There are still many left….but as of 2017, I got the opportunity to attempt Pass all thanks to one new trail mate also from Chamba. Manyank Jaryal, he too had attempt Pass and we were linked by the Admins of http://www.facebook.com/Triund. We shared details and made a rough plan of around 3-4 days high mountain hike and that too without guide. I would like to mention, though we chose to have no human guide but online there is good information on trail. So we read it (Though ground detail and online details, they are not same always…as on ground things change with Nature) and followed in. Our Hike and Trek to Dhauladhar Mountains…read here
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.
The Native Connection
I didn’t do any preliminary search before starting with the title “The Native Connection” it just came from with in! I don’t know why!
This post is not Anti American or any Nation, Govt Specific!
As I recall…with the height of about 3 foot, I entered the class room for the first time…somewhere back in a remote village and as my curious eyes surveyed…a calendar bought my attention.
Approached it and saw a Native Indian (US Native) village portrayed there…saw something like sledge attached to a horse and then my eyes stuck on a big feathery wig sort of that was adding to the aura of the native chief…felt bit of frightened but at the same time anxious (I must say that fear factor was because…it was the first time I saw them and that big wig)…then I saw another native family with kids…this time kind of fascinated.
Here I must say after seeing the hills that had attracted me first…this calendar with Natives portrait was the second that attracted my soul!
The moments came and went by…we moved within the modern “Society” in Himachal Pradesh…here the Disney cartoons and western movies again introduced “Natives” but all of them portrayed Natives as villains, bad people! I didn’t fall in to their propaganda.
But the movie “Call of The Wild” this movie touched with from within…and the last few scenes…where the natives attack the man and his friend and the dog! I felt sorry for the man, who was there for gold only (later I learned, the gold was not meant to be dug out, for it is the jewel of our Mother Nature.)
Well more of the moments passed. I moved in to Dharamsala, here Dhauladhar Mountains and Triund again synced in.
I was walking in the lines of the “Society” and then moved to Chandigarh.
The corporate short life was good but showed me the true images of “Society” and was introduced with the words “Racism”, “Favoritism” and “Politics”.
Good thing for me was like…I had a friend from Mandi (HP), who was in Sales/Marketing and we had good understanding…he taught me a lot of good things about this double faced society (though I still have to learn a lot).
More of moments went along…the office and corporate politics forced me to quit Chandigarh for good!
Back in HP had good time to get indulge in DIY’s, Volunteering, Tree Plantation, Hiking, Trekking and Camping, synced back with Mountains and true Nature.
Here must thank Twitter, Facebook for re-introducing Natives and this time the images were true, not like that of trigger happy yankee or cowboy movies and those distracting Walt Disney cartoons.
Some documentaries and movies like “White Feather 1955”, Navajo Joe…made me to search about Natives…who are they, where they live…sort of.
The “Internet” is like a huge, deep pile of Facts, Knowledge and Truth but here one must be careful as the double faced “Society” has put traps with fake knowledge with support of propaganda and witnesses supported by the word “Money”!
The internet told me that “It was not only the Hitler, who committed mass murder of Jews in Gas Chambers”.
But long before Hitler, it was the white settlers, who committed mass genocide of the Native tribes in America to gain control of the Native land, resources and water! The Natives were forced to Live like “Lions put in zoo cages”, the Reservations!
I searched more and there is plenty of valid, genuine witness that tells…that the genocide of the Natives was first mass murder, which was upheld by the Law, a law made by the settlers!
Even Adolf Hitler was inspired by this genocide of the Natives!
Then I read more on latest news and the word “NoDAPL, “Fossil Fuel”, “DAPL”, “KXL” popped out!
The DAPL, the pipeline was to go through same river that source Clean Water, to Bismarck, majority here is white Americans (It is wrong to term humans as white, black, red, pale or brown), but this is how our Society has taught us to differentiate each other!
The people of Bismarck protested the DAPL and this pipeline was re-routed from a point where the Missouri river provides “Clean Water” to the Native tribe “Standing Rock Sioux” and not to mention other Americans further below.
I don’t know why my soul/conscience feels for the Natives. The humans, all are Native to this planet…but it is just that most of us are way too advanced to feel the real connection of Nature and the soil of this planet!
We talk of colonizing Mars with SpaceX by Mr Ellon Musk!
True we must do research, use science and technology for a sustainable lifestyle! But not to colonize others and other planets! We as humans have done more of harm to this our own planet.
As humans we if don’t respect the same planet, which gave us birth, fed us and made us strong! Just think how you/we will respect the new planets that we as humans will colonize! If Mars and other planets have feelings….then must say…they must have fear of humans!
We must use science and technology to heal this planet our home!
Nature is the only being that can support human generations in true humanity! Science will sustain human life but it will be like hells…imagine you have breakfast with two tiny capsules, see birds, butterfly, trees, rivers, mountains in digital mode! That will not be humane but more of like real time Zombies!
The Hollywood is not all that crap. On seeing how the selfish humans are bent on destroying their own generations, Robots and Aliens will for sure take control of Humans! AI is Now REAL (Artificial Intelligence)!
Is it only then, when some tiny group of humans will try to come back to Planet Gaia Earth!
Get out of that Cricket, cheap modern bollywood! There is more then just selfies, there is GMO, GMO Mustard, Cotton, Monsanto and Bayer, silently taking control of our Food system.
Be Native Again!
When I say Native, I am not asking to go back in cave age…but adopt a Sustainable Lifestyle, Protect Wild Life, Plant and Protect Trees, Save Rivers, Mountains…for it is only because of these “Beings” Humans life is Beautiful!
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!
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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…..
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?
Lam Dal Trek
Lam Dal the longest lake of Dhauladhar Mountains is in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India.
One trail for Lam Dal is from Dharamshala, Ghera and Gaj Pass, second is from Dharamsala, Ghera, Kareri village, Kareri Lake, Minkiani Pass and Lam Dal, third is from Dharamsala, McLeodGanj, Dharamkot, Gallu, Triund, Lahesh Cave, Indrahar Pass, Nag Dal and Lam Dal, and the fourth one is from Shahpur, Baleni Pass and Lam Dal and one more from Dharamsala, Ghera, BhimGasturi Pass and Lam Dal. The other two three are from Chamba side.
How to Trek to The Temple of Langha Mata
Langha Mata with temple site in the lap of Green hills looked over by Dhauladhar Mountains in Palampur side. This is an easy Day Hike trek, so we advice start early in the morning.
Trek But Please Do Not Throw Your Garbage on Trail and near Temple premises, carry an extra bag to put your garbage in.
To reach the starting point of trail to Langha Mata temple, you need to reach village Nanahar, which comes after Village Kandbari and Village Khas Bari.
You can board a Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation Bus (HRTC) leaves Palampur ISBT around 07:30 AM and goes through Old Palampur Bus Stand and bus stop near Punjab National Bank at 08:00 AM (keep a watchful eye if you decide to board from Old Bus Stand), this bus will drop you near Govt Sr Sec School and Primary Health Center of Nanahar and by the side water filtration system, the starting point of this trek.
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