How to reach Dharamshala
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 rail head 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. Spicejet and others have regular flights to Dharamsala airport, with one stop in Delhi or Mumbai.
Once you are in Dharamsala Bus Stand / ISBT you can board the bus for McLeod Ganj (bus fare is 20/- INR) or shared taxi (fare is 30/- INR) or special booked taxi (may cost 450/-INR) to reach McLeodganj. During off-season hotel rooms in Dharamsala and McLeodganj are economic and affordable. ( Rates may be different )
On the 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 the 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 backside 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 and another perfect one named Sun & Moon Café owned by Mr.Thapa.
Sun & Moon Cafe
From Gallu Devi Temple you can see Kareri and Balreh Village on North-West direction and BhagsuNag in East. Here you will also find three Guest Houses, providing rooms for stay for INR 500 to/- per night.
Here the trail going upward by the side of Sun & Moon Cafe is the Trail to Triund Hill and at present Forest Department has put fence on the outer-side of trail, so no chance of getting lost unless someone wanders off intentionally!
The trek from Sh. Gallu 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 within 1 or 2 hours depending upon your stamina. (Now a days you will find plenty of tea stall all along the trail)
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!
In Triund, there is a Guest House operated by Forest Department Dharamsala and the booking can be done by visiting their office Forest Complex, which is behind Park Restaurant opposite to Dharamsala Police Station and General Post Office. (They have stopped booking over the phone due to some tricky calls and some mischievous tourists) The rooms cost around 500 INR* (rates may vary) per day!
Clothing’s as per weather, shoes with good grip, water bottles, sun protection cream and hat/cap, First Aid Kit, and Chocolates and juice but remember to bring the empty pack of chocolate and juices or carry fruits like Orange, Banana as better options for Fresh Energy and also as these will not trash the Nature.
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