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“Of tibetan culture, food & trinkets in the street markets” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Triund Hill

Triund Hill
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in McLeod Ganj
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Grade: Moderate Mcleodganj to Triund 2800 mtrs, 9 kms gradual trek. The trek offer panoramic views Bhagsu village, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala valley and distant views of Shivalik hills and plains of Kangra valley. The trek is moderate nature. Triund is a large land of green grass and pasture like. One can see the mighty Dhauladhar ranges just above the eyes. This is the base camp and climatization point for trekkers climbing the Inderahara point in the Mt. Dhauladhar.
Mumbai, India
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“Of tibetan culture, food & trinkets in the street markets”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2011

McLeodGanj is a patchworked cultural fabric. home to people from various cultures, devout Buddhists, Tibetans, tourist and anthropologists. It is home away from home, there is something for everyone in here. The winding alleyways, the markets - blindingly colorful, filled with funky stuff- trinkets, knick knacks, bags, shoes, adornments abound.
Norbulingka institute located about 15 km from Mcleodganj. It is the hub of culture and art where ancient Tibetan arts and crafts are protected and put into practice. It is an initiative to preserve the lost culture of Tibet & also to create a livelihood for the exiled population.

The art gallery inside the Norbulingka institute ensures you get everything 100% authentic and hand made. There is also a Thangka painting workshop were the artists sit and work. This is a beautiful sight in itself apart from the intricate paintings they make.

The place also has a very pleasant hang out place, amidst shades of green leaves with cute, naughty, small & big - dogs. In the Norling café you can spend hours watching these dogs fight & play with each other, it is their own unique way to entertain the guests.

You can reach Norbulingka institute by a car directly from Mcleodganj or a public bus from Dharamshala to Sidhpur. People in Mcleodganj are very friendly and helpful, always ready to greet with a warm smile, so even if you are lost you can find your way just by asking a few locals.

By the time I came back from the Norbulinka institute I was lucky to witness the sunset at Mcleodganj right at the Bus stand over the hill... a concoction of violet, orange & blue caressing the sky and speaking for the ‘One people One world’ struggle that surrounds the place - Mcllo as it is affectionately called by its people.

Visited March 2011
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“Heaven on Earth!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2010

This place is beautifully located in the hills of himachal. It reminds me of Tibet Monastries, the Big bells and rain.............

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“The best pocket friendly hill station”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2010

This review will ofcourse be viewed by people with simmilar interests - "Holiday"

I being from Dharamshala (H.P.) would find myself the best person to tell you guys about the place.

People go to Hill stations and hang around on places suggested by the guides. Once you visit Dharamshala, you will ofcourse do the same. So what am I gonna write.
Friends, I will write about the places to visit in Dharamshala where Tourists generally don't know about (i am sure the sources/guides will not let you there) Here are the places:

1. Khanyara - The road diverts from the main market of dharamshala.Drive for 2 Kms and you can ask for "Kripal MOMO wala". Taste the best and very popular MOMOs Mutton/Veg. Once the tummy is full we can enjoy the rest of the day. Drive further 2 Kms and you will find Resorts with swimming pool- this is where we used to go after bunking clases....no1 really visit this side. You can also enjoy a cup coffee in a very lovely coffee shop just between the road and a fresh river with great ambience. Drive for another 2 Kms and you will reach to "Aghanjarr Mahadev Temple". A very calm place with a river flowing through the temple that honours the shivling. Do not miss to go to the back side of the temple....to have a look at the splendour of the Sivalik Range...covored with snow throughout the year. You can also take a bath in the river...if not afraid of the ultra cold water...or i must say melted snow. Lets again drive further 2 Kms to reach "Norbolinca" Tibetian Monestory. Great reflection of Tibetian style architecture and soul purifying scilence. You can see a huge gold plated statue of Lord Buddha here and meet some Monks. The road is very good with no diversions at all so no chances to get in the wrong track. We have a regular bus service on this route as well.

So guys did we spend anything more than paying 40Rs for MOMOs and 20Rs for the awsome coffee? Thus economical!

2. When at Dharamshala, do surely visit the "Tea Gardens". It is just 3 Kms from the main market. I assure, the drive will be absolutely romantic and you feel like a bollywood star driving on a road between taraced Tea Gardens. Must visit for couples and Kids.

With this i wish you all a happy journey and memorable trip.
If need more details, do mail me on (--)

Cheers :)

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“A hike well worth it:-)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2009

An amazing and not-too-difficult hike - even half day if you stop at the meadow and don't go to the peak!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Triund and McLeodganj - walking in the clouds!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2009

The Triund trek is one of the most popular treks in the hills of Himachal. It makes for a very pleasant and enjoyable 2 –day trek from McLeodganj.

Firstly, how difficult or strenuous is it you might ask? Well it depends on the shape you are in. If you are the average guy – meaning you are not overweight, you walk a decent amount at least on a weekly basis, you walk to the grocery and to the bus stand and take the stairs most of the time and don’t try and hop into an auto rickshaw at the slightest opportunity – then you will make it, though a fair amount of huffing and puffing is inevitable. No special trekking skills required – just essential fitness and a good pair of legs. The price of all that sweat is indeed worth it – the sight of the mountain so up close- like a sheer vertical snow-speckled wall right in front of you is something you will cherish for a long time.

Triund and back can be done in a day – depends on your fitness levels and how early you start. Descending after twilight is definitely not recommended – its all jungle and the stony path can turn treacherous as a result of a slight mistake. We started form McLeodganj at about 8am and took out first break pretty early at the tea-stall at Dharamkot. Annex Hotel- a place that we recommend – arranged a guide - though you can make it up on your own – there are not too many paths to choose from on the way up. But the guide is a psychological help – you know that you are not wasting precious energy on some lost pathway or that the next waypoint is thirty minutes away where you will be able to lay down your backpack and catch your breath. MaxView café is the proverbial watering hole for everyone on this path –it’s apparently pretty much the half-way point on this 9km trek up the mountain. Its recommended that you do a 2-day trek. That way you can be more relaxed on your way up and actually take in all the sights. The night halt on the top of the base-camp- you actually don’t climb all the way up the peak – can be arranged by the guides/hotels in McLeodganj in the Forest Rest House or in tents that they will carry all the way up. The rest house isn’t much – just a wood hut with the hardest mattress in the world and a sleeping bag. The food is all cooked up by the guides – it is pretty bland - but after that calorie burnout on the way up you will be so famished that I’m sure it will be on of your most memorable meals.

Don’t miss the light playing with the peaks early in the morning. Waking up at dawn is the real thrill at this place. You can trek onto Indrahar pass if you wish; another option is to just do the 2-hr trek to the glacier and then head back. Try either option – both are fine. Either ways it will all be quite a walk and you will remember it fondly for the rest of your life.

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