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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Mountains Love

Enjoying Indrahar Pass -

Mountains Love

 

This is not about the height or difficulty level of Mountain Pass….it’s more than that! 

I got up early by 03:30 am to get ready for my third High Mountain but first long duration and length hike with all ration and cooking stuff on backpack. Left home around 5:40 am and was at Dramman around 06:15 am and the good thing was like election campaign days and marriage functions, for all taxis were engaged, so I’d to kill myself at Dramman for almost 2 hours and finally at 8:30 am got the lift up to Kandwari….

I remember my first high mountain hike of Indrahar Pass in Dhauladhar Mountain Range..during my first climb and stay in Indrahar Jot, the feeling I had was just like a child has once he/she sits on the shoulders of parents and seeing the views around that are generally barred owing to once height!

Pir Panjal Range and ManiMahesh Kailash Peak Chamb

Pir Panjal Range and ManiMahesh Kailash Peak Chamba

But before my climb to Indrahar Pass I’d been invited and confined only to Triund and Snowline cafe of Triund Hill for many many times, many times…even Lahesh Cave was far for me…but then on July 19th 2011 with a hint from Dhauladhar, I finally dared to climb up to Lahesh Cave through thick fog humanly alone but accompanied by mystic sounds coming from melting glaciers waterfall and since I had no clue of Lahesh Cave, I just followed the Red Arrows (here Om letter has nothing to do with Religion)

Om Letter with Red Arrow Marks

Om Letter with Red Arrow Marks

but soon they also vanished in thick fog and all I could hear was the mysterious sound of glacier waterfall (just like some women/girl singing with smooth and thin voice)!

Never judge a Mountain and Hill by it’s height!

It was only in August 2013, when I was accompanied by Gordon Cole (his was also first climb for Lahesh Cave) we reached the same spot where I’d lost the Red Arrows in thick fog and had seen only the glacier waterfall, I realized that on July 2011, I was standing right in front of the Lahesh Cave but could not see the cave due to thick fog!

Leftover Glacier Waterfall in front of Lahesh Cave

Left over Glacier Waterfall in front of Lahesh Cave

Mountains O Mountains, mountains love have fascinated my soul ever since I opened my eyes to this amazing planet and was of 2 feet height and during my stay in Dharamsala things just went like crazy, the sight of Dhauladhar and Triund Hill were so tempting I’ve no words to explain but since I’d no company that time so i could not think of climbing up..but the night of December 31st, 2000 and a badly planned group hike to Triund Hill was a nightmare, but even after a cold feet night in the caves of Triund, the first campground of Triund Hill, I enjoyed the morning views of Dhauladhar and TriundHill.

But that joy was short, as after consuming water stored in kerosene can made my tummy go mad and we were forced to climb down early in the morning…and that mismanaged trek to Triund re-ignited my desire of Solo Hill walks and post that year I went hiking to Triund infinite number of times all the way from Chandigarh (I’m not trying to impress and ignore many other hikers and tea stall owners in Triund).

But every time I’d been to Triund, always gazed at the Mun Peak and tried to locate Indrahar Pass. Even from the Temple of Kunal Pathri Devi (located at the real top of Triund Hill), it was only gazing Mun Peak and tracing Indrahar Pass.

Temple of Kunal Pathri Devi at real top of Triund Hill

Temple of Kunal Pathri Devi at real top of Triund Hill

Every time, I only got directional words towards the trail to Indrahar Pass from cafe owners in Triund, the first campground of TriundHill..and finally on August 2013 another unplanned trek to Lahesh Cave with Gordon Cole also with thick fog we managed to reach Lahesh Cave and further were followed and accompanied in by Manu Singh Panwar and his friends in Lahesh Cave (now all were new on this trail).

Manu and I took the lead and followed the Red Arrows and we were tailed by Gordon Cole and friends. On trail we were greeted by another stream of thick fog and mild rain and bit of hail…we took shelter under overhang boulders, wherever we could find and then a blue hole appeared through thick black clouds giving us hope and strength to keep on climbing and trekking.

Here I must thank Rijul SherGill (Dhauladhar Trekker) and other trekkers for sharing photographs of Indrahar Pass and the temple of Jota Wali Mata a top.

Jota Wali Mata at Indrahar Pass

Jota Wali Mata at Indrahar Pass

After trekking through boulders, fallen rocks and crawling through stairs like trail we got the sight of Trishula and that re-energized us.
As a welcome gift Dhauladhar again showered us with thin hail and mild mild rain but with cold winds…and finally we were hugging Indrahar Pass in Dhauladhar Mountain Range and were blessed by Jota Wali Mata.

“Respect Nature, please do not throw your garbage in Nature”

Amazing views, you have to see it to feel it….it was still raining and fog was climbing up from Chamba side thus barring the views of Pir Panjal Range and Triund Hill and after spending about 45 minutes, we decided to climb down and luckily one of our friend slipped over the moving rock on trail but was gifted with life by sacrificing an injury to his finger….and we were back in Snow-Line Cafe for sharing our experiences and some folk song numbers on Guitar by Manu Singh…and my second call to Indrahar Pass was on October 2013 with Raman Sharma of Simla and this time the views were all crystal clear and we spent a good 01:30 hours at Indrahar Pass, enjoying the company of Dhauladhar, Jota Wali Mata and bright Sun shine for the tan…we even got the views of  Pir Panjal Range, the trail to Kuarsi and sight of Holy home of SHIVA and PARVATI the MANIMAHESH KAILASH PEAK and many other peaks.

So back in Kandbari and so much awaited climb for Waru Pass.

We burned most of our energy from a steep trail with a Speedy Race to Satchaali the base camp for Waru Jot. As per standards of Hiking, this was not hiking but a race. By the time we reached the base camp, I was tired to the bones with tummy going nuts. Lessons I learned – (A) “Don’t drink water from every source!” (B) Walk with steady steps and not run.

“Never walk or climb mountains and hills as a race, rather be like a shepherd, who guides his flock of sheep and herd of goat.

Base of Waru Pass ahead Satchali

Base of Waru Pass ahead Satchali

“Never walk or climb mountains and hills as a race, rather be like a shepherd, who guides his flock of sheep and herd of goat. Enjoy the walk and the views, keeping a tab on Sun shine”

The thick snow on trail to Waru Pass from the base was just like, you must not Hurry and have Patience, Observe , Learn and once you are ready then come to me…..that’s what Waru Pass also sounded saying to me…just like Indrahar Pass had taught me, before letting me hug Dhauladhar and this is also what GOD tries to teach us humans to Learn and Purify yourself before Salvation and Moksha from the cycle of Birth and Rebirth ~

Again I don’t want to Prove anything to Anyone and I am not Above Nature also, I have no Grudge to anyone (it’s not easy to overcome this but Work is in Progress)  So I will come again…..

Stone Cold Mountains

Cold Stone Mountains

Mostly people refer Mountains as nothing but a heap of granite boulder and rocks…may be, but these days, it is opposite!

January, 1st, 2017, I completed my year’s first humanly solo hiking and hill-walk all the way to Billing and RajGundha, the gateway to Thamsar Pass, Bara Bhangal of high Dhauladhar Mountains!
By 02:00 pm I was back at Bir and boarded Anurag Bus service for Baijnath, as the passengers boarded along the bus, a tourist couple/friends (may be from Delhi/Gurgaon, as they later boarded Delhi bound bus) also boarded on the way (my guess they had landed after paragliding from Billing).

Then after some distance a local folk’s family boarded in and one of its family members sat on the empty seat by my side. The bus was moving to Baijnath and my mind still in RajGundha, still repenting for not having stayed over there and ending my solo-hike at Barot, which of course was not planned!

Anyway we approached Baijnath, the tourist couple/friend stood up to get off at the entry point of ISBT and in the process from the side pouch of the girl’s bag the empty water bottle jumped out on the bus floor, the girl though asked her friend to pick it up, but he ignored it and sidelined with a kick.

I was watching those moments but without much attention and the girl also stood up and moved on, BUT it was then my intuitive eyes saw something heavy also jumping from the seat where the girl was sitting, I felt it but almost ignored until when the local folk’s male member sprang towards the empty bottle. At first I thought “wow, he might hand over that bottle to girl”! But wait, he got hold of something like a FAT pouch! Wait that pouch turned out to be a really really FAT wallet

The local folk quickly picked up the wallet and rather than calling on the girl, he changed the seat side and perched over the wallet like some “Bald Eagle on the ground tries to defend its fresh prey with its wide wings by covering it!”
The couple got off the bus and as the bus was about to enter farther inside ISBT, I gentally asked the male folk to “hand over that wallet to the girl”, to which he angrily and very arrogantly in abusive manner said “Why is this, your wallet? / Kyun ye tera purse hai” (You/Tera type of Words are insulting, specially if used with angry expressions) and further said “I will hand it over to her later”. Which actually meant he will not, as the couple was moving to the outer opposite perimeter of ISBT, probably waiting for the Delhi bound bus! I again asked him for the wallet, so that I could hand it over the couple/friends, but the local folk just denied.

I stood up to get off the bus and decided to call them and noticed the conductor and told him about the girl and the wallet!

To my surprise even when the conductor was asking for the wallet, the local folk repeatedly kept on saying “I will hand it over to her later” LOL.

Ignoring them I moved at normal but long pace towards the couple, as I was certain that they will not be going anywhere for next 10-20 minutes. But then the conductor outpaced me by running toward them and handed over the wallet to the girl and as he turned around, the girl was saying “O thank you, thank you” and then I also told them (what may sound to be rude) “Hey brother, you did not picked up the bottle but at least should have picked up the Wallet”. The girl again “O thank you”.

That wallet was sure FAT! 😀

I bet the local fellow was cursing me like hell! Well not an issue with that curse, as already have plenty of and I moved on and was really hungry after around 35 to 40 km light weight hike (just 3kg Camera set, an self defense symbol and water bottle) that I gulped in two plates of Chole Poori and also got Jalebis and continued on with RajGundha and Snow Clouds over Thamsar Pass of Dhauladhar Mountains, still possessing my heart!

I was wondering how fast humans have changed and that too just for paper/metal/digital MONEY!

These very humans stab their own blood relations and kick out the mother cow just for property and money, which ultimately will be of no one’s!

For this money their hearts are becoming like solid lifeless, dramatic, Granite, while the mighty Mountains may have the skin of Granite with harsh appearance but with the core of a soft heart, which is more ALIVE and attracts, refreshes everyone, that too without asking for money!

So who’s Cold Stone?

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.