To those who don’t know me personally, I am a little plum, not overweight but allergic to fitness routine. A person like me can never even imagine to do a trek but something in me changed in the middle of last year and I started giving time to myself for at least 30 mins. I started with interval training and a little constrain on my diet. I even got myself a GOQII fitness band which helped me to track things better.
November is my favourite month as I not only celebrate my birthday, but also my husband’s birthday and our anniversary.I would say this month is a festival for me. I have always been super excited to celebrate my birthdays, but this time he didn’t have enough time to celebrate it, so he asked me if I had any alternate plans and asked me to go ahead.I am blessed to have him to allow me to travel so much 🙂
My friend Runa, with whom I have also travelled to Europe was equally excited about having a weekend getaway. We boiled down to going to Mcleodganj and doing a trek to Triund. The hills were calling us 🙂
Out of excitement, I even bought a backpack for myself, and other trekking accessories. We reached Mcleodganj on 12th Nov and spent a day trying new delicacies, admiring the mountains and also withdrawing cash (thanks to demonization) But let me tell you, people in Mcleodganj are extremely friendly and approachable. Starting from the travel agents to people in bank, I didn’t have a single instance where we felt unsafe. Here are some of the pictures of the view from hotel which was splendid.
Though the services weren’t that great but it was a decent hotel. The hotel is in Dharmkot which is walking distance from Mcleodganj. Below are pictures from Four season’s cafe, sunset point eatery and Naddi village
Four season’s cafe is amazing !!! We tried thukpa, kothey momos, ginger lemon tea (this one is ultimate – must try).
This image doesn’t do justice to what we saw, it was breathtaking and beautiful.
This cafe is underrated and unexplored. You should try their coffee and cakes, they are simply yum !!
The next day, on 13th Nov we started our trek to Triund. My bag-pack was filled with winter clothes, snacks, essential items like torch, soap etc. I had not imagined how will I be able to trek with a backpack, thankfully I got a porter from our trek organizer who agreed to carry our bags. Ahhhhh, I was soooo relieved.
Walking up the triund hill was still easy but coming down was super difficult. There are several eating points on the way to Triund and our trek organizers had also prepared lunch for us. We reached the top of the hill in 6 hours and the view was breathtaking. All the pain and the effort to climb the top was worth it.
We enjoyed the sunset, had Maggi & omelet. At night we had a bonfire and dinner was served. Since it was a weekend, there were too much of noises as people were dancing and playing around. I would advise to go on a weekday. We stayed in a camp for the first time, and slept in sleeping bags (this is adventurous too!!)
We got up too early to capture the sunrise and explore the surrounding nature, all this while I have been in awe if I minus the pain which I was feeling in my legs thanks to the trek. Here are the morning views :
We then had to trek down which was a little difficult for me but overall it was a great experience. I would suggest to do a trek in Triund, stay in Mcleodganj and also cover Bir Billing (which we missed). This was a memorable travel experience.
Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed !