Mussoorie, Temple, Trekking

Benog hill Mussoorie

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Altitude – 2240 meters
Distance – 10 kilometres west of mussoorie (library)
Trekking distance – 4.5 kilometres from clouds end

Route 1 = library, Waverly school, hathipaon, clouds end, benog hill
Route 2 = mussoorie – Dehradun highway, hathipaon, clouds end, benog hill

Ideal season – Throughout the year

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Benog hill circuit has many hiking trails such as Bhadraj temple, Dhobhighat, George Everest peak, kempty fall, happy valley, and wishing well. The circuit lies west of mussoorie rich with flora and fauna and also provides excellent views of Himalayan peaks. There are many picnic spots and camping spots for people to enjoy and breathe in some fresh air.
About benog hill

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It is a short hike of 4.5 kms from clouds end which takes you to a small meadow at a hill top. There is a temple dedicated to goddess Durga, beautiful landscape of Aglar valley, Mussoorie, Doon Valley, River Yamuna, and other things can be seen from here. The temple is surrounded by thick forests and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon valley and Yamuna valley. The trail from clouds end is natural and is a delight for environment and botany enthusiast.

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Journey

Trekking distance – 4.5 kilometres from clouds end
Month – July (11.7.2015)
Starting point – Barlowganj

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The days of monsoon season are hard to predict as bad weather and heavy shower can easily ruin your plan. After heavy showers early in the morning the weather had cleared a bit, which gave us a chance to explore our surroundings. After having quick discussion with my friends we decided to go for a short trek to Benog hill. We picked up some basic eatable items and water bottles which we would require later on. It took us 25 minutes to reach clouds end from Barlowganj. The trail from clouds end was covered with leaves and forest mushroom here and there. The forest was beautiful as chirping of birds could be heard very clearly and sudden sounds of bird flying or running away was some time scary. We followed the trail till we saw a stone with an arrow mark showing the direction and distance. We followed this trail knowing we still had 3.5 kms to go. From here on forth is a steep ascent till benog hill. At around 10:30 am we reached benog hill. There was a temple on the top, the view from here gives a 180 degree view of Yamuna valley below, the peaks of Garhwal and Nag tibba hill ahead. We spent about 1.5 hours on the top and explored as much as we could. The time we spent there was lovely as clouds were constantly changing the landscape.

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If you stand still, the landscape doesn’t really tell you how big it is. It doesn’t really tell you what you are looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move. We followed the same track and were safely home with beautiful memories to share with various people.

Note – Must carry edible items and water as there are no shops ahead of hathipao.

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