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.

Birni Devi

In the heights of Dhauladhars neighboring Triund is the temple of Birni Devi in Palampur.

Temple of Birni Devi is located above Gallu Langha village of Palampur and is accessible from following route Palampur–>Lohna–>upper Bundla–>Gallu Langha.

To Gallu Langha cabs and buses ply from Nehru Chowk and Palampur ISBT, respectively charging 15 INR. Once you are in Gallu, you’ll see a trail opposite to civil dispensary and a shop which leads through pine trees to the temple of Birni Devi. The trail to Birni Devi is of moderate to easy category, but the rigid nature of trail may prove difficult for some. From Gallu if you have good stamina then it’ll take at least 3 hours to reach Birni Devi temple else it will take 5 hours.

From the temple of Birni Devi one can have the broad sight of Palampur town reaching the Kangra valley in distant horizon and with the help of binoculars one can have the view of Baijnath town.

Dhauladhar mountain series is the closest to feel from here. There are no shops or up in Birni Devi Temple, so you should carry food with you and do not litter.

BhagsuNag Shiv Mandir and Bhagsu Waterfall

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Dwapara Yuga (द्वापर युग) is the third yuga in Hindu religion and which came to its end, when Lord Krishna returned to Vaikuntha, his eternal abode.

It was this yuga when the King of Demons Raja Bhagsu had his capital in Ajmer and which faced the callous drought of its time.

The Chiefs of villages in Ajmer requested Raja Bhagsu to make an arrangement of water for his people; otherwise they’ll be forced to leave his country. Hearing that, Raja Bhagsu decided to find water himself. Since Raja Bhagsu had magical powers and being a demons king, he travelled alone and after two days reached the Lake Nag Dal, which is still about two miles wide with enormous depth and situated at an approximate height of 18000feet in the mountains of Dhauladhar. Raja Bhagsu was pleased to see the Lake Nag Dal with plenty of water and with his magical powers filled all of the water in a pot. While he was on his way back to kingdom Raja Bhagsu decided to rest at the foothills of Dhauladhar, since it was already dark.
While Raja was in deep sleep, up there in Dhauladhar Mountains, Nag Devta was on his routine visit to Lake Nag Dal. He found the Lake empty. Surprised and furious he noticed the footsteps of Raja Bhagsu, followed them and challenged Raja Bhagsu for a war. In the fight, Raja Bhagsu was severely wounded and dropped his magical pot as a result Lake Nag Dal was again filled with water and in that place the natural fountain of water started to flow. While Raja Bhagsu was on his last breath he sincerely prayed Nag Devta. Seeing his faithful prayers Nag Devta happily granted him a wish. Raja Bhagsu wished that the drought in his kingdom should come to an end and his name is honored by all. Nag Devta fulfilled his wish and now there is enough water in Ajmer also Nag Devta named this place with the name of Raja Bhagsu prefixed with his own name.
Centuries have gone after this incident and this is how this place got the name of Bhagsu Nag. With the beginning of Kali Yuga, Raja Dharamchand ruled this place. Since this place has the holy water of Nag Devta, one day while Raja Dharam Chand was in sleep Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and ordered him to construct a temple for him. Raja Dharam Chand constructed the Shiva temple here and it’s about 5080 years old.

Today people from across the country and even from all over the World come to see this holy place.

Bhagsu Nag is just 2km from McLeodganj, you can either walk up to here or reach by bus/autorikshaw. There is a beautiful waterfall a few meters away from Shiva Temple. Because of climate change the density of waterfall has considerably shrunk and now there is lesser water. Even during monsson, the waterfall rarely reaches its actual height of about 30feet.

Devi Himani Chamunda Mandir

Devi Himani Chamunda: – Situated at an approximate altitude of 10,500 feet above sea level, centuries old Temple of Devi Himani Chamunda (Chamunda Devi) is another interesting point of trekking near Triund hill. Temple of Devi Himanu Chamunda is accessible from Badsar village near village Jiya and Gopalpur Zoo.
For complete detail go to Neighborhood page of Triundhill.com

 

Kareri Village and Dal Lake

Kareri Village is another interesting place neighboring Triund Hill. Kareri village is approximately in following co-ordinates 32° 16′ 50.93″ N  76° 16′ 50.77″ E and is just 3km from Ghera village.

From Kareri village, the Kareri Lake (Locals of Kareri call it Dal Lake) is at a distance of 13km and approximately in following co-ordinates 32° 19′ 18.52″ N  76° 16′ 37.06″ E and about 2,934 meters  above sea level. Kareri Lake is a high altitude lake with low depth and its primary source of water is snow melting from Mankiani Peak, with Nyund stream as its main outflow in Dhauladhar region.

You can reach Kareri village from Dharamsala via Ghera village. For complete detail go to Neighborhood page of Triundhill.com