Well Well, I am going to cut this really short and come to the point straight away. Last weekend I had the “opportunity” to visit Dehradun and Mussoorie and here’s the lovely anecdote.
- We left from New Delhi at 6 am, considering that it is way too early in the morning and we’d give traffic a toss. To our utter surprise, on this Saturday morning, there were a fair number of people on the road and I don’t mind that, it was fine.
- It started to rain and that’s when I realized that this is going to be a hallelujah trip since the hot sun waves weren’t there to cause any malady.
- Now this is that time of the trip where I started to lose hope not only in Google Maps, but also signboards on the road. The palpable Google maps guided us way off the beat and kept on re-routing to obscure places. Now contriving a new plan is always good, but not the one where your car gets stuck in the mud and no pressure to your utter dismay.
- So anyway, that’s the least bad of the trip. On reaching Dehradun amid all the rerouting challenges, we had one of the most unfortunate encounters; a traffic jam that started downhill and reached a top. With no escape. We covered 31 km in 4 hours.
- On reaching there, there was no getting back, at least that was something that we thought, but our chimerical had different plans for us.
- Mussoorie was so full, with cars grid locking as far as you’d see. Hotelier’s greed was directly proportional with tourist’s needs; prices escalated so quickly.
- At last, we had to come back to Dehradun.
What do we know- what did we learn?
- Never go to any commercial place on weekends.
- Advance bookings are no resort either. Major booking portals provide dubious information.
- Google Map is fine, but always cross check with sign boards or people on the road.
- Your own vehicle will save your thousands. If it is a nearby destination, try to take your car or bike. Cheaper and comfortable.
- Don’t spend if it is not worth it. Unlike other hill stations, Mussoorie gives you an option to execute plan B as well. The journey was beautiful and we had a great time driving up the hill and then down. There wasn’t much to see otherwise. Thence, not spending 5k was worth the call.
- Adding to this, tour packages from local facilitators is one of the most profane travel activities. Never opt for it.