It was the summer of the year 2012 when five of us college friends decided to visit Triund. Though it is a popular trek these days, it was not the case a decade back. Not many people used to visit there.
Triund is a small Hill Station in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh and is at a height of around 2850m above sea level. It is 12 kilometers trek each side. We started our trekking from Mcloedganj and it took more than 5 hours to reach the peak.
Here are few of the pictures of the trekking route below:
After walking for around 5-6 hours, we reached the peak which is at a height of over 10,000 feet above sea level. You see the lush green field at the top where you can go camping. You will have to carry your own tent.
Other than camping, there was just one shelter where 8-10 people could sleep. The shop owner let us sleep inside at a nominal charge of INR 100 per person. There were already three people sleeping inside the shelter and we were five so a total of 8 people slept inside the shelter.
We ate Maggi and had tea which was made by the shop owner. Maggi + Tea costs INR 60 per person. Since it was too cold in the night, the owner gave us a blanket.
Next morning, the weather was cold and the winds were very strong pushing us back while we were walking. We had tea, bought a few packets of Biscuit and Namkeen from the shelter owner and decided to reach Mcloedganj as soon as possible.
The next day was booked for local sightseeing but before that, we searched for a hotel nearby where we could keep our belongings.
Below are a few of the pictures from our hotel rooftop.
Places to visit in Dharamshala
1. Bhagsu Nag Temple
In the middle of Bhagsu village, the temple is famous among the locals and tourists as well. The Bhagsu Nag Temple is an ancient temple and dedicated to Lord Shiva.
There is a pool inside the temple where you can take a dip in cold water. It is to be said that the water in the pool came from Bhagsu waterfall.
2. Bhagsu Nag Waterfall
It is 500 meters away from the temple and you can reach there in 15-20mts by walking. The waterfall is above 7000 feet in height. Below are a few of the pictures of the waterfall:
3. Dal Lake
Dal Lake is a small size and medium-altitude lake. It is at a distance of around 5kms from Bhagsu Nag Waterfall and is surrounded by tall green Deodar trees. You can either hire a taxi or trek to the lake.
There is a Shiv temple on the banks of the lake which is over 200 years old. The temple is quite famous amongst the locals. The lake has got its name from the famous “Dal Lake” in Srinagar.
4. Naddi View Point
If you walk for a kilometer on the road passing by Dal Lake, you reach the Naddi village. The road was a little steep and you can trek to the village. Personal vehicle and taxis can also go on that route and the condition of roads are good.
Naddi is a small village located at a height of 6500 feet above sea level. The point is also famous for its sunset view.
5. Kangra Fort
The next morning, we went to see Kangra Fort which was around 30 kilometers from Mcloedganj. The fort was built by Maharaja Susharma Chandra in the 4th century. It is the oldest Fort in the country.
The fort has spread over an area of 463 acres. The Fort has various temples, various Darwajas named after the respective conquerer, Sheesh Mahal. The Fort had 21 treasure wells out of which Ghazni looted 8 wells and 5 wells were looted by Britishers.