Sometimes, the best trips are the shortest ones. One of the trips which are great to explore in less time is Triund trek. Nestled in the mighty Dhauladhars at a height of 2,850m above sea level. Triund is a paradise for backpackers, solo travelers, and a great place to visit with friends. Himachal Pradesh holds a lot of hidden gems of beauty, Triund is one of them. We can also call it the crown jewel of Dharamshala.
I decided to embark on this amazing adventure in post-monsoon season i.e. in the months of October. As a traveler, I like exploring easy to tough trekking trails. Being a short trek of 2 days, it was very easy to plan a trip to Triund. It was another weekend which I was not spending at home. The best part is you have to only pack for 2 days, all the basic stuff. Now, one of the important things to keep in mind, how will you undertake this trek? Well, the answer is so very easy, book your tour package with a certified tour operator and tell them all your needs. Pay them, then get ready with your backpack and ready for the adventure. Easy!!
I took an overnight bus from Delhi to Dharamshala. And reached Dharamshala early in the morning. I met the trek leader and other trek members. One thing I was sure about that I will make a lot of memories and friends on this trek.
The trek started from Mcleodganj, a picturesque and amazing hill station. We all were driven to Galu Devi Temple, the starting point of the trek. The total Triund trek distance is 9 km from Mcleodganj. There was also another route for this trek that starts from Shiva cafe and Bhagsu Nag waterfalls which is considered as a tough one.
The trek started and passed by the dense groves of oaks, deodars, and blooming rhododendrons. The trail was so gentle and inclined in the first few kilometers. With scenic vistas, lush green meadows, amazing weather, clear blue skies, a bit chilliness in the wind, and the thought of reaching the top, I moved a bit faster. But another shock was waiting for all of us, the last few kilometers. I totally forgot the fact that Triund is also known for its 22 curves. Yes, the tricky trail with 22 sharp curves was there and it made the trek a bit moderate. Anyhow, I wish all the team and trek leader reached the Triund top. I got to know the fact later that really Triund trek is rewarding. The captivating views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges and the alluring Kangra valley was astounding. The fresh air, chilly winds, and tranquil surroundings were all that I wanted on my weekend and got it on Triund.
I captured the mesmerizing sunset in my camera and sat on a rock to enjoy the views. In the evening, I had my hot dinner which was provided by the tour company. Our stay was in camps that were pitched at Triund top. By night I watched the star-glazed night and slipped into my tent.
The next morning, I woke up early to witness the alluring sunrise. The team had breakfast and trek back to Mcleodganj. We reached Mcleodganj in the noontime. Here, the journey ends. In the remaining time, I explored the beautiful hill station, tried some lip-smacking food at the cafes, and said goodbye to this beautiful trip.
Here are some important things to keep in mind before planning the Triund trek:
Best time to visitTriund is accessible throughout the year. The best time to visit Triund is from the months of September to December. March to May is also considered a good time to go. You can also do this trek in monsoons and enjoy the majestic views and lush green surroundings.
Things to Do
● Enjoy the captivating views of the Dhauladhar ranges and the beautiful Kangra valley.
● Triund trek is full of small tea joints and some cafes. Do try some healthy snacks before reaching the top.
● The camping experience is a must-do activity that offers amazing sunsets, sunrises, and fascinating star-glazed night.
Things to Carry:
✔ Jackets and windcheaters.
✔ Trekking shoes and trekking gear
✔ Water bottle and handy snacks.
✔ Sunscreen and sunglasses
✔ First aid kit and mosquito repellent
✔ Extra batteries
✔ Essential toiletries
- Magic view cafe
- Shiva cafe
- Rest a While cafe
- Galu Devi Temple
- Snowline cafe via Bhagsu Nag Waterfalls
How to reach
- Dharamshala is well-connected to all the major cities. Mcleodganj is at a distance of 8 km from Dharamshala.
- Take a direct bus from Delhi either to Mcleodganj or Dharamshala.
- You can also take a direct train to Pathankot railway station which is 91 km from Mcleodganj. Take a bus or cab to reach Mcleodganj.
- Gaggal airport is the nearest airport where you can reach by taking a flight from Delhi. Take a taxi or bus to reach Mcleodganj or Dharamshala. I must say Triund is truly an adventure to do in Himachal Pradesh. It is the perfect weekend getaway and paradise for solo travelers and backpackers. Take a weekend break and make it an exciting one by planning a trek to Triund. I will assure you, you will fall in the love with the beauty and tranquil surroundings of the place.
- In the end, I just want to thanks my travel partner Banbanjara for making the trip hassle-free and exciting one.