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Trip to Triund Palampur Bir Billing

Palampur Bikers Club hosted a corporate trip to Triund/Palampur/Bir Billing for NTT Data Employees from June 3-7, 2015. The journey began with 12 NTT employees boarding the train to Pathankot from Old Delhi railway station and from Pathankot the group took taxis to reach McLeod Ganj. At McLeod Ganj everyone headed out for a city tour which included visiting places like Kalachakra Temple, Bhagsunag Temple, Bhagsu waterfall, Mall road and the day ended with some local shopping.

Breakfast at hotel in Dharamkot Mcleod Ganj
Breakfast at hotel in Dharamkot Mcleod Ganj

 

Picture with locals
Picture with locals

 

Trekking to Bhagsu Nag Water Falls
Trekking to Bhagsu Nag Water Falls

 

Playing with water at Bhagsu Nag Water Fall
Playing with water at Bhagsu Nag Water Fall

 

Group picture in front of Bhagsu Nag water fall
Group picture in front of Bhagsu Nag water fall

 

On the second day a beautiful and scenic trek to Triund was planned. The track was really rocky and narrow. So helping each other the group continued their journey and reached their first stoppage the place called “Magic point”. Everyone rested there for some time, regained the energy and started the journey again.

Walked out of the hotel at Dharamkot to start the Triund Trek
Walked out of the hotel at Dharamkot to start the Triund Trek
Started the Triund Trek from Dharamkot
Started the Triund Trek from Dharamkot

Taking a small break in the trek

Was not easy to carry the children over shoulder. Dad and daughter taking small nap in the trek
Was not easy to carry the children over shoulder. Dad and daughter taking small nap in the trek

 

Group Photo at Magic View cafe
Group Photo at Magic View cafe

 

Sign of victory. Saw the destination Triund Hill
Sign of victory. Saw the destination Triund Hill

 

Meditation break :)
Meditation break 🙂

 

Reaching the top of the mountain after the trek was an experience in itself and everyone was mesmerized with the beautiful snow covered peaks that surrounded them.  The group stayed at the hill top that night, in tents and to add to the fun a bonfire was arranged as well. Everyone enjoyed their dinner, with some singing under the starry skies. Next morning, seeing the sun rise from top of the hill was a breath taking view. The group headed back to McLeod Ganj after breakfast.

Joy of accomplishment
Joy of accomplishment

 

Bone Fire in evening at Triund
Bone Fire in evening at Triund

 

Picture at the top of the hill
Picture at the top of the hill

 

Tents where we spent out night
Tents where we spent out night

On the third day the group headed to Palampur by road which was about an hour from McLeod Ganj. En route to Palampur seeing the tea gardens spread across both the sides of the road was a delight to the eyes. The group got dropped off to a point from where everyone walked to the resort. It was a thrilling experience to reach the resort as it required to cross a large stream with slight water currents and rocks. The night was well spent in the resort with everyone relaxing and playing some fun games.

Tea gardens on the way to Palampur from Mcleod Ganj
Tea gardens on the way to Palampur from Mcleod Ganj

 

Water crossing at Palampur
Water crossing at Palampur

 

Evening gossips at Jerry's Jungle huts Palampur
Evening gossips at Jerry’s Jungle huts Palampur

 

Relaxing in a wooden hut at Jerry's Jungle Huts Palampur
Relaxing in a wooden hut at Jerry’s Jungle Huts Palampur

 

Enjoying the morning tea at Jerry's Jungle Huts
Enjoying the morning tea at Jerry’s Jungle Huts

The excitement continued the next day. The day started with each participant planting a tree at Palampur. After planting trees some of the group members decided to go to Billing for Paragliding, while others stayed back at the resort. The point of take-off was a comfortable flat meadow. Once the group experienced paragliding, some of them described it as “life’s best moment, to be in the air 27000 feet from ground level much above the mountains”. The sail was for about 20 minutes and landed in Bir. Everyone then returned to their resort to start the journey back to Delhi.

Planting a tree
Planting a tree

 

Planting a tree
Planting a tree

 

Planting a tree
Planting a tree

 

Getting ready for para gliding takeoff at Billing
Getting ready for para gliding takeoff at Billing

Post all the thrilling experiences the trip came to an end with a taxi ride from Palampur to Pathankot and then boarding the train back to Delhi. The group reached Delhi early morning and parted with all the wonderful memories to be cherished forever.

We would like to thank all the participants for making this trip a wonderful experience for all.

Plantation Drive @ Palampur

NTT Employees planted trees on visit to Palampur.

Each participant of “Mcleod Ganj – Triund – Palampur – Bir Billing” program planted a tree at Palampur. Palampur Bikers Club (PBC) has launched a campaign to encourage all visitors to Himalyas plant a tree on their visit. To support this initiative all participants of program planted a tree. PBC is committed to make aware as many people living in cities to plant a tree on their visit to Himalayas.

PBC will soon launch a drive on this front in Delhi NCR.

We thank all the participants of program for their contribution to preserve the Himalayas. It’s good that many people visit the Himalyas but it’s equally important to preserve the Himalayas for future generations.

We recall a popular saying at this moment: “We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children”

Some photos from the drive:

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Dharamshala – Mcleod Ganj (Himachal Pradesh, India)

Dharamshala is one of the top tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh. Not only it’s popular among the local tourist but also among foreign travelers. Two major attractions of Dharamshala are 1) Mcleod Ganj, a small town situated in the Dhauladhr Ranges and 2) Cricket stadium in Dharamshala.

Mcleod Ganj: Mcleod Ganj is a small town situated on the Dhauladhar Range and is 10 KMs ahead of Dharamshala. It’s situated at the height of 2082 meters. Mcleod Ganj is popular because of its scenic beauty, and it being the capital of Tibetan Govt. in exile and the home of their leader Dalai Lama. A lot of foreign tourist visit here to see the spiritual leader Dalai Lama and attend his lessons on meditation and spiritualism. Among domestic tourists, it’s most popular among Honeymoon travelers.

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium: Probably the world most beautiful cricket stadium is here in Dharamshala. Stadium is surrounded by the Dhauladhar Ranges whose peaks remain covered with snow throughout the year. Playing and non-playing Cricket personalities from all over world has praised the beauty of this stadium. A lot of tourists who visit Dharamshala also visit the cricket stadium to witness the beauty on their eyes which usually they see in Television.

Road Map:

What type of travelers should visit Dharamshala Mcleod Ganj?

Family, Honeymoon, Solo, Adventure, Spirtual, Religious, Art Lover, Nature Lover, Health Wellness

Why one must visit Dharamshala Mcleod Ganj?

  • Mcleod Ganj is the home town of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. He is regarded as one of the most influential and acceptable leaders of world. People from all over the world come to Dharamshala to see him and take his blessings.
  • You can take the lessons on spiritualism and meditation from Dalai Lama and other institutions available in Dharamshala. There are several institutions available in Dharamshala who impart trainings on meditation and yoga.
  • There are several Buddhist sites including the temple of Dalai Lama and Monasteries in Mcleod Ganj.
  • A lot of travelers also visit Dharamshala Mcleod Ganj to enjoy the Tibetan and Chinese food. Because of Mcleod Ganj being the second home of Tibetans, there are several Tibetans restaurants in Mcleod Ganj who serve the authentic Tibetan food. Probably Mcleod Ganj is the only place in world where you can get all and authentic varieties of Tibetan food.
  • Probably the world’s most beautiful cricket stadium is here in Dharamshala. A lot of tourists who visit Dharamshala also visit the cricket stadium to witness the beauty on their eyes which usually they see in Television.
  • For trekkers Triund is a one day trek around 9 KMs from Mcleod Ganj. It’s a beautiful trek passing through the forests.
  • Another Hill Station Palampur is 35 KMs from Dharamshala
  • Kangra Fort is 22 KMs from Dharamshala.
  • World’s highest Para Gliding site Bir Billing is 75 KMs from Dharamshala. If you love the adventure activities then you can try the gliding at world’s highest take off site.
  • There is also another Para Gliding site in Indru Nag in Dharamshala itself. It’s not as famous as Bir Billing but still you can try the Para Gliding here.
  • Famous Hindu Temples are at small distance from Dharamshala. Shiv Temple in Baijnath 50 KMs, Chamunda Devi Temple 20 KMs, Brijeshwari Temple Kangra 22 KMs, Jawalamukhi Temple 55 KMs, Chintpurni Temple 80 KMs.
  • Masroor rock temple is 60 KMs from Dharamshala. The major attraction of Masroor is the fifteen exquisitely carved monolithic rock temples dating back to 8th century

Stay and eatery options:

Dharamshala Mcleod Ganj has all sorts of accommodations available for all travelers.

  • There are several good hotels and resorts available in Dharamshala and Mcleod Ganj.
  • Trekkers who trek up to Dharamkot and Triund can stay at camp sites available there.
  • If you want to experience the local culture and food, and want to stay with locals, there are several home stay and resort options available in all budgets. In these accommodation options you will get the opportunity to enjoy local cuisine cooked at home, experience the local culture and the hospitality provided by the property owners.
  • Mcleod Ganj is famous for its restaurants. Restaurants here serve variety of food options as tourists from different parts of world visit Mcleod Ganj. You can find one of the best Tibetan and Chinese food here.

Local attractions:

  • Mcleod Ganj
  • Temple of Dalai Lama
  • Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
  • Triund
  • Naam Art Gallery
  • Bhagsunag Temple
  • Water Fall
  • Kangra Fort
  • Dal Lake
  • Naddi
  • Chamunda Devi Temple
  • Indru Nag

Weather:

Dharamshala remains pleasant from March to April (14-19 degree Centigrade) and gradually becomes moderately hot during May-June ( 24-25 degree Centigrade). Monsoon arrives by mid July and usually lasts upto September. Nearly 65% of the annual rainfall (250 cm) occurs during these three months. October marks the beginning of Autumn and weather remains sunny, cool and fresh till November (15-19 degree Centigrade). Winter sets in from December and lasts upto February (10-12 degree Centigrade)

For current weather conditions you can also refer to

http://www.accuweather.com/en/in/dharmsala/188520/weather-forecast/188520

How to reach Dharamshala:

Dharamshala is well connected by all means of travel.

By Air: There is an airport in Dharamshala (also known as Gaggal) and it’s situated 15 KMs from main town. There are direct flights from Delhi to Dharamshala. Please be advised that in winters and rainy season Delhi – flights to Dharamshala are often canceled at the last minute due to weather and other issues. It will be better to have an alternative plan ready just in case this happens.

By Train:
There are 2 options if you prefer trains:
1-Train from Delhi to Pathankot/ Chakki Bank and then bus/taxi to Dharamshala (3-4 hrs)
2-Train from Delhi to Pathankot/ Chakki Bank and then narrow gauge train onwards to Kangra and then taxi or bus to Dharamshala. Delhi – Pathankot (550 kms , 10 hrs) + Pathankot – Kangra (75 kms , 5-6 hrs) + Kangra – Dharamshala (30 minutes)

By Bus: Delhi to Dharamshala is about 10-12 hours journey. Daily Volvo and other bus services by Himachal Roadways and private service providers are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate or Majnu Ka Tilla in Delhi to Dharamshala/Mcleod Ganj. Day and night both services are available but people prefer to travel overnight.

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