Winters are very special in Mussoorie and have a unique charm which only a few would have experienced. People around North India usually come to this small hill station to detox when rest part of India is scorching in heat and above all ‘pollution’. With the clearer skies, the majestic view of snow cladded Himalayas are breathtaking. The formation of thin streak of winter line in the dusky skies have begun. The clean air and the serene natural beauty around the place is astounding. The monsoon flora is receding and the dormant winter vegetation are in bloom. While I was hiking with my husband, I could locate Griffin vultures in the vicinity of one mountain. I miss the hoot of Scops Owl these days, hope they will revisit again next year. The mornings are mystical around the hillside and the evenings are pristine. One can take a local evening walk around the corner through the pine and oak plantations. The misty bluish haze through the pine and forest will leave you spellbound. Mild streak of smoke coming out of the chimneys, the rusty smell of pine wood burning in bukharis set the perfect environment. The hillside has always motivated authors, philanthropists, thinkers and intellectuals and wise. The above picture was taken this evening while me and my husband were out for an evening walk. The picture reminds me of an old story plot from Ruskin Bond’s.
After a long walk, all I wanted was a cup of honey ginger lemon tea.. The local chaiwalas, maggi point and small eateries are getting ready to do some good business. As it was getting darker and there is news of a stranded leopard roaming around we took our steps towards home.
With the increase in the tourists visiting the hillstation there is a problem of waste management in the area. Please protect and conserve the area so that we contain the nostalgia of the beautiful souls around.