Trekking in Triund
One of the shortest trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh is McLeodganj to Triund trek.
Nearly 10 km walk from northeast of McLeodganj, Triund provides a panoramic view of Kangra valley and the plains of Punjab.
The magnificent Dhauladhar stands to the north, while the wide valley expanse is on the southern side.
A well-defined uphill trek leads you to Triund from McLeodganj. Enroute, you cross Dharamkot village (2100m), and this trail meets the other trails originating from Rawa, Dal Lake, and Bhagsu meet at Galu Devi (2310m).
There is small temple, a tea shop and water point at Galu Devi.
Triund offers breathtaking and spectacular views of the surrounding picturesque area.
To the north is the majestic Dhauladhar range with peak of Mun, Slabd, Rifle Horn, and Aurther Seat.
And when the night approaches and stars start twinkling, the whole aura of the location changes and the experience is blissful.
The shimmering light of the valley below is a sight to behold. The snow line of Ilaqa Got is just a 5-km walk from Triund.
This destination is an ideal spot for avid bird watchers.
In Triund, there is a forest-house on a secondary ridge of Dhauladhar.
To stay here in the rest house, you need prior permit and advance bookings from Dharamsala. You can also use the rock shelters to relax.
Grassy verdant meadows offer ample space to pitch your tent.
State: Himachal Pradesh
Exact Location: Triund is situated at the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges. District: Kangra
Nearest Town: Dharamsala. 17+ km
Distance from Delhi: 540+ km.
How to Reach:
Triund can be reached from Dharamsala which is 17 km away and is well connected with major cities in and around India.
Dharamsala is well connected by road with Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla and Pathankot.
The road network to Dharamsala is quite smooth and it is connected by the National Highway no. 1 (NH 1).
Dharamshala to McleodGanj is only 9 km. Buses are available from 0730 hrs to 2030 hrs in the evening.
Jeeps and taxis are also available during late hours.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Dharamsala is Kangra Mandir (narrow gauge) which is at a distance of 22 km. It is a small station and hence all of the trains wont stop at this station.
The major rail junction is Pathankot, which is about 85 km away from Dharamsala. Pathakot is well connected to all the major cities in India.
By Air: The nearest airport to Dharamsala is the Gaggal airport in Kangra valley.
The airport is at a distance of 12 km from Dharamsala and reaching here, one can hire a taxi cab to reach Dharamsala.
Dharamsala: This is a highly captivating town in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley.
The town is divided into two three parts - the upper Dharamsala called Mcleodganj, the middle Kotwali Bazar and the lower Kaccheri area.
Dharamshala is bounded by dense pine and deodar forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills.
The place plays host to the Tibetans population and Tibetan government in exile.
Dharamsala is also the starting point to a number of trekking trails that lead trekkers across Dhauladhar into the upper Ravi Valley and Chamba district.
Dal Lake: The Lake is spread in an area of 1 km and is bounded by rhododendrons, deodars, and junipers forest. Annually, a fair is held at the Kali Temple near the Lake.
There is another temple close to the lake that is dedicated to sage Durvasa. Dal Lake is 2 km walk westwards from McLeodganj bazaar.
Trek Length: 10 km
Keep in your Trek Bag:
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
To stay here in the rest house, you need prior permit and advance bookings from Dharamsala