Duration – 3 Days
Budget – INR 2,500/-
Delhi – Mcleodganj – Triund
Triund is a magical place. It is a place which can never get old and can never lose its beauty. This place offers jaw-dropping views of Dhauladhar Range at one side and the view of Kangra Valley on the other.
Triund is a hill station that offers stunning views from dusk till dawn and has the ability to leave one speechless with its varied panoramic view and changing colours.
But when is the best time to go? Is it during the winters or in summers? Below you will know everything to visit this breath-taking place with a detailed guide starting from Delhi to Triund, Triund trek cost and trek distance.
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When I woke up at five in the morning to witness the sunrise, the first thing I saw was his face in the camp. He was sleeping soundly like a child, unaware of the surroundings around. I placed my right hand on his cheek. He opened his left eye slowly. We cuddled and got out of the camp to breathe in the freshness of the early morning air. The sky was orange and the mountains were dimly lit. We strolled around and sat on the edge after a while, eating Maggie and dangling our feet in the air. We hummed random tunes. We howled in the hollow valley. We talked less. We laughed more. And that was enough, the simple things were just enough. #nomllers #iiblogger
Triund in Summers Vs. Triund in Winters
I have been to this place in both the seasons and personally both of them offered jaw-dropping views.
In summers the shine of the Sun during the evening time and light seeping on the mountains behind is really soothing and peaceful. On the other hand, during the winters the snow makes everything extremely cold and the hike becomes difficult but when the sun rays pour in on the snow, the yellow magical light all around makes everything nothing less than magic.
Trek – Trek in summers is comparatively easy as the hike gets slippery due to snow during the winters
View – I would personally prefer seeing Triund during the snow though as the laminating yellow light makes everything even more beautiful
Stay – Camping during the winters is a little harsh and difficult since the temperature goes in negative
Milky Way – It is difficult to see milky way during the winters as the Earth hemisphere shifts, making the milky way less dramatic during the winters. Although the star trails are still beautiful.
Thus, both the seasons are perfect to visit Triund. It depends on how harsh of a weather you want to witness and whether you want to experience snow or not. Below, you will find all the details regarding the Triund trek cost, distance, accommodation and a detailed itinerary which can be implied in both the seasons.
Best Time to Travel to Triund
December Mid to March: Personally I would say the best time is during the winters even though the climate is harsh. This is because the winter glow on the snow due the warm sun is mesmerizing.
April to June: Although the summertime is also a perfect time to go to this place as the view of the milky way is really amazing and clear.
July to September: Do avoid Triund during the monsoon time as the sky is covered in clouds making the night sky faintly visible. Also, while camping if by chance it starts to rain the stay will become difficult. Also, treks on a wet mass of land are also difficult.
There are overnight buses from Delhi to Mcleodganj. If you want to head straight to Triund, Mcleodganj is a better place to reach over Dharamshala as it is the nearest point to Triund.
The HRTC buses are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. You can book these buses online on the HRTC portal or there are private bus booking websites as well. It is always better to book the bus in advance since the seats get booked fast.
To share with you my experience, I booked the overnight bus a week in advance. It took us about 10 hours to reach Mcleodganj.
Alternatively, if you are not able to find buses directly to Mcleodganj, best would be to reach till Dharamshala and then take another bus or a shared taxi till Mcleodganj. The distance between Dharamshala and Mcleodganj is just half an hour and the frequency of buses till Dharamshala is comparatively more.
You will reach Mcleodganj early in the morning. The view from the bus stand is really mesmerising and beautiful. You can also have tea and Maggie at the bus stand itself.
If you want to freshen up a bit, you can do either of the two things. Book a hostel (which I did during my winter trip) or take a hotel for 3 hours (which I did during my summer trip) to freshen up.
It depends on how much time you have. If you are only here for the weekend, best is to take the hotel for three hours to freshen up and head straight for the trek.
Otherwise, you can stay at a hostel/hotel as per your preference and explore Mcleodganj. Mcleodganj is really beautiful. We took a cab to our hostel – ‘HosteLavie’ from Mcleodganj bus stand and relaxed for two hours. The view from the hostel is beautiful. The entire valley is visible from its roof.
From the hostel, the Bhagsu waterfall is 20 minutes’ hike away. There is also a Shiva café 10 minutes away from the waterfall which offers a stunning view of the sunset.
We had tea and Maggie here while watching the sunset. You can later explore the market as well while coming back from the Shiva café that comes on the way.
Today is the day when the actual trip starts. After having breakfast start for the trek. There are two ways that you can follow. Either take a shared taxi directly to the start point of the Triund trek or start the trek from Mcleodganj itself.
It depends on you which route and how much you would like to walk. Most travellers do start the trek from Mcleodganj itself, instead of taking a shared taxi to Triund’s trek start point.
The trek to Triund is about 8 KMs and takes 3-4 hours depending on your speed. It is a moderately difficult trek and you also need to sign on a register before commencing for the trek. It is just a track record kept by the authorities as to how many people have gone on the trek. (I have covered the details of the trekking route below, along with checkpoints and pictures).
Reach here by afternoon, and soak in the surroundings. It is really one of the most beautiful views to see.
Also, the sunset here is to die for. It is so gorgeous and breath-taking and during the winters when the sun gleams on the snow is marvellous.
Stay: As soon as you reach the place it is better to find a camp. The sooner you reach the better camp you can get with your preferred location. You can also book the camp in Mcleodganj itself or with HosteLavie. During the peak season, it will be advantageous to book the camp beforehand because booking the camp on the spot gets difficult otherwise.
Food: Getting a good food in Triund is difficult. It would be best either to carry food from Mcleodganj itself or else there is an option to eat fried rice, Maggie and tea in the camps itself.
Start the descend early in the morning the next day. It is best to trek down early since to reach Delhi on time you must catch the bus in the afternoon.
Since there are minimal buses available during the afternoon time that leaves directly for Delhi, the best alternative would be to catch a bus that leaves for Chandigarh from Dehradun. From Chandigarh there are frequent buses that leave for Delhi, so that would not be a problem at all.
Where to Stay – Accommodation
In Mcleodganj, the best place to stay is HosteLavie. Not only it is budget friendly but offers some of the best views. In fact, Shiva café is just a trek away from this place. It also offers breakfast and the dorm and washroom are super clean with a constant flow of warm water.
I personally would again stay in HosteLavie itself if I return to Mcleodganj again.
For Triund, you can either book the camps in Mcleodganj itself. This is highly recommended during the peak season.
Otherwise, you can also book the camp once you reach the top. There are many camps already placed in Triund and if you reach early you will get the leisure of booking camp at your favourite spot.
Triund Trek Checkpoints, Distance and Difficulty
Reaching Dharamkot First
In Mcleodganj Main Square there is a steep and upward walk that passes through the office of Regional Mountaineering Centre. You will find this in the three-way intersection of the road.
From here, you will reach a water tank and nearby there is also a government school of Dharamkot.
Till here you can also hire a cab or a shared taxi.
Reaching Bhagsu Nag or Gallu Devi Temple
From the government school, take a route from the forest, which will take about one hour to reach to Gallu Devi Temple. You can also take a hired taxi from here or a shared cab as well which will make you reach the Gallu Devi Temple through the road itself.
Sun and Moon Café
You can rest here for a while and eat something. From here there is a trekking path going northeast that leads to Triund hill.
From here on the pathway is easy. There is a clearly defined route to the Triund Hill. One can just not get lost the path is that defined. On the way, two cafes come. One is Magic View Cafė and another one is Best View Cafė.
Further, at the base of the Triund Hill, there are several tea stalls, where you can rest and enjoy the tea.
The trek to Triund is neither difficult nor easy. It is a moderate one with clearly defined pathways. However, one clearly needs a little stamina especially if you do not have prior trekking experience.
It takes about 3-4 hours to reach to the top with an average walking speed.
One does not need a guide to this place as the trails are properly defined with 100% visibility. There is no chance of you getting lost. Plus, a lot of tourists go on this trek.
Typical Cost for Triund Trek
The bus cost varies from INR 700/- to INR 1,300/-. You can either take an ordinary bus or Volvo depending on the budget and comfort you want.
From Mcleodganj everything becomes simple. The buses are really cheap and you can get a shared taxi as well to several places for just INR 15/-.
The stay in HosteLavie costs less than INR 400/- per day that also includes breakfast. Also, the camp costs about INR 900/- for which three people can easily stay.
Getting food in Mcleodganj is really easy and cheap. You will easily be able to eat out a meal for INR 150/-, however, the price of tea and Maggie doubles on the Triund trek and cafes.
Things to Carry in Triund
Good Hiking Shoes – Triund is a good place to hike or trek if you want to say. The path is a little rocky and sandy. It is always better to have good hiking shoes that have a good grip at the bottom.
During winters, it becomes all the more necessary to wear good shoes, especially the ones that can sustain in snow would be better so that they remain waterproof.
Water Bottle – Triund does not have the facility to provide water. Even if the cafes have water bottle left the cost gets double. During peak season these water bottles also run out of stock so it is better to carry one from Mcleodganj itself.
Warm Clothes – The temperature falls drastically on the Triund hill. While trekking you might feel hot, however, during the night it gets really cold and chilly and it is always better to carry socks, jacket, gloves and mufflers with you.
Food – Getting food on Triund hill sometimes get difficult. The cost also doubles. Of course, one can enjoy Maggie and fried rice along with tea in cold, however, do carry some snacks along with you just in case.
Raincoat/Poncho – If you are planning to trek during the monsoons, or during the winters, it is better to carry a raincoat along, or a poncho.
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(2/3) After setting up the camps from the freezing hands we sat down on the rough ground to have Maggie and chayi once again, while letting the surroundings hit us deep and hard. It was here, the birds came and coo-cooed after a long flight. It was here, the dogs barked and ran around. We walked around for a while and spotted huge rocks where we could sit comfortably and see the Sun right infront of our eyes. We sighed, seeing such a definitive and clear horizon of multi golden colours. The red rim of Sun was pushing itself low and instantly filled us up with the feeling of deep love. Such a strong and soothing feeling. We didn't utter a word for a long time. It was just enough to find our happy place deep within. I think that was the moment when we bonded a little more. Not because we shared so many experiences from the past, but because we realised that we can be comfortably silent in each other's company without getting awkward and clumsy. Such a powerful moment silence can be. Oh sunlight, you precious precious gold on the Earth, thank you for such memories. #traveldiaries2016 #nomllers #triund
Connectivity in Triund
There is minimal connectivity in Triund. You will get proper network connection till Mcleodganj only. However, you can get some network near Triund Mountain Lodge which is situated on the Triund hill.
Who needs a connection in Triund though, in a place with timeless beauty?
If you plan to visit Triund during the winters or summers, does not really matter. The place looks beautiful anyway. It is about preference and how much harsh of a weather you would be able to survive.
Hope this guide helps you in planning you Triund trip a little better.