Are you looking for a place, where you can just get lost in peace, far away from the city? Do you love nature & admire the beauty of Hill Stations? And most importantly, do you have no problem to challenge yourself a bit & can do some easy to moderate trekking? If your answer is Yes, then Triund is the answer for you. I had heard about this place from many people & when finally got a chance to visit the place, it was worth all the efforts I made.
Triund is situated in the laps of Dhauladhar Mountains & it is a very popular trekking site. The trek is fairly easy with a length of 7 KM & can be completed by all the age groups quite easily, however the last 1 KM might challenge you a bit as it has steep ascends & many tiring curves. “A Pleasant Surprise”, however is something that you get after that 1 KM stretch & trust me, you will forget everything for some time because of that Hypnotic Panorama. Trekking at Triund is pretty much feasible throughout the year, but it sometimes gets closed due to heavy snowfall during the months of December to February.
How to Reach:
There are regular buses to Dharmshala from different cities & the roads are fairly smooth in Himachal Pradesh.
The nearest Toy Train Railway Station is Kangra which is 17 KM from Dharmshala & Broad Gauge Railway Station is 85 KM at Pathankot.
The nearest Airport is Gaggal 13 KM away from Dharmshala.
From Dharmshala, you can hire a cab till McleodGanj, which is 9 KM from there, or buses are also available at specific local timings.
You can go by yourself till McleodGanj itself & park your vehicle at the paid parkings, which are quite safe as well.
7 KM trek start from McleodGanj till Triund.
Places to see in McleodGanj City:
We left Delhi early in the morning as usual, in our own car. The drive is fairly smooth till McleodGanj and condition of roads is also great. We reached McleodGanj next day in the afternoon & decided to do the trek in the morning next day, so we booked rooms in a hotel in McleodGanj & went out to explore the city.
We spent our evening in McleodGanj city, which I must say is very beautiful. Many people come here to study Tibetan Buddhism, culture, crafts, etc. The town is also known for Tibetan handicrafts, thangkas, Tibetan carpets, garments and other souvenirs. The most important Buddhist site in the town is Tsuglagkhang or Tsuglag Khang, the Dalai Lama's temple. It has statues of Shakyamuni, Avalokiteśvara, and a statue of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). You can also visit the Bhagsunag Waterfall in the evening, which is another nice place to see. We had our dinner at “Black Magic” which is an amazing place for food. If you ever visit McleodGanj, then you should surely try this place, if you love great food & awesome ambiance.