Sprawling seamlessly across the lap of the Dhauladhar ranges in Himachal Pradesh, Triund stands at a height of around 2,800 metres. While a visit to Dharamshala and its spiritual tranquillity does a wonderful job of cleansing your mind and soul, a trek to Triund completes the circle in more ways than you can imagine.

The fact that age and ethnicity bear no significance to the growing number of tourists here, is a testament to the same.

A trek all the way to the top steals four to five hours of your time, but in return, gifts you with an astonishing panoramic view of snow-clad mountains on one side, which gracefully stoops down to the lush Kangra valley on the other.

Leaving fairly early in the morning after a heavy breakfast is highly recommended to keep up with the next few hours of the trek. What awaits you is a mixed bag of steady, steep and slippery terrain, with verdant oak and deodar trees towering over and around you. The weather insists on being chilly but comfortable, enhancing the experience of the trek. Though one takes a while to regain composure after the breathtaking view at the top, there are also a few enterprising tea stalls which also serve piping hot snacks. There are also a few enterprising locals who rent out tents and camping equipment so that you can enjoy a dreamy night under clear skies studded with stars.

Did I forget to mention about spotting shooting stars and fireflies for the rest of the night?

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