Mcleodganj – The name is difficult to pronounce for an outsider. But for a person that frequently travels like me is a piece of cake. For some this a safe haven. for some this is a party destination, and for some its a place to forget everything. See this is one of the places in India like Delhi that accepts you for who you are. NO QUESTION ASKED. If you are person who likes to chill in the mountain alone come to Mcleodganj. If you a Groupy come to Mcleodganj, if you are a party person. COME TO MCLEODGANJ. so lets pack our bags and go. I also went there to chill in the most beautiful mountain.
Morning at Mcleodganj
So, I came to Mcleodganj the day after a huge storm passed and buses would not go up and it was starting to get rain, and we have to walk on foot. It was the time around 6 am. I had to walk like 9km to my hotel. But the view was amazing.
Then after taking a 2 hrs of sleep and a bath. After my coffee. I had to the beautiful Market of Mcleodganj where i got the glimpse of beautiful street market.
No this not the famous Dal Lake of Jammu and kashmir, although it’s close. The beautiful landscape will blow your head off. You just want to stare and look into the beauty. The still water of the lake is just pure beauty and it just give you the feeling of nothingness. If there is no noise on the street this place can go as close to meditation. Really
Like the saying. You will not find this place to be called as”A tourist attraction” but trust me history is written in this stadium.
To tell you the truth, i have never had any sort of exercise in my life, Nope i have never lifted a weight nor woke up in the morning to jog (is that real) .
Another gem in the lap of Mcleodganj – This is a beautiful spot to just surrender to the beautiful waterfall stone cold water.
So when i decided i wanted to trek Triund the crown jewel of Mcleodganj – (How to reach and do this trek and total budget) . Situated in the laps of dhauladhar mountains, it has the perfect view of the dhauladhar mountains on one side and kangra valley on the other. It’s a 7km straight up trek. I didn’t know what i was thinking. I thought what could go wrong as everyone said it is so beautiful and it was my first trekking and i was super excited.
I prepared with basic things like Clothes, First Aid-Kit, and lots of warm clothes and i thought i was ready( worst mistake ).
So we started our trekking and at first 1/2 an hour everything was good, very pleasant and the sought of gave me a feeling of bear grills. and then weather started changing it was good at first very pleasant, first few Kms were just the time of my life.
and I was like ” I am Pretty Good at this ” and as we reach the Magic Cafe, the first stop of our trek, or you can say the real trekking started from here, the view was breathtaking, and the fog started swimming up and i could not believe my eyes.
From this point one I made a furry friend which accompanied me to the mountains.
But as I went up, I started to realize my mom was so right, why i didn’t do the morning walks, or went with my brother to play a sport, by the time my mind came out of these beautiful scenery, my legs are all out of strength, I was breathing heavily and the hailstorm was at its peak. And as they came down with the speed of 30 km per hour striking at my body all over and leaving me with excruciating pain like someone was pricking me needles. I started thinking of going back.
This is the native flower of the region and apparently you cannot pluck this flower and keep it with you.
But my guide (Yes i was with a guide nobody is allowed to go alone except for the locals) gave me motivation that ” Madamjii aapki saare pareshani upar pahuch ka dur hojayagi” ( your every worry will disappear after you reach up). I some how climbed up. I was wearing this Good for nothing raincoat (100 Bucks) in order to protect my camera and my phone ( I don’t mind the rain ) which cause nobody gave me a memo of this weather, and i even checked the weather forecast.
And as we reached the top after 17191 steps ( I had a watch to calculate my steps) the weather got worse due to that I never got the chance to take my camera out, As the sun was setting temperature dropped to -5*C and i lost all my opportunity to capture the landscape. Another bad news my bag was wet, No Not the one with camera but the one with the clothes.
So i had no choice but to stay in my one piece of clothing which was in my camera bag. but I enjoyed the food prepared by the guide and thought he had it worse than me, and as the night progress the wind started shaking my tent so there goes my sleep. Still i cannot do anything and luckily the radio on my phone was playing old Hindi songs which calmed me down a little. and i had few hours of interrupted sleep as i was thinking I will never go trekking again.
I woke up at 5:30 in the morning, and my face was Swollen already due to lack of sleep of course. But as soon as i opened the tent i forgot everything. The view was spectacular, and i was smiling at the view. I immediately brought the camera and started exploring. Then a voice echoed in my Mind “THIS IS WHY U SAID YES TO THIS TRIP” and you will go trekking again. It was so beautifully that words are not enough, while writing this article i can smell the fresh soil after rain again.
But unfortunately i had to go back to say bye – bye to all that I saw and also to come back with a life time of experience and beautiful scenery deeply engraved in my mind, never to be forgotten again.
LESSON FROM THE TRIP
- Water proof Bag – Buy a water proof bag here
- Carry a polythene bag
- Carry a heavy duty Raincoat – Buy a heavy duty raincoat Here
- Never over pack (Cause i Did and i paid with a back pain)
- Water Proof Shoes – Buy a water proof shoes Here
Here check out other tips before travelling – “Tips for Travelling”
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