The next day, we boarded the state bus at 9:30 for Mussoorie from the bus stand near Dehradun Railway station.
One must note that there are 2 bus stands in Mussoorie. While one stand, is near the town library (closer to George Everest) and the other one, near picture palace (closer to Landour). The tickets cost 60/- irrespective of the bus stands. Other options for travel such as taxis are also available near the stands. The rates are fixed for all the means of transportation.
As the journey consists of traveling through meandering hills, one must take precautions to deal with certain symptoms of travel sickness and light-headedness.
Again due to the holiday season, the town (especially tourist attractions such as Mall road, Lal tibba, Cable car etc.) was crowded with tourists. We received honest and realistic information from the locals regarding various sites and thus followed their advice.
We started off by walking down the mall road looking for places to eat. Upon a friend's suggestion we tried a cheese omelette at one of the most famous and oldest food joints in the town - Lovely Omelette Centre. The food was at par with it's reputation as the soft, warm omelette almost melts in your mouth.
As one of us was an ardent reader of books by the famous author - Ruskin Bond, we started out to the bookshop where he often sits on Saturdays. But as luck would have it, we misunderstood the directions, but were eventually back on the path, with the help of the locals. We eventually found the Cambridge bookstore which is located on the mall road itself (opposite to the State Bank of India, near Kalsang, Mussoorie). While my friend, wrote a letter to the famous author (the shopkeeper is an absolute gentlemen and yes! the messages are passed on and read by Mr.Bond) ; one must visit the bookstore between, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm on Saturdays, if he or she wants to meet the author.
It was 2:00 in the afternoon when we took a Cycle rickshaw which dropped us at the Ropeway. We had lunch at a restaurant and decided to go to the George Everest peak (George Everest's House). A taxi driver took us to the George Everest's peak and charged 1250/- . While four wheelers and two wheelers can go up to the hilltop (though the roads are in bad condition), one can walk up the path amidst the green trees and sound of the birds.
After about half an hour we reached the peak and the view was absolutely breath-taking. We perched ourselves on ruins of the mansion which had been destroyed not only by the times and nature but also by the countless claims of lovers scribbled across the crumbling walls of the house. One could see these huge, lush green hills nestled together against the blue sky. The winds were strong and refreshing. We did not feel like leaving.
But eventually we had to, and we could not witness the sunset as the last bus for Dehradun left at 7 in the evening.
As the evening begin to set in the town, the heat gave in to the cool evening breeze. We enjoyed a bowl of Maggi - which was a must, given the weather. We would recommend Mussoorie as a place to stay instead of Dehradun for the true experience of being amidst the hills.
As we were headed back, we could not get the bus tickets , as towards the evening the rush for journey to Dehradun begins to grow. We eventually had to take a taxi back to Dehradun which cost 250/- per person. The taxi dropped us till the station and then we took a tempo back to the hotel, and the day came to an end.