devi and second one is Magic View Café and here you’ll find people who will be always happy to help. Most people go to Triund on their own without guide….and if you asked anyone in Dharamkot for route they’ll tell you. But then it’s your choice to hire guide.
But up to Triund and Snowline café you don’t need any. Just be careful and try and walk in the inner sides of the trails for own safety and never forget to inform your family and friends about your trekking plans.
3. What kind of gear/equipment I should carry (especially for illaqa)?
All you need is good warm jacket, gloves if you like, cap, woolen socks, and good shoe with grip and sun protection cream for face. As of Ilaka that is the Glacier point most of trekkers avoid it during Dec end to March (except professional trekkers)….because of heavy snow fall in Dhauladhars. It would be good if you restrict your trail up to Triund or still if you like to go further and if there is mild snow in Triund then you can try up to SnowLine café…at a distance of about 3km from Triund (there is no guarantee of café being open in December end due to cold weather). But if you like to stay in Triund for a night or more you better check this link providing info advance booking of Guest House of Forest Department in Triund http://www.triundhill.com/triund-guest-house
You don’t need to carry any sleeping bag if you can get a room in guest house…..in Triund there are two tea shop and they have some tents and charge about 300/- INR for each tent with 3 sleeping Bags and mattresses. But Guest House is good option in December….something better than tents.
4. What is the tourist traffic in that time?
Traffic is LOW due to cold weather but there are some who dare to enjoy cold weathers.
Whenever you plan trekking or hill walking with your friends as a group or alone; please remember not to throw water or juice canes, packs or bottles, beer/alcohol bottles, biscuits, chocolate n bubblegum wrapper, empty packs of chips and cigarette buds and pack on the trail. Because if you throw such things on trek or trail, you SPOIL THE BEAUTY OF NATURE and it also disturbs the balance of Nature.
Throw them in garbage box instead or if you don’t see any garbage box, bring them to base camp for proper disposal and if you don’t like carrying it, instead of throwing them under hills or in bush, just partially press them with some rock leaving it easily visible to some nature lover, social worker of cleaning groups say mountain cleaners.
STILL IF YOU ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF NATURE, JUST GIVE CREDIT TO NATURE AND CONTRIBUTE IN MAINTAINS THAT BEAUTY!
Triund jewel of Dharamsala is one day trek at the upper reaches of Mcleod Ganj
– If you are touring Dharamsala and have done enough of travel and learning then go trekking to Triund and also volunteer for Nature by keeping it clean.
Mountain Cleaners were also involved in an annual pilgrimage trail to ManiMahesh home of Lord Shiva in Bharmour of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, India in the month of August and September. During these two months they clean the garbage thrown by pilgrims on the way to and in ManiMahesh.
With the cooperation of visiting volunteers and locals they bring the large amount of garbage all the way from ManiMahesh to Bharmour for proper disposal.