A famous quote “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” has always inspired me to travel & explore. Travelling alone is fun, because everyone you meet is company. At first, I asked my friends & it was planned as friends-outing, but when all got busy, it eventually became a solo-trip. Travelling from Delhi to Mcleodganj, Volvo-travel is a perfect choice. It’s relaxing & economical too.
A wide window glass, few power naps, mom-made paranthas, 2 already watched movies, that’s how i spent my night. One halt at Haveli, tea-time for me. Being my first solo-trip, i was excited, alert & on top of my exploring mode.
Early morning at 5.30am, & i was already at Dharamshala. Up there at Triund, you either stay in tents, or there’s one guest house of forest department, for which i had booked a room already, when planned for friends. Once paid the room rental, a reservation slip can be taken from “Forest Division Office” at Dharamshala
How to Reach: Get down at Dharamshala old post office, then its 2 min walk.
Office timing starts around 10:30am, so i had almost 5 hours to wait. Soon enough i found a tea shop, though it was a little early for my bed-tea. A cup of tea, with a bread-pakoda. I needed it badly. I guess, tea is good fuel for ideas, it also charges brain-battery. There’s this beautiful Gurudwara, a 20 minutes walk, such a divine start of day. In hills, fresh air brings extra-efficiency for walking.
Dharamshala Stadium was next on my list. Its so colorful & fancy stadium.
Dharamshala to Mcleodganj : 5-6km by road, a local bus would take you in approximately half an hour. Bus fare was Rs.15, & luckily i again got a window seat, to witness the beauty of turns. First thing on my mind, was to find a hotel as i needed some good sleep.
Day-2 Mcleodganj to Triund
From main chowk, Taxis can be hired for Rs.400 up-till Gallu-Devi Temple. However, i chose to save money & decided to walk.
It’s a 4km of unhealthy road. I discovered this money saving talent, only during this trip. With every step forward, chirp sound of birds so clear, i even got company by some monkeys & langurs.
I was on the road, & they were on trees, following same direction. I would have surely missed this, sitting in Taxi. Last motorable point is Gallu Devi temple. From thereon its 6km of pure trek, all by feet.
Day three saw the adventurer in me setting off on a trek to Triund, the nine kilometre trek from Mcleodganj to Triund provides a breath taking view of snow-capped mountains and the Kangra Valley. The trek gradually steepens and the roads narrow as you move up. The trek to the peak is certainly worth all the huffing and puffing. To my respite, a small snack shop midway, provided refreshments. A soothing cup of the most delicious adrakki chai and a few biscuits later, I headed further up, making my way through a narrow, stony route that led me up to the highest point of the hill. The view from the top was better than I expected. Locals told me that it’s also called ‘Magic View Mountain’ because of the panoramic vista it offered. It took us for about 13 hours for a roundtrip trek. I spent the evening relaxing at a hidden gem at the Temple Road, The Khana Nirvana Café, an infamous place great for late night chills and excellent homely service.