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Call of the Mountains

I have been always a sea person.  Being a Delhiite you tend to be like that generally or that’s what I have seen with most of the people. Till 22 years of my life, travel meant nothing more than a wastage of money. But then I got a job in Bangalore and the world to be alone and travel compulsorily opened. This made me fall in love with sea and places nearby. 

But then in 2015 Dec, a trip happened. Trip to mountains  - Manali, which showed me a different side of the mountains all together. It showed me the dream - Leh Manali Highway. And from here on my infatuation for the mountains started. 

In April 2016 - did my first trek - Triund and I had only one word - Wow. I have been into fitness but doing a trek for the first time did took some toll on me. But it was a sense of accomplishment as I could manage to reach the top in a pretty quick time without too much of gasping. This trek widened the way I look at the mountains. From here on the mountains are more like a family to be with. They are like the continuous parents who keep calling you again and again to spend some time with them. It’s like while even writing this blog, their voice are echoing in my ears. There has been a continuous call of the mountains in my heart. This call is so compelling that no night now is being spend without browsing different possibilities of conquering new heights or getting a new more higher view.

Below is a brief description of my Triund Trek:

For Triund, you can reach to Mcleodganj from Delhi by an overnight Volvo (From Kashmiri Gate or Majnu ka Tila). Once reached, check in to your hotel. Try to get a budget hotel as you will be spending very less time there so why to waste money. Once refreshed, go for some sightseeing around like - Tibetan Market, Dalai Lama Temple, Bhagsunath Temple, Old Church, Shiva cafe etc. Once done with the day, have proper good night sleep and then start as early as possible for the Triund.

One can book a taxi from main market to Gallu devi temple (~Rs 300) or can start the trek directly from Dharamkot. There is a well-defined trail which one can follow. Once on the trail you will hardly get lost as its pretty much defined and you may find other trekkers as well along your way. There will be couple of eatery shops like - Magic view point where you can get yourself refilled and can have some of the glamourous view of the Dhauladhar range. It will take almost 3-4Hrs to reach the top of the triund hill (rest depends on your speed and brakes you take). One can enjoy fascinating views from the top and have awesome momos / Maggie at the top. You can also get Tents on rent (~Rs 500 per person including sleeping bag)  from the same cafes to spend your night up there - It is highly recommended to do so. One can also take a trail to go further up to snow line and then to lahesh caves. It will take 1 hr to reach to snow line (again depends on your speed) and then couple of hours to reach Lahesh caves. Tents are available upto snowline (shiva cafe). Below are some details one can refer to while going on this trek:

Bus from Delhi / Chandigarh - Can be done online via Redbus / HRTC (preferred)

Stay in Mcleodganj - Any budget hotel / room / homestay - Vary from Rs 300 to Rs 1000

Tents and food - Rs 500 Per person including food 

Triund Hill

Call of the Mountains

Triund Hill

Call of the Mountains

Snow line trek

Call of the Mountains

Mayank Bansal

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