I had visited Macleodganj for the first time in 2009, heard about the Triund Trek from locals, but we were not mentally and physically prepared, since we didn't have any prior experience of trekking. I decided next time I will. I planned for same, when we (me and my friends) went to Rajasthan for winter vacation, that we will go for Triund in April 2016.
Finally, the day arrived. We boarded the Himsuta Volvo from Chandigarh at night around 10.00 pm and reached Dharamshala early morning at 4:30 am. From Dharamshala, we hired a taxi for Macleodganj. The distance between Dharamshala and macleodganj is 10-15kms. We reached macleodganj at 5:00 am. We booked a room at hotel. We rested for 2-3 hours, thereafter we were all set for our first maiden Trek. We hired a taxi from Macleodganj to Dharamkot (populated by Foreign tourist) where we had our breakfast at Radha Krishna Restaurant. It is my favorite restaurant. The food quality is very good. If you ever get a chance to visit macleodganj then visit the same Restaurant. Triund (2875m above sea level), is the closest point to the Snow Line and the Dhauladhar Mountains Range. IT is accessible by 7Km trek from Dharmakot (9km from Mcleodganj), no motorable road is available from Galu Temple to Triund.
After breakfast, by 10.45 am, we started to trek. I walked barely a kilometer, my shoe tore up. I was confused as whether I should continue or go back to Macleodganj and buy a new pair, as I did not have a spare one. After some discussion with my friends, I decided to complete the trek with the same. We started again and after few minutes, found ourselves in the middle of pine forest, walked up through the forest for 15-20 minutes, we arrived at Galu Temple where you could see valley on both sides. There is a small tea stall shop. I bought the water bottle from that shop and moved ahead. The real nature journey starts from here. Trail offers you a panoramic view of Bhagsu; Macleodganj; Dharamshala and Kangra Valley which was magnificent. But one has to be very careful on way, a small mistake can be fatal. The weather was too hot. View of Dhauladhar Range fully covered with snow attracts you. There are two cafes on the way, one of which is known as “Magic View” (the oldest Chai Shop Since 1984) & another one is “Best View” Both are situated in the midway of the Trek. There are 6 or 7 Tea/Maggie stalls on the way. My friend was hungry so he ordered for Maggie at Magic View and at the same time I also got the chance to rest my feet & enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the Valleys.