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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Billing Hiking Trekking and Camping

Bir Billing Jungle Trail 4

How to Go Hiking Trekking to Billing

 

How to Go Hiking Trekking to Billing, the Second Best Paragliding Launch Site of Asia in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Hiking and trekking around Triund near Palampur, Baijnath.

Billing is the Second Best Para-gliding Launch Site of Asia in Himachal Pradesh, distt Kangra and is linked via road and the jungle hiking trail as well.

If you don’t want to use automobile or taxi and want to go to Billing, then this post will guide you on how to go hiking, trekking to Billing.

To start your hiking to Billing, you need to reach Bir and the building of Tourist Information Center and the Water Storage tank few meters behind the building the by the side of the Bir-Billing Road.

To start your Billing Hike and Trek

1st. Reach Baijnath by road either from Dharamsala, Palampur or Kangra side.

2nd From Baijnath ISBT board any bus bound to Bir (mostly you will find Anurag Bus Service and HRTC ordinary state bus, that ply directly from Baijnath, Palampur and Dharamsala ISBT or Himsuta a Volvo Bus of Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation from Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi ISBT)

3rd Once you reach Bir bus stop marked with gate to Tea Factory and some shops. Walk towards North east, by pass road heading to the village Gunehar and another one to left going towards Rest House.

You will notice the building of Tourist Information Center on your right hand side. Keep on walking on the road to Billing. After around 2-3 minutes’ walk you will notice a medium sized concrete Water Tank to the right of Bir Billing Road and to your right downward side.

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View of Water Tank to the right of Bir Billing Road

4th Just to your left, you will notice a rough trail going northward, here is a map link for the Bir-Billing Jungle Trail.

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The Bir Billing Jungle Trail

Climb upward and now you are on the old jungle trail to Billing, no need to worry about Wild Animals, but still remain alert and keep walking straight upward, avoid any trail going deep left or deep right.

Climb upward and now you are on the old jungle trail to Billing, no need to worry about Wild Animals, but still remain alert and keep walking straight upward, avoid any trail going deep left or deep right.

With your watchful eyes you will identify the trail without any problem.

Keep walking upward and this very trail will cross the Bir-Billing Road four times…but the trail is shorter than the road. This is an easy hiking trail with a little bit of steepness on final climb.

After the first and second intersection with Bir-Billing Road, the trail will cross the road third time and it is marked with a sun shelter point. From this point you will see the gate and the trail for the temple of Mata Shatvadini.

Bir Billing Jungle Trail

The trail for the temple of Mata Shatvadini

The temple is situated amidst the jungle and by the side of Bir-Billing Jungle Trail. Keep walking slowly and steadily with little pause for catching up the air. After around 10-15 minutes you will stand in front of the temple.

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Temple of Mata Shatvdini

After the temple Bir-Billing Jungle trail intersects Bir-Billing Road (marked with two concrete benches) for the fourth time.

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Here the steepness of the trail also increases and you will have to be extra careful while climbing here, the steepness of trail is around 30 to 50 meters or less and you may get the company of macaques.

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The View of Forth Trail and Road Intersection from steep point of Bir Billing Jungle Trail

After that the trail is like some easy hill walk and little climb before merging with the Bir-Billling Road.

In Billing you will find 4-6 tea stalls, one forest rest house and a small village sort of providing tents for overnight camping and food.

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Billing, the Seconf Best Paragliding Launch site of Asia in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India

From Billing you can also go on Hillwalking towards RajGundha the gateway to Thamsar Pass via KukurGundha, Palchek and Behdpal and if you seek more of adventure then can go up to Bada Bhangal

The Native Connection

Sitting Bull

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.

Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull

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!

 

Know How for Kareri Lake Hike

Kareri Lake Trek

Kareri Lake Hike

Kareri Lake or Kumarwah Dal, is a high Dhauladhar Mountain shallow water lake….what more of so appears to be a huge pond extended to be like a lake by the locals.

The reason why it appears to be extended by humans is that…the there are water exit points which are raised with a mixture of stone blocks and concrete.

Because of this, the restricted flow of water of Dal or Lake, the lake water is not suitable for consumption or bathing…reason…this November end we observed (without microscope) micro organisms floating in lake water and there may be more of nano organisms.

Kareri Lake is not a Fresh Water lake because it is not suitalbe for drinking, as of the shop near lake temple…that shop itself gets it’s part of drinkable water via a PVC plastic pipe which goes through the lake and is directly connected to inlet point from which fresh water flows in to the lake and avoiding any contact with lake water.

Between October to December, you are not supposed to camp by the side of the lake and the reason for that is (except if you have proper and standard stuff to purify the water), the water source of lake goes below ground…and the PVC pipe runs dry and whatever water is flowing is either almost stagnant in nature or is not suitable for consumption even after boiling and don’t even think of bathing!

By mid or end of November you can see shallowness of the lake and with in 20 meters of lake center you can notice boulders with grey grass clearly, which forms the base of the lake.

Also one more thing the if you are on hike then do avoid drinking the water of Lyund rivulet that flows by the side of the trail and all along the trail and at the point where once you cross the Lyund rivulet and once more after the metal sheet bridge.
The reason why, same…the water comes directly from the lake and nowadays the locals have set up a toilet with its outlet right on Lyund rivulet. So if you/anyone poop in that toilet…the “stuff” directly mixes with water and further pollutes the water which is already full of micro organisms (tiny snail head type and other tiny worms)!

We were once joined in by a local family from Salli village and they helped us to identify the water points, which are Clean for consumption….and those points are as follows >

  1. After you take on the main trail from road concrete bridge, you cross the Lyund rivulet via huge boulders and will climb a step trail and face an open stretch and further climb up to see the trek/trail with sandy composition…keep on walking and will notice one water point by your left side, skip that one and continue walking…
Kareri Lake Trek post Lyund Stream

Kareri Lake Trail post Lyund Stream

after around 10 minutes walk you will notice another water hole to your left, but this one has sitting arrangement around it…this is the first water point which is safe for consumption…refresh and refill here.

  1. After this keep on walking and you will see Lyund rivuelt to your right fall be alert here and safe…keep on walking through boulders and turn left and then right to cross over the metal sheet bridge and pass the shepherd campsite marked with goat/sheep droppings and a boulder cave…you will see another water stream flowing from the right side of the trail and the cave…so you can use this individual water stream for consumption….but do avoid Lyund water which is on to your left hand side. There is a suitable camping spot as well….and just a little further there is a tiny water source flowing by the side of a small tree…this is the second good clean water spot (look out for step trail and water flowing to its right).

  2. After this campground keep on walking for another hour or more and you will walk up, down and notice a shepherd hut across the Lynund rivulet…keep on walking up and then straight…you will also notice water flowing under boulders to your right…skip that and after more of walking you must notice water gushing out from the boulder wall to your right…this water spot is the last Clean water spot….and you will experience its being clean and refreshing just by the touch of the  water, because it is comparatively more colder and flowing at fast pace. So if you are thinking of overnight camping by the side of the lake between Nov to Dec then better refill your bottles and campers from here. From here the trail to lake is just 30 minutes walk.

We Wish You A Safe, Clean and Green Hike, you may or will notice trash all along the trail and by the side of the lake and temple…but please do not throw your part of trash/garbage…keep it in a spare bag and please bring it back to Dharamsala for proper disposal…Mother Nature and Dhauladhar will be glad to see your responsible behaviour!

Lam Dal Trek

The long trail to Lam Dal

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.

 

Valentines Day Gift

Securing the Plant in Langha Mata Temple

Securing the Baby Plant

Tree plantation on the day of Valentines as a gift to Mother Nature. To mark Saint Valentines Day, few youths of Palampur Kandbari volunteered and planted some plants in temple premises of Langha Mata. Mr Vivek Sharma provided these pics and a short video. They planted five plants in temple premises.

“वैलेंटाइन डे के उपलक्ष में पालमपुर कड़बारी के कुछ युवाओं ने लांघा माता जी के मंदिर परिसर में अखरोट आड़ू व अनार के पौधों का रोपण करके प्रकृति माता को वैलेंटाइन डे का उपहार भेंट किया, और इस  पौधा रोपण में मंदिरपुजारी स्वामी वि गिरी, गौरव वालिया, रोहित वालिया और राहुल वालिया ने अपना-अपना योगदान दिया| ऐसे ही आप भी अपने क्षेत्र में पौधा रोपण करके प्रकृति के संरक्षण में अपना महत्वपूर्ण योगदान दें|”

New Year, Sun and Snow in Triund

This season of 2014 January Triund and mountains of Himalayan range have received good level of snow (as appears by current pattern of snow fall) and particularly for Continue reading