Story Shared By: Harshit Gupta
Date – 15th august 2015
It was mid August and the time was around 1:00pm. The weather was peaceful. We were 3 people on a 2 wheeler. We took the route from the main highway (Dehradun-Mussoorie) which is about a kilometer from Mussoorie Jheel. Mountains were well cut to give a good road. Occasionally, we came across landslides mostly result of human endeavors.
Kaleidoscopic view of mountains have always inspired me to reach greater heights. The view of high, uneven, lush green mountains on the opposite side of the road was breath-taking. Rocks were of varied colors and texture. The more you see it the more you get attracted.
Soon we came across Hathipaun and one of my friend insisted to go to Cloud End Forrest Resort. The resort was perfectly located in the quietest of area with the view of landscape all around it. But, only people who had online bookings could go and no trespassers were allowed. We felt a bit dejected but at the same time felt happy because this way guests wouldn’t be disturbed at all time and could enjoy a perfect vacation. We got few pictures clicked and decided to move ahead.
We reached a cliff and I realized that anyone travelling on such a route without a camera would miss the artwork greater than Picasso or da Vinci. Moreover, weather increased the charm of mountains. Amidst the dense flora and a cold breeze the Sun was playing hide and seek with clouds. We could see herd of sheep from the distance towards another hill idling away their time. But, soon fog intervened and covered the beautiful scenery in front of our eyes.
There was absolute silence with insect’s noise humming across mountains accompanied with chirping of birds. But, after a long gap of 3 years of living in a metro city, I wasn’t able to digest the kind of peace which was offered to me at cloud’s end.
Soon we moved towards our second destination. As we almost reached and touched the bottom of George Everest (Hathipao), there was one point which appeared like a valley and reflected one of the scenes from Kashmir Valley which I had seen in pictures and videos. We got up from our bike to click few pictures and slowly absorbed such an amazing panoramic view to sink in our mind for a longer period of time. I knew that such moments would act as a helping hand in our tough times. We reached George Everest, the place was already crowded and appeared rather commercialized. We ate noodles and went for a short trek to George Everest peak which I believe would have been less than a kilometer.
We were not only circling above mountain but at times were perpendicularly walking to make our way all to the top. The way was slippery at places and there was no way at times. So, we had to keep a distance among each other to avoid any accident. At times if you look down the adrenaline rush would definitely give you a cold touch as we were 1,000 feet up. We were on the top with great difficulty and less visibility due to mist we struggled to enjoy the view. We stayed for 15 minutes. I was relaxed and it was so peaceful that I started meditating in fresh air. I feet free and enjoyed every bit of it as I knew that it was not going to last forever. In my opinion this trip is idle for anyone who is visiting Mussoorie. It will not only energize an individual but also help them to forget the past and get ready for coming challenges.