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Around Kandbari -Triund at 10,000 feet- A Photo Essay

Updated on January 10, 2015

Huffing and Puffing, Finally Atop

Atop Triund. If I can do it, so can you.
Atop Triund. If I can do it, so can you.

Kandbari Environs

This is the fourth in the series on Kandbari, a small hamlet at the base of the Dhauladhar Mountain Range in Himachal Pradesh in India.

Triund is a grassy meadow perched at an altitude of 3,000 metres (~ 10,000 feet). It is approximately 60km from Kandbari and is a pleasant climb from Dharamshala and McLeodganj.

All photographs (except the one on the Horsehead Nebula) have been taken by the author.

I'll Huff and I'll Puff till I Reach the Top

Like the Big, Bad Wolf in the story of the Three Little Pigs, I huff and I puff till I finally reach the top (though I really don't feel as though I could have blown a house down).

My breath steadies, only to be taken away again, this time by the beauty that surrounds me.

Saying I climbed to 9325 feet (which is what the signpost at the Forest Rest House tells me is the altitude), isn't quite as romantic as saying I ascended 10,000 feet. What's a couple of hundred feet between friends anyway?

So if you ever make that trip to Kandbari, leave yourself a couple of days to climb to Triund. And when you get home, do say you climbed 10,000 feet.

Misty Mountainside

As I near the top of the Triund meadow, a gentle fog drifts across the mountainside, forcing me to abandon plans to sleep in a tent and take refuge in the Forest Rest House. Spending a rainy night in a tent isn't my idea of fun.

The Sun through Fog

The fog does crazy things including allowing you to look directly at the sun if you are willing to take the risk.

Walking along the meadow, I look up to see the fog-blanketed sun framed between two huge boulders.

Mystical Halo

It is around 5 o'clock in the evening and the fog is just beginning to lift. Looks like we are in for a fine evening.

The halo formed by the sun around the treetop makes for a very special moment.

Barren and Leafy Together

Bird life at these altitudes is scarce with huge vultures like the Himalayan Griffon ruling the skies. On the way up, however, I heard the Monal pheasant in the underbrush.

Where's the Difference between Hillary and Tenzing and Us

These fleet-footed goats are the lifeline of the Gaddi shepherds who depend on them for milk, warmth and sorely-needed income.

Attacks by leopards and bears are becoming increasingly uncommon as loss of natural habitat causes the population of these predators to fall.

The Sun in All Its Glory Emerging from behind a Cloud

The rarefied air at 10,000 feet is clean and crisp, bringing with it great clarity and a sense of surrealism in all that I see. I am overwhelmed by the purity and humbled by the grandeur that nature unfolds.

Triund's Own Horsehead Nebula

This cloud bears an uncanny resemblance to the Horsehead Nebula in Orion.
This cloud bears an uncanny resemblance to the Horsehead Nebula in Orion.

Horsehead Nebula in the Constellation Orion

Image Courtesy http://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures/images/photobank/7.nuclear_astronomy_astrophysics/horsehead_nebula_big.jpg
Image Courtesy http://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures/images/photobank/7.nuclear_astronomy_astrophysics/horsehead_nebula_big.jpg

Horsehead Nebula in Orion

One of the most striking sights in the night sky, the Horsehead Nebula in the constellation Orion is simply fabulous. It is visible to the naked eye though binoculars bring out the details clearly.

The nebula consists of a cloud of ionized gas. Hot, young stars provide the light source and a dark cloud of interstellar dust gives it the unique horsehead shape. It takes 1500 years for light from the nebula to reach the earth.

How fortunate am I to be able to see a lookalike here on Earth.


As the Sun Begins to Set

The hues change every few minutes as the sun goes beneath the clouds which have covered the countryside below.

The View after the Sun Has Gone Down

This beautiful panoramic orange band cuts right across the evening sky.

It promises to be a clear night and I know that the constellations led by Orion will be brighter by far than that visible to my fellow beings down below.

Early Morning Rays

Morning breaks and the sun will soon shine in all its glory, bringing on another day to savour.

A Slug's Progress

So as we mull over whether to climb that mountain or not, the little slug making its ponderous way reminds me that sluggish progress is so much better than a sluggish liver.

So put on those mountain shoes and climb away your blues.


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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      I am glad you enjoyed the Hub, Tony. Yes this is a beautiful corner of the world and I am looking forward to going again this October.

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Wow, Sabu! What a stunningly beautiful Hub! Your writing and the photos really complement each other and make the experience real. Thanks so much.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      Thank you for your kind words. It feels so nice for one's work to be appreciated. Cheers.

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      oliversmum 8 years ago from australia

      sabu singh. Hi. What a wonderful hub on your beautiful Dhauladhar Mountain Range .

      India I have been told is a very beautiful Country.

      That is a very steep climb and see why there could be a lot of huffing and puffing, something that I do very well, at this point in time.

      All these photographs are absolutely beautiful.

      Thank you I enjoyed reading this hub. :) :)

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      Thank you for visiting agvulpes. Quite frankly, it is not too difficult if you take your time and allow the huffing and puffing to subside.

      I have no doubt you would be able to do it. Just do it.

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      sabu singh, your photography is beautiful and breathtaking and to climb that mountain you must be very fit I doubt very much if I could make such an accent.

      Thank you for showing us your lovely images :-)

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      You are more than welcome De Greek, especially with a reference as strong as FP's. Thank you both.

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      De Greek 8 years ago from UK

      Right, sign me up for the next trip :-) I thank Feline Prophet for sending me here :-)

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      My thanks for your gracious appreciation Anjali.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Beautiful pics. Beauty well captured in words. Thumbs up!

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      Thank you both Bils and Shalini.

      Billy you can make it up to Triund inspite of everything-without a chopper.

      And Shalini, yes you must climb that mountain. Let me know when and I shall do my bit.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Wonderful, Sabu - you've just whetted our interest - we really must make a trip there!

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      billy sidhu 8 years ago

      nanbhaiya- awesome breathtaking- makes even the likes of me non walker want to reach ti=riund- think i'll wait for a chopper drop off at 10,000! the view will be the same and for less effort- and i dont mind missing the SLUG!! but super hub and pics. love u- come to goa soon

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      Thank you for your nice comments FP.

      If you ever feel like visiting, let me know.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Fabulous pictures as always, sabu! You are a lucky man to have been there to capture the sun doing all those amazing things! :)

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      I honestly don't know whether I am deserving of this praise ST. All I do know is that I am glad you enjoyed the Hub. Thank you.

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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I echo Ralph's comments. You give us the overall view, but also the view of the immediate, and thus, you place us in your footsteps.

      I love the way you merge the physical reality with your thought process. There is the nebula and there is the cloud, which you intertwine. And then introduce the slug. It takes a special eye to see these connections, and you have that eye.

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      Thank you Ralph. Your comments are always heartening and encouraging to say the least. Glad you liked this Hub.

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Excellent text and photography. I liked your shifts in focus from distant vistas to the lowly slug. You have a good eye. Almost like actually being there.

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