I reached Picture Palace road early in the morning. Some 10 taxis, a bus, and few tourists were in the market. Mussoorie has definitely changed over the years, clamorous and head-splitting horn sounds, highly expensive shops, stores selling antiques, and hotel agents making it unduly commercialized.I witnessed two Mussoorie during my trip; the one with restaurants, lodges, big and small hotels, spas, noisy tourists. The other Mussoorie; I will call it my Mussoorie, old churches, long walks, ages old cemeteries, a community of writers, retired people, small shops stuffed with collectibles and antiques (most of them run by Tibetans), locals and people from every walk of life protecting the real charm of this beautiful vale.I rambled across the mall road and stuffed my lungs with the gentle breeze blowing in the valley. After roving through the Bazaar, I walked down to the road and saw a small hotel standing secluded on the hillside, away from the tumult of mall road. speed dating
I chose a small but decent studio apartment, Hotel Emerald Heights, the perfect refuge for a solo traveler. It’s a budget hotel with friendly staff always ready to help you. Although all the hotels in Mussoorie are safe for solo woman traveler, but I find this one safer than any other hotel. This is located on the a small hill on Camel’s back road, which is a calm, serene place to save yourself from the crowd.This room offered an outstanding sight right from the window. I could see the mountains from my bed, nothing more I could ask for.I decided to put my feet up for a day, and move to Landour at the crack of dawn. August offered me rain, a lot of it, and mists, a thick layer of mist all over the mountains (Just thinking about misty hills, thrills me and makes me fall in love with these mountains even more). I have always believed that August is the month of romance and month of solitude, in the hills. After setting down in the room, I ban to take a leisurely walk from Camel’s Back road to the Mall road by crossing Kulri Bazaar. What stillness in the air, beautiful, thank heavens!