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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Things to see and do at Mussoorie - 2

Guys, just fasten your seat belts, and enjoy the 34-km drive up the steep, winding road from Dehra, with its innumerable hairpin bends.

For your time in Mussoorie begins now as you leave Dehra Dun to begin the uphill climb. Enjoy the changing scenery and the sudden drop in temperature as you approach the hill station.

The first (and the best) view of Mussoorie comes up as you take the bend before Bhatta Village. Quite suddenly you see the 'great ramp of Mussoorie' (as Kipling called it in Kim), in all its panoramic splendour. Half an hour later you are in the hill station.

The Mall Mussoorie's promenade, the Mall, has tremendous length but not much width. It straddles a precipitous ridge, extending from Cloud's End in the west to Rockville (the 'Haunted House') in the east. Officially, the Mall begins at Library Bazaar and ends at the Clock Tower, where Landour Bazaar starts. You can walk this distance in an hour.

Towards the end of Landour Bazaar, you enter the cantonment, which has an old-world atmosphere of its own. West of Library Bazaar lies Happy Valley, so named for no discernible reason: it covers a rather melancholy stretch that includes the municipal gardens, the Tibetan School and Home, and the National Academy of Administration. South of the Picture Palace, a steep road takes you down to Barlowganj, where old schools such as St. George's, Oakgrove and Wynberg-Allen occupy spacious estates. You can drive to most of these areas, but if you feel like a good walk, there are a few to be had around Mussoorie.

Kempty Falls:

Though it's a short visit to Mussoorie, include an excursion to Kempty Falls, just an hour's drive (12 km) away on the Mussoorie-Yamunotri route. This used to be a lovely spot, but it has become one long, rather scruffy bazaar, ugly with plastic bags and other litter. It's a real tourist trap in May and June, and traffic snarls can take the fun out of the outing and the beauty out of the falls. Better to carry on down to the Yamuna River and find a quiet spot to picnic along the river bank.

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