Mussorrie and Dehra Dun are situated very close to one another (29 km apart). While people visiting Dehra Dun often choose to stay at Mussorrie for its quiet ambiance and beauty. And various people backpacking Mussoorie often stay at Dehra Dun for its convenience and connectivity.
Better known as a transit point into the state of Himachal Pradesh, Dehra Dun is worth a visit. Lying adjacent to Mussorrie, Dehra Dun is also known for its vibrant Paltan Bazaar, and Tibetan Stupa in Clement Town. And while Mussoorie may seem tacky at first, Backpacking Mussoorie: It‘s British architecture, scenic Kempty falls and a fairy tale setting makes Mussorrie feel like a town out of an old English storybook. If you intend to go backpacking Dehra Dun and Mussoorie en route to Himachal Pradesh or another spot, I would recommend an overnight stay at the most. Mussoorie or Dehra Dun is a great place to lay low and chill out for a bit before plunging headfirst into a long mountain journey.
The Weather is mild here. The winters are cool, bordering on cold, and the summers, warmish-hot. The best time to visit is during the mild winters from October to May.
Places to visit in Mussoorie
Kempty Falls: (my story) A very scenic waterfall, located 15 km from Mussoorie. I remember going here as a child in tow with my family and a couple of other families. We were staying at a cottage structure hotel just above the falls. My sister (must be 12 then) was so mesmerized by the beauty of the spot, and the clouds flowing around the falls, that early morning she wandered off ‘to collect the clouds’. In the next some time, panic ensued as the grown ups went hittter skitter in a search party formation, looking for her. All this while my bliss-stricken sister sat in a dreamy haze by the falls.
In a magical memory from my childhood, I can still picture a subtle rainbow rising out of the cloudy mist round the Kempty falls. In the same frame, my family sits on the cottage steps, enjoying fire roasted corn. I hear the area around is commercialised now, and shops have filled up the lonely, beautiful wilderness of my childhood memories. But the falls themselves, the cave right beneath them, are left to their natural beauty. A must, must go.
Backpacking Uttrakhand: Where the river (Ganga) flows: Zigzagging roads lead to great pilgrimage sites where sagas from the Hindu epics are set. Among the oldest civilizations on Earth, Uttarakhand, winding around the banks of Ganga, hosts a vibe of sanctified prayer and ancient peace. Many travellers gather here for this vibe, finding it a powerful place to pursue a spiritual practice. Others come here for the tigers. Read More