Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. previously a part of Uttar Pradesh, Dehradun is famous for its boarding schools in the Doon valley.
It takes almost 4-6 hours to reach Dehradun from Delhi. It was 6:00 AM when we reached Dehradun station. Dehradun is a major station. Our destination was Mussoorie. Mussoorie is almost 36-40 kilometers from Dehradun.
The city of Dehradun is connected with major cities under Northern railways.
As we landed on Dehradun station, people had started moving out. We were the last one to get down. We had too much time in our hand so we decided to take things easy.
The Dehradun station when we got down there in the morning
The Dehradun station as seen from outside when we waited for our ride to Mussorrie.
Although Dehradun is a town which see lots of tourist, the town has somehow become vary of them. We started negotiation with some taxi drivers who were quite rude with us. We had negotiated with the driver but the Taxi union refused to budge. In addition they were rude and we finally decided to take the bus to Mussoorie.
India is a major tourist destination and the experience the tourist have here, they will be telling others. Such kind of behavior is certainly not good for the business and for tourism.
We finally decided to travel by bus than take the blackmailing from the taxi drivers. We found the bus stand and enough place to sit. The YHAI hostel was 5 kilometers before Mussoorie. We had to find the hostel, get freshened up and tour Mussoorie.
A very old Northern Railway Engine at display near Dehradun’s train ticket booking house
It was a dingy bus with so-so seats. The bus must have seen too many rides to the queen of the hills. As the journey started up, I as expected went on a clicking spree. The morning sun, the winding roads and the view was too much of a temptation to click.
But the results would reveal later that not all clicking can make a perfect photograph.
The winding roads to Mussoorie
The sun rises behind the mountains
11 Kilometers from Mussoorie
The lush green mountains enroute to Mussoorie
The fog covered mountains of Mussoorie
Finally after 1 and half hour we finally reached YHAI Hostel in Mussoorie