Places to visit in Mussoorie – Kempty Falls, Mall Road

by admin on April 10, 2012

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mussoorie viewMussoorie lies 2000 metres above sea level and like other hill stations; it has some colonial back ground. While experiencing mid-life crisis in the torrid heat of Delhi and wondering where my get up and go has gone, I booked into the famed Avalon Resorts in Mussoorie.

The town’s history I was told began with a hunting lodge built by Captain Young and Mr. Shore Superintendent of Revenue at Dehradun. Today, it overflows with people and is not recommended for the reclusive tourist. It gets its name from a local shrub called ‘Mansoor’ which grows prolifically over here. True, it has scenic beauty and tourists from all over the world come to gawk at the town, the Shivalik mountain range and the famous Doon school from atop Gun Hill, which can also be reached through a spectacular ropeway. The town is famous for the training center, wherein Indian Administrative Services and Indian Police Service learn their preliminary skills. The town is also well-known for as being the pilgrim’s gateway to Yamunotri and Gangotri.

I thought would take the road less travelled and go off to blue Kempty Falls which falls on the route to Yamunotri and is some 15 kilometres away. The throng disappointed me but I was impressed by gorgeous falls, falling from a height of about 40 feet. After going downhill for a while I came across an inviting blue pond. Take a dip? I pondered. I did. It was both bone- chilling, and revitalizing I realized as I put my clothes back on at 4500 feet.

The thick and colourful deodar forests inspired me as I made my way to Cloud’s End from the Mall. This was a resort built by a British major way back in 1838. Nope, the clouds didn’t end here, but it was quite peaceful anyway.kempty falls

Hunger pangs gripped me.  I dined at Doma’s Inn.  The Thukpa’s and Momos were authentic and tasty. Up on the Mall, I bargained a little for a Chinese vase and a brass statue. East of the Mall is place called Rockville which supposedly is the ‘Haunted House.’  Neither ghosts nor spirits were visible. I headed back to the Clock Tower. Once again I bargained for an old fashioned stopwatch though God knows what for. I trudged on to Landour Bazaar, and on to Happy Valley. Maybe melancholy and happiness meant the same here I wondered. A rather precipitous road took me to Barlowganj. I saw the old famous Schools like St. George’s and Wynberg Allen School and their sprawling estates.  I was rather surprised to note that the latter school had some interesting alumni like former chief of army staff, General Shankar Roy Choudhury and actor Saeed Jaffery.

Wondering what else to do in this famed town as I watched the monkeys and langurs, I wandered the 3 km stretch from Library Chowk to Camel’s back.  Even though horse rides were available for a hundred bucks, I was amused to think of horses’ back to camel’s hump? This could be the last straw! Indeed there was a rock naturally shaped like a camel’s hump after which the road was named.   Lots of telescopes lined one side of the road but thankfully, there were less people vying to get a glimpse of the town and the hotels they stayed in. This was a little away from the hustle and bustle of the town.

The climax left me dumbfounded! There was a revolving restaurant that offered a splendid 360 0 view of the surrounding mountains. The multi-cuisine menu gave me time enough to think about my next destination while I enjoyed the scenery.

Next round- Manali or bust! I screamed to myself.

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  • Rohan Singh

    Cloud End is indeed a very good place to walk, and so is George Everest. Even Lal Tibba was a nice place.

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