Today I’m up with part 2 of my recent trip to Dehradun and Mussoorie. So it’s all about ‘The queen of Hills’ Mussoorie, this time. It’s just I’ve begin with the story and I’m getting short of words to describe this place.
Mussoorie is simply magical! A mesmerizing hill station surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks, is named after ‘mansur’ shrub which grows in abundance over this place. It’s around 35 kilometers away from Dehradun. Which hardly takes 2 hr drive, and that too when you stop by some beautiful point to capture the scenic beauty through your lenses. We had planned a one day trip to Mussoorie which is a far lesser time than what it takes to know a place like this. But still it was worth it for the quality time we spent there.
We started from Dehradun and drove all the way up to Mussoorie till the multilevel parking area near the Mall, located in the heart of the city. It’s the place from where the Library bazaar and Mall road begins. We hopped down to take a long walk through the beautiful streets of Mussoorie.
It was a pure bliss..I was just crushing over every bit of this place. The hills had witnessed a shower of rain just a day before, so it was a cherry on the cake! The weather has turned extremely soothing with a hint of chill in the air and little drizzles every now and then. We started our way up to the beautiful hill, walking in the streets of the famous Mall road. I was really happier than usual while strolling down the streets and stopping by food joints and every pretty shop and other places to sit, relax and click moments. We walked to the end of Mall road, the most colorful and lively street in Mussoorie, and I seriously had no idea that we had already spent 4-5 hours just wandering places.
Hills are hypnotizing I must say! Sustaining a low-key and peaceful lifestyle away from all the fake glam and show offs which is easily evident in plains. Far away from lust and more closer to what life is. People in hills strive harder even to make a small living and would still welcome you with a warm heart and an honest smile on their faces. No wonder why we easily fall in love with mountains. That raw, natural and untouched aura of this place was something I can’t put into words. One can only feel it. I think this must be a reason behind Ruskin Bond saying about hills- “It is always the same with the mountains. Once you lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.”
Mussoorie has got a lot to explore beyond Mall road and Kempty falls. But you know having a shortage of time is actually the devil playing with you. There was a lot more to see around, a way more enchanting beauty to be captivated with. The places like Camel’s back road, Old cemetery, Pari-tibba, Lal-tibba, Gunhill, Jharipani falls, Old Christ church and other place which are a bit distant like Danaulti and Chamba, are sure shots. The lively yet ironically peaceful streets with beautiful colonial style buildings, big lamp posts made in British style of architecture and old wooden benches at the edge of the roads was giving a strong vibe of late 18th century lifestyle.
One can’t simply visit places in Mussoorie, one need to live Mussoorie and feel Mussoorie. The picturesque views of sunset and sunrise, which we had missed is something you should not miss if you are here. A really interesting fact about this place which you might not know is the beautiful ‘Winter line’. It’s a rare natural phenomenon taking place at the time of sunset during the months of October to January. A magnificent view of sunset striking vivid hues of red, yellow, orange, purple and mauve color in the open sky creating a horizon which drops behind the mountains, leaving you spellbound. The Winter line can be seen only at two places in the world, i.e. Mussoorie & Switzerland. Quite an amazing fact! No?
The places I have traveled so far with my parents or friends, Mussoorie is one that will always remain afresh in my memory lane. I knew by this time that I have a thing for mountains in my heart. They have got something in the air which is really fascinating..probably a beautiful blend of love, happiness, liveliness, natural beauty..peace, greenery & a little mystery. Mussoorie is what real beauty looks like! Ethereal, untampered and far away from commercialization. I can’t stop drooling over it. Everything much more beautiful than I can ever describe.
I’m so in love with Mussoorie that even writing about it is giving an immense urge to go back again and stay there for at least a week or so. Here’s a tiny list of ‘to dos’ when you are in Mussoorie 🙂
What to visit- Almost all the place I mentioned above and more if you can stay longer.
What to eat- You can get everything of your choice, but do eat Ice-creams. They were just Rs. 30 for a yummy softy with two big scoops!!
What to buy- You will find a number of pretty gift shops at mall road but one can buy woolen cloths for extremely reasonable prices and cute wooden stuffs if you are really mad over local handicraft. I bought a lot of wooden boxes!
What to do- Plan your stay in Mussoorie for at least 4-5 days. Walk down the streets, eat, stroll, click pictures, shop a bit, sit & relax to soak yourself in the enchanting aura of this place, don’t miss the beautiful sunrise & sunset and the enthral overview of Dehradun city at night!
Also I’m uploading a thirty something images we captured while losing ourselves somewhere in the spellbinding beauty of this place! 🙂
Until next time!