KIDDING IN MUSSOORIE
The mini Appu Ghar and the Skating Rink at Picture Palace are two places that kids love. The rides are very basic and even toddlers can manage them. For Adventure Freaks Are you an adventure seeker? Then Mussoorie has all that you can ask for. Trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking, roller-skating - the list is endless! Trekking Walk across to Charleville and the Tibetan settlement of Happy Valley, a warm-up 3 km walk from Mussoorie.
For the more adventurous, there are walks to Benog Hill and Lal Tibba. Mussoorie is also a base camp for serious trekkers heading to Gangotri, Yamunotri, the Black Peak, Har-ki-Doon and other treks in the Garhwal Himalayas and into nearby Himachal Pradesh. Initiates can trek to Nag Tibba, the highest point near Mussoorie. You can take the bus for the first 34 km and trek the remaining distance. The actual trek to Nag Tibba starts at Thathyud about 7 km away. Since Nag Tibba does not have facilities for staying, it's best to make use of the rest house here before starting out.
Most resorts offer trekking trips on request. You can also contact Trek Himalaya Tours (Upper Mall, Tel: 2631932; Fax: 631302) or the Tourism Officer, Uttranchal Tourism (The Mall. Tel: 263286). Fishing Aglar River and the Yamuna River flow just a little away from Mussoorie. Both the rivers offer ample opportunities for trout fishing. You may seek permits from the Divisional Forest Officer (Tel: 2632335) of Mussoorie in advance. Mountain Biking Cyclists can pedal along the road that rises and falls to Dhanaulti (25 km), past the Surkhanda Devi Temple, till one reaches Chamba. From here the going gets tougher.
There are not as many pine and oak trees on this route as they used to be, since the forest has been denuded of its green cover. But if you come by in March, you will find apple and pear trees in full bloom. Rock climbing courses in Uttaranchal are conducted at the George Everest House in Mussoorie.