Mussoorie: Tale of the queen of hills

College trips give you some of the best memories and exotic experiences. So let me take you to the craziest college trip of mine to Mussoorie.

It was February of 2018, my last year of college. As planned we enrolled for the trip and started making plans, what to wear, which accessories, who will be roommates, etc. My excitement was at cloud nine.

On the way to Mussoorie
Picture by Mamta Bohra
The First Step to the Best Trip

Here comes the day, we departed about 5:30 AM in the morning. Everybody was very enthusiastic. We started dancing insanely as the journey started. It makes me laugh whenever I think about this day. We were also accompanied by our faculty teachers, unexpectedly they blended with us so nicely and took part in every activity.

After covering 200 km from Chandigarh to Dehradun, we reached our first spot, Forest Research Institute. It is a Premier Institution with beautiful infrastructure. Many movies were shot here. It seemed like a college from a Hollywood Movie.

Then we moved on to another place called Sahastradhara, which literally means ‘thousand fold spring’. The place has a magnificent view as the water drips from the limestone stalactites, making the presence of sulphur in the water and thus this place is known for its sulphur springs. After the tiring travelling throughout the day, it was very relaxing to enjoy the drips of sulphur water. We also had bread pakoras and chai there.

Kempty Falls at Mussoorie
Picture by Mamta Bohra
Almost reached Mussoorie

At the time of twilight, we were climbing the last hills to reach Mussoorie. We checked in at 7 PM. From the window panes of my room, I could see the twinkling lights all over the mountains making it appear like a Christmas tree. After some touch-ups, we went to explore the mall road. Shops, restaurants and hotels arranged in a queue and streets filled with tourists with winter gears caps and jackets. It was very cold and eating those hot steaming momos was a wow moment. The food was awesome so was the vibe of the market. It was 11 PM, most shops were being closed. Some of us tried hot milk and some of us tried ice-cream as midnight craving which was accompanied by the street dogs.

After getting back and hustling around over the hotel terrace and capturing the starry sky we get into bed.

Next Day!

Next morning, we departed for Kempty falls, it is about 15 km from the main city area. I feel it is a must-visit place if you go to Mussoorie. There is a 40 ft high waterfall and some cascades too. It was so refreshing and so photogenic. Water falling seems like frozen, so pure, so elegant. Little rainbows arch as sunlight crosses the droplets of dripping water, it gives a magnificent view.  We enjoyed a lot. Some also clicked a picture with rented traditional dress. And Maggie was delicious. We ended up spending a lot of time here and return we had to skip the gun hill point.

Kempty Falls at Mussoorie
Picture By Mamta Bohra

The weather, scenery and vibe everything is amazing about Mussoorie. The ravishing visuals of mountain peaks make you fall in love with this place. And the company of best friends made it more cherishing. Every journey has its destination. Ended so soon but will be remembered always.

This is it for now. Hope to catch you soon again.

“ To travel is to live”

 Nicolas Zangenberg

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