Mussoorie - A bustling ( specially in the Summers ) North Indian Hill-Station, adjoining Dehradun, about 270 Kms from Delhi. We chose to go there on Bapu's birthday, that's the time when the Holiday season officially kicks off in India. I like travelling and specially when it's me driving, but I'd never drove in the slopy hills before, plus this was with family so it was a cautious adventure, I'd say.
So v3 started from Noida at about 10 am, took the Khatauli-Muzzafarnagar route, that has a narrow road stretch with traffic moving either ways, and a stream on one side. I'd recommend this route only in the day for safety reasons.
Now we stocked up a lot of biscuits, Sandwiches, namkeen packets and a few parathas thinking there'll be nothing worthy on the way I'll be able to get my hands on to stop and munch courtesy my well travelled brother-in-law. Well there's McDonald's Subway KFC and Others about 100 Kms away from Noida, where you could make your 1st stop over, you could just freshen up, re-fuel your belly or pick-up your snack and just drive-through. I reached there in about 2 hours, why you ask ?! Family, I told you I was travelling with :) You could reach there in about an hour and a half latest.
The next 3 hours were non stop, except that we stopped at a few petrol pumps for the Universal Call of Nature, we were now at the brink of Mussoorie, well inside Dehradun.
Stopped - Stretched - Started
Once we were in, wanted to know which is the nearest route to Mussoorie, was told to take the Rajpur Road route that goes straight to the Hills.
Now, we were about 50-60 Kms roughly far from our Hotel in Mussoorie, which was about 500 mts from the Mall Road, with the university of petroleum studies on my left, I told my wife am going to do this in 25 mins. She said I dare not, and take a 100 mins rather. Well, when in doubt, always do what the wife says. It took me exactly an hour and a half to my hotel Amatra Dunsvirk Court, the Hotel. This was partly because I was instructed to go slow, and partly due to the picturesque surroundings.
Stopped - Clicked , Clicked - Started
Just about 25 Kms short of Mussoorie we stopped at a Maggi Point, and clicked some pics and had Maggi with Tea/ Bun Maska. There are many Maggi Points you'll find on the way so you won't have to say you missed any certain one. All cook the Maggi the same way, actually the smell and taste of the Hilly Maggi is all the more amazing.
So after I drove the Honda City for about 278 Kms and 6.5 hours we were at Amatra Dunsvirk Hotel at about 4:30 pm, our abode for the next 3 days. My tank was half full when I began the trip, re-fueled at Dehradun with Rs. 2000 worth of petrol and I reached back Noida with the Tank still half full.
The Hotel, a 4 star property that I booked via Goibibo was a screamer of a deal. It'll test your and your car's hill holding skills, I didn't take a chance and called for the hotel driver. But, this is at the last stretch about 10 mins away, its easily located at the highest point in Mussoorie ( not counting Dhanaulti, mind you).
The 4* property otherwise costs you about 7K / nite, but I got the same in about 4Kite, courtesy the off season & Goibibo.
Enjoyed the views from the Hotel, Dined at the hotel and Hit the sack, the Driver was done for the day :)