WHY ONE CAN’T MOVE BEYOND THE QUEEN OF HILLS

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Sheduo Choephelling Monastery

I have been visited to quite numbers of hill stations but I found Queens of Hills “Mussoorie” to be truly unique every time I visited here with my travel buddy. This small hill station shines like a glittery necklace from Dehradun in the dark night sky. The curves road and step gives you a different sense of satisfaction while walking on the rusted crossroad toward the old green library.

Mussoorie Library

Starting from the first fencing of Malsi Deer Park to the two ends of the Mall Road every inch of the Mussoorie will be perfect for the travellers. The signs of colonial architecture and building in an old fashioned with antique street lamps over black iron fence add to the unique charm to this place. The famous Mussoorie Library with dainty green wood and iron gives you one all the more reason to visit Queen of Hills.

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This small town covered with lush-green forest during monsoon, while the greenery of the valleys are filled with snow and clouds during winter. No one come here during  rainy season. But the find the youth crowd from Dehradun chilling here on every weekends.

Winters will be perfect time to visit, here especially when snowfall begins, but you have to deal with a lot of crowds during this time or even if your bad luck with you then you may find No-Entry board in Dehradun as Mussoorie is full you have to turn back from Dehradun.

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One can also find a lot of isolated places here but in reality they are not  isolated anymore.

Mussoorie is a so small if you ride Ten Minutes with you own bike in any direction the city will end as its entire market resides on one road that is popularly known as Mall road which starts from Ridge Road and extending from the Old Mussoorie to the New Mussoorie.

Cloud End

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At another end of the Mussoorie, passing through the unfinished narrow mountain roads, one can find a magical resort famous as Cloud End. Nestled in the uphill jungle, this resort is very far away from the urban hustle bustle and is known for its raw beauty.

Simple cottages dot this of land with a small gate open to a forest. Yes, a forest! This piece of land behind the resort is untouched and caretakers are trained to combat wildlife. It is not uncommon to find snakes and wild lizards moving in the bushes. And the view is absolute bliss!

You see nothing but mountains and cloud dancing in the valley. Imagine nothing but lush green hills, with their wombs filled with thick clouds and the setting sun shyly smiling through the fog. Sheer beauty, isn’t it? This place ends up being one of the best destinations to click pictures. Selfie lovers, this one is for you!

George Everest Point

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A small diversion just before Cloud End takes you to George Everest Point. The place is named after Welsh surveyor and geographer George Everest, who stayed and owned a house here for over 11 years. Though the house is just a landmark now, the point is famous for several prayer flags hung all over.

Lal Tibba Temple

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Situated on Landour road, 5 kms from Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is the highest peak in the region. This place provides mesmerizing views during sunrise and sunset. It is easily accessible by motor vehicles, except the last few meters which are to be covered on feet.

Helpful Tips

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-Given that places in Mussoorie are pretty distant from each other, you need a vehicle at your disposal. Taxi fares are exorbitantly high, not less than Rs.8,000, if you want to visit every place in & around the town. It is better to have your own vehicle. Else, bargaining with drivers to go by the meter is always beneficial. You can also try contacting the hotel manager to arrange a car for a slightly cheaper rate.

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No matter how far you go to explore, find your stay on Ridge Road if you are on low budget and don’t have a vehicle. It is cheaper, easily accessible and safe as compared to other isolated locations. One can find a variety of restaurants and cafes nearby. And of course, don’t miss a late night walk on the road, you’ll witness the city of Dehradun sparkling like light bugs in the form of a starfish!

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