Delhi to Mussorie – A perfect weekend getaway
Delhi to Mussoorie distance by road is around 290 Kms. Mussoorie, in the Dehradun District of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand is situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan region. Polularly known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’ is the first love of a traveler who loves spending time on the top of the world. It has everything one expects from a typical hill station – from enjoying the scintillating views of the valleys below to strolling down the markets and soaking in the beauty of the hills or enjoying the mall road to doing skating in the arms of the nature or to enjoying the wonderful swirling mists to getting mesmerized by the snow-capped mountains, you are bound to love this place.
So, after doing some research on Mussoorie and places to visit in Mussoorie, we zeroed in to explore this exquisite place, to be precise we were a group of five people - Deepraj, Sisir, Sumi, Roshni and I (Raj) embarked our voyage from Delhi to Mussoorie on 24th May 2014, being the first day . We took Delhi-Meerut-Roorkee-Dehradun-Mussorrie route. We were all very much excited and full of energy for this long 7-hour trip from Delhi to Mussoorie.
On route, we halted at Haridwar for a quick aarti-darshan on the banks of the Ganges and had a very hot and spicy lunch. Little by little, we felt change in the milieu and as we started our climb to Mussoorie from Dehradun, we were engulfed in mist and clouds all around. The magnanimity, power and strength of nature could be felt. Moving like a tiny speck amongst these huge ranges one can realize how mountains have challenged and beckoned people to scale them that how victorious people must have felt reaching the top of the mountains like the Himalayas.
We reached Mussoorie around 9:00 pm at night and we stayed there at “Hotel Ashoka” on Mall Road. The sight of our hotel left us breathless; it was really a scenic beauty to see outside from the room we stayed. Rooms were luxurious and cozy. Owing to the arduous 7-hour journey, we all fell asleep as soon as we had hit the bed.
The second day, we woke up to a bright sunny morning and were raring to go. After breakfast, we drove down to see Kempty Falls, 17 km from Mussoorie, at an altitude of 5,000 ft. There were traffic-jam in the route. Kempty Falls is 15 kms away from Gandhi chowk. May be because it was, Sunday. But, I was dejected to see Kempty falls being commercialized, filled with hooligans & hawkers, even the water in the bath area at the base of the falls was less and not clean. As we reached there we were stuck in heavy rain, it took nearly an hour to get out of Kempty falls. While returning from falls we bought few fanciful and designed knives and my favourite cowboy hat. From this beautiful place we drove to Yamuna Bridge, it is about 27 km from Mussoorie. An ideal spot for some lazy fishing, we clicked many pictures there and had a very scrumptious and delicious lunch.
After this, we went to one more interesting place, called Gun Hills. You have to take a ropeway to reach the place, which offers a beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges, namely Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara, etc. During the pre-Independence days, a gun mounted on this top used to herald mid-day to enable people adjusts their watches. We took some time out to visit the Company Park, which is a nice place to visit with your family. The food joints are quite good. After relaxing in the park for a while we went to the highest point in Mussoorie is Lal Tibba, the Doordarshan Kendra of Mussoorie. The view from the top was splendid. Old British architectures adorn the place and impart it an antique charm. From here, one can have clear views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and places like Badrinath and Kedarnath dotting the horizon.
Evening walks in Mussoorie offer great charm. Camel's Back Road, a prominent long promenade, gives a wonderful feeling on a winter night. It has a rock formation that looks like the back of a camel and hence the name. Walking on the Mall on a chill, winter night can be an experience by itself. The Mall of Mussoorie is not too long, as it is in any other hill station. One could cover the entire distance in about 25 minutes. A wide range of shops, selling a variety of products and trying to lure tourists, was a fascinating experience. Many eateries on the Mall could tempt you into eating, even if you don't feel hungry. The German Bakery, close to the Clarks Hotel, is an exciting place. Many tourists and foreigners thronged the place to have a bite of truffle chocolate, apple pie, chicken burgers and other tasty stuff.
The Third day, we checked-out our hotel early in the morning to come back to Delhi. But, before we started our journey we went to see a few more nearby tourist spots like Bhatta falls, it is located 7 kms away from the hill resort. And, Jharipani falls, located about 8 kms away from the main town, it is one of the many beautiful water falls in Mussoorie. From there we headed towards Dehradun, where we were trying to locate the Sai Mandir (about which we had heard a lot). After being besieged for an hour trying to find out the mandir, we finally succeeded in locating the Mandir in Rajpur road. Built with glittering marble stones, this marvelous shrine presents an eye-catching spectacle to the visitor. Placed in a hilly terrain, the Sai Darbar Temple gives a tranquil and serene ambiance to the devotees and poses an ideal setting for the aficionado to carry out spiritual needs. Near to the Sai Darbar Mandir, there was a huge and beautiful Monastery of Lord Buddha known as Mindrolling, which means "Place of Perfect Emancipation" in Tibetan language, is a renowned monastery of the Nyingma sect. Rigzin Tendak Lingpa established it in 1676. This monastery witnessed numerous attacks and natural calamities and its present structure is the contribution of Khochhen Rinpoche. Mindrolling Monastery is one of the largest Buddhist Viharas in India, which exhibits architectural marvel. After taking God’s blessing, we started to move towards Delhi with memories of this trip to Mussoorie.
[Mussoorie surrounded by the thick oak and blue pine forests (excluding the commercial mall area) is utterly devoid of the hustle and bustle of modern day life. The place seems like a unique mosaic of antiquity, mysticism and various hues. With a picturesque backdrop and bracing environs, this place will always cherish in our memories]