The most beautiful part of traveling McLeod is that you get to see the beautiful Dhauladhar Range surrounding the town.
To behold the eternal beauty of Dhauladhar Range you can do a trek of 6kms to Truind Top. The best time to visit Truind Top in winters is Oct-Dec.
In summer, you may go in March-June season because that would let you see the lush green beauty of hills which is epitome of beauty.
There are two trails to Truind Top, one goes from Bhagsunag waterfall, Trek Level- Easy to Medium.
But if you're acrophobic then you should avoid this trail as after reaching Bhagsunag the trail becomes very steep. Though, I found this trail amazing as it gives you the view of whole city and a true essence of the trek.
Another trail to Truind goes via Gallu Devi Temple,Dharamkot. The distance of this trek is about 9kms so you may opt for a taxi that will drop you at Gallu temple to start the trek. You need to check-in at Gallu before 11 a.m. as they won't allow any entry afterwards. Trek Level via Gallu: Easy, but the last 2kms might be a bit tough for some.
Tip: Carry 3-4 water bottles with you as at basecamp the same will cost you 80INR for one
We booked our camps in a day advance to avoid any last minute fills at the camp site. The camping costs 1000 to 1500 per head which covers the dinner and breakfast for next day.
We reached Truind base camp in the evening before the sunset which was picturesque from some 8000ft.
You know it's all worth it after reaching there. You can experience the star studded view of city in the evening from the base camp and that will leave you spellbound. The stars would appear so much closer to you that you just won't want to look away from them.
We got up in the morning at sunrise which you can not miss. To complete the last leg of our journey we left from our camp site to reach Truind Top which was 1.5km ahead of our base camp. And the beauty I experienced there is too ineffable to describe in words. You should go and experience that yourself.
The peace, mountains, view, sky, sunrise, birds, dogs, trail and height of 9,350ft will fill all the parts of your life you're missing.
Here is my takeaway from 9,350ft.