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After Kheerganga in Parvati Valley, Triund is perhaps the most popular trek for beginner level trekkers, and rightfully so. Set amidst the Dhauladhars of the Kangra Valley, this trek starts from the bustling town of McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh.
The route is well marked with ample rest spots. All the rest stops have cafes along the way that make sure that your first trek is nothing short of comfortable. If you decide to trek during the spring, you can also witness the flaming red rhododendron flowers locally known as buransh in full bloom. The locals will climb up these trees and pluck as many as flowers as possible to prepare jams, chutneys and juices out of these. These flowers prevent the body from heat strokes. They also make for the perfect preparations for the upcoming summer months.
Not only is this trek super easy, but is also one of the most beautiful treks in Himachal Pradesh. The Mun Peak- the highest peak of Lower Dhauladhar Ranges- keeps you company through most of the trail. On one side is a panoramic view of the entire valley, with the city of Dharamshala distinctly visible, including the beautiful Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, and on the other are trees lined up one after the other including oak, pine, deodar and rhododendron. From the top of the Triund ridge, a 360 degrees view of the majestic Dhalaudhar Mountains is visible. It is so close that you could almost touch them! The colours of the sky during sunrise and sunset are particularly breathtaking. There’s nothing like watching the sun come up from behind the magnificent Mun Peak!
Triund is, needless to say, one of the easiest, and best experiences one can have in the trekking field in India. Also, one of the best beginner treks in India. A perfect weekend getaway from Delhi.
Hop on to the evening luxury AC Volvo bus from Delhi, and give yourself a good sleep in the comfortable ride to the hills, as you prepare yourself for one of the best adventures of your life ahead!
After reaching McLeod Ganj early in the morning, we start for the trek. The starting point is McLeod Ganj, which is the home of Dalai Lama, and from there we begin our uphill journey (9 km). The entire trek uphill will take about 4-5 hours. The climb is very easy with a few steep ascents here and there, with magnificent views giving you company throughout! After reaching Triund top, we explore the ridge and return back to our tents and get ready for some piping hot dinner to warm us against the strong evening winds at the ridge. Go to your camp bed with a happy tummy, and a happier heart, surrounded by such picturesque vistas.
We wake up early morning to catch one of the best sunrises you will ever see, with the sun rays spilling over the snow-clad Dhauladhar Mountains. After breakfast, we begin our descent which will be much easier and faster than the climb up. Upon reaching McLeod Ganj, you are free to explore the city and its bustling markets selling beautiful trinkets like healing crystal jewellery, colourful yak wool apparels and much more! Board the evening Volvo bus to Delhi with a happy heart full of warm memories from this short but utterly eventful getaway!
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