♥ Your heart is free have the courage to follow it ♥
My another heavenly escape to mountains from the chaotic city life was in Dec 2015. I went to an unexplored paradise called Triund and strengthened my inner peace.
Triund is a place in Himachal Pradesh one must visit in their 20’s for a thrilling, adventurous experience.
My journey started from Majnu ka Tilla, when I boarded a bus to McLeodGanj, which is in Dharmshala, Himachal Pradesh. The 10 hour bus journey is quiet rash, needless to say.
I stayed in Hotel Jungle Hut whose rooms and views are fabulous, service is classy, but only the staff is not good.
We started off our day by visiting Bhagsunag Falls. Only I believe the pictures on internet just raise your expectations and won’t amuse you when you actually see this waterfall. Taxi rates are really high (a 2 kms ride cost you about Rs.100/-).
Then we went to St. John in the Wilderness Church which literally won my heart!It’s Gothic look is so luring and pleasing to the eye that I just kept staring it. One must visit this church, if make a trip to McLeodGanj.
Then there is Mall Road and Dalai Lama Temple to visit. Dalai Lama Temple was very beautiful but because no photography was allowed, I couldn’t take any picture. Not even a selfie! 😀
Day one of our trip was over and next morning we were about to start our trek to triund. But good things never come easy.
Heavy snowfall in Triund made every travel agent to suggest us not to go there. They said it was risky and only brave hearts must go. And since I am a brave heart, I could start my journey to the top.We reached Gallu devi temple via Car and then our adventure begun.
Fortunately, I got a real helpful guide. Though the trek is not too hard, but snow and narrow paths made it tough.
Our 7 kms long trek was quiet troublesome because of the shoes we wore.
No blog or no website recommended for carrying High trekking shoes, which are really essential for Triund Trek in snow. But we reached safely to the top.
The view was magnificent and worth all the hardships. The picturesque is unforgettable to me.
Only a few trekker’s hut are available at the top and staying in a camp is just a no no in snow. There are no washrooms, no electricity and no mobile network at all! Life is very tough there for locals. A plain Maggie costs around Rs. 150 whereas a bottle of mineral water costs Rs.80.
So when you pack your bag, make sure you keep dry food, tissue rolls, water, battery backups & a torch.
In spite of all this, the peace and serenity you will feel there, just can’t be expressed in lexis! Do carry your camera as well as tripod and don’t miss the chance of capturing the beauty of nature.
Nights are more beautiful as soothing silence surrounds you atop.
In daylight, you would see Dhauladhar Range. The snow capped mountains reflect sheer beauty when sun rays make the snow look brighter.
This adventurous trip would not disappoint you, I guarantee.
The most exhilarating part of my trip was, when I slid through 20 out of 22 turns of the trek. This crazy thing happened because of my not so good shoes. They didn’t had any grip on snow slush. Though such craziness is not meant for everyone!
So if you plan to go to Triund, especially in December, do take a guide and check weather forecast before you leave. Heavy snowfall might block your way and you return home disappointed.
If you go in a group of 4 or 5, it would be a real cheap destination and a good weekend getaway from Delhi.
My suggestion is to trek to Triund Hill in mid-December as it is less traveled and let you enjoy the breath taking views.
Fix a rendezvous with nature and know yourself better.
Pack your bags and rekindle the light in you. Keep Triund Hill clean. #CleanIndia #IncredibleIndia
Check out all the pictures. #worthit
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