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.
“SHIVA loves and observes Nature!”
Girls Cow Bulls Boy and Nature
Well directly this is off-topic post but if you observe, it is related! We are not comparing India with any-other country!
India the land where SHIVA-SHAKTI and every god praise Women and Girl, SHIVA observes NATURE the form of SHAKTI.
Where our oldest scriptures say that “A land where women and Nature are respected, remains prospered”(Something like that).
India where most of us claim Worship Cow, Cow is like our Mother and many other quotes!
Quotes!! Yes just for saying! What we’ve observed, there is plenty of similarity between the conditions of Women, Girls, baby Cow and baby bulls!!
99% of we the Indians do sex determination while the baby is unborn and most of the girl child are either killed before birth and who so ever is brought in to this World half of them have hell like lifestyle and have constant threat of mistreatment from various elements of the well behaved “Society”!
To the contrary if the child is a boy, he becomes the “Prince” of the family!
If a family in India has a girl child and a boy child, then in 90% families there is major difference in their upbringing! That is irrespective of educational status of the family!
Also when it is about boys, they can have pre-marital phyical relationships and even after getting married, they continue with “girl friends” though the family is aware of it, they make no fuss about it.
But if a girl has some boy just even as a friend, people start making judgments about her characterstics.
Well now come to baby Cow and baby Bull! Cow is our Mother!
Now if the newborn baby is a to be Cow, then that baby is treated like a doll, well taken care of until she is ready for “Milk Production” and is treated well as long as she is able to produce “Milk”.
Once Cow is unable to produce Milk, she is kicked out off the shed to streets and left to survive on her own! There may be few who keep the old cow with them for good!
No wonder we see so many, so many unclaimed cows on streets and roads.
As of baby bull, the life of this fellow is good only to the age he is dependent of Cow milk and after that baby bull is lifted on truck and is shipped to far off streets again to survive on his own or are sold for leather production
They become the “Live” garbage disposal living beings; you can see them eating anything from plastic to rotten vegetables thrown!
Now comes Nature, we (both NRI and Resident Admins of this site) don’t claim ourselves as the only saviors of this planet, mountains and Nature, but we do our part. India is running on the track of development come what may!
We have built infinite types of Micro Dams over free flowing rivers to small rivulets, constructed roads through mountains and forest; have deforested plenty of lands to construct hotels, shopping malls and housing societies!
Though roads are necessary just like housing societies but with that have increased easy deforestation and killing of Wildlife and forced wild animals to come in to human settlements and eat away crops!
To add to it our media and we blame wild animals for the damage they do, which is indirectly forced upon them by, we the humans.
We Humans are responsible for instigating wild animals to attack humans, so be that a wild elephant on fields rampage or wild leopard killing domestic dogs or human babies!
Even officials associated with concerned departments e.g. Forest Dept, Land and Revenue Dept are hands in glove with high profile loggers, corporates and miners!
And beside this we the tourists (most of us highly educated) are also not responsible and don’t even behave like educated! We go to the places of interest and throw our trash on trails and in open…and we even teach same behavior to our children also!
So we don’t respect Nature also!
Now about SHIVA! SHIVA without Religion
“SHIVA loves and observes Nature!”
We are not blaming…this has been going in our minds from a long time…so we decided to post now. We the administrators of this page honor and respect every religion and for us and our first most religion is of Humanity and being human!
Lahesh Cave to Indrahar Pass
(Last time on December 2012 I’d witnessed a lone girl from Germany staying all night alone in cold Lahesh Cave and in the morning heading to Indrahar Pass. I’d followed her foot prints in snow and managed to climb up to 200 meters above Lahesh Cave but since I’d a terrible night in Illaqa I’d lost all strength to climb further, so I decided to enjoy the snowy views from there.
As I was climbing down I’d met two more hikers heading to Indrahar Pass they even offered me their guidance but since I was out of strength I politely refused. Well that was 7 months back in year 2012.)
Today I was feeling good and ready to move up. With Gordon, Manu Singh and his friends, from Lahesh Cave we started our climb for Indrahar Pass. Fog was also accompanying us. This time the trail was almost clear (except Fog) and Red Arrow marks were visible at some points and Cairn at some points. We followed both and were thinking of bringing Red Color paint on next trek so that we repaint those faint Red Arrow marks.
We had climbed only 400 meters when it started raining and were equipped with only 3 umbrellas 2 temporary rain coats, Gordon had his own rain coat and I’d forgotten mine back at home.
We found a rock for shelter and managed to cover our selves……with every drop of rain it was getting colder. Good thing was that it only drizzled for 15 to 20 minutes and after that there was a spot of bright opening with shining blue sky in the middle of thick fog and clouds. But as we could see the sky above Triund Hill and Illaqa was covered with thick fog.
With the rain coming to halt we decided to move on. Manu Singh suggested that he and I should keep the lead on the rest of the group members so that we trek the trail and our lead will keep others move on. We opted for 2 minutes break after every 15 minutes climb and that provided us the opportunity to enjoy the views and keep a watch over other members that were trailing back. This way I also got the moment to shot the trails.
On the trail Manu Singh shared his trekking experience in Churdhar Pass. As we were climbing up Manu Singh kept asking me about the feature and landmark of Indrahar Pass and since I had seen the images of Indrahar Pass and read in Blogs of Rijul Gill, I told him that we will see a temple and Trishuls in Indrahar Pass. We kept on moving and I was able to spot the Trishuls on the high edges of Dhauladhar Mountains and pointed to the spot, on seeing that Manu Singh was full joy and like more of strength.
Now we felt more energized and continued our climb but then Dhauladhar showered again but it was only a drizzle and again we were lucky to find a rock for shelter. Vicky and Gordon had also caught us up. Vicky had with him a spare plastic rain coat. Vicky and Manu Singh offered me that spare rain cover and which was also my need for the moment.
Manu Singh kept on moving with his fixed umbrella and Vicky also moved further with Gordon. Now I was alone under the cover of the rock, so I decided to use the rain coat and move on. After a little climb as I turned to my right side the moment was like “W0W”!
We were on the shoulders of the mighty Dhauladhar Mountain. I walked further and saw Manu Singh with umbrella standing in front of the temple. The view was perfect for the photo shoot.
I spotted a central point and took a few shots of Manu Singh standing in front of the temple. Manu Singh was shouting “HAR HAR MAHADEV!” and I also responded with “HAR HAR MAHADEV!” I asked Gordon Cole to shout “HAR HAR MAHADEV!” and he did :D!!
Well that was the end of our unplanned hike for Indrahar Pass….but as I saw the Red Arrow marks going further, I was feeling tempted for climbing down towards Chamba. Leaving it for some other day I offered prayers to Jota Wali Mata and took more of shots. We had allotted 1 hour for staying in Indrahar Pass. Gordon, Manu Singh and his friends were enjoying the views and I was feeling like I was at home!
The wind was cold with another drizzle. As I said was tempted so I climbed down about 50 meters towards Chamba district and…..! I was surprised with the steep very steep stairs laid using rocks. I took some more shots of the left over Glaciers and of the valley down in Chamba district. From Indrahar Pass we can see Pir Panjal Range, Holy ManiMahesh Kailash Peak of SHIVA and SHAKTI, Tent Peak and many other…but that day all was fog and clouds that we saw.
There was another thing that surprised me….the magic flowers of Dhauladhar Mountains; they were so bright, vibrant, colorful and full of energy. I thought of uprooting some to bring back at home but then felt that these magic flowers are good and prefect with Dhauladhar, so I discarded the thought of bringing them to home.
It was 05:20 pm and I saw a thick layer of fog crawling up slowly from Chamba side…..seeing that I climbed back to Indrahar Pass and suggested to my friends that we should start our descend for SnowLine Cafe.
We bid farewell to Jota Wali Mata of Indrahar Pass and started our trek back to SnowLine Cafe and Triund.
Inside View of Lahesh Cave captured during our Lahesh Cave Clean Up 2. The interior is stuffed with empty bottles and plastic while outside also lots of bottles and non bio degradable trash is stuffed. This is in no way how a Responsible and True Hiker, Trekker and Mountain Climber or Nature Lover treats Nature!
During our first Indrahar Pass trek we noticed badly trashed vicinity and Lahesh Cave so decided to come back and clean up some of bit. Though our First attempt to Clean Up Lahesh Cave was success but still there were plenty of bottles stuffed around and we had planned our 2nd Lahesh Cave Clean Up drive by the end of 2013 but were barred due to sudden change in weather followed by snowstorm and hence 2nd drive was postponed till 2014.
July 15th 2014, we conceptualized our second high mountain clean up drive. On July 20th left for Lahesh Cave after our sponsored (sponsored by Manu in terms of Lunch and Mat) day halt in Triund Hill we continued for SnowLine Café and Lahesh Cave.
Since thick fog was inbound so after 1 hour trek we crossed SnowLine Café without a pause and met few returning villagers who were in Laka it was 04:30 PM and we were getting doubtful of reaching Lahesh Cave as thick fog had covered whole of Laka and the trail.
In Laka we stopped for a few minutes to decide whether to continue or not and halt our event….then in thick fog a glimpse of human presence enticed us to reach and ask for suggestion. It was the seasonal shepherd hut and we talked to the shepherd and he advised “if you can go then go as the weather will be ok and if we don’t feel ok then come back to his hut for the night stay”. Those words were kind of encouraging….so we continued slowly looking out for Red Arrow marks….but they were nowhere to be seen.
We continued and after more of 10 minutes walk we saw one Red Arrow and followed that one (it is very easy to get lost in this little stretch of 100 meters and presence of fog just makes things worse)…to our surprise the Red Arrows suddenly got lost in thick mixed blanket of Glacier and Fog as we were also trying to spot the OM mark but found that the very 7 feet boulder over which OM mark was painted was itself covered by Glacier and only its small tip was visible luckily with a Red Arrow mark on top…..fog was still strong.
So here again we lost the courage…and stopped there for 10 minutes pondering at one point again the thought of cancelling the event loomed over…but then we looked toward foggy Dhauladhar Range and decided to be on the wishes of Dhauladhar Mountain Range…and after 15 minutes we finally stepped on Glacier and trekked up taking note of single visible Red Arrow on the tip of the boulder with OM mark (OM mark was covered in Glacier) and goat droppings…and made our way to the other side, the starting climb for Lahesh Cave and from there we had a sigh of relief and after crossing over the Glacier even fog was dispersing leaving behind the crystal clear views and by 05:30 PM we were in Lahesh Cave.
We looked around and once again crossed slippery Glacier to fetch water for dinner and coffee.
It was really a relief to be in Lahesh Cave all Peaceful with the flow of Glacier Waterfall nearby and play of clouds with Dhauladhar and it was really good choice to carry fuel with us for cooking (Since it had rained few days back and the woods were damp).
The clouds and fog were changing the views like some 3D movie with True Colors that was really worth of climb and attempt. Beside the sweet sound of Glacier Waterfall there were Dhauladhar Alpine Accentors tweeting around detailing beautiful views. On the opposite distant ridge there was another seasonal hut with flock of sheep and goat herd. So we were not that alone. Though the inside of the cave was damp and bit of soaked but there was enough dry space for our sleeping bags and the sleep was sort of Cat Nap but was all good with some resident cave owner Pika constantly running around.
The morning arrived and we had once again go out to fetch water and realized the Glacier slippery and hard like stone and it proved really tricky to get to the other side of the Glacier to get water…heart pumping but it was all good.
The morning view were more of surprising like thick blanket of clouds over Triund Hill, Dharamsala and Kangra Valley and at same time Clean Blue Sky over Indrahar Pass, Lahesh Cave and Dhauladhar Mountain Range.
After breakfast we decided to do for what we had hiked up there…after some time our rucksack was full with alcohol bottles and other non-biodegradable waste.
If we ourselves can’t understand the importance of keeping our home, surroundings, rivers clean than how come we can do justice to Nature and this is aped by our children.
We take the bite of chocolate or chew in bubble gum and throw the wrapper on road or trail without a second thought…imagine billions of people acting like this around the globe in the same moment!
Our Ngo’s do clean but only in places or points where they get noticed and praised.…and if they really really get in to the real business of making and keeping places clean, we’ll have not to worry for the trash and first most we’ll be disposing off the garbage in proper and useful way. Only in Bhagsu, McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala if we wander off from public we can see plenty of corners all trashed!
Well we had collected much of garbage on our rucksack and were about to get ready for Triund Hill, from nowhere the Gaddi sun of Laesh appeared from Nag Dal…..son of Laesh!! Well here is the clarification…years ago when Chamba was not connected to road, people used to cross over to Chamba and Bharmour Valley via such mountain passes like Indrahar Pass and during such one travels and hikes a baby was born in one of the natural caves behind Lahesh Cave hence the family decided to name the new born Laesh…and we happened to meet the son of Laesh (no joke) and as we introduced ourselves he was surprised to see that we were there to collect garbage and he ended up asking us “Do you get paid for this job”!
We explained why we do that and that we don’t do it for money or anything similar to that! It is just a kind of Responsibility toward Mother Nature, who nurtures us and bestows upon her immaculate and immortal beauty.
We talked and son of Lahesh explained how hard their lifestyle is but it is more rewarding in terms of health and satisfaction as compared to our modern comfortable, egoistic and glamorous city lifestyle.
In Gaddi style he helped us organizing the rucksack on back and climbed down up to Glacier and upon touching Laka he again asked that we must be getting paid for doing that (cleaning up job) and again we explained we don’t in fact it is more than money and fame that encourages us to do that cleaning job.
In Laka we met the shepherd again…and after some chat we headed to SnowLine Café
slowly climbed the ridge and spent a good 2 hours in SnowLine Café enjoying the play of fog and greenery but were surprised to see alcohol bottles and other trash stashed inside boulder gaps….that was disappointing and even in Triund Hill there are plenty of such spots…where people stuff garbage hidden away…..if some-one really cares then they can be removed! We were all over capacity so we just memorised such spots for next time…next time because no one looks there…as there is no one to take note of 😛
We spent one more night in Triund Hill and there we overheard tourists (professional looking well educated guys) discussing about cleanliness and were saying at least “someone” should take the responsibility to Keep Nature Clean!! That was really surprising to hear and then there were some ngo guys too and they were also saying that yes we do trash collection on salaried basis full time. 😀
Next day we carried the rucksack up to McLeodganj trash bins and to the astonishing civic attitude of us the tourists, we collected plenty of trash even from trail to Triund. We were pondering when will we learn to be sensitive toward others and Nature.