This article will GUIDE you on how to trek to Triund without cash or $. One can access or Trek to Triund and Laka or Illaqa in McLeodganj, Dharamsala,and Himachal Pradesh via:
For Trek to Triund first you need to arrive Dharamsala ISBT
Road: - 1. Pathankot to Gaggal then Dharamsala. 2. New Delhi to Chandigarh and then Kangra and finally Dharamsala.
Train: - The nearest railway stations on the Simla-Kangra of narrow gauge line are at Jassur (Nurpur, Kangra, and Himachal Pradesh) and Paror railway stop near Nagrota (about 20 km south of Dharamsala). The nearest railhead of broad gauge is at Pathankot (about 85 km).
Air: - Gaggal Airport (which is also known as Kangra Airport) to Gaggal market and turn left for Dharamsala no need to go Kangra.
Once you are in Dharamsala Bus Stand / ISBT you can board bus for McLeodganj (bus fare is 10/- INR) or shared taxi (fare is 10/- INR) or special booked taxi (may cost 300/-INR) to reach McLeodganj. During off season hotel rooms in Dharamsala and McLeodganj are economic and affordable.
On trek from Mcleodganj to Triund, you first reach Dharamkot either on foot from Main Square of McLeodganj to a steep and rigid upward walk to your left hand side and take a walk of about 45 minutes via office of Regional Mountaineering Centre, Dharamsala. Turn left side from the three way intersection in front of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Regional Mountaineering Centre
and then you will reach Dharamkot and stand in front of the Water Tank and the Govt Primary school of Dharamkot.
You will also find a cafeteria here. Or you can hire an Auto Rickshaw or taxi/cab for INR 60/- and INR 300/- to get a drop up to Dharamkot Primary School. Just from the left side of the Water Storage Tank and the main gate of Primary School, Dharamkot a jungle trail starts which will consume one hour of walk and will lead you to Gallu Devi Temple. Or you can continue with hired taxi/cab/auto-rickshaw through a rough road up to Gallu Devi Temple.(It’ll be costlier due to very poor road condition).
Or If you are in Bhagsu Nag then you can follow a steep trek on the left of German Bakery which goes through shops and a temple and then Bhagsu Nag village and will finally end on the back side of Gallu Devi Temple. (This is a shortcut for Gallu Devi Temple, but a hard and stiff trek and will consume most of your energy, so try to avoid it).
After reaching Gallu Devi Temple, here you will come across another cafeteria/shop named Rest A While
with a small water pond and which is operational since 1988 and managed by Mr Tinku. Gallu Devi Temple is on top of the shop.
From Gallu Devi Temple you can see Kareri and Bahl Village on North-West direction and BhagsuNag in East. Here you will also find three Guest Houses, providing rooms for stay for INR 500/- per night.
The track from Sh. Galu Devi temple gets a bit of tough, with steep curves and moderate trails. It takes you about four hours (leisurely trek) and three hours (fast trek) to reach Triund Hill but for some it may take 6 hours to reach the top. On your way to Triund you will come across two refreshment shops first one named Magic View Cafė
at a height of 2,500 meter run and owned by Shri Joginder Sharma since 1984 and other adjoining Magic View Cafė is Best View Cafė run by Shri Hemraj since 1998. Continue your trek after a rest and you will reach Triund Hill
with in 1 or 2 hours depending upon your stamina.
Do not walk on the outer steps of the trek and watch your steps..this trek is a moderate to easy category trek….so try to avoid any type of accident. Also please do not litter or throw garbage on the treks or down in the valley, Contribute and Help in keeping Nature Clean. Happy Trekking!
* Clothings as per weather, shoes with good grip, water bottles* , sun protection cream and hat,Dark Brown Chocolates for instant energy,
( How to trek to Triund )