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!

Lahesh Cave to Indrahar Pass

Jota Wali Mata of Indrahar Pass

Lahesh Cave to Indrahar Pass

(Last time on December 2012 I’d witnessed a lone girl from Germany staying all night alone in cold Lahesh Cave and in the morning heading to Indrahar Pass. I’d followed her foot prints in snow and managed to climb up to 200 meters above Lahesh Cave but since I’d a terrible night in Illaqa I’d lost all strength to climb further, so I decided to enjoy the snowy views from there.

As I was climbing down I’d met two more hikers heading to Indrahar Pass they even offered me their guidance but since I was out of strength I politely refused. Well that was 7 months back in year 2012.)

Today I was feeling good and ready to move up.  With Gordon, Manu Singh and his friends, from Lahesh Cave we started our climb for Indrahar Pass. Fog was also accompanying us.  This time the trail was almost clear (except Fog) and Red Arrow marks were visible at some points and Cairn at some points. We followed both and were thinking of bringing Red Color paint on next trek so that we repaint those faint Red Arrow marks.

We had climbed only 400 meters when it started raining and were equipped with only 3 umbrellas 2 temporary rain coats, Gordon had his own rain coat and I’d forgotten mine back at home.

We found a rock for shelter and managed to cover our selves……with every drop of rain it was getting colder.   Good thing was that it only drizzled for 15 to 20 minutes and after that there was a spot of bright opening with shining blue sky in the middle of thick fog and clouds. But as we could see the sky above Triund Hill and Illaqa was covered with thick fog.

With the rain coming to halt we decided to move on. Manu Singh suggested that he and I should keep the lead on the rest of the group members so that we trek the trail and our lead will keep others move on.  We opted for 2 minutes break after every 15 minutes climb and that provided us the opportunity to enjoy the views and keep a watch over other members that were trailing back.  This way I also got the moment to shot the trails.

Pause on Trail to Indrahar Pass amidst Fog and Rain

Pause on Trail to Indrahar Pass amidst Fog and Rain

On the trail Manu Singh shared his trekking experience in Churdhar Pass. As we were climbing up Manu Singh kept asking me about the feature and landmark of Indrahar Pass and since I had seen the images of Indrahar Pass and read in Blogs of Rijul Gill, I told him that we will see a temple and Trishuls in Indrahar Pass. We kept on moving and I was able to spot the Trishuls on the high edges of Dhauladhar Mountains and pointed to the spot, on seeing that Manu Singh was full joy and like more of strength.

Now we felt more energized and continued our climb but then Dhauladhar showered again but it was only a drizzle and again we were lucky to find a rock for shelter. Vicky and Gordon had also caught us up. Vicky had with him a spare plastic rain coat. Vicky and Manu Singh offered me that spare rain cover and which was also my need for the moment.

Manu Singh kept on moving with his fixed umbrella and Vicky also moved further with Gordon. Now I was alone under the cover of the rock, so I decided to use the rain coat and move on. After a little climb as I turned to my right side the moment was like “W0W”!

We were on the shoulders of the mighty Dhauladhar Mountain. I walked further and saw Manu Singh with umbrella standing in front of the temple. The view was perfect for the photo shoot.

Manu Singh Panwar at Indrahar Pass and Temple of Jota Wali Mata

Manu Singh Panwar at Indrahar Pass and Temple of Jota Wali Mata

I spotted a central point and took a few shots of Manu Singh standing in front of the temple. Manu Singh was shouting “HAR HAR MAHADEV!” and I also responded with “HAR HAR MAHADEV!”  I asked Gordon Cole to shout “HAR HAR MAHADEV!” and he did :D!!

Well that was the end of our unplanned hike for Indrahar Pass….but as I saw the Red Arrow marks going further, I was feeling tempted for climbing down towards Chamba. Leaving it for some other day I offered prayers to Jota Wali Mata and took more of shots. We had allotted 1 hour for staying in Indrahar Pass. Gordon, Manu Singh and his friends were enjoying the views and I was feeling like I was at home!

 The wind was cold with another drizzle. As I said was tempted so I climbed down about 50 meters towards Chamba district and…..!  I was surprised with the steep very steep stairs laid using rocks. I took some more shots of the left over Glaciers and of the valley down in Chamba district. From Indrahar Pass we can see Pir Panjal Range, Holy ManiMahesh Kailash Peak of SHIVA and SHAKTI, Tent Peak and many other…but that day all was fog and clouds that we saw.

There was another thing that surprised me….the magic flowers of Dhauladhar Mountains; they were so bright, vibrant, colorful and full of energy. I thought of uprooting some to bring back at home but then felt that these magic flowers are good and prefect with Dhauladhar, so I discarded the thought of bringing them to home.

Magic Flowers in Indrahar Pass ~ Dhauladhar

Magic Flowers in Indrahar Pass ~ Dhauladhar

Chamba Side from Indrahar Pass Dhauladhar

Chamba Side from Indrahar Pass Dhauladhar

It was 05:20 pm and I saw a thick layer of fog crawling up slowly from Chamba side…..seeing that I climbed back to Indrahar Pass and suggested to my friends that we should start our descend for SnowLine Cafe.

We bid farewell to Jota Wali Mata of Indrahar Pass and started our trek back to SnowLine Cafe and Triund.

Jota Wali Mata of Indrahar Pass

Jota Wali Mata of Indrahar Pass

Triund Snow and Views

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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

 

Triund Hill Pilgrimage

Triund Pilgrimage in 2012

This summer of 2012 Triund Hill has turned up to be some like a favorite place for a sort of a delightful pilgrimage and people from all walks of life are showing up every day in number of 20 to 40. Some are coming without guide, some are coming with guides and porters carrying tents, sleeping bags and food supplies and then there are solo trekkers and some are couples in love, some are even new ones who are coming to Triond for the first time and counting their every breath on every step towards Triyund or Triund Hill. The Rest House of Forest Department is reserved every day.

Once you reach the top of Triund, you are welcomed by the majestic view of partly snow clad and glaciated Mighty Dhauladhar and Triund occupied by colorful tents and different people from all over the World.

On our Lunch in Triund on May 30th 2012, we noticed activities in Triund something like this: –

  • Though most of the foreign tourists hesitate or don’t prefer to indulge with locals but then there are a few who initiate conversation with locals and share their feelings with each other.
  • There are plenty of dogs who come along with the tourists all the way from McLeodganj and stay in Triund.
  • City tourists exclaim with joy on seeing the Mighty Dhauladhar and the beauty of Triund and they even stand on the edge of the hill and try to catch the faint signals of the mobiles service providers so that they could call and tell their relatives back at home, “Where they are standing and how happy they are feeling for being on the top of Triund and seeing the snow clad Mighty Dhauladhar!”
  • Some tourists just sit and read a book, some play cards and the ones in groups indulge in a sort of group discussion.
  • Then there are the shopkeepers who are busy in preparing noodles or tea for the tourists who have just arrived. The supervisor of the Forest Department Rest House is busy in helping the guests.
  • Then there are couples who are in love, they just need a peaceful, secluded point right in front of the Mighty Dhauladhar and prefer to be lost in each other.
  • Some tourists planning to trek beyond Triund up to Illaka and the Lahesh Caves and are in constant discussion with each other.
  • The shepherds are also busy and moving upward to Illaka, laka or Illaqa in search of green pastures.
  • The city tourists are very curious to see the glacier in snowline point above Illaka and some are more eager to see the eagle nest.
  • Then there is news of bear sightings on the upper reaches of Triund.
  • Most of the tourists are still careless are and not good to Nature and are throwing garbage on the trail to Triund.
  • We still observed that the treks to Triund are again trashed, tourists have thrown plastic water bottles, beer tin cans, chocolate wafers, energy drink tin cans, on the trek and down in the hills and even the mountain cleaners are not doing their job honestly as they claim.