Mussoorie is one of that destiantion which is full of history and nature. If you’re an adventure junkie then this has lots of hidden secrets for you. One of the best Mussoorie activity is Cycling.
I did that and trust me when I say it was one of the most memorable exerience I had in the hills.
Located in the heart of the Himalayas, Mussoorie is also known as the queen of the hill station. Surmounted by the beautiful Oak Tress and mesmerizing view of Himalayas this is one destination to travel for any nature lover. Where without getting skeptical about many things you think about the right path in your life and nature will guide you to your destiny. Trust me who doesn’t wanna spend some quality time in the place like that.
It is located about 35 km from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north of the national capital of New Delhi. The adjoining town of Landour, which includes a military cantonment, is considered part of ‘greater Mussoorie’, as are the townships of Barlowganj and Jharipani.
Basically, I’m not a very enthusiastic type of person when it comes to sports and activity . I feel out of the box in such cases and don’t get that feeling of belongingness. When I was visiting this place I didn’t even think of doing any of such Mussoorie activity. Since the childhood onwards I have always been the music lover type of person who seeks his peace in the melodies and notes.
But, during my trip to Mussoorie, it was a totally different experience. I don’t know where that zeal came from but I used to go for walks early in the morning and used to Devour myself in nature. That unconventional trail became a cake walk for me. I simply used to walk for like 4-5 km on slopes and uses to turn on any random side. It seems it was always within me, just needed a way.
It was a new experience for me and one more such new experience was cycling through the trail of Mussoorie. One fine morning when I was rigorously looking for a cup of coffee I saw one sports shop down the lane. Like any other shops they had trekking gears, caps, Hoodies etc. One thing which was totally different there was some cycles.
To be honest, I have never tried cycling on the hills, but at that time I felt like I should and why not after all at the end you’re left with one big of memories only. I went and enquired about the price. They were offering it at very minimal amount of just rs100 per hour and 500 for 12 hours.
Without overestimating myself I took the cycle for 100 rs. That red cycle with black strips all glazed in the Winter sun was looking glorious.
For the first few meters, it was actually thought. Me panting like a stray dog and simply padding without any coordination between my legs and gear was frustrating
So I took the very first turn to the little less crowded alley where cycling would not be that treacherous. Not that I don’t know how to cycle but the lack of confidence was enslaving me. After 5 min I was set for my ride.
It was not frustrating anymore apparently, it was getting better and better. With the cozy winter sun sparkling on my face and the cool breeze glazing me, it was a beautiful experience. More I was paddling more I was getting indulge in the whole scenario.
Like every hill station, Mussoorie also has it’s very own mall road which has two ends, first one is the Movie hall and the second point is Gandhi Statue. I didn’t even realize when I reached the other end. With every passing oak tree by my side, it was getting intense. Nature was surely overtaking my senses. I was panting as well as sweating, but I was enjoying that. It had some strange sensation which is little hard to express. Whenever I was feeling little tired I was taking a break.
After a while I reached one point crossing the Gandhi Statue up the road. It took me a while to reach there but it was totally worth it. Sitting on the bench there I was just admiring the hills and valleys. The layer of hills covered till the horizon like some beautiful flower bed.
It sat there for like half an hour completely indulged in nature. At that point, nothing else mattered to me. For a while, I felt above this superficial world where things actually mattered. Just embracing the nature.
It was one hysterical experience which I think everyone should try when they intend to visit any hill station and this particular Mussoorie activity I will never forget.