As a luxury loving traveler, I was always a bit apprehensive towards trips that require one to brave the wilderness as 'come as they are'. A reason why I wasn't really convinced that I could withstand a 15 km trek was a lot of self doubt, however, a close friend dragged me along after a mindful convincing session and so we decided to trek up to the Triund, atop the Dhauladar range in H.P.
The journey began with us missing the scheduled bus to McleodGanj and instead hopping on to a detoured route for Pathankot. Nonetheless, we were spirited and gung-ho about the days ahead so we managed to reach the Dharamkot area after a 16 hour long, Volvo, HRTC bus and a breathtaking cab ride. Greeted by heavy rains at our arrival, we decided to take rest, freshen up and grab a bite before commencing the trek. As luck would have it, our host at Morgans's Cafe was well versed with the area and and upon a quick discussed warned us of the dire consequences, the rain can have on the trek route. Fellow travelers who were also waiting for the rain to stop, advised us against trekking as it was 4 pm and hills begin to get dark by the time its 5 pm or so.
Abiding the advise, we decided to take it easy and take a stroll to Mcleod area which was a 3 km downhill walk from the magical Dharamkot area. The 20 minute walk left us wanting for good food and we decided to explore a tiny alley around the main market and settled for a steaming hot thupka. After an hour of wandering around, chatting with the locals and some junk shopping we decided to go back to Morgan's guest house and took an auto to reach there. An early dinner of cheesy lasgane was filling enough for us and we hit the bed earlier than we thought.