With an approximate ridge elevation between 2,810 to 2,75 metres, the Triund trek is one of the top destinations in Himachal Pradesh, India when you plan to visit Mcleodganj or Dharamshala.
It is situated in the laps of the Dhauladhar mountains, Triund is a place to find your inner self.
The story of its name is quite interesting to hear. Some say it is named after the Trishul of Lord Shiva and some say that it is named after the three mountains (the Dhauladhars) that are right in front.
After you cross Dharamkot, the trek of Triund begins. It is a 6 to 7 km trek wherein the first 4 km is an easy task. As soon as you get closer the tough task begins.
The last few kilometer is famous for its 22 curves at the end of which you reach the blissful and exhilarating Triund mountain. You can spot a lot of tea stops and Maggi centres to fill in your tank as you go high.
You will come across a fascinating byway which passes from the beautiful and mesmerizing forest of oak, rhododendron and deodar trees. There are prayer flags tied at places put by the locals to keep the spirits away.
Just when you reach Triund after the toil of the trek, you will be spellbound by the beauty and mystic view of the Dhauladhars. Fresh breeze, greenery all around and a place where you reach your transcendental state.
With the Dhauladhar mountains on one side and the Kangra Valley on the other, it is a bliss. The scenic beauty even at night is euphoric with the moonlit sky and bonfire clubs near the camping area. Triund has an excellent sunrise view.
The Stay and The Food
You can easily get camps, tents and mountain lodge for your stay along with free entertainment that you can enjoy with the other tourists. There are cottages as well which can be pre-booked or if lucky may be available when you visit the place.
There are three to four food stops where you can enjoy dal-chawal with ghee, maggi, paranthas and chai!
Mind you: it is advisable to carry your own food if you can as the food up there could be very expensive for obvious reasons (one cup tea costing INR 50 to 100).
Some More Sightseeing?
If Triund is not enough, you have the option to visit the Indrahar Pass, Laka Glacier, and the Snowline area for more thrilling and exciting experience.
Triund is no doubt, the crown of Dharamshala. If you have not visited Triund, you have not seen one of the best and majestic place in India.
P.S.: If you are fond of dogs, be prepared for the best tour guides in the world….the mountain dogs who are there to guide you throughout your journey until you come back to Dharamkot.
(This article has been written by Kritika Singh).