30 Apr 2015

Mussoorie, Queen of Hills

Mussoorie homestay

As the Sun God is demonstrating his power, my mind seems to wander off to all those hill stations I have never been to but are on my bucket list. Even though my heart has absolutely no problems in being my mind’s associate in playing mind games, I refuse to succumb this time. Impending exams are no fun, especially in this scorching heat and thus I decided to write about my trip with my best friends to my favorite hill station-Mussoorie!

Just an hour drive away from Dehradun, Mussoorie is undoubtedly the Queen of the Hills. It is situated at the foothill of Himalayas and with its lush green hills and the varied flora and fauna; Mussoorie is pretty as a picture. It was a short weekend trip in mid-October and I was pretty excited. The festive season, you see, brings out the best of me.

Covered with woolen yarn from head to toe, our first stop was Lal Tibba. It is said to be the highest point in Mussoorie and is about a 5 km uphill walk from Picture Palace. Even though the walk was energy draining, it was worth it. A 20 m high tower, loads of people, a glimpse at the magnificent Himalayas through an old telescope, needless to say, I was delighted.

After grabbing a quick Hot Chocolate from a café, our next stop was Lake Mist followed by Kempty Falls. Lake Mist offered a picturesque view and Kempty Falls was fun. We sat there gorging on Maggi and enjoying the scenic beauty. After we were contented with food in our tummies, we decided to visit the famous Jwalaji Temple. Located on the top of Benog Hill, Jwalaji Temple is surrounded by a thick forest and amidst the greenery; an old idol of Goddess Durga seems to surround the place with an inexplicable charm. The place also offers a beautiful view of the Yamuna Valley.

After we grabbed some delicious Biriyani from Green The Mall, we thought it was time for some adventure. We decided to go mountain biking and to say it was a thrilling experience would be an understatement. The biking route offered a beautiful view of lush green landscape full of pine, and oak trees. We still had energy left after biking and hence opted for Roller Skating. Of course, we tripped and fell down and hurt ourselves, but that didn’t seem to stop us. We burst into peals of laughter at each other’s plight and it a thrilling experience.

Tired from all the sightseeing and adrenaline rush, we cooled ourselves at the Mall Road after sunset and bought quite a few things before heading for the airport. My personal favorite is an antique candle stand which now adorns my living room.

As I look at the picture on my study table, a happy reminder of our trip, I grab my phone and send a quick text to my friends telling them that they are missed and I can’t wait for June!

Yes, you got that right. June, a month away from my next holiday!

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