On 9th Jun’12 – Around 9am
My brother gave an idea to visit Lansdowne and come back by evening (it is roughly 45kms from my native place). Idea was a welcomed by most of us as it was planned earlier to visit and stay at Lansdowne but due to unavailability of hotels I had to shift my plan to Mussooriee. Well we started by 11am and drive to Lansdowne was awesome. Narrow but good roads, let us reach there in an hour’s time and we straight away heads to have some pait-pooja (lunch).
After a lavish lunch, we went to Bhulla Lake. It was man-made lake and has some arrangements for boating and few ducks are also there to keep kids interested in the area. We sat there for some 20-30 mins and started moving towards tip n top enroute we visited old Church. It was awesome feeling seeing such an old building in good shape. At tip n top there was nothing visible due to cloud covering entire Himalayan range and we came back empty handed.
After some more sit seeing we started our journey back to Kotdwara around 5 pm via Gumkhal. Weather at / around Gumkhal was even better than Lansdowne. We took some photographs and returned to Kotdwara by 6pm. Note:-
I thought that my brother would let me drive on hills to have some firsthand experience but he did not offer and I did not ask. Sshhh ! On 10th Jun’12 – Around 8am
We started our journey to Mussooriee from Kotdwara and promised everyone to come again during winters to visit other places. Route was again planned via Kotdwara-Nazimabad bypass to Haridwar-D’Dun-Mussooriee.
Entire journey was excellent till we reach Haridwar and from there BIG jam started. We reached Haridwar around 10am but could not cross it up till 11pm. More surprises were there for us. On this route there are two narrow railway underpasses are there and there we encountered bigger jams than Haridwar. We managed clear both the jams and could reach D’Dun by 4pm.
Before embarking hilly road, we waited for some last snacks for Maggie. For three plats he charged Rs. 90/- expensive but nice.
Around 5:30pm we started off to Mussooriee. I switched off music to remain focused and boy o boy what a journey it was. Full of bands, curves, trucks n buses and car walas from Delhi/NCR running down (opposite direction) as if they are driving on Buddha circuit and confident there would not be any one coming from front. One buggar (Indica cabby), was over taking on a curve (100% blind spot) and came in front of me almost yelling “Mujhe Bachoo”
. I had to break hard and he somehow managed to maneuver his cab on right track others we were about to experience a BIG BANG
Anyway, just 15-20mins on hills and such an experience was good enough to shatter anybody’s confidence. But I did not have any choice nor was I really ready to explore any but to continue our journey.
After this incident, entire journey till we reach Delhi was full of fun and excitement. (Touchwood)
Finally, at 6:15pm we reached our destination “Karma Villas, Mussooriee”.
It was a beautiful property and good view of D’Dun during night.
After day long journey, we had good dinner and retire at our room.
More to come...
Kids playing at the hotel in the evening