We had started our day 2 at 0900 hrs. We had ordered tea from room service and got ready to explore Mussorie. At around 1000 hrs we started from Hotel and reached at the Ropeway point to Gun hill which was very close to our Hotel. Ropeway for Gunhill operates between 1000 hrs to 1800 hrs. Gunhill is the second highest peak of Mussorie thus colder than other parts of Mussorie. There is a history behind the name of this place. It says during Britishers reign, the gun was fired every afternoon to inform time to the people from this place, hence named as Gun Hill. When we reached at Ropeway, it was heavily crowded with tourist as well as there were three buses full of college students came there for Picnic. Somehow at 1100 hrs our turn came for ropeway. The ropeway distance is just 400m and it takes just 5 minutes to reach Gunhill by ropeway but the sheer thrill of the ride is memorable.
The ropeway experience itself is so wonderful and it gives telescopic view of entire Mussorie. The ropeway charges for a round trip was Rs 50/- or 75/- (Not remember exact price) per person. It is a beautiful place with an open area in the middle surrounded by lots of shops and restaurants. It also gives superb view of surrounding hills.
As we were hungry since morning, we first had our breakfast at Gunhill. Our breakfast was Hot parathas served with butter. It tasted so good at such a high altitude with pleasant weather , wonderful view and with empty stomach. Then we just walk around to see the view for which the Gunhill is famous. Point itself was very beautiful with lovely flowers all over the hill.
After spending about 45 minutes at the place we returned back. From Mall road we then took a cycle rickshaw to reach Kempty fall taxi stand. From this taxi stand one can get shared taxi to visit Kempty fall and Company Garden. It was a 3 hour journey with 01 hour at Kempty fall , 01 hour at Company Garden and 01 hour Travel time.
Kempty waterfall – The stunningly beautiful Kempty Falls is situated on the Hilly tracks of Uttarakhand. This place is located nearly 1364 Meter above the sea level . The Kempty Falls, surrounded by high mountain ranges and located at a high altitude of 4500 feet, is a good place for picnic or for spending a couple of hours listening to the music of water in the midst of the Greenery which cover the surroundings This waterfall attracts many tourists particularly from plain areas. Located at a distance of 15 KM from Mussoorie town , it can be visited by conducted tour or by taking a shared taxi near Gandhi chowk taxi stand. We opted for shared taxi. After travelling for 20-25 minutes we reached at Kempty fall. There were many shops and vendors at Kempty fall selling eatables. The parking area is not very big but as we hired shared taxi it was not our headache to look for parking. It is a beautiful hilly area with waterfall on one side of road. After walking on a small sloppy pathway we reached at Kempty fall ropeway. Although there are stairways to reach at the bottom of fall, we opted for ropeway only.
After getting down from ropeway we had to again use some steps to reach to the foot of the waterfall. It was heavily crowded .The weather was cold , still people were not restricting themselves to remain out of waterfall. There were few shops at the bottom of the falls selling swimming costumes, float etc as well as renting swimming costumes and locker. It was all temporary structure with a temporary arrangement made for changing clothes as well. We took one locker for rent and a dress for rent. As my son was very small I husband entered the waterfall area, enjoyed there for 10 -15 minutes. Meanwhile I was clicking the photos. My husband then changed the clothes and we started walking around nearby areas. There was also one resort near to Kempty fall.
We came back to the top of waterfall. Then driver took us to the next point i.e. Company Garden. Company Garden – Located at a distance of 3 kms from Library road, can be reached easily by foot or by rickshaw, the garden is a visual treat for the floral enthusiasts. We visited this Garden while coming from Kempty fall. For reaching company garden , first you have to walk for 5- 10 minutes. We were tired as we were wandering since morning; we found this walk more difficult. But after entering inside the garden , it was bit relaxing. There were two –three restaurants at this garden. We had our Lunch here. It is a beautiful garden with colorful flowers, nice scenery and an artificial waterfall. There are few children rides also in this garden where kids can enjoy. We spend around half an hour in this garden and returned back to our taxi.
Taxi person dropped us at the taxi stand. From there we took cycle rickshaw and returned to our Hotel. It was now 1700 hrs and we were so tired and really wanted to rest. Our train from Dehradun was at 2325 hrs but seeing at the hilly route from Mussorie to Dehradun we decided to leave Mussorie at 1800 hrs , as we do not want to travel in dark. We did check out at 1800 Hrs, took a porter who took our luggage till taxi stand. We again hired shared taxi. We found difficulty in finding taxi as only few taxis were available to go down to Dehradun at that time of day i.e. in evening. Also there were very few passengers available to go to Dehradun station. We somehow managed to convince one couple to share taxi with us and reached Dehradun station at 1930 Hrs. Here I am giving below cost breakdown of my trip
|Delhi home to Delhi station||Rs 200/-|
|Delhi to Dehradun by CC in Shatabdi Express||Rs. 545/- x 2 = Rs 1090/-|
|Dehradun to Mussorie by shared taxi||Rs.90/- x 2 = Rs. 180/-|
|Taxi Stand to Hotel using Porter service||Rs. 100/-|
|Hotel stay deluxe room for 01 night||Rs 1050/-|
|Room service tea||Rs. 50/-|
|Snacks at Jhula Ghar||Rs 100/-|
|Aquarium Ticket||Rs 10/- x 2 = Rs 20/-|
|GunHill Ropeway charges||Rs. 75/- x 2 = Rs 150/-|
|Breakfast at GunHill||Rs.100/-|
|Rickshaw to Kempty fall taxi stand||Rs. 20/-|
|Taxi to Kempty fall||Rs.100/- x 2 = Rs. 200/-|
|Swimming shorts and Locker charges||Rs. 60/-|
|Lunch at Company Garden||Rs. 200/-|
|Rickshaw back to Hotel||Rs.20/-|
|Porter till taxi stand||Rs 100/-|
|Shared taxi till Dehradun station||Rs 200/-|
|Dinner at Dehradun station||Rs 100/-|
|Train tickets back to Delhi in DDN NDLS AC Express (3 AC)||Rs. 505/- x 2 = Rs 1010/-|
|Auto from Delhi station to back home||Rs 200/-|
Total Rs 5450/- for a complete trip for two persons for two days . This can be further reduced if tickets would have booked in Jan Shatabdi general coach. This finishes my best ever economical or budget trip with lots and lots of good and beautiful memories.
Greening tips for today is : Cover cooking pots and pans with a lid to prevent heat from evaporating. This will save cooking gas.