The third day we decided to go to the hill station Mussoorie for sightseeing. Again we hired a cab for the day and after breakfast at my cousins place started for Mussoorie.
On the way to Mussoorie, we stopped at Sahastradhara falls. Sahastradhara which means ‘Thousand fold spring’ is around 15 Km from Dehradun. The place has a spread of waterfalls and caves. Water drips from limestone stalactites, turning it to sulfur springs. This is considered to heal some ailments. Since we went in May, the water was not in full flow but enough to appreciate the natural beauty of the place. Went into a couple of caves which had dripping water in it. It was a new experience.
Inside one of the cave, with water dripping inside.
From there we went to Mussoorie. First we stopped at Kempty falls. I was not too impressed. To be fair, maybe it is more beautiful in the rainy and post rainy season, but in May, there was water directed to a single stream. Below the area was developed into big pools in two levels, where children and elders too could have fun and enjoy. It is a very touristy spot. A couple of stalls are set up to provide tourists with snacks and Maggi noodles.
On the way up to Mussoorie saw hotels built in the slopes, where from the balcony you will have great views but also sheer drops. So, definately not my type of place to stay. Reached Mussoorie.
Mussoorie is a hill station in Uttarakhand situated at a height of 2005 mts above the sea level, situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and is known as the Queen of the Hills. Mussoorie offers superb scenic view of peaks of the Himalayas in western Garhwal.
Went and saw Company Gardens which is a well developed garden but not unique. It has a couple of stalls which cater to photography in local pahadi attire.
A man made waterfall in Company Gardens.
The cab driver then left us at one end of Mall road, which is closed to vehicles. There are many restaurants and shopping places and is very vibrant. It is 2.2 km with the road rising and dropping. With the chill in the air, we found it a bit tiring.
Mussoorie is a place to stay for a day or two and relax. That way you can take in the beauty of the place and appreciate the views offered from there. Going just to see the place and come back in a few hours does not make sense.
Thus we finished our trip to Mussoorie and headed back to Dehradun.