Mcleodganj is small village in Dharamshala . Triund & Bir Billing are another village in Kangra ; HP .
It takes overnight journey from Delhi and 5-6 hours from Chandigarh .
I recently took trip of around 14 people to these adventurous cities and it was great travel.
Its prudential to cover these three places i.e Mcleodganj ; Triund & Birbilling together as they all are nearby .
All you need is 4 nights & 3 days to cover these 3 cities . We we plan overnight journey on any Thursday ; we may need leave only for 1 day i.e Friday considering Saturday & Sunday to be off .Sunday night we can come back to reach delhi on early morning Monday .
How to Travel
We can either book overnight Volvo or go by our own vehicle. However driving down may be little tiresome .Best option is to take ac Volvo .It usually starts from Majnu ka Tilla from delhi and departs at Kashmiri Gate . There are pitstops on the way where we can have our dinner . Bus are direct from Delhi to Dharmshala or Mcleodganj depending on where we wish to stay
Where to Stay
Either we can plan to stay at Dharamshala or Mcleodganj both are quiet close . As they are central point for all three destinations as per itinerary . There are many hotels & home stays available as per our budget . Usually with the duration that we have i.e 4 nights & 3 days out of which 2 goes in travelling ; another in Triund ; its just about only 1 day that we need to plan .
Places to Cover
Day 1:- Bir Billing ….
We booked our stay at Mcleodganj and took bike ride to Birbilling . It takes around 2-3 hours to reach there . Bikes can be hired on rent ; it cost you around 600 for the ride & fuel charges may be extra . Those who are not comfortable riding bike can take scooties or can hire a cab as well. However view from bikes is phenomenon .
After reaching bir billing we went for Asia’s largest Paragliding hub … This is the major attraction of this place . View from top was really amazing . I always wanted to fly . This dream came true finally ..
Paragliding in the month of May supposedly peak season can cost anywhere between Rs . 1900 to Rs . 2500 with video and photographs. To know the contact numbers of the agents please ask in the comments and subscribe to newsletter ; will inbox the details .
After this adventure we took bike ride back to Mcleodganj ; stayed in hotel & home stay .
Day 2 : Triund Trek ..
One of the most famous trek in India . Its friendly for beginners as well . It takes aound 7 km to cover the same . Since its little steep it may take 3-4 hours to reach there . Its good to plan night stay here not only because of view but to take some rest as well . There are many travel agents who can facilitate the entire trek in convenient way . I am really thankful to my guide Arjun who tried to make my trek as smooth as possible and took some fabulous shots too . He can be reached at 8219865506 . .Stay alongwith 3 meals can cost anywhere between Rs . 1200 to Rs. 2000.
Sharing his pic below for your reference ; he’s young boy of just 21 years old .
Day 3- Mcleodganj
We came back from triund around 11 am ; took shower in hotel and went for city visit . Some of the major attractions here are
Bhagsu Temple & waterwall ;
Dalai lama Temple & museum ;
Dul Lake & Church
Tibetian cafes .
All of this can be covered within 5-6 hrs . Bhagsu waterfall is closed because of shortage of water . There’s one famous Shivay café there .Its small trek of 2-3 km to visit there . I like healing & smoothing chants at Dalai Lama Temple . You will see lots of monks roaming in meditative state . There are so dedicated that they may not even bother to push you if you are careless to maintain decorum . However some are really friendly .