Mussorie.,why? Thats what our friends asked. The question is valid. We could not identify a single thing in Mussorie that is not available in other hill stations. The mall road-the highest point-the fantastic view while you track. . Mussorie has it all. And that worked for us immensely. We went up there just to relax for two days and since there was no “you don’t do it and regret for life activity” our purpose was served.
We pottered around mall road, had omlettes at the celebrated “lovely omlette”. Bought home made chocolates, shopped for souvenirs and bells in multiple sizes and had a great time.
One of the prettiest sites was this wrought iron gazibo, colonial style with the statue of a little flower girl.
We trekked upto Laal Tibba, passing the antique stores, the cobblers who provide made to order shoes in a couple of hours and had ginger honey lime time at a stall at, Char Dukan.
The St. Paul Church there is a must do. It has very beautiful frescos in venetian glass.
We were a little disappointed with the services at Rockby’s Manor, a hill resort, supposedly owned by Sachin Tendulkar but that is for another day.
Lal tibba provides a panaromic view of Mussorie and one has the option of driving up as well.
Additionaly we also did the commonly recommended visit to Kempti Falls. A short cable car ride from the base lead to the falls. Many a kid with their families were frolicking in the water. Newly weds were having snaps clicked by whosoever they felt would oblige. 🙂
Just before returning we did a trek on the famous camel’s back road. If you look up from certain points on road you see a hillock with an arrangement of stones which looks as if its a sitting camel. To have a closer view we looked through a telescope that was available for a decent fee of Rs. 20 per head..Very interesting.
The normal route from Delhi to Mussorie is Meerut>>Modinagar>>Dehradun>>Mussorie. We had done this highway earlier and were disappointed. We opted for the more picturesque route via GT Karnal Road i.e. Shahbad>>Kalamb>> Poanta Sahib» Dehradun.
The route is mesmerising, beautiful and we were lucky to travel on a windy day. Leaves were falling all around us like rain…(remeber Forrest Gump)
We also did mattha tek at Poanta Saheb. This gurudwara on hills was founded in reverence to Guru Gobind Singh who had spent some time here.
Located at the banks of a river, the tranquility calmed us after a long drive up. Poanta Saheb was like a bonus to our Mussorie trip.
A quick word of caution, the drive up as well as Mussorie mall road is very steep. Unless one is a pro in driving, we strongly suggest taking a professional driver.