Triund’s Alternative-Thatharana, A Trekking Destination Everyone Should Visit
When you talk about Dharamshala, the very first word comes to your mind is ‘Triund’. Triund is a famous(more than famous nowadays) trekking destination falls on Dhauladhar mountain range, situated nearby Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. But I can literally see the clouds of danger hovering above Triund, just like as Kheerganga, where recently state government banned all kind of stays, food accommodation and camping over that peak, concerning of local ecology. The same way Triund is becoming so much overcrowded and more commercialized, and suffice to say that environment of Triund is also getting disturbed very rapidly. So we have found the alternative of Triund- Thatharna, which is more beautiful than it. Believe me, the most amazing thing is almost no one is aware of this trekking destination.
What is Thatharna all about?
Thatharna is a base camp en-route Kundli pass in the Dhauladhar mountain range. It is situated at the altitude of 2600 meters, which is just 150 m less than Triund. The direction of both venues is exactly opposite to Dharamshala hill station. But from here, you could witness the front view of Dhauladhar range very clearly. The trek is easy to moderate, usually takes 4-5 hours, depends on pace you make during trekking. But the track is studded with a lot of various spectacular views, where you couldn’t feel bore while sweating down.
The trek actually starts from the bank of one rivulet in Khadota, village, which is nearby Khanyara village in the side of valley. This side of Dharamshala is home of local Gaddi(Shepherd) tribe, who are ingenious in every way of their lifestyle. Their ways of living are far more banal, yet likewise technical and ancient. their homes are still away from cement and bricks, as entire stretch is owning homes with natural rocks. You could easily witness everything there, once you lose yourself completely. Looking towards the contour of homes made up of flat stones and rocks, you will feel like you are in different world as there is no technology, but their life is more profoundly peaceful than us.
Few meters from the beginning is a good trail of cobbled mode, but when you go ahead, the dense forest starts to spread magic in our hearts. The trail is completely surrounded by a lot of red flowers, which are famous as -Rhododendron-Rhododendron, which was the main attraction throughout the way. That flower is magically potent as it’s a haemoglobin enhancer and source of glucose. so you cam have it on regular intervals while trekking. The guides told us that local even makes pickles and various delicacy out of it.
The Destination like never before!
The weather remains appeasing there whenever you reach at the summit. The little sweat of body would be evaporated with excitement and you couldn’t even get it. Needless to say, final destination had literally dropped the jaw of everyone. It was like if heaven has a definition, it is that what we are witnessing. The flattened part of peak was completely nestled in the ankle of Dhauladhar. There were few huts made of that same kind of stones. The voice of bells was dancing in the air, which was coming out of the necks of mules. It is suffice to say, that the cold was bone-breaking.
The place is completely undisturbed and virgin. You won’t find any electricity or water or anything else. Just amazing views of mountains and cool breeze with a desperate heart to live completely. After enjoying this secluded place, you can imagine that how congested accommodation you use to find at top of Triund, where in that small flat area, around 5k people make it abode in season. That’s why it is losing it’s charm. This place offers even bird-eye view of entire Dharamshala city like nowhere and you can only find this, once you go there.
The magical evening..
After the description of this place, now you can imagine the full moon night at that place without absence of electricity. One side night view of Dharamshala and another side, mighty Dhauladhar range. Arrival of dusk happened with snow-fall at higher side and fortunately we pitched our tents in mid-time. After that, the wind also became very wild like never before and raining didn’t want to stop spreading it’s flurries. The interactive sessions with some funny games happened in this time, when all those organized and guides joined us in that little hut. They started to tell the stories of their adventures till the date and believe me, it was one of the best moments for us like baking us in the heat like congested rabbit, but stick to someone’s stories and getting reached there indirectly. The night was of fool moon. Rashq-e-Kamar(Crave of moon) got completed for everyone, that too at the venue, where no connection of chaotic life is found. The serenity, the peace and the liveliness of that place and moment were enough to hear the quality of our heart-beats completely.
Everyone took a dinner after that amazing time around bon-fire. We took a dinner, placing ourselves at the point, from where you could witness the lustre of entire Dharmshala’s lighting at night. OMG! Just imagine the scene, and you will be plunged with adrenaline rush for sure. And the time came, when we locked ourselves in the tents as the cold became totally unbearable with predating wind.
No one had thought that scenery of next morning would bring such change as when we woke up, the all surrounded mountains had already wore a sheet of dense snow. This particular thing had made our breakfast more tasty and we started to get down after having group photos. This is how, we made our memorable trip at this quaint and unknown place called-Thatharna.
How to get there?
-If you want to go by train, the nearest railway station is Pathankot, which is 90 kms far away from Dharamshala.
-If you want to go by air, the nearest airport is Gaggal(Kangra) airport, which is 20 kms far from the venue.
-It is well connected by road. You can take a bus from Pathankot as well as from any part of Himachal or hire taxi to reach at this place.