A panoramic view of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand after receiving fresh snowfall. Also seen in the picture is a tree almost uprooted due to heavy snow fall.
After Diwali (Indian festival) vacation, I've been called by one of my friend Rajat to meet in Delhi, India. But, O boy! we were greeted with bad smog (as bad that Delhi was declared the most polluted city on earth!).
"Take only memories, leave only footprints"
Upcoming Saturday (17th November being a holiday for us, was a perfect window to escape from the bad smog. So, we friends decided to go on a short trip nearby Delhi to re-energize ourselves!
Deciding the weekend trip from Delhi: November in northern India is the month of transition to the cold season. We had two choices, either chose plains ( Amritsar, Chandigarh) or Hills (Shimla, Manali, Mussoorie). After searching a lot and multiple debates (which included, distance, people of the group who already visited a place, purpose of trip etc.) on our WhatsApp group (yes we create WhatsApp group for each trip!), we finally settled down on Mussoorie as our weekend getaway from Delhi. Reason being:
None of us had been to Mussoorie before. Mussoorie is just 300 km from Delhi (around 4-5 hrs of the journey). Purpose of visit was to get away from the busy (and smoggy) life to relax and fill our lungs with some fresh air - hills will always offer you this and Mussoorie is a hill-station! Weather at Mussoorie in November is like this: Clear blue sky, starry nights, a little nip in the air, high visibility (you can see Himalayas peaks! - means no pollution!) - a perfect weather one could wish for!
Hence Mussoorie as our weekend getaway was pinned for November 17th weekend.
Planning logistics for Mussoorie trip: Once we decided the place, we quickly got into straightening out the logistics which included transportation and our stay for 2 nights in Mussoorie.Transportation: Since we love road trips we decided to go by self-driving car but later decide to go by bus as we aren't aware of the roads. We also wanted to cover a few places in and around Mussoorie like Dhanaulti and Dehradun, we decide to take an outstation cab in Mussoorie for the same. So after reaching Dehradun, we took an Ola cab for Mussoorie which is 35Kms, he charged us INR 1200, They have clean and well-maintained GPS fitted cabs, professional drivers along with fair and transparent pricing.
Stay: Our Mussoorie trip was going to be a relaxed trip, which meant our stay had to be really good (outside seating with valley view!) and under budget at the same time. This was going to be a tough task for me! So my friend Rajat took the lead on this and shortlisted few properties (hotels and resorts) based on user reviews, photos, and budget. After looking at Rio resorts, Seagreen lodges, Jharipani resort, Brentwood and a couple more, we finally settled down to Hotel Raj Reason being: nice rooms, outside seating area with valley view, close to mall road (walkable), good reviews and under budget!
"We quickly searched for online hotel booking deals and got a good discount on booking through Make my trip app. Finally a humongous task ended! Phew! Hi-five Bestie!"
The trip begins (17th November): Idea was to leave by night from Delhi as it was an overnight journey for Dehradun from Delhi. We reached Dehradun by early morning 6! After spending some time in Dehradun we quicky book a cab for Mussoorie and headed towards Mussoorie.
"Route was: Delhi Ghaziabad Meerut Muzaffarnagar Roorkee Haridwar Dehradun Mussoorie."
We reached our resort - Hotel Raj by 7.30 am. Yes, it took us just 8 hrs to reach Mussoorie from Delhi!
The moment we arrived at Hotel Raj, we got a full view of Doon valley with sunrise in the backdrop! We all got so excited that we started clicking pictures as to capture the moment! -we both went insane. Moments later when sense prevailed, we checked-in. Staffs at Hotel Raj are courteous, and they allowed us for early check-in even! They recommended us places to visit in Mussoorie as well.