The next day we started off from Haridwar after spending the night in the GMVN guest House.
Did a small Photo session in the parking lot. Check out the condition of XUV after almost 2000km of driving.
Map of the region inside GMVN guest House
From the Guest House we moved on to Har ki Paudi we were told to visit the place in the evening when it is at its most beautiful with all the deeyas floating in the river Ganga, but since we didnt have much time left that for some other time.
For Har ki Paudi one needs to park the vehicle in one of the designated parking spots around 1-2 kms from the place. After parking we took a cycle rickshaw to the river front.
Har Ki Paudi was teeming with pilgrims, tourists etc even in first week of February, there were some groups performing the last rites of family members some performing other poojas etc.
We roamed around on the banks and took a small can of Ganga River for family members. One can easily buy the bottles from the bank itself, As I was wearing my shoes, and being one of the most lazy person I know the task to fill the river water in the bottle came upto my wife, She got down to the river and filled the water. Later on I did get a scolding from my mom as I didnt even wash my feet in the Ganga and just stood on the bank.
I am not one of the religious kinds but standing on one of the bridges listening to the shloks and hymns around, the sound of the River Ganga did have some spiritual and soothing effect on me. I dont know why, it might be just the rubbing effect or the place itself but yeah the place is definitely a must visit.
From Har ki Paudi we took another cycle rickshaw back to the parking. On the way had our breakfast at a small Kachori stall near the parking itself. Even though my stomach was still upset couldnt stop myself from having that amazing Kachori with Aaloo ki sabji and grated Raddish. One of the best breakfasts of the trip till now.
Some pics from the scene.
Later on we moved towarrds Dehradun stopping at the Grand Shiva statue for some minutes and a small photsession. One can easily see the entire Har ki Paudi from this point. It gives you another perspective another vantage point to see the river Ganga.
From the Garden of the Grand Statue we moved towards Dehradun. For Dehradun I had planned just a couple of points namely, Robber's Cave, Sahastradhara and Sahastradhara Ropeway and the Tapkeshwar Temple.
First we moved on to Sahastradhara but was highly disappointed, nothing there to see, now I dont if it was the season to visit or not but to me it looked more like a forced tourist destination and nothing more than that, same goes for Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple DDN people please correct me if I am wrong but to me it looked like there was a tap on the ceiling which used to provide the water drops on which the name of the temple is there, plus there are a lot of temples build in that very premises which one can visit. Payed our respects there but was not happy with the visit.
Next on our list was Robber's Cave, from the first two places we didnt have much hope for Robber's Cave as well but that place astonished me, This is a must visit place if you are in Dehradun,
Robber's Cave is basically cave at the end of which there is a small waterfall all natural nothing manmade over there except for some refreshment stalls and all. To reach the waterfall one needs to wade through water and go. The water level is not much around 1-1.5 feet deep but in some places it is close to 3-4 feet deep.
After the water wading and getting half wet, we had our lunch in one of the eateries there tomato Soup and Egg Maggie, I dont know what would have Indian tourists eat in Hilly places if not for Maggie.
Some pics from the place.
From Robber's Cave we said goodbye to Dehradun and started off for Mussoorie the queen of Hills. Reached Mussoorie at somewhere around 3-4 PM checked into a 3* hotel on the mall road as they were giving hefty discounts because of off season. We got a room for 2200 including taxes for which the normal tariff was 4500 + taxes.
Had some tea there and went off for a stroll after freshening up a bit. During off season Vehicles are allowed on Mall Road, but mall road is something that one needs to cover on foot.
Getting Ready for the cold in Mussoorie. Temperature at that time was around 5-6 Deg C.
Finished off the day with a Chocolate Pancake at Click Chocolate
Next Day was Mussoorie Sight Seeing day. Stay Tuned