“God, give me a sign or I have to give up. I can’t take this anymore.”
This was the exact thought going in my mind last month. Moreover, I was dicey about travelling as well. Going through a rough patch at that time, I even thought of dropping the idea of taking another journey. I felt like putting a break to my ritual of travelling every month that I have been following from last three years. But the same day, one of my friends asked, “When and where are you going for this month’s vacation?” At that very moment, I decided and replied, “I haven’t decided yet. I will let you know by tomorrow.”
Choosing Mussoorie was absolutely random, and something fantastic happened there that has strengthened my belief in the concept of ‘serendipity’.
If you are looking for a weekend getaway, then you can consider travelling to Mussoorie. Here’s why:
Should you go to Mussoorie?
The ‘Queen of hill stations’ is counted among the Uttarakhand’s favourite holiday destinations for mountain-lovers. On a clear day, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Doon valley and the distant Himalayan peaks. If you want to surround yourself with the fresh mountain air and cooler temperature, then you should spend a mini-vacation here. You can witness the famous architecture of the British era in its libraries, hotels and churches.
I would suggest not going there between May and July as the town is flooded with tourists making it look like a family holiday camp or a honeymooners’ land. At other time of the year, there is a huge drop in the prices of hotels, and also a lot less crowd.
Few days before going on this trip, I was talking about the famous Indian author of British descent, Ruskin Bond, with my friend. I am a huge fan of his spellbinding writing. My favourite quote is “and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.” from his book ‘Scenes from a Writer's Life’.
Guess what, I met him face to face in Mussoorie!!! Within a few minutes, the place got so crowded, mostly with the kids. I was fortunate enough to have a small conversation with him in which I could only tell him how much I love his books. I was overwhelmed by his presence. He is a gentle and down to earth person. The great ones always are.
Cambridge Book Depot is the place where he comes every Saturday for just one hour in the evening. I was not aware of it. I was staying in Mussoorie for only one day, and fortunately, that day was Saturday. Dreams do come true, isn’t it?
And the coincidence was that I bought his book, ‘A Book of Simple Living’, from the same bookstore the same morning!!
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