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ShiviNovember 14, 20199min25518

Is Leh-Ladakh only for bikers? Most of us have this question in mind whenever we think of travelling to this terrain. Can Laid Back travellers or those people who are not fond of biking can travel to Leh-Ladakh? Just to answer these quick and genuine questions, here is the Tour Itinerary For Leh-Ladakh. In this blog, I am going to talk about that and also going to cover what all places can be covered in short period since travellers usually want to cover a lot of places in a short period, who are on a leisure trip. 

 

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4 Nights 5 Days Trip To Leh-Ladakh

I know most of the people think that cramming a lot of places in a short period is not ideal. It can be the most tiring travel as well. I agree with most of you all and even I have experienced this during my travel journeys when I have a time crunch. Nevermind this Tour Itinerary For Leh-Ladakh will help you to plan an adventurous yet appealing trip to this beautiful destination in India, Leh-Ladakh. 

 

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Day 1 of Tour Itinerary For Leh-Ladakh – Take a direct flight from Mumbai or Delhi to Leh. In this way, you can save a minimum of two days since taking a bus from Delhi to Manali and then Manali to Leh takes 2 days. Once you reach Leh take full day rest, sleep as much as you can and drink a lot of water since water will keep you hydrated and rest will help you in getting acclimatized. In the evening you can visit the local market and the Hall of Fame. There’s a light & sound show that happens in Hall of Fame which is must watch. It will give you a feeling of how our soldiers fight in one of the most difficult situations which are out of our imagination.

 

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Day 2 – Leh to Pangong Tso Lake

You can hire a cab from Leh for which rates may vary from cab to cab. You can even opt for Self drive car, though I won’t suggest that as routes are not that easy for someone to drive in these terrains. While going to Pangong Tso Lake you can cover Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries en route.

 

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Its 5-6 hour journey which is tiresome but once you reach the lake, the beauty of that place mesmerises you and you feel cherished. You can stay over in the camps which ranges from 1500-2000 inclusive of meals per person depending on the season when you are going. Stay overnight in Pangong and then head back to Leh. Stay Overnight at Leh.

 

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Day 3 – Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder

Start early and feed your stomach with a little food since you will be passing from the highest motorable road in the world – Khardung La, you might feel dizzy. Keep yourself hydrated and keep on having candies as oxygen can be an issue here. If you feel a headache or breathing problem there are army camps and Dr is available to help you out. Have some tea/coffee and get yourself clicked at the world’s highest motorable road.

 

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Once you pass Khardung La you can see monasteries in Dikshit. These monasteries are very very old monasteries and worth watching. After spending some time here you can continue your journey towards Hunder which are dunes. In Hunder you can find camels of 2 humps which is only available in Dubai. You will be surprised and keep on wondering where this white sand has come to such a place. Stay over in Hunder as you can find a lot of beautiful camps and price is negotiable.

 

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Day 4 – Hunder – Sumur – Panamik – Leh

After having breakfast you can go to Sumur which has a famous monastery. From Sumur you can head towards Panamik which is famous for hot springs. Start your journey from Panamik to Leh. By evening you will be back in Leh. Do some local shopping in Leh as Leh is famous for dry fruits and some other local hand made stuff. This ends your journey here, but Day 5 can be a buffer for local Leh market, amazing food to relish, roam and shop in Tibetian refugee market. There’s a lot to do in Leh and around as well. Thus Day 5 can be utilised like this way. If not you can take a return flight the same day. 

 

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Head back to your destination the next day with beautiful memories.

Final wrap on Tour Itinerary For Leh-Ladakh

Though Leh-Ladakh is considered as Mecca for bikers and you will find a lot of bikers en-route, but this place is also something which can be visited by those who don’t love bike riding. This very simple itinerary can help you in planning and executing your vacation plan and you can enjoy it to the core keeping small things in mind.

 

Happy Travelling!


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ShiviDecember 11, 20189min1280

International Mountain Day – 11th December 

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Who doesn’t love mountains – we all do, isn’t it – and if you don’t, I’m sure the moment you get a chance to visit them, travel through them, hike them – you would fall for them forever.

 

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This international mountain day – here’s my view and some options or thoughts which I would like to share as a solo traveller.

Mountains are early gauges of climate change and as we witness a global climate change that continues to get warm, the mountain people and some of the world’s hungriest and poorest they face even more struggles to survive. The rising temperatures, of course, mean that mountain glaciers are melting at unmatched rates, heartrending freshwater supplies which are downstream for millions of people who live in mountains and otherwise.

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Do you know that almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population is dependent on mountains for food, water, and clean energy? Yet we humans are playing around them and our mountains are under threat from land degradation, climate change, natural disasters, and overexploitation, in fact, there some far-reaching and devastating consequences. On the other hand, the Mountain communities have an affluence of knowledge and approaches that are accumulated over generations, on how to acclimatise to this climate variability – yet the life is now tough. 

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Not going on the deeper threatening mode I would like to highlight India’s oldest and the youngest mountains.

To your surprise, India is the country who has the oldest and the youngest mountains in the entire world. Woah! On this international mountain day – have a look at some of the facts about the Himalayas…. 

The Himalayas is still growing at a speed of 20 millimetres per year. Due to which landslides and tremors are frequent in the region.

The Aravalli Ranges in India is considered to be the oldest in the old step category on mountains. These types of mountains are formed from continuous and longing natural erosion of steep mountains. Earlier the height of Aravalli was at par with the Himalayas.

The Aravalli ranges are the oldest mining fields as well in the world and the archaeologists have actually found traces of copper mining dating back to the 5th century BC.

The Himalayan mountain range has nine highest peaks in the world and the highest being is Mount Everest – 8848 meters.

The highest peak of Aravalli is Guru Shikhar which is 5650 feet at Mount Abu in Rajasthan. The peak is named after Lord Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

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If you go north India – beyond this there lays the most hostile natural environment on earth – that is the Siberian winds. In fact, it is only because of the Himalayan range that the country does not face severe cold breeze and windy air from the north.

You should know that Himalayan mountains are the ones who are responsible to create one of the hardest deserts on earth to its north – that is Taklamakan Desert –  China also called as Sea of Death.

The Himalayan holds the third largest ice mass in the world after the artic and Antarctica. The range of the Himalayan Mountains consists of over 15000 glaciers that store almost 12000 cubic kilometres of fresh water.

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These are the facts about the Himalayas which show how rich they are and what all India is known for in the entire world. Other than this the exotic wildlife, flora and fauna are unbeatable. But all these are in danger too, thus, maybe we travellers can take a pledge to keep our Himalayas clean, safe and preserved by doing our bit in our own way so that our generations can witness the grandness of the Himalayas and our mountains.  

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ShiviOctober 5, 201814min1314

Spiti Valley – the moment this name comes, a lot of people get amazed and ask ohh, is this in India and if yes where? This is a hidden isolated world in Himachal Pradesh which is a wonder in itself. This blog is close to my heart and you will get to read more such on Spiti valley as this place is a treasure chest for me and I’m sure many traveller enthusiasts would agree with me.

Treasure chest – just two words to say about a world that was forbidden to visitors for about 30 years. Travelling to Spiti Valley is like Time Travel, you tend to get a feeling of getting in a time machine and travel to a world and time unknown. Wow! Goosebumps.

 

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Spiti Valley – Himachal Pradesh

This blog is based on my recent 10-day bike travel to Spiti valley with a rider me being a pillion on Royal Enfield 500 cc. In particular, this blog is about 6 reasons to visit Spiti Valley – the hidden treasure of Himachal Pradesh. So let’s start by knowing the place a bit.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir

This all belongs to Spiti that lies across the main range of Himalayas, called the Trans-Himalaya. But hey, wait, what are those things that come to your mind when we think about Himalaya. Spiti is 13,800 square kilometres of untamed land. Lush green meadows, misty mountains with dense pine forests, snowing ranges, and soaring high snow peaks. On the contrary, if I say you won’t get to see much of these in Spiti valleys then? What I wanted to say is – Spiti is the complete divergence of all that, but just as beautiful as the other side of Himalayas.

Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley that is situated in the Himalayas – the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. It is the land of barren hills, gorgeous lakes, grey scree slopes, rubble rocks, muddy terrains, and some of the world’s highest inhabited villages that are secluded with the least of 30 humans, and as their population and not more than 100 people in one village at the max. it is a land of beautiful monasteries hovering histrionically over its landscape. The touch of desolateness and a sense of ancient civilisation are some add-ons. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. Let’s find out reasons to visit this unadulterated and hidden treasure that has gradually getting transformed into an exotic tourist destination. Let’s see…

Reason 1

Spiti valley is also home to the highest motorable village in Asia – Komic it is a beautiful scenic village where the temperature dips to -30 degrees Celsius in winters. The landscapes are amazing that will leave you awe-struck.

The world's highest village with a road: Komik, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
The world’s highest village with a road: Komik, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

 

This village has a population of around 50 to 60 people. The houses here, separated by swish lawns and green threads of the loom with wooden windows and doors, very Indo-Tibetan feel. This set up gives everyone enough room to bask in the winter sun. These houses are a welcome change from our congested city houses.

Reason 2

Spiti is the secluded terrain for many visitors yet there is a reason to visit because of plenty of homestays in this scarcely inhabited Spiti. My favourite is Solo Yolo – Kaza and for more on homestays in Spiti read next blog

The best homestays in Spiti Valley

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This gives you a wonderful opportunity to the visitors to learn about their culture and stays with locals. Most of these homestays are in the middle of the villages and at a very high altitude giving you the perfect view of the entire valley.

Reason 3

It has a beautiful monastery amidst the mountains that dates back to 996 AD. Key Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres (13,668 ft) above sea level, close to the Spiti River. It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas. It reportedly had 100 monks in 1855. You can stay in the monastery and pray in the praying room.

 

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key gompa monastery – Spiti Valley
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key gompa monastery – Spiti Valley

Reason 4

The monasteries are one such reason for not to miss visiting Spiti. There are many monasteries in Spiti that are considered to be the centre of Buddhism; you will get to unwind your soul in this perfect place. Come to stay in monasteries and have some soul-searching.

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Komic monastery – Spiti Valley

 

Tabo Monastery in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Tabo Monastery in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

 

Reason 5

The glorious and stunning view of the Milky Way at Pin Valley, you get to have them at Tabo and Kaza as well. In fact, Chandra Tal shall not be missed for star gazing and this amazing view to fall in love.

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Milkyway Sight in Spiti Valley

 

Milkyway Sight in Spiti Valley
Milkyway Sight in Spiti Valley

Now that’s a sight we simply don’t get at too many places.

Reason 6

There are dozens of lakes in Spiti that are neatly tucked away in the valley for you to discover. One such major tourist destination known for some of the toughest and exciting motorable roads in India is a stop at Chandra Tal lake – the lake of the moon. It is on the Samudra Tapu plateau overlooking the Chandra River. It is at the altitude of 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in the Himalayas. Camping by this lake under the starry skies is exactly the kind of life-changing experience you are looking for.

These are some of the reasons to visit Spiti – an offbeat travel destination in India. Here are many more offbeat destinations in India which you can choose for your next travel.

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Chandratal lake – The moon lake – Spiti Valley

 

Chandratal lake - The moon lake - Spiti Valley
Chandratal lake – The moon lake – Spiti Valley

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ShiviApril 1, 20163min880

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Not many hikers know about Kugti Pass in Himachal and on a serious note it is not surprising, though! You know why? Because it is virtually uncharted terrain and perhaps a pie in the sky in terms of beauty and landscapes!  It is one of the mysterious and unheard treks of India, yet it manifests the grandness of any great Himalayan trek. If you adore trekking, then the Kugti Pass is a trek in Himachal that needs to be precedence in your treks for the future.

Kugti Pass is beautifully positioned near the scenic hamlet of Kugti which is at an altitude of around 5,050 m above sea level. This terrain is a part of Pir Panjal range of Central part of Himalayas, and certainly a faultless destination for trekkers. Uphill this pass, one can attain the Duggi Plain, a meadow land, and an idyllic camping ground. Putting oneself at the summit, one can view the extravagant Manimahesh Kailash Peak and Dhauladhar ranges. The snow-capped mountains ranges make you crazy that are beyond the Lahul valley.

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The trek starts from Brahmaur of Chamba District. The nearest town is Brahmaur.

How to Reach – There are many ways to catch up here, one is via Banikhet and Chamba while the other route is via Khajjjiar and Chamba. From Dalhousie too it can be reached which is just 4 hour drive.

Via Air the Kullu Manali Airport at Bhuntar is the nearest. Pathankot is well linked with all the important cities in India.

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ShiviFebruary 12, 20168min1490
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Well, it is always stunning to travel and be at peace with you! My recent visit to Nepal in Jan 2016 felt solace with my soul….

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Annapurna Ranges – Himalayan Ranges from a charter view

 

It was a chilly season full of unexpected weather, snow, rains and of course smokes. No to miss is the wondrous Himalayas and gigantic Annapurna ranges.I would love to relish more on food today! Nepal is rich in food and variants of ingredients used to cook such mouth watering dishes. The food in Nepal is scrumptious. From my first meal, that is – breakfast I was cheery. As belonging to a country where there is are a bountiful diversity of food, here I got different taste and culture.

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Nepal offers you food that has huge influences of Thai, Indian, Tibetan and Korean and European cuisines.To try the dishes are – Traditional Thali, Nepali Dal Bhaat, Tarkari Bhaji and of course, the momos.

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Come have a look with me the array of cuisines, we ate in Nepal. The long walk on the streets on Kathmandu, exploring Thambel where we stayed in a beautiful Hotel – Hotel Vaishali, came across quite a good cafeteria and restaurants. I enjoyed an assortment of food that in indulged in the aura of Western meals.

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Soothing Aura of the Restaurants

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I personally loved the fresh cold potato and sauté tomato served with breakfast, which is startling. Moreover, I was a fan of the spiced chutney served with quite a number of dishes. It has a tangy, yet sour, yet spicy taste. An Icing on the cake are the omelets, they were the winner all the time. Especially the cheese soaked to the skin often served with the crispy roll.

Momos are not traditionally Nepalese food, but you will be amazed to see momos of different flavor here. They were available from the high-end cafes to the local market. Veg and Non-veg both.

 

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Haaa. I with my kiddo went momo mad. Again the added up flavor was the chutney and the sauce, Oh my-my.

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Coming to Dinner. Dal Bhaat, tarkari, vegetable fried rice were common. A proper Newari dish. I relished it at Gorkhana House Kathmandu

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Gorkhana House – Traditional Dish

I went mad to try out all kind of dishes, then finally tried pork, beef, various meat dishes, baked veggies, and not to miss are the burgers…Nepal has a very different savor of bakery items, the huge veg burger made my stomach full for almost the entire day. I had it in Pokhara..OMG

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I tried eating at almost every café, and then in Pokhara it started raining while walking on the streets full of colors, to hide ourselves from chilly weather, entered a European style cum latin architecture café –Lake side Pokhara, where we had hummus with Nan. Ahah, for a coffee buff like me.I happen to have my cuppa of coffee in Pokhara. The instant and the espresso were appealingly nice. In Pokhara I saw Himalayan Arabica beans, went over-excited to have it, trust me guys, it was a blessed day! Then I tried caramel coffee the – Illy Coffee, went gaga over it again …

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For the rest of my stay in Nepal, I choose caramel coffee over anything. Relishing it on the lake side cafes and shacks on the banks of dazzling Phewa lake in Pokhara.  The view was gorgeous.

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Last but not the least, there were banana pancakes and cakes in Pokhara. Now as I’m gaining some pounds, I tried to resist but no use, raging sweet-tooth and die-hard cake aficionado, the view made me greedy.

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Banana Pan Cake

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Out-of-the-way are the rooftop with twinkling pixie lights speckled all over the cafes and restaurants. Apart from food Nepal is all about a pretty, petite and cute cafe with marvelous views, eye-catching interiors and the bustling lake scene. Nepal is a great place to linger over your food.
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ShiviOctober 13, 201511min775

Pic 1 Indrahaar Pass Trek

The Dhauladhar is an unendingly interesting extent. This high, rough edge is sufficiently broad and sufficiently imperative both in its profile of rising and its relative closeness to the fields to be a noteworthy Himalayan range. It is a topographically dynamic district, set on a noteworthy push zone of the Indian plate. This is one of the essential and capable territories in the Himalaya where the weight cast by the Indian subcontinent plate on the Eurasian plate is at its most grounded.

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While the Indian mass wedges itself more profound under the Asian Plate, the Dhauladhar reach is one where you can see a working topographical model of the Great Himalayan Range when all is said in done. When you cross the watershed edge of the Dhauladhar from Kangra to Chamba or the other way around, you go through each Himalayan Climato-natural belt conceivable from tropical good countries of the considerable Himalayan waterways to the sub cold squanders at the highest point of the edge.

Snow Capped Dhauladhar Ranges

Trek close by rhododendrons and oaks, and camp in a cavern makes it a best way out from the hussle-bussle.

 Triund Trail

Found 18 km from Dharmshala, Triund makes for an alluring trekking destination, with all around characterized woods trails and amazing perspectives of the whole Kangra valley. The evening’s perspective sky from Triund is a sufficient motivation to set up a portable shelter here for the night. The trek’s length makes it adept for a weekend.

Triund Trek

In spite of the fact that the trek from McLeodganj to Triund is a precarious climb of more than 1,100 meters, it is very much remunerated by invigorating strolls amongst rhododendron and oak trees. There is no shortage of eating choices as there are a few bistros in transit, similar to Magic View, Scenic View and Snowline Café.

Flora and Fauna

The town of McLeodganj (otherwise called little Lhasa) accommodates a terrific chance to encounter the lively Tibetan society. The trekking scene here is all around sorted out and one can leave on numerous treks of longer term here, in particular Indrahar Pass, Minkiani Pass, Kareri Lake and the distance to Kuarsi Pass and Mani-Mahesh. On the off chance that you have a day to extra, favor trekking from Triund till Lahesh Cave and investigate the knolls underneath Indrahar Pass.

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Trek Description

This is a little and a simple trek, which should be possible either from McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2 km in front of McLeodganj. The trail is 7 km from Dharamkot and passes Galu Devi sanctuary. From this sanctuary, it takes around 3 hours to reach Triund. The starting portion of the trek is a steady slope and the last 2 km from Snowline Café include a lofty climb the distance till Triund (2,975 meters).

  • Bhagsu/Dharamkot to Triund by means of Galu Devta:
  • Height: 6,184 ft to 9,760 ft
  • Separation: 7 km
  • Time taken: 3 hours

 Dharamkot

Bhagsu and Dharamkot are two towns arranged around 2 km up the edge from McLeodganj. These two can be considered street heads. The trail from Dharamkot is seemingly the more pleasant one as it trips through the thick crown of pine backwoods over the town. Stroll up through the woodland for around 15 minutes before you get to the Galu sanctuary clearing.

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There’s a little tea shop here, just underneath the holy place. From here, one trail goes south-west into the woodland to the town of Naddi. Another backwoods trail goes north-west, to the stream that plunges from Laka. The principle trail to Triund proceeds with straight past the little sanctum. The trail is a tenderly rising one, through oak shrubberies and crosses the lofty side of the Laka edge, taking after its shape. Dharamkot and Bhagsu lie straightforwardly underneath this trail.

Triund Campsite

Roughly most of the way up the trail is a profound crevasse that crosses a precarious area and rises on a rough goad. The primary Dhauladhar range goes out of perspective as you rise from Dharamkot, swings into perspective here, the pyramidal crest of Mon seeming overwhelming.

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This whole extend is ideal for birdwatchers, as the timberlands here are truly swarming with different sorts of larks. Past the Magic View Café, the trail gets more extreme. As of right now, the Dharamkot goad of the Laka edge meets the Triund edge at right points, making a progression of steep gorges that end up in thickly lush gaps.

The trail proceeds through a progression of steep bends. It climbs the Triund edge through thick shrubberies of rhododendron and oak trees. It’s a charming, if marginally strenuous move from here to Triund in great climate. Watch your stride when it’s down-pouring, as the way transforms into mush.

 Kangra Valley

The last couple of curves bring you out of the rhododendrons and out onto the Triund edge. It’s an open verdant edge that extends a decent kilometer toward the south, before diving into the Kangra valley. There are a lot of spots to camp. You could even get a few procurements at the four tea shops here.

Kangra Valley

From Triund, wonder the faultless perspectives of Dhauladhar reaches, in particular Mun (4,610 m), Rifle Horn, Arthur’s seat and Slab (4,570 m). Water is rare and is accessible somewhere in the range of 1 km before Triund.

 Triund Sunset

The perspectives from here are superb. Toward the east, the Dhauladhar edge ascends in a progression of tops, the most conspicuous of which passes by the neighborhood name of Narwana. Beneath, falsehood the green verdant edges of Triund and just adjacent to the trail is profound lush abysses through which run the different streams that deplete the southern face of the Dhauladhar.

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