Itenarary: Delhi- Mcleodganj- Triund- Bhagsu- Dharamshala
The Sky was clear- remarkably clear—and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body timed by a common pulse. I don’t know why but somehow these lines from one of my favorite reads- “Far from the Madding Crowd” seemed to really resonate with this trip or so to say the experience.
Speaking for myself, I couldn’t wait to board the bus to take me straight to the mountains..I was to start my trip late in the evening but the entire day seemed so long to get through, I just wanted to close my eyes and land in the mountains somehow- only if I had Harry Potter’s Floo Powder and I could just jump in the fire chanting ‘Himachal’. Nevertheless, good things take time so and so it was 8 pm and I was standing at Kashmiri gate,Delhi infront of my bus to Mcleodganj. My friend , as usual stuck in traffic –assuming that the Government buses leave later than the given time, was waddling her way in. Now here we underestimated the power of Himachal Govt Transport and ended up running a mile behind the bus to catch it. Phew!! Just in time… We knew the trip had started at the brink of an adventure..
Fast forward- 11 hours – tens of tosses and turns later,wrapped up in a cozy shawl- I woke up in the Himalayas :D..We we on our way circling the mountains from Dharamshala to Mcleodganj.
The mountains were enveloped in thick fog and the wind was a bit chilly but Hello?? What was I expecting when the monsoons were at peak. Now as advised by the locals to rest one day and then trek the next day up to Triund and take a guide along because we are two girls out of kindergarten and its not safe. A lavish Nutella pancake later, I decided to follow my instincts- We were going to trek the same day, without a guide because they leave no room for exploration and I wasn’t going up Mount Everest. Also , getting lost there would be finding yourself.
We started from Dharamkot at 10:00 am and reached the Shiv Mandir at the Triund Trek base where you have to get your names registered at the base.
Everything looked beautiful, more than I had imagined. The sky was cloudy but the clouds were doing a good job keeping it together, We started at a slow pace as the air was pretty thin and we were trying to acclimatize. The terrain was beautiful- not really very hard but the monsoon sure made it a bit tougher.
I just couldn’t control my steps and wanted to reach the top soon as we were planning to come down the same day.
We stopped at a couple of dhabas on the very- met some very nice people. Somewhere midway- the clouds gave up and it started raining ..but you know –nothing can actually go wrong when u are in Himachal. We stopped for a bit for the rain to prove its point but it wasn’t going to stop, so we continued
In 3.5 hours, we were at the top- Triund .. The view was beautiful and so serene.. I couldn’t believe it –24 hours later the crazy metro ride in Delhi , fighting the crazier monsoons,I was in the lap of Dhauladhars – 10000ft .
We reached back to Dharamkot at 6 in the evening but the funny thing was I wasn’t tired at all.The "Dhauladhar High" was too much.
We got ready to explore the legends of Mcleodganj. I absolutely loved the culture and of course, the momos and the pretty little my-kind-of cafes.
Early morning the next day, we went to explore the Bhagsu waterfalls, The falls were mystical but the main treat was Shiva Café on top of the falls. Its close to 1 km uphill but be sure to carry good shoes, as the terrain is really slippery.
Shiva Café is an absolute delight for art lovers and let’s give the credit- Boho café on the top of a waterfall in mountains is a treat.
A peaceful place with a good cultural diversity. You could find people of across countries and religions coming together.
Calm your senses here and have a chat with the Lamas but don’t forget to explore the small handicrafts shops just outside- you might find some pretty things and souvenirs to take back home.
This was about my beautiful journey as I reminisced sitting on the bus stand for the bus to take me to Delhi.As always , I carried a part of the mountains with me back to the city and left some part of myself there.
Until next time