MUSSOORIE TRIP ’09
Day 1: Delhi Darshan
Travelling Mumbai – Delhi by the Rajdhani was a long cherished dream that came true this day. The pic shows how cool the journey was in the sweltering heat of Mumbai beating on the window.
Just four halts on the way and in the morning I opened my eyes to see Delhi! The little orange bench was the only place free at the Delhi station (probably because it was out in the scorching sun)
No fancy pictures of Delhi. All I could capture was the tower of the Red Fort, while taking an auto ride from Delhi station to ISBT
From the hustle and bustle outside it’s great to rest in the warmth of a home.
Day 2: Monkeying around
Woke up early the next day, only to find that the macaques were out there earlier than anybody else.
While some choose to bond with their babies, others take the more traditional path of social grooming.
This was one though just stood apart (probably the more meditative kind ;))
Evening saw us going down for a walk along Mall road, the shopping haunt of Mussoorie.
Day 3: Spring break
How can a morning be complete with the sounds of the birds. These were even ready to strike a few poses for the camera.
Mussoorie is known for its freshwater springs and here is a pic of one such little known one.
All along the path were these tiny flowers.
The end of another beautiful day
Day 4: Shahastra dhara
Everyone to whom I mentioned I was going to Mussoorie said: “You have to go to Shahastra dhara.” Why! It’s even described in great detail in the Lonely Planet guide. If you like crowds, this is the place to be. I on my part would not have any bit of those flowing waters wash me!
Got caught in a strong hailstorm on the way back—and to prove I am not exaggerating… here is a sample!
For the ones who like skies, here is a feast to the eyes
Day 5: Bhatta falls
Two of the famous waterfalls in Mussoorie are Bhatta and Kempty. I jumped to the idea that Bhatta had lesser of the crowd and I was amply rewarded. Not only is the water crystal clear, but there is so much of wildlife around, you need to spend a day out there! Kudos to the people for keeping it clean!
Beauty is two sided… this is the underbelly of Mussoorie which I was lucky to witness.
Zoologists, help me here. This is one bird that just can’t sit still for a second.
Day 6: Dhanaulti
“What is there in Dhanaulti? It’s a small stretch from here to here. There is some eco-park out there but nothing else.” If I were to heed this advice and change plans of going to this place I would have to kick myself! Nature or noise, you make a choice. I chose the first and that made all the difference.
Here’s a sampling of the beauty of Dhanaulti. (Botanists, feel free to provide the names of the flora)
After a refreshing hour’s drive back from Dhanaulti to Mussoorie, it was time to learn the ropes. The ropeway at Mussoorie takes people up some really steep ravines to the Himalayan view point. It’s literally a walk in the clouds (and some with their own silver linings too!)
Day 7: Yamuna bridge
Is it a river? Is it a bridge? All that I know, is that it’s beautiful. Sat by the river for half a day, just taking in the sights and sounds. There was water-rafting too, but the idea was quickly shelved.
“You cannot leave Mussoorie if you have not seen the lights of Dehradun in the night.” And so, taking this warning very seriously, I braved the cold and got this panorama of the city lights.
Day 8: Dehradun Drive
At the end of a week in Mussoorie-Dehradun, I consider myself a pro at the wheel. This is a pic of the Dehradun city from Mussoorie.
Before leaving I spent some more time scouting around for the best panorama. Still can’t decide which of the too captures the soul of the place—all that I can do is, wonder.
Day 9: Agra
The last halt of our journey was the Agra, with the sole purpose of seeing the Taj. No words can be wasted in describing the beauty of this monument. Reach there at the right time of the day and you will not be disappointed!
Day 10: Punjab Mail
AC compartments don’t really encourage photography, but I just could not resist.