Some random things are more interesting and memorable than the planned ones. I went on one such trip with my friends.
One evening i was sitting with my friends when suddenly came up with the idea for a trekking trip and decided to visit Mcleodganj for trekking to Triund hill. It was as random as a movie plan with besties and we left for Mcleodganj same evening. With the essence of friendship and lots of excitement we were on board for the trip and reached Mcleodganj next day.
Mcleodganj is 530km from Delhi and is well connected by bus route. Anyone can reach there by an overnight journey from Delhi. Himachal roadways buses as well as private buses are available at good frequency. Volvo buses can be booked online from himachal roadways site hrtc.gov.in, also private buses are provided by many tour operators.
The nearest Airport is Gaggal airport 15km from Dharamshala, and abt 25km from Mcleodganj.
The nearest railway stations on the narrow gauge Kangra valley railway line are at Kangra and Nagrota.
The nearest railhead(broad gauge) is at Pathankot(85km).
Mcleodganj is famous for Buddhist culture and it is also known as the home of Dalai Lama. Mcleodganj is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa”( a short form of Dharamshala used mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of Tibetans. The Tibetan Government-in-exile is headquatered in Mcleodganj.
Main tourist attractions in Mcleodganj includes Ancient Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu water fall, Dalai Lama temple, and trekking to Triund hills.
Food in Mcleodganj is good and i would recommend atleast one dinner at Mc’llo restaurant, it is situated in main market. Mc’llo is one of the best restaurants of Mcleodganj, it is a restaurant cum bar and famous for its food as well as ambience. It is a rooftop restaurant which adds one more plus point to it.
Triund hill Trekking
Triun hill is at an elevation of 2875m in the laps of Dhauladhar ranges. It gives a magnificent view of the ranges.
From Mcleodganj bus stand Triund hill trek is of 9kms, while from Dharamkot it is of 5kms. It is an easy to moderate trekking trail and takes about 4hrs to reach Triund. One can take trekking and camping package at Mcleodganj or can book it online. If you want to go for trekking on your own then you can rent tent and other equipments from the adventure sports organisers there.
We started trekking from Galu Temple and it was raining at that time which added one more flavour to our trekking. Beauty of trekking trail cannot be explained in words, due to rain weather was awesome and there were many waterfalls on the way which were making trail more beautiful. I would recommend that one must do trekking in rain as it would be a different experience.
The trail is rocky and cut in steps at some places. It is shrouded by the forest of Deodar and Rhododendron which gives stunning view of the surroundings, i can bet that everyone would love to be lost in the wilderness of the place.
On the way there are four small cafes where tea, snacks, maggie, drinking water bottles and other eatables ar available but you have to pay a higher cost.
When we reaches the Triund hill, we gets the gorgeous view of Dhauladhar ranges. Stars in sky along with the city lights at Mcleodganj and Dharamshala creates an unforgettable panaromic view in night.
Camping at Triund far away from hectic life, disconnected from crowded cities, without internet,and with peace to mind in the calmness of nature is a unique experience. Triund is a beautiful place in the lap of nature, cold breeze here rejuvenates you from inside, surroundings boosts up the imaginations and creativity.
Some tips for trekking and camping:-
- Avoid extra luggage
- carry a small torch.
- Insect repellant cream and sunscreen
- Trekking shoes or sports shoes are must.
- Rain coat, and rain cover for bag during monsoon.
- Light woolen like light jacket or sweatshirt as it may cold during night.