A Wonderful Trip to the Queen of Hills - Mussoorie
Summers in Delhi and neighbouring areas can be extremely exhausting. Since I haven't availed any of my holidays in the past, it was time for me to indulge in it. One of my friends also decided to team up. Since we were looking for some place very close to Delhi, Mussoorie was the best option. It was a weekend trip to rejuvenate. I was told that April to June in summer is the best time to visit Mussoorie. Later on, September to November is the time when the Queen of Hills is in full bloom.
You can get regular flights from Delhi. But we chose to travel by road (around 290 km). Pankaj agreed to drive his Honda City and I joined in. We started on Friday morning at around 5:30 in the morning. It took us 5-6 hours to reach Mussoorie.
Since we stopped twice to enjoy breakfast and dinner, we got a little late. The hotel was already booked by Tour Das. It was a small yet beautiful hotel that looked like a resort with greenery all around. The service was good. Since it was 12:00 in the afternoon and the weather moderately warm, we decided to take a nap. At around 2:00, we headed to the hotel's in house restaurant. Awesome food!!! They served both non-vegetarian and vegetarian food. This hotel was quite famous among tourists as it is close to the Mall.
After a hearty lunch, we decided to take a stroll around the Mall. It was 4:00 in the evening and people had already thronged the mall. Although we had relished a sumptuous lunch at the hotel, indulging in a rich cup of coffee was something irresistible. Ruskin Bond, the famous author, who resides in the town, has his abode situated away from the maddening crowd of the cities. We shopped for some knick-knacks and enjoyed snacks.
The night was cold with a clear sky and stars twinkling all around. Next morning, we got up early and made our way to camel’s back road. This is the place where the Camel’s Rock is visible. It has a life like resemblance. The scenic panoramic vista of the snow-capped Himalayas, and the absolute grace they had adorned exhilarated me.
After enjoying a breakfast in the hotel, we made our way to George Everest. Located at around 6 kms from Mussoorie, the place is approachable by road. Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world has been named after Sir George Everest, First Surveyor General of India.
This beautiful bungalow was built in the year 1838. A British Major had built this bungalow. One of the locals here told us that it was one of the First Four buildings of Mussoorie. Later on, it was converted into a hotel 'Clouds End' at the extreme west of Mussoorie Hill. Bordered beautifully by a dense forest, the resort promises a wide range of flora and fauna.
We got back to the hotel and had lunch. It was a non-vegetarian buffet arranged by the hotel. In the evening, we again had a stroll at the Mall. We were quite excited to experience the ‘Ropeway', a cable car that carries all visitors from the Mall to Gun Hill. The flat top is home to a number of snack stalls and many hundreds of photographers offering Hilly Girl costumes.
Gun Hill is a fabulous place promising brilliant opportunities to enjoy mesmerising views of Mussoorie. The Mussoorie people, the enchanting sites, hills, and mountains were absolutely stunning. We just didn't want to end this trip.
While descending the amazing slopes, I felt deep adoration for these hills within. I just kept looking at the green trees, hills, and lush surroundings. The beautiful memories of a tour to Queen of Hills had stayed with me.