Avifauna on trail of Triund

While we were climbing down from Magic View Café, we noticed some movement in grass by the side of the rocks and on close observation noticed a pair of cute birds camouflaged in the color of grass (faint red brown) and the rocks (pale grey).

We hushed and took a few shots and later searched in Google the list of Avifauna of Himachal and found our birds in list titled as, “Alpine Accentor”.

There are 8 species found in India out of 13 species found Worldwide. They are apparently similar to sparrows and small, fairly drab species come from the family of Prunellidae. It is a native bird of bare mountain areas with little vegetation. Alpine Accentor somewhat resemble a House Sparrow with a streaked brown back. Adult Alpine Accentor have grey head with red-brown spotting on the under parts or belly.

Mostly found in Palearctic Ecozones, which consist of  the earthly eco-regions of Europe, in Asia the foothills of northern Himalayas, northern Africa, and the northern and central parts of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of the eight ecozones separating the surface of the Earth. Actually, the Palearctic is the prime ecozones.

On our next trek to Triund, we will add more on Avifauna of this region.

Trekking to Triund Hill in December

Trekking to Triund Hill in December

  1. 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.

Beauty of Nature

BEAUTY OF NATURE

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

Volunteer for Nature

Volunteer for Nature

– 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.

Meditation and Yoga

Buddhism Meditation and Yoga

Something different to do in Dharamsala, Mcleodganj, BhagsuNag is Meditation and Yoga: – If you want to something different in Mcleodganj then one of the best things is to learn about Buddhism.  There are four basic Nobel Truths acting as base of Buddhism and they are:-

1)      Suffering: – Birth, disease, company of unpleasant, separation from pleasant and loved ones is suffering, not able to fulfill desires; old age and death are suffering.

2)      Cause: – Any desire for corporeal pleasures or ones existence and extermination or the craving for materialistic things or such other things leads to birth and rebirth and which ultimately cause suffering.

3)      End of Suffering: – It is the entire elimination of such desires, the abandonment of it, the freedom and liberation from desires is the end of suffering.

4)      Middle Way: – Middle way is the Eightfold course consisting of right concentration, right mindfulness, right thoughts, right understanding, right speech, right endeavor, right action and right livelihood.

These four Truths are Universal in every situation. Buddha simply discloses these Truths which are unknown to humankind and which positively energies human soul. There are many institutions in Mcleodganj and BhagsuNag offering courses in Buddhism Meditation and Yoga.

Some of them are Tushita Meditation Centre, Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies in Dharamsala India and Dharma Dharamsala

****Though we have provided names of the institute here on the basis of experience of our genuine contributors but still it is the duty of the reader to confirm the righteousness of the institutes mentioned here if one wishes to join these institutes.

 

BhagsuNag Shiv Mandir and Bhagsu Waterfall

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Dwapara Yuga (द्वापर युग) is the third yuga in Hindu religion and which came to its end, when Lord Krishna returned to Vaikuntha, his eternal abode.

It was this yuga when the King of Demons Raja Bhagsu had his capital in Ajmer and which faced the callous drought of its time.

The Chiefs of villages in Ajmer requested Raja Bhagsu to make an arrangement of water for his people; otherwise they’ll be forced to leave his country. Hearing that, Raja Bhagsu decided to find water himself. Since Raja Bhagsu had magical powers and being a demons king, he travelled alone and after two days reached the Lake Nag Dal, which is still about two miles wide with enormous depth and situated at an approximate height of 18000feet in the mountains of Dhauladhar. Raja Bhagsu was pleased to see the Lake Nag Dal with plenty of water and with his magical powers filled all of the water in a pot. While he was on his way back to kingdom Raja Bhagsu decided to rest at the foothills of Dhauladhar, since it was already dark.
While Raja was in deep sleep, up there in Dhauladhar Mountains, Nag Devta was on his routine visit to Lake Nag Dal. He found the Lake empty. Surprised and furious he noticed the footsteps of Raja Bhagsu, followed them and challenged Raja Bhagsu for a war. In the fight, Raja Bhagsu was severely wounded and dropped his magical pot as a result Lake Nag Dal was again filled with water and in that place the natural fountain of water started to flow. While Raja Bhagsu was on his last breath he sincerely prayed Nag Devta. Seeing his faithful prayers Nag Devta happily granted him a wish. Raja Bhagsu wished that the drought in his kingdom should come to an end and his name is honored by all. Nag Devta fulfilled his wish and now there is enough water in Ajmer also Nag Devta named this place with the name of Raja Bhagsu prefixed with his own name.
Centuries have gone after this incident and this is how this place got the name of Bhagsu Nag. With the beginning of Kali Yuga, Raja Dharamchand ruled this place. Since this place has the holy water of Nag Devta, one day while Raja Dharam Chand was in sleep Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and ordered him to construct a temple for him. Raja Dharam Chand constructed the Shiva temple here and it’s about 5080 years old.

Today people from across the country and even from all over the World come to see this holy place.

Bhagsu Nag is just 2km from McLeodganj, you can either walk up to here or reach by bus/autorikshaw. There is a beautiful waterfall a few meters away from Shiva Temple. Because of climate change the density of waterfall has considerably shrunk and now there is lesser water. Even during monsson, the waterfall rarely reaches its actual height of about 30feet.

Devi Himani Chamunda Mandir

Devi Himani Chamunda: – Situated at an approximate altitude of 10,500 feet above sea level, centuries old Temple of Devi Himani Chamunda (Chamunda Devi) is another interesting point of trekking near Triund hill. Temple of Devi Himanu Chamunda is accessible from Badsar village near village Jiya and Gopalpur Zoo.
For complete detail go to Neighborhood page of Triundhill.com