Exploring the Unexplored Mussoorie - A complete guide for Mussoorie- The Queen Of Hills

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10th Nov 2017

Amidst those colorful flags in the flag hill..

Photo of Exploring the Unexplored Mussoorie - A complete guide for Mussoorie- The Queen Of Hills by Ragul P G

"Himalayas are calling me, Bruh!! Can we go to Mussoorie?", I blabbered the previous day morning. To my surprise hands went up shouting "I'm Ready ,Dude" and within hours one became four.And it all started there. After few hours we were all done to start the trip but a notification popped up saying " 29 died in Yamuna Expressway due to poor visibility". And the news totally killed the vibe. Hesitation started knocking our hearts. Fear about life was not so distant. All the "Have a safe Journey!!" messages transformed into "Stop the Journey". We had no idea what to do. From the corner of the room I heard a voice "Guys,we are not going to do anything by simply sitting here.Let's take some risk." An hour later bags were on our shoulders, keys were in our hands and helmets were armoring our heads. Yeah!!We started our journey.

New Delhi:

A foggy Friday morning it was and so we started late. It was almost 10 am. when we started our journey. The city was bustling and jam-packed and it nearly an hour to cross the city border. Ruining our happiness even the Ghaziabad-Meerut Expressway was also crowded. After a prolonged journey we reached by Meerut by 3 pm. The route from Meerut to Dehradun was comparatively good and we reached Dehradun on time. Mussoorie was then not far away from us, just 30 km. The route was splendid and the throttle was at its max even at hills. At last we were in Mussoorie by 9 pm.

In Dehradun Highway

Photo of New Delhi, Delhi, India by Ragul P G
Day 1

Mussoorie:

'The Queen of Hills' - was no longer a dream for us.Still I remember that smile we exchanged after reaching Mussoorie safe. After a long tiring journey of 300 km we decided to rest ourselves. We found a good hotel (Hotel Premji) a couples of kilometers from the mall road and we rested there. We were not likely to have a walk or experience the local beauty of Mussoorie that day as we were tired.

Day 2

Company Bagh:

Entrace arch of the Garden

Photo of Company Bagh, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

A small fall inside the garden

Photo of Company Bagh, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Central Fountain

Photo of Company Bagh, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Though the Sun was shining bright, we couldn't get out of the room as it was freezing cold outside. Still I remember those early morning camp fire which we had in outskirts of the city to escape the cold. However we got ready to witness one the best gardens in India, the Company Bagh also known as Municipal Gardens. It had almost everything, a mini lake, colorful flowers, a small waterfall, a mini market and an amusement park. Having spent an hour there we then decided to go to Cloud's end.

Cloud End:

Walking in the Cloud End Forest Resort

Photo of Cloud End, Mussorie Range, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Cloud End Forest Resort

Photo of Cloud End, Mussorie Range, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Standing at the Geographical border of Mussoorie

Photo of Cloud End, Mussorie Range, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

After spending a great time in the Bagh, we went somewhere where we haven't ever been so far. YEAH!! To touch the clouds. With overwhelming excitement we enquired about that place. The immediate response from the locals was "Don't go there, the roads will not be good and no one will go there." As many started saying the same thing we became curious about that resort. So we headed towards the resort. After couple of kilometers we felt that going there beyond the local's warning was a bad decision as the road was bad and steeper and the worst part is we couldn't find anyone coming there except those birds from Benog wildlife Sanctuary which accompanied us. A narrow road passing through the dense forest made our ride more interesting. Somehow we managed to go there. But we were not fortunate enough to see the clouds that day. But the view of the hills from there was magnificent that it buried all our disappointments. Not only the view, the one seventy year old resort was also amazing. The Colonel Styled resort was well maintained and I had never seen this kind of resort before.

Happy Valley:

Flag Post in the Buddhist Temple

Photo of Flag Hill (Herne Hill), Charleville, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Buddhist Temple in Happy Valley

Photo of Flag Hill (Herne Hill), Charleville, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Chilling in the Buddhist Temple

Photo of Flag Hill (Herne Hill), Charleville, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Amidst those colorful flags in Flag Hill

Photo of Flag Hill (Herne Hill), Charleville, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

It was noon and the sun was shining bright. We had no choice other than going to the Happy Valley. As we were entering the area we found something different there. Yeah!! It was a Tibetan Colony. It was calm enough that you could hear even a pin fall. Adding more charm to it there was a small Buddhist temple in the middle. "What's up there. It's even more colorful" I exclaimed in joy pointing the Flag hill. With colorful flags all around the hill and a small Buddha statue in the middle it was attractive enough to gain everyone's attention and who were we to escape from that. It was totally mesmerizing and we were in no mood to leave that place. But we had to.

Camels Back Road:

If we wanna go to Gun Hill point from the Flag Hill there is no road other than this. A narrow road at the edge of hill stretching for 3 kms really made our day. With a series of deadly view points on the way and sharp turns it was a really breath-taking ride. We were curious to know the why this name came to this road so we asked a local guy. He then showed us one of the most spectacular thing through a telescope. We could see a camel shaped rock formation on the top of the hill.

Camel shaped rock . Source: Google Images

Photo of Camels Back Road, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Gun Hill Point:

Red Blooded Sky Behind me

Photo of Gun Hill point, Mussorie, Landour bazar Road, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

View of the city from the Gun Hill Point

Photo of Gun Hill point, Mussorie, Landour bazar Road, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

The Sun was about to set and we starting climbing the Gun Hill Point, the second highest peak in Mussoorie. The road to the point was inclined at 60 degree and it really tested our driving skills. Though it was hard somehow we made it. It was a perfect evening. The blood draining sky was even more majestic from the Gun Hill Point. Himalayan view on the one end and the entire city on the other side, it was a perfect spot to chill out in the evening.

The Mall Road:

A small Wooden crafts shop

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

The library Chowk

Photo of The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

It was all about the day and we went to explore the locals markets of Mussoorie and there can't be a better place than The Mall Road. An old traditional market had almost everything. There can't be a better moment than sitting in the benches under those pleasing yellow lamps and starring at each other and discuss something naughty amidst the crowd.

Day 3

Sir George Everest's House:

Remains of Sir George Everest's House

Photo of George Everest's House, Khanij Nagar, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Moseying after a tough travel

Photo of George Everest's House, Khanij Nagar, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Road to Sir George Everest's House

Photo of George Everest's House, Khanij Nagar, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

A small gift from a cute little boy there at the top

Photo of George Everest's House, Khanij Nagar, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

After a peaceful sleep we went to explore something different the next day. Have your ever heard of a laboratory at an altitude of 7000 ft. .Yeah ! We went there. The road was very tough and it was one of the riskiest roads I have ever seen. With rocks, holes and pebbles all along the road it was really pumping the adrenaline. Just a small mistake and we would be 6000 ft. down in the Doon valley. With all fears in our heart and after a tough driving we reached the top of the hill and we found the remains of Sir George Everest's house( The man who found the Mt.Everest). With a serene mind and pleasant weather we had a cup of tea in a small shop over there. I can't really forget those moments with a small cute boy who made the pleasant morning even more beautiful.

Kempty Falls and Lake Mist:

The closer view of the falls

Photo of Kempty Falls, Lakhwad, Kempty, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Playing in the Falls

Photo of Kempty Falls, Lakhwad, Kempty, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

The Mighty Kempty

Photo of Kempty Falls, Lakhwad, Kempty, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

There can be no place in Mussoorie except the Mighty Kempty fall to let yourself free on a hot afternoon. Surrounded by mountain cliffs on both sides and falling from an height of 100ft., the Kempty Falls was the main attraction there. The fall was such that it had lake at every 25 ft. Time was just passing away as we were playing in those pools. And we could see a rope car leading to a lake at the bottom of the hill. The rope car also had never failed to amaze us by showing us one of the best views of the falls. It lead to a small lake down surrounded by green trees on all sides which gave us a Natural bliss.

Lal Tibba:

View of Himalayas from Lal Tibba

Photo of Lal Tibba Scenic Point, Naya Mohalla, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Viewing Himalayas From Lal Tibba

Photo of Lal Tibba Scenic Point, Naya Mohalla, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

A trip to Mussorrie would be incomplete without a visit to Lal Tibba, the highest point in Mussoorie. We were fortunate that day and we could able to see the Himalayas from there without the mist. Like a white bedding, the snow was covering the peaks. We could never take our eyes of those snow covered peaks. The telescopes installed here are priceless, and aids in cherishing the beautiful unfettering panoramas of the Nilkantha peak in Badrinath and Kedarnath peak.

Bhatta Falls:

Bhatta Falls

Photo of Bhatta Fall, Bhatta Gaon, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Going to see it even more closer

Photo of Bhatta Fall, Bhatta Gaon, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Mesmerized by it's beauty

Photo of Bhatta Fall, Bhatta Gaon, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

10 kms down the Lal tibba we found this small natural waterfall hidden from the eyes of tourists. It was not big as the Kempty but it had the natural charm which I liked the most in it. Deep inside the forest and with no people we almost felt the real peace there.

Mussoorie Lake:

Ziplining at Mussoorie Lake

Photo of Mussoorie Lake, Dhobi Ghat, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

View Of Mussoorie Lake

Photo of Mussoorie Lake, Dhobi Ghat, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Not as big as other lakes, this lake was artificially constructed and had many adventure activities. Adventure!! How could we leave Mussoorie without it.Yeah!! It was Zip-Lining this time. The 600 meter zip lining was breath-taking and I loved it absolutely. The Sun was about to set and we knew it's time to bid a goodbye to Mussoorie and head towards Dehradun.

Dehradun:

I have traveled a lot but the feeling which I had while leaving Mussoorie was a new and a different one. The Queen was that much attractive and lovely that I had to leave her with no hearts. I still remember that moment when I wiped my eyes when I saw the sign board saying " Thank you . Visit us once again ". It happens every time but we had to keep on moving and exploring something new in this world. Mountains..Music..Slow Drive and we were in Dehradun . It was almost the end of the day so we had nothing to do in Dehradun except to go to our hotel (Hotel Embassy).

Somewhere while returning

Photo of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G
Day 4

Robber's Cave:

Entrance Into The Cave

Photo of Robber's Cave Guchhupani, Malsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Top View from the cave

Photo of Robber's Cave Guchhupani, Malsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

A small falls inside the cave

Photo of Robber's Cave Guchhupani, Malsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Opening in the center of the cave

Photo of Robber's Cave Guchhupani, Malsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Venturing into it

Photo of Robber's Cave Guchhupani, Malsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

Inside the cave

Photo of Robber's Cave Guchhupani, Malsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by Ragul P G

It was a different and an unexpected morning experience for us. We were walking into the Robber's Cave. Canopied by rocks on both sides, roofed by trees on the top and water kissing our feet was a lifetime experience to me. We took our own time there and had a lots of fun. A small waterfall inside a cave left us wondered. Artificial or Natural - The first question which popped up as soon as I saw that for which I still got no answer. After spending a long time there we decided to return to Delhi.

New Delhi:

We had to race against time to reach Delhi before night. Speeding though highways and tackling the traffic we somehow managed to reach Delhi by 9 pm. A three day trip came to an end and we knew it's not the end of our journey, it's just end of an trip. "Travel is the best Education", they said. But I never understood the meaning before this trip. Seriously, it taught me a lot. Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it, just travel somewhere to find the real happiness. It's not always about discovering new places, it's rediscovering yourself. Travel a lot until your homeland feels you like a stranger. Until then don't stop.

Thank You and

Signing off here ,

Ragul P.G

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