New Year, Sun and Snow in Triund

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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

Indrahar pass

Indrahar Pass ahead Laka and Triund

Indrahar Pass

Indrahar Pass a mountain Pass at an altitude of 4,342 metres (14,245 ft) beyond Triund Hill, Snow-Line Cafe and Illaqa, a traditional gateway to Chamba/Bharmour from Dharamsala. When there was no road connectivity the people of Chamba and Kangra used Indrahar Pass to travel both side and it was not only for hikers, whole of the families used to migrate from this route and due to heavy snow in those days they even had to come across causalities and more.  Though today with the convenience of roads and public transport all have switched to bus and other means of transport. So now a days during summer and monsoon in search of green pastures for their live-stocks, only Gaddi shepherds use this pass to cross over to Holi, Bharmour and Lahaul Spiti and they are joined by hikers and mountaineers.

Kuwarasi in Chamba district is the first village you will come across if you start your hike from Dharamsala, Triund and Indrahar Pass.

Indrahar Pass Triund Baba

Triund Hill and summer of 2012

In this year of 2012 the climate change, green house gas effect and continuous destruction of forests by humans has resulted in hottest summer for India and other parts of Asia and this heat is increasing on fast track with add on things like pollution and now humans are finding it very difficult to cope with.

Though summer is at its hottest point in this year and coincidentally that too during tourist and holiday season, the travel and tourism industry has gained.

Tourists from the rest of India and even from abroad have chosen to visit places like Manali, Rohtang Pass, Dharamsala, Mc Leodganj and have given preference trek to Triund Hill under the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhar.

In this year of 2012 the number of tourists going to Triund India has significantly increased as compared to previous years. There is unbearable heat in the plains and cities but the weather in Triund Trek is like that of heaven with regular rain and cloudy Dhauladhar. Even people who don’t prefer to trek or walk long distances are trekking to Triund Hill and enjoying the pleasant weather of Triund Hill and the presence of Glaciated Ice in Snowline in Illaka also some are going to neighboring trekking points like Guna Devi, Kareri Lake and some daring tourists are going for adventure activities like hang gliding.

The continuous flow of tourists to Triund Hill will last till August to September end. Triund India has turned out to be a pocket friendly hill station in Northern region and since it is also a day hike, so tourists who do not want to stay in Triund for a night can come down on the same day, so such tourists find a day hike to the green landscape of Triund Hill wonderful.

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 Hill Manali and Shimla

Though Manali and Shimla are considered to be the best hill stations in Himachal Pradesh but then it is like for everyone. Everyone can just drive up to in and around Manali and Simla for summer holidays, but then if you seek solitude, serenity and some fine moments away from regular crowded site seeing and holiday and regular shopping then, the best option is the one to five days trek to Triund, Snowline and Lahesh Caves and Indrahar Pass from McLeodganj in Dharamshala.

Dare to follow a moderate trek up to Triund of 9km at an approximate height of 10,000 feet from sea level and stand face to face with semi-immortal, mighty yet humble Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas. Spend one night in Forest Department Rest House in Triund and on next day start another trek to Snowline and Lahesh Caves. Put up tents in cave and eat whatever is available and experience nomadic life for one night.  Get up early in the morning and start your trek to Indrahar Pass of Mighty Dhauladhar after reaching the Pass stay up for a while and have view of amazing horizon and Triund from the heights of Dhauladhar. Start your retreat for Snowline café and then back to Triund Guest House by evening. Spend another night in Triund Hill and in the morning climb down to McLeodganj.

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Triund Hill and Gari Wali Mata

Triund Hill Gari Wali Mata mandir

In the neighborhood of Triund is another temple of  Gari Wali Mata. Our solitary trekking to Gari Wali Mata Mandir in the heights of lower Dhauladhar 9,500 feet and in front of Mighty Dhauladhar of Palampur, Kandi which is accessible from Dovri village near Kandi village a head of Saurabh Van Vihar, Bandla and Lohna.

The area of Gari Mata is just an isolated place in winters with empty and open huts built by the shepherds and only during April to October the shepherds live here with their livestock.

Yet the spell bounding views and silence of the temple area is unforgettable.

From the heights of Gari Mata you can have the sight of Char Pathar (Mysterious Rock Formations) on the North, Birni Devi on the North-East and Devi Himani Chamunda, Triund and Devi Kunal Pathri on the North-West.

After climbing further 800 meter you can stand face to face with the top hill of the Mighty Dhauladhar in Palampur region.