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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:

plantation_1 plantation_2 plantation_4 plantation_3 plantation_5 plantation_6


Palampur Bikers Club organized a one of a kind, Multi-Activity Program (MAP) during month of April 2015. The program started from 2nd April and ended on 6th April. I was one of the participants of MAP and here is a story from a participant’s perspective.
We started off our journey to Dharamshala early morning on 2nd April from Delhi, fully excited and eager to participate in the programs scheduled for next 3 days. We covered a journey of about 500 Kms in about 12 hrs with breaks and fun in all way. Rains played spoil sport while we entered Himachal but we reached Dharamshala around 10:00 P.M ; had dinner and slept for the day.
Route we followed

On 3rd April, at around 7 A.M. we all geared up our shoes and got ready for the trek to Triund. Triund is one of the major tourist attraction situated in McLeodganj, Dharamshala, giving a perfect view of Dhauladhar Mountains. It is a very popular trek attracting people not only from India but all over the world. Trekking to Triund hills can be easily covered by any age group.
A group photo after Breakfast at the Mclo Roof top restaurant
It was a challenge for us as the weather conditions were not favorable, the rain Gods were too happy to see us as it was raining cats and dogs in McLeodganj. There were lot of questions coming in everyone’s mind but nothing could stop us. In the meanwhile, while we were waiting for the rains to stop, the group members decided to visit the nearby Monastery. It turned out to be good decision as the place is so peaceful, Buddhism culture spread in every corner indicating the power of the Almighty Lord.
Monestery at McleodGanj
The monks were offering their regular prayer while all the visiting tourists were mesmerized by the beauty and art of the place. The idols of Lord Buddha were imposing with an exotic fragrance surrounding the environment.
At the Mclo Monestery entrance
After the visit to monastery the members decided to start of the trek, the weather was somewhat clearing and we thought let’s start and will see what happens. I guess the saying- “Where there is a will, there is a way”, suited us best at that moment. There were groups of people heading towards the Triud hill as everybody was on a long weekend.
Triund Trek begins
We started the trek around 11:00 AM and covered the half way mark quickly. Even rain gods encouraged us to carry on as there were no rains since we started. But it was not long before rain gods came to greet us, everybody was enjoying a different experience this time, but hold your breath there is a lot more to come this way this time. By the time we reached Magic Café, the oldest tea stall on our way, heavy rains welcomed us.
We also met the other PBC members and Participants who were coming down from the Triund after enjoying their night stay at Triund hill. A quick introduction round with all members and participants followed with photo session.
A group photo with all the members and participants
We also got the first-hand information about the conditions ahead and after a quick tea break our group moved on towards Triund hill while the other group moved down.
As we moved on, rain gods came again and this time they were not alone but came with a companion. The companion called,”Hail Storm”; we were in the tricky part of our trek and this was not a good time for Hail storm. You cannot reason with nature and Gods, that’s the way they are, we mortal souls have to adapt to their ways. We adapted, pulled up our socks, covered our self with everything we have got and marched on.
Negotiating thru slippery snow surface on the way to Triund
By the time we reached the top of Triund Hill we were all wet, but the excitement was still there. After such an experience, looking at the snow covered top of Triund finally gave us a feeling that we made it again. But this was not enough that day, lightning and thunderbolts, shocked us. This was truly adventurous experiencing everything in one go. It was all foggy and we could hardly see for few meters. It would have been great if clouds could vanish for few minutes to get us look of mighty Dhauladhars.
View from the Triund Hill
We had our lunch in the small shop at the Triund hill and spent around an hour roaming around on the Trund hill. We atrted our journey back around 4 P.M and rain gods accompanied us all along. The decent down was more challenging then the accent. There were a couple of tricky sections but the groups managed to cross them and were back at the road head by 6:30 P.M.
We then moved on to our next destination i.e. Palampur which was our halt for next 2 days. All tired and drenched in rain, the members decided to take rest as tomorrow was an another big day.
As per the schedule, around 8:00 AM everybody started off for the next big adventure sport, Paragliding from the world best 2nd highest place, Bir Billing around 30kms from Palampur. We reached there in about an hour but again the ball was not in our court today as the clouds covered the dhauladhar range and this type of weather is not favorable for Paragliding. We were left with no option but we had to wait for the weather to be clear, we used this spare time to visit some monasteries in Bir. I must say the monasteries are the place where one can find peace and can have a deep dive in their own selves.
Bir Monestery
We had amazing lunch in Bir and kept waiting for the Dear God to make some magic and allow us to fly. But our hard luck , the weather did not clear.
Another view of the beautiful monastery
So we decided to go back to Palampur and try again tomorrow, if weather permits. On our way back to Palampur we went to the famous Baijnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is amongst the 12 Jyotirlings in the world.
Baijnath Temple
The temple is magnificent with devotees all around. It is believed that the temple is based there as while taking Lord Shiva along with him, Ravana, the king of Demons, handed over the Shivling to Lord Krishna who was in disguise of the shepherd which he was not actually supposed to do. As blessed by Lord Shiva, Ravana was to carry the shivling in which Lord Shiva based himself and do not put the shivling down anywhere but as a part of game which all the Lords planned out Ravana made that mistake. And that is the shivling which was then merged on the ground and is today preached. The temple has beautiful carving on it. The temple is surrounded by gardens from all 4 sides.
With this another day of our trip was passed by visiting all the blessed places and enjoying to the fullest now it was time for some social activities.
PBC members and participants installing dust bins
PBC installed 12 dustbins between Saurabh Van Vihar and Awarna village. PBC strongly believes in preserving Mother Nature and aims at keeping the beautiful place Palampur clean. A clean up drive was taken up too.
Contributing towards social initiatives by PBC
After having a tough schedule, all the gap-shap and dinner everyone decided to take rest as the following day was actually packed. We left the hotel around 8:0 A.M in morning and towards Bir again just with a hope to fly.
Members getting ready to fly from take off point at Billing
Finally the weather was pleasant and sunny. We were taken to Billing,14 kms, the takeoff site for gliders by our pilots who were to accompany us in flying. It is 2400 mtrs above the sea level. And now comes the best part of this tour- CANOPY..HEIGHT..PILOTS..RUN..AND..AND..AND…A FINAL FLY…I must say it is thrilling once you run against the wind flow and within fractions of seconds you find yourself up in the air. It’s the best feeling one could get. One would feel like a bird up there with the beautiful dhauladhar range just parallel to you and all the houses on the ground appearing to be tiny toys. Well each one of us got a chance to share the experience of pilots with us.
 ?????????????Members enjoying their time during the flight
A member of PBC even did some stunts up there in the air getting his canopy into 360 degree rotation 4 times…..and this was actually stunning and of course PBC is all about adventure and pleasant surprises. We all got a chance to make our videos with GoPro cameras while flying. This flight left everybody lost in their own world of amusement. Finally we landed at different intervals of 30 – 40 mins. It was worth every bit of it. If you have that spirit in you, “Do not miss it , Just go and do it.”
With this our wonderful trip to the sky was fully accomplished and we all started back for Delhi and finally a wonderful journey was covered in about 12 hrs and the members reached by 6:00 AM on Monday morning.
Magical view of Pir Panjal Range
So guys just go and do it.
“This is the right age..the right time..and the right group that would take you to the best places around. Come and join and be a part of Palampur Bikers Club as – “Some Call it adventure, We call it life” “
Travel Story by Aakanksha Sandhu

Triund (Kangra , Himachal Pradesh, India)

Triund is a most popular, fascinating and easy trek destination nestled in the mighty Dhauladhar mountains of Kangra Valley , Himachal Pradesh India. Located at an altitude of aprox 2800 mtrs above sea level, you get an outstanding view of the Kangra valley and Dharamshala below.Once you reach the small bugyaal (meadow) at the top you are spell bound and get the complete, semi-circle view of Dhauladhar mountains from here. A small temple of Sri Kunal Pathri Devi is also located at the triund meadow which adds to the beauty of this place even more. Triund also acts as a base camp for trekkers going over to Chamba via Indrahaar Pass (4300 mtrs).

Triund is very popular with both Indian and foreign tourist who often takes a day hike to Triund hill and relax in the lap of Dhauladhar mountains. Either you can go for a picnic or day hike or you can stay overnight in camps at Triund. There is a Forest Rest House at Triund with 5-6 rooms and can be booked for stay from Divisional Forest Officer at Dharamsala. Kindly be advised that there is no running water/electricity at Triund. You’ll either have to carry water and emergency light(if planning to stay overnight) with you or rely on local temporary shops setup at Triund during season. Getting bookings in Forest Rest House could be cumbersome process hence you can either opt to pitch in your own tents or get in contact with a local vendor at Mc Leod Ganj to get tents on rent. An overnight stay at Triund is highly recommended as on a clear night / full moon the view is just mesmerizing.

As all good things come at a price and so is Triund; to get the views you’ll have to trek aprox 9 kms .However once at the top, all your fatigue will go away and you will be lost in the beauty of Dhauladhar range. The Triund trek starts from McLeod Ganj main square and can be covered easily in 5 to 6 hrs.

I’ve listed down the way to Triund below –

From McLeod Ganj main market , follow the road which has a popular restaurant named Clay Oven and you need to reach Dharamkot (3 kms , 45 mins) and then to Galu Devi temple (2 kms , 30 mins).You can either reach till Galu Devi on foot or hire a cab from Mc Leod Ganj. You can also hire an Auto Rikshaw till Dharamkot (Auto Rickshaw will not go beyond Dharamkot due to poor road conditions) and start your trek from Dharamkot. There are small shops at Dharamkot and Gallu Devi to get quick snacks. You can enjoy beautiful view of Bhagsunag and Kareri village from Galu Devi temple from here.

There is another trail from Bhagsu Nag village which will take you to Gallu devi temple and the route is much short but a steep uphill task. Avoid this trail if you can.

From Galu Devi you can start following a single trek going upwards. On the way you will come across two shops. One is Magic View Cafė owned by Sh. Joginder Sharma since 1984 and another is Best View Café owned by Sh. Hemraj since 1998.Continue your journey on the single trail and just below the base of Triund hill you will find another tea café. From here a steep uphill climb for 30 mins and you reach the top at Triund hill meadow. An humble request to all ; Love nature , Be Responsible and do not litter.

Ideal Season to trek Triund

Triund trek is open since April end till late October for all travellers. Starting late November till April Triund is covered under heaps of snow and it becomes difficult to reach till the meadow. For more adventure seekers March end or early December is the best time to trek to Triund as the view with snow all around is magical. Check in Mc Leod ganj if it is possible to trek till Triund during Winter season (Nov end till April)

Trek Map

Road Map


Aprox 2800 mtrs

Number of Days (Delhi to Delhi)

Minimum 3-4 Days

How to get there:

Dharamshala is well connected by all means of travel.Mc LeodGanj is 12 kms from Dharamshala.You can either take a bus or a shared taxi till Mc Leodganj.

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.