This is a story about my fascination to see the Winterline.
Winterline? What is this by the way? In a simple and lame language, when hot air meets the cold air. When I say hot air, it doesn't only mean the warmth of the humans, it also adds pollution caused by them. That's how you will see dense black line below and red, yellow or orange colour above that.
Winterline can only be seen through two places on this earth. Swiss Alps in Switzerland and Mussoorie in India. Why these two places? That's because they are quite high and close to the city, which makes it a perfect location in winters to witness Winterline from these places.
Now, it's me, all me. I will share my story of going on this journey and being a solo rider, what you get to experience and all that is needed to know before going to this Winterline, if that matters to you at all.
Thank you for making this far. So, let's begin.
25th Dec 2020!! How it all started ?
I completed my work at 4.30am and took a power nap for an hour. At 6 am and in no mood to start the ride due to the freezing weather. But, you have that laziness just before the exit of your front door. So, 2 of my bags were already packed. I tied my bag at the pillion and I started my ride from my home in Faridabad, Haryana.
The moment I crossed Delhi and entered Ghaziabad, being a spacious location, I found the dense fog en route. This made me realize what my ride going to be till the time sun is not up. I rode continuously for 65 kms on a foggy road beside Ganga river from Muradnagar to Khatauli, the only hope/direction was the vehicles going ahead of me. It was deadly dangerous and rewarding riding on such a route. When I reached Muzaffarnagar around 9 past 10. That's when the weather started cleaning up and I was able to dry myself under the sun. Then, the rest of the route became really easy. I crossed Rudki, Dehradun and then I finally entered Mussoorie at around 1.30pm.
The beauty in Mussoorie is the small-small food trucks/stalls/dhabas you find while going towards George Everest Peak. You will find the Buddhist Chants Flags all over those and it looks so magnificent you would want to stay in on of those and take a break.
From here, the Mall Road of Mussoorie is 5.4kms and walking distance to George Everest Peak is 3kms.
Why is it called George Everest🤔?
It is one of the renowned tourist attractions of this majestic hill-town. This place also known as Park Estate, was constructed in 1832. It was the residence and laboratory of Sir George Everest, the surveyor General of India. He owed the responsibility of completing the section of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India along with the meridian arc from the south of India extending to north of Nepal. Mount Everest, the highest peak of the Himalayas was named after Sir George. So, you can say he was an Important person.
So, govt has finally decided to make this place a tourists destination and work is on the full swing.
SAD PART 😔 : -
But locals are not happy with the way the construction is being done. Their statement,“Restoration should not be carried out at the cost of originality.” which I found a fairly valid point.
Is it a tough trek?
If you are a person who picks his own utensils after eating and take it to the kitchen, I would say it is an easy hike for you. It is just 3 Kms away from the location you can park your vehicle's on and path being a bit steep, you would still be able to do it very easily. Just be sure to enjoy the route and the mountains. Don't rush to reach the peak to catch the sunset. It should not take more than 40 mins, however, it's best to have a buffer time in your hands. Sun sets at around 5.30pm to 6pm, so plan accordingly.
What is the best time to see Winterline?
I have been there in the month of December, so I would bet this is the best month to see it in its full glory, but you can pick any months between October's end till beginning of February. Be there at the sunset. You would simply fall in love with the it, to put it right, I have chased couple of sunrises and sunsets from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and found this to be the most beautiful one.
What to carry?
1. My always a top pick would be a good trekking shoes(though it is an easy one and if you don't have one, it can be done in sports shoes as well)
2. A water bottle.
3. Energy bar or candies.
6. A good 📷 phone or DSLR to capture those moments.
I've seen a lot of garbage of visitors up in the peak. Request you to please don't litter.
Our mountains cleanliness is in your hands 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
I've uploaded a complete video of my experience @ my YT channel 'ride with nik'. Do check out and subscribe. Your subscription will help me grow this channel.
Lots of love and care, stay safe💞🎉🌍👣