Inside View of Lahesh Cave

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!

Triund Snow and Views

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Triund and Asian Bears

Triund and Asian Bears

A warning for the trekkers going to the temple of Shri Kunal Patrhi Devi in Triund, there are reports of attack by a female Asian black bears on the trek to the temple….!

On May 26th, 2012 a group trekkers going to the temple of Shri Kunal Pathri Devi in Triund Hill (Triyund/Trinod), was attacked by a female bear and one of the trekkers walking behind the group had a narrow escape as the paws of the bear got hold of his backpack and as a result he fell in to the gorge.

On seeing this rest of the group chased off the bear and rescued the member of the group who had fallen in the gorge.

So even if you are in group, just be careful…..but as of the trek up to Triund, it is safe.

Asian black bears can turn very hostile to human beings and often attack humans without any provocation.

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.

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

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.