Triund Pilgrimage in 2012
This summer of 2012 Triund Hill has turned up to be some like a favorite place for a sort of a delightful pilgrimage and people from all walks of life are showing up every day in number of 20 to 40. Some are coming without guide, some are coming with guides and porters carrying tents, sleeping bags and food supplies and then there are solo trekkers and some are couples in love, some are even new ones who are coming to Triond for the first time and counting their every breath on every step towards Triyund or Triund Hill. The Rest House of Forest Department is reserved every day.
Once you reach the top of Triund, you are welcomed by the majestic view of partly snow clad and glaciated Mighty Dhauladhar and Triund occupied by colorful tents and different people from all over the World.
On our Lunch in Triund on May 30th 2012, we noticed activities in Triund something like this: -
- Though most of the foreign tourists hesitate or don’t prefer to indulge with locals but then there are a few who initiate conversation with locals and share their feelings with each other.
- There are plenty of dogs who come along with the tourists all the way from McLeodganj and stay in Triund.
- City tourists exclaim with joy on seeing the Mighty Dhauladhar and the beauty of Triund and they even stand on the edge of the hill and try to catch the faint signals of the mobiles service providers so that they could call and tell their relatives back at home, “Where they are standing and how happy they are feeling for being on the top of Triund and seeing the snow clad Mighty Dhauladhar!”
- Some tourists just sit and read a book, some play cards and the ones in groups indulge in a sort of group discussion.
- Then there are the shopkeepers who are busy in preparing noodles or tea for the tourists who have just arrived. The supervisor of the Forest Department Rest House is busy in helping the guests.
- Then there are couples who are in love, they just need a peaceful, secluded point right in front of the Mighty Dhauladhar and prefer to be lost in each other.
- Some tourists planning to trek beyond Triund up to Illaka and the Lahesh Caves and are in constant discussion with each other.
- The shepherds are also busy and moving upward to Illaka, laka or Illaqa in search of green pastures.
- The city tourists are very curious to see the glacier in snowline point above Illaka and some are more eager to see the eagle nest.
- Then there is news of bear sightings on the upper reaches of Triund.
- Most of the tourists are still careless are and not good to Nature and are throwing garbage on the trail to Triund.
- We still observed that the treks to Triund are again trashed, tourists have thrown plastic water bottles, beer tin cans, chocolate wafers, energy drink tin cans, on the trek and down in the hills and even the mountain cleaners are not doing their job honestly as they claim.