The land of Lama
30th Sep 2015 evening, it was friday and after office now I was heading to ISBT, Delhi with my travel partner Anuj(my husband). Reached there by cab in 45 mins and boarded a bus to Palampur at 9:30. 4 days long weekend was already set and itinerary was Delhi-Palampur-Dharamshala-McLeod Ganj-Triund Hill-Delhi.
I already read many posts about this trek and so many amazing pictures left me with nothing but to put this into my bucket list and finally the day came, Triund gonna happen. I couldn’t really contain my excitement for it and so didn’t sleep in night. However, I don’t know how people fall asleep so instantly in the bus. Trust me, It’s not that easy to sleep on these buses. So anyway bus stopped 2 times in night and reached it’s destination by Morning 8 AM.
Our first day stay was here only, arranged and booked by my friend who come from Palampur. We found it a very peaceful place. There I saw a first glimpse of Dhauladhar range.
Day1 – Leisure day at Palampur
We had bath in this small river and it was really wonderful experience for us. Later we visited a Ganesh temple, an ancient and beautiful temple. Here, the small river which flows along our way to temple turned into a small waterfall which can be seen outside of temple. This small waterfall fed into the river which flows other side of the temple. It is amazing to behold the sparkling water of river with full of fishes within it.
Oct 2nd, 2015
Today was decided for the trek, so started heading to Mcleodganj by cab. We stopped for breakfast on the way and purchased 4-5 liter water bottles and some fruits, cab dropped us at Galu temple.
From McLeodganj one has to cover 9 Kms but you have option to go by taxi till Galu temple and can start your trek from there which remains 7 kms now. It takes upto 4-5 hrs to cover 7 Kms depending on your speed and stemina.
Day 2 – Palampur-Mcleodganj-Triund
It was a good start on a well defined trail. But as we went up further it was dense forest and trail became undefined. At some places it was too steep to give your knees a strain.
You can find 2 tea shops en route Magic View & Best View cafe. One can have a clear view of Dharamshala, Kangra valley from these cafes.
We stopped for snacks & moved further. There are many water streams you can find on the way you can use to fill up your water bottles. The water is so cold and pure than any other.
It took 2 more hrs to reach top. Last 1 km stretch was very steep & tough, in easy words knee-breaking. But once you reach atop, all pain goes away. You’ll forget everything else and just want to let yourself lost in these mountains.
It took us 5 hours to reach a top. View from hill top..
We had Maggie in dinner(60 bucks). Food & water are available for some extra bucks (1 letre bottle – 50rs). But we should be thankful to locals as we are getting all the stuff easily available at this height.
Camped there overnight (highly recommended to see panoramas of sunrise and sunset & yes, of course a star-studded night sky). Early morning, after having tea in nature’s arms & some sunrise shots we were ready to move downhill.
Day 3 –
The journey back took us 2-2.5 hrs, we were tired so were looking for a guest house near galu temple & found it little costly but we took a chance as we really need rest and food also.
Day4 – Bhagsu waterfall & Mcleodganj excursion
This was the last day of our trip and we have the full day in our hand as we gonna catch the bus in night. So we spent this day in Mcleodganj local sightseeing. We visited the Dalai lama temple and bhagsu waterfall. It was so much crowded as this was long weekend. But it’s a good waterfall, we stayed there for some time and returned back. We filled up our soul & mind with full of energy to get back into our normal life.
Back with lots of memories from LAMA’s land 🙂
Triund trek tips –
- A good pair of hiking shoes are essential.
- Easy to moderate trek. No need of a guide or a porter.
- Carry light-heavy woolens according to weather.
- Fill up your bags with some eateries nuts, fruits, chocolates before trek.
- Go slow, its not a marathon. No one will be rewarded upon reaching first.
- To see snow, March-April is the perfect month.