Dharamshala is enveloped in the Dhauladhar mountains on one side and the Kangra valley on the other side. Triund is the crown of Dharamshala. Every year it witnesses large number of tourists from all over the world and welcomes them with open arms. It is one of the most popular trekking spots in India. It is an easy trek taken by almost all age groups. It is one of the most peaceful treks. On the way of triund, tourists can witness heart throbbing scenic beauty and a beautiful mixture of various canopies. The trek seems easy initially but the last one kilometer takes the toil and is known as the 22 curves, that it has 22 tiring curves before tourist finally reach the peak of triund. The journey offers a number of eateries on the way of the hike. 

The view of the triund, is not only worth an experience but also exhilarating. The journey is pretty smooth except on the days of heavy snowfall during the winter season which blocks the way for the trekkers. The journey of the trek starts with Galu, which is the starting point and there are various ways to reach Galu. One can either start from a taxi ride or even a trek from Mcleodganj. Hiking from the starting point is always preferable to get the best sights of the nature. The most preferrable time for triund trek is from March till May and then from September till December. 

During rainy seasons, the meadow is luscious green and inspiring. Dhauladhar is 18 kms from Dharamshala. It offers a great view of the lofty ranges. Though the peak is serene, but the trek is moderately challenging. The opportunities to see the different times of the day - dusk, moonrise and dawn are the highlights of the trek. The trek comprises of steep trails guarded by oak and deodar trees on all the sides. March offers a cozy and comfortable weather along with clear views. 

The weather is chilly yet comfortable. Dharamshala is the nearest base camp for the trekkers. You can also access triund by landing on the nearest Pathan kot railway station that is 85 kms from Dharamshala or the Gaggal Airport , 13 kms from Dharamshala. However, the trekking in winter may become difficult due to the snow covering the well defined paths.

 


The next alternative to start the journey is the accent from Bhagsunag that takes you through Rhododendron forest and there are many good eateries on the way too. Post sunset the trekkers can also enjoy bonfire and dinner under the starlight sky. The next day the trek offers an amazing view of Laka glacier which is a snow capped peak of Dhauladhar. One of the major attraction of the trek is the beauty of Bhagsu waterfall as Bhagsu village is the end destination to the trek. 

There are various other attractions like the Gallu Devi temple, the Shri Kunal Pathri Devi temple, Shiva Cafe etc. The kunal Devi temple offers the first sight for camping and the second high camp sight - the Snow line Cafe is around 3250 meters. Parveen Tea Stall is the last tea stall find at the base of Triund Hills. 

The best view comes after the hardest climb afterall it feels good to be lost in the right direction. Life is a climb but the view is great !!.


Shruti Goyal