Triund was on my list from few months. But I was waiting for the right weather and travel partner to kick off the trip.
Monsoon- when the hills and mountains get carpeted with lush greenery, was the best time for me to plan the trip. So, I called my friend married Souvik on one Wednesday eve and asked :
“Bhai, ab tu bas as a couple hi trips pe jata h ya mere sath chalega?Brother, now you just go to trips as a couple or will you go with me?”
Souvik : “Bilkul chalunga yar, but kab aur kaha? Of course I will come, but when and where?”
So this green signal from my friend pumped me to plan the trip for the same weekend. The location asMcleodganj and Triund was final, but arranging the transportation, hotel and trek camp in 1-2 days was a strenuous task for me to complete along with my office work. A travel specialist organizing the trip for me by understanding my travel needs, schedule and budget was my only hope at that time.
At 7:30am, we reached Mcleodganj, 9 kms away from Dharamshala. The first look of the beautiful town was just magnificent and and I was all..speechless and breathless.
There were a lot of foreign tourists around; most appeared to be backpackers.
We reached our Hotel around 8:00am. As at most places, check-in doesn't officially begin until the afternoon, we were asked to wait for our room to be ready. Thanks to Deepak Lavania from Pocketfriendly Vacations, we were given another room till check-in time for no extra charges after he coordinated with the hotel staff.
After getting ready for the day and having our breakfast arranged in the hotel, we decided to visit the popular attractions in Dharamshala and Mcloedganj like: Dal Lake, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala, War Memorial, Dharamshala, Tea Garden, Dharamshala, Mcleodganj Mall Road, Dalai Lama Temple, Bhagsu Temple.
After full day of Sightseeing, we headed back to our hotel to take rest and conserve energy for next day trek. Of Course, we tried different lip smacking snacks Juicy Mutton Momos, Crispy Burger and Manchurian on the way.
Also, the hotel arranged by Pocketfriendly Vacations took care of our complimentary dinner for the day. The Next Step : Sleep……
Tired from the previous day’s exertion, we woke up a little late. As the curtains rose, this is what Mcleod morning greeted us with.
The trek camp and guide was arranged for us in our itinerary by HelloTravel and Pocketfriendly Vacations. We reached the assembling point at 10:30am where we started our trek in a group of 21 people.
Just behind the Dhauladhar range stands tall Triund, a 9000 Ft range. The 9 KM trek trail on this mountain is a breathtaking experience.
We reached the top in around 6 hours. The spellbinding panorama of the Kangra valley from the Triund peak is captivating.
Some popular attractions covered on the route: Shiva temple at Triund Top, Moon Dance Café
Camping near the forest rest house was banned at that time. Thankfully, HelloTravel and Pocketfriendly Vacations were able to arrange our camps few hundred meters away from the point.
After having evening snacks and dinner, we went inside our tents to sleep. The sound of the rain overnight was eargasm.