Gokarna is a small town located on the Arabian sea in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is a famous and one of the important pilgrimage sites in India for the Hindus. The religious significance of the town can be attributed to the fact that it is home to one of the sacred seven Muktikshetras of Shiva, the Mahabaleshwar Temple. Until a decade ago, Gokarna was an undiscovered location with unspoiled beaches. But in the present day, the town gets flooded with tourists from all over the world.
Along with being a place with religious significance, Gokarna is also known for its beautiful beaches and lush greenery. The pilgrims, tourists, nature admirers and adventure enthusiasts all love to visit the town of Gokarna. The Gokarna beach trek is one of the famous adventure activities that happens in the town. One can trek to famous beaches of the Gokarna and camp for the night near one of the beaches. Besides trekking the town of Gokarna has many things to offer for sightseeing.
Gokarna:Places to visit
The places to visit when on a trip to Gokarna include:
- Kudle Beach
Kudle beach is a haven for people who like to spend some time in silence and peace. Kudle beach is a less crowded beach which makes it a perfect spot to take a walk in the morning or evening time or to practice some yoga on the beach. The coconut trees surrounding the beach makes the land resemble the letter “C”. The best time to visit the Kudle beach is in the months from November to February. The beach is an idle spot for some solitude time.
- Namaste cafe
Namaste cafe is located on the Om beach. It is a major tourist attraction. Namaste cafe offers the best view of the beach at a convenient location. People visit the cafe to relax while looking at the picturesque beach. The food served at the cafe is some of the best food served in the whole town of Gokarna. The cafe’s rise to fame is the delicious food and the stunning view of the beach offered by the cafe. A trip to Gokarna is complete without a visit to the famous Namaste cafe.
- Koti Tirtha
Koti Tirtha is a man made tank which is flanked by beautiful temples from all the sides. Koti Tirtha is considered as one of the most sacred sites in the entire Gokarna. A popular legend says that this tank is the origin of a thousand springs hence the name Koti Tirtha which literally translates to “a thousand springs”. The tank of Koti Tirtha is used as a site for religious activities like ritual bathing and immersion of idols. The tank of Koti Tirtha is open from 12 in noon to midnight.
- Nirvana Beach
Nirvana beach is one of the many beaches located in the town of Gokarna. However, the beach is secluded from the town and offers a quiet time to its visitors. One of the most delightful experiences is to watch sunrise or sunset on this beautiful stretch of land. One can even go swimming in the cool waters to relax. Nirvana beach is also a picnic spot. The best time to visit Nirvana Beach is from November to February.
- Mirjan Fort
The mystical fort of Mirjan is a major tourist attraction which is located on National Highway (NH66). The Mirjan Fort was built in the 16th century on the banks of the river Agnaishi. The fort is considered one of the architectural marvels of its time. The fort is made with laterite stones and has a strong defense mechanism against attracts. Due to this reason it has been used as a site for many wars and still it stands strong. It is a must visit for a history lover and architecture enthusiasts. The best time to visit the Mirjan fort is between the months September to February.
The town of Gokarna is one of the most offbeat destinations in India to go on a vacation. The place is frequented for religious purposes, for adventure purposes, for sightseeing purposes, for relaxing purposes, basically for everything and anything. Do take a trip to Gokarna for an awesome time.
Bryan Nesbit has been writing and editing at SYP Studios for over two years, where he has covered everything from rocket launches to self-driving cars to strange animal science, and everything in between. He previously spent time at the Huffington Post, Mashable and The Santiago Times, earning a Masters degree in communications fromPace University along the way. When not working on his next piece, you might find Nolan traveling the world in search of the weird and wonderful. Failing that, he’ll probably be watching Netflix.
Triund Trek- A Gift By Kangra Valley To The Travelers
Triund trek is one of the most beautiful treks at Kangra Valley. It is suitable for all kinds of trekkers, from beginners to experienced. It experiences a massive footfall of trekkers every year. The Triund is known for its serenity and magnificent views of Dhauladhar Range & Kangra Valley. It is located near Mcleodganj at the elevation of 2850m(9350 feet). The Mcleodganj is also a famous destination. It is also known as the little Lhasa because of the residence of the Dalai Lama- The 14th Dalai Lama, according to Tibetan Buddhism. It is the place where several Tibetan took refuge after China forcefully undertook Tibet into its governance.
At Mcleodganj, you can feel the blessings of Lord Buddha by visiting Buddhist temples, Monasteries. If you are lucky enough, then you will also get the chance to meet the great personality of this world, the Dalai Lama. There are several trekking destinations in and around Mcleodganj, which are the following:
- Karei Lake Trek
- Guna Devi Temple Trek
- Bhagsu Trek
- Indrahar Pass Trek
- Triund Trek
- Minkiani Pass
All these trek routes provide you the opportunity to explore the area as much as possible, where you can experience the verge of flora and fauna. The Triund trek is one of them.
The difficulty level of Triund Trek is easy; however, during the winters, when the trek is covered with snow, then the difficulty level will be moderate as trekking in snow requires efforts. The total trek distance is 9km(5.5 miles). The last one-kilometer trek route is most surprising with 22 turns. It will be very fantastic to trek on this route.
The Places to Visit Near Triund Trek
There are several places to visit nearby Triund Trek which are following
- Tibetan Museum
- Bhagsu Waterfall
- Tsechokling Gompa
- Kalachakra Temple
- Bhagsunath Temple
- Naddi View Point
- Guna Devi Temple
- Tibet World
- Sunset Point
- Indru Nag Temple
- Dal Lake
- Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Center
How to reach Triund
To reach Triund first, you have to reach Mcleodganj. Mcleodganj is finely connected with all major cities of Himachal Pradesh and cities of nearby states via road transportation. There are three ways to reach there which are following
The Kangra Airport is the nearest airport of Mcleodganj and the best way to reach there by air. The Kangra Airport is also known as Gaggal Airport. The distance between Gaggal Airport and Mcleodganj is 13km(8 miles). It is well connected with all significant airports via Delhi airport. The flights are on regular bases from Delhi. From the airport, you can find a private tourist taxi to reach Mcleodganj.
The nearest railway station is Pathankot, which is well connected with all major railway stations of Metro cities and other cities of India. You can check the train running status and booking status from the IRCTC website. From Delhi, you can also find the train to reach Pathankot. The distance between Delhi to Pathankot is 480km. Then from Pathankot is 85 Km.
The nearest major city is Chandigarh. From there, you can find several buses to reach Mcleodganj. The ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Majnu Ka Tila are the main bus stands of Delhi. From there, you can discover Volo, Deluxe, Semi Deluxe buses to reach Mcleodganj.
Things to carry for Triund Trek–
- Trekking Shoes
- Trekking Poles
- Pair of Cotton Socks
- Pair of Woolen Socks
- Lip Balm
- Warm clothes and thermal inner wears
- 2-3 pair of warm socks and gloves
- Hat or Cap
- Basic toiletries
- All the necessary medicines
- Trekking instruments
- Charger, power bank, extra battery.
General Travel tips:
- Travel light and carry minimum weight.
- If you are traveling in a group, do not wander off on your own. Always follow the trek leader and do not take shortcuts.
- The trail is not well-defined. It is advisable to be physically fit and have strength and stamina.
- Do not litter here and there. Keep the surroundings clean & green.
- Always carry a water bottle and handy snacks in your backpack.
- Always check the weather conditions before leaving for the trek.
- Avoid drinking and smoking throughout the journey
- Eat healthily, and do not skip meals during the trek.
- Carry all the essential things in your backpack.
- Always carry ID proof.
- Always carry a personal medical kit with you as cuts & bruises are very common during the trek.
It is all about Triund Trek.
Larry Segura was a reporter for SYP Studios, before becoming an editor. Larry has previously worked for Wired, MacWorld, Android Authority, and VentureBeat covering countless stories concerning all things related to tech and science. Larry studied at NYU.
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