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.

Triund 2012 February

 

Triund 2012 February this time there was very heavy snow fall in Triund and treks to

Triund Hill

were covered under thick snow for about at least two month and even the Forest Department Rest House was also closed. Even in January 30th we could trek only up Magic View Café and beyond the cafe the treks were still covered under 3 foot thick snow and even trek up to Magic View Café was dangerously slippery. Mr Joginder the owner of Magic View Café had removed some of snow up to café and made it accessible.

 

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.