My spiritual journey has evolved with knowledge, understanding, and experience of growing together with the family of four. Whenever I find myself in an uninviting situation, I look for solitude spending time with my near and dear ones and going for a vacation from a demanding chaotic busy work life to Mussoorie, popularly tagged as Queen of Hills, located in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. Mussoorie is a popular tourist destination with a lot of budget hotels to reside and various reasonable Mussoorie tour package options to choose from.
Mussoorie is full of mesmerizing scenes, and lush green valleys, a perfect summer retreat, therefore, we decided to send my kids to a boarding school in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. I always look forward to being in Mussoorie for one and only one reason, and now you know why? As a family, we decided that the quintessential boarding experience would bring in a different sense of independence to the Jr. Donegans, perhaps the finest decision of our lives.
My life partner in crime and with his enjoyable amusing company, I, with my husband has always looked forward to this superb journey that has created unforgettable travel memoirs, over the years. The visits to Mussoorie would always bring in that adrenaline rush forgetting the frantic hectic life and delighting out a little young me, or I shall rephrase it by stating, a kid like character which jumps out at mere mention of word ‘Mussoorie’ coz my little hearts are always waiting to meet us and adore spending their vacations with us, a double whammy for the whole clan.
Every weekend, zipping our way through up in the hills in our SUV, a chance to travel to this heavenly paradise and staying at this beautiful villa on Barlowganj, has been an experience beyond imagination for us. The lush full journey towards the Happy Valley from Library Head to Kulri Bazaar for shopping, from Valley View to Clouds End, and from Waverly Convent to Company Bagh are some of the touchpoints you don’t want to miss in Mussoorie.
Though I am not an avid traveller my personal favourite spot is Landour, a small British styled hill station, is a twin town of Mussoorie. My own little kingdom drenched in floating clouds, where there is plenty to do and yet, time stands still. A quite little cantonment is considered pretty much a hamlet with steep hilly roads, small shops having that old nostalgic appeal, selling candies and nibbles, silver jewellery, Raj memorabilia etc, a favourite shopping destination for tourists purchasing souvenirs for their loved ones back home.
Is it no wonder that Ruskin Bond has called it his home for decades? The sweeping views from the various lookout points as you walk around and enjoy a day of blissful peace and beauty at its best with sipping coffee and a book in my hands is something I am grateful for and how we all are blessed with this splendid range of hills and beautiful valleys in India. The intimate walk with my husband and the togetherness in the wilderness of the valley, appreciating the flora and fauna has just brought the two of us even closer to life in terms of understanding the natural surroundings of countryside living.
The fragrance of freshly baked croissants and cream filled rolls just makes us stop and revel in eating at a street side café in Landour. My children relishing the warm waffles smothered with butter and chocolate sauce makes my whole trip so overwhelmingly enchanting and delightful. Buying all-natural peanut butter and fresh jams from these understated cafes and shops when back to my routine, makes me reminisce about the days I spent with my tribe in the hills. Take me back to the hills…please.