This summer, the view from Triund was still as fantastic, the Dhauladhar ranges still looked as awe-inspiring as they did before. However, I was left speechless. Speechless, not because of the beauty, but because of the excessive crowd on the hill. Triund was blanketed with tents, with barely any space to accommodate more campers. Not only this, about six new shops had sprouted up on the hill. It was even more heartbreaking to see that a cave where we took shelter back in 2014 had also been converted into a shop. It was utter chaos, and we were told that on New Years Eve, the number of people on the hill had crossed 2000! Triund this time was dirty, over-crowded, and even though I had planned to stay the night, I returned to Mcleodganj just before the sun set.
What's the Status Now?
In order to improve these conditions, it has been reported that there will be no over-night camping at Triund. However, you can take your camping paraphernalia and pitch your own tents up on the hill. Moreover, most shops have been shut down, so do not expect food while you're up there. You can take your own supplies, however please bring back your trash with you, don't leave it up on the hill. You can still visit there for a day hike till it hopefully re-opens in October.
What Do We Learn From This?
In our desperation to experience untouched beauty, we travellers are ready to travel to the most remote places. After all, who doesn't love clear skies, breathtaking views and complete solitude?! However, in our relentless "wanderlust", we don't pay heed to the ways we're travelling. Before you visit any place, please remember to carry your own trash bags, try to minimise the use of plastic as much as you can, say no to food items that are packed in plastic wrappers, refuse bottled water and instead carry your own water bottles wherever you go. We're the only ones responsible for degrading pristine locations like Triund, so it's high time we travel responsibly. If you love a place, treat it as your own and don't destroy it. If we keep up our irresponsible ways of travelling, we'll only see more beautiful locations like Triund being closed for tourists.
The only cool way to travel now is to travel sustainably, so let's spread the need to change our habits.
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