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When the lofty snowy mountain contrasts the blue skies,
When the bush chat chirp loud and the swifts randomly flies,
It’s spring time in Mussoorie when the winter silence dies. 

  Spring knocks through the silence in Mussoorie when the chirping of birds wakes you up in the morning. The sun stretches up gradually over the white bearded mountain and cleanses its reflection through the dew drops. The bush chats can be seen flying in and out of the burrows over the slopes preparing a nest and the sparrows can be seen plunging into more domestic hangings. The bush thrush hops around shallow bushes and the dark shiny crow propels a long ‘Aaahhaa’.  The radish flowers gladly invite butterflies to lay eggs sub-leaf. The gradual tickling by winter rain, hail and snow turns the underneath moist and after a prolonged union the earth conceives the seeds for a promising future. And along with all the wild flowers blossoms the handsome Buraans (Rhododendron) the bounty of which honors it as the Uttarakhand State Tree. Winter passes by giving way to bright sunny days under which the green fresh sprouts erupts out of the womb. Birds, greenery, bright sun and a little chill in the evening suggests for binoculars, cameras and light woolens. Spring also happens to be the time when flocks of the migratory Demoiselle Crane can be seen over the skies of Mussoorie on their way back from Khichan in Rajasthan towards central Eurasia. This is the toughest migration task in the entire world. Since it is not very crowded during spring in Mussoorie, there is ample vacancy in hotels on a slashed down tariff. Honeymooners prefer it as a perfect destination and love continues in the very spring air of Mussoorie.



When the sun is at its harshest and your poor soul chokes,
When the world drives you crazy and you long for ‘on the rocks’,
Just drive up to cool Mussoorie and chill out with cooler folks.    

A mere hazy glimpse of the plains from Mussoorie enables the feel of the intensity of heat that prevails during summer. Just a five to six hour drive from Delhi leads to the Beautiful Doon valley. And as road winds up from Rajpur Road towards Mussoorie, exotic fragrance of colorful flowers and creepers cleanses the long exhausted lungs. The drive upwards notifies a drastic change in temperature which compels you to switch off the AC and rolling down the windows. Moments later, you will see that you have left the hot haze behind and a clearer view of the green crest of mountains is right in front and around you. There are lots many seekers of Mussoorie during summer so traffic chaos is very much a possibility. A composed driving sense and little patience work wonders. Enjoy the natural bounty around you till the traffic clears. An advance booking in the hotels always helps as summer invites a good crowd in Mussoorie. Summer calls for fruit trees blossoming with colorful flowers hovered by exotic butterflies and bees. Walking around, instead of driving, for sightseeing would definitely prove adventurous and healthy where you may munch on wild raspberries. In some areas by late June you might find rip fruits like plums, apples, apricots, peers, peaches and the local fruit ‘Kaafal’. The weather in Mussoorie can be very unpredictable and it can rain unannounced so come prepared with rain gears. Apart from some man-made lakes, Mussoorie is gifted with number of natural streams and waterfalls a dip in any of which would enthrall you to really cherish summer…in Mussoorie.



When the earth has had enough and she calls for dark cloud,
He hovers up and down over her with thunders bold and loud,
Then drenches her from head to toe, making her feel proud.

 Mid to late June is the time when clouds begin forming over the much heated earth and brief spells of rain bring out the first fragrance of satisfaction. The moderate spells of rain gradually turn heavy and prolonged rain prevail turning the vegetation live and green again. Frequent pauses welcome bright rainbows over the valleys which glow with eternal bliss. Unlike in the plains, the water doesn’t clog here and there but washes down through the slopes to ensure plentiful of ground water wherein the oak tree plays a key role. Wild flowers bloom at their best and blackberry grows in plenty. But too much venture off the road can ensure encounters with leeches and keel-back snakes which are otherwise shy and non-venomous. A walk under an umbrella on a foggy day can be memorable particularly when you are half drenched with you better half. The Mall Road of Mussoorie is lined with numerous vendors who sell hot and steamy momos with choice of homemade red and green chutney, bhutta (corn) with choice of roasted or boiled sweet corn with a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon and garnished by homemade chutney. You can munch and nibble while walking on the Mall Road or enjoy it your way cozily inside the veiled cycle rickshaw depending upon your monsoon mood. The rainy beats on tin roof rooms can ignite passionate heartbeats and this is how souls are satisfied during monsoon in Mussoorie.  


When the rains become seldom and the Sun glosses golden yellow, 
And the leaves volunteers to fall only to make it crispy down below,
A satisfied Mussoorie stretches out and shines with an eternal glow.

The warm autumn sun slowly removes the monsoon quilt and kisses you on your forehead saying ‘Rise and Shine, I am back again’. The much awaited autumn sun heals up the distress of sunless days during long months of monsoon and the great sacrifice of the leaves from the trees ensures a healthy sun basking. Mussoorie on the other hand looks like a blissful bride covering a robe of excellent green while the golden autumn sun kisses her every now and then. Autumn is the time for socializing after long isolated rainy months. People can be seen enjoying chai-samosa and milk-jalebi and gossiping under cozy sun making it a healthy lethargy. The more active ones can be seen brisk walking on the Mall Road, on the Company Garden road and on the Camel’s Back road. Then there are a couple of those who can be seen walking very tenderly, the honeymooners who find Mussoorie a very ‘do not disturb’ zone and affectionately walk holding hands. The autumn slumber is often synchronized by the rhythm of high heels and silver anklets and the air is moistened by fresh bridal fragrance. Autumn also happens to be tenure for vacations and festivities and the multicultural social bonding of Mussoorie keeps indulging you with one festivity after another. Autumn also happens to be the time when the migratory Demoiselle Crane cruise down southwards through the skies of Mussoorie. During autumn, you are on a considerable time frame between prolonged monsoon and approaching winter, so the choice varies from adventure camping, cycling, roller skating, motorbike safaris, trekking, day hikes, village visits, heritage walks, nature walks, photography walks or just sitting on any of the benches lined in the Mall Road and basking the golden autumn sun.


The Queen’s heart beats fast by the winter’s white embrace, 
The true love of sun and snow burn on to melt as divine grace,
It’s a union of two opposites; it’s a time for a heavenly phase. 

The autumn sun kisses the Queen Goodbye and the valley blushes. The high spirited lover of the Queen takes a last nap at the lap of her beloved who glows intensely with eternal warmth. Promising for a reunion, the sun then glides through the horizon over the Doon Valley leaving a spectacular visual delight for the Queen. The Queen cherishes the phenomenon the whole fall. The mesmerizing formation of a band of bright light after sunset over the Doon Valley is an amazing phenomenon which transpires every year during the months of winter, hence called the Winterline. This heavenly sight is only visible in the entire world from Mussoorie and from Berne Valley in Switzerland. The geological wonder owes to the variation in the temperature that formulates a suppressed buffer layer between the cold wind in the sky and the thick warm smog that envelops the Valley below. The warm smog, which is laden heavily with carbon molecules, acts as dark screen the edge of which prisms the hues of yellow, orange, red and magenta which emits from the red setting sun. Winter also happens to be the period when most of the schools in Mussoorie remain shut down for vacations so you will miss the different colors of school going and coming students. However, a surprising color parade is often witnessed when sudden spells of rain, hail and snow, beckon the visitors to Mussoorie. Mussoorie is such enchanting hill station in India where you can embrace yourself with snow during winter just after two hour’s drive from Dehradun which is the northern most corners of the vast Indo-gigantic plains. It could be freezing cold so come prepared with heavy layering. The otherwise sunny days of Mussoorie are slumbering and basking the sun with hot chai-samosa, steamy momos or spicy bhutta is a compelling ritual. Whereas, the nights can promise wildlife sighting around the immediate outskirts of when the Milky Way laden stars lit sky amaze you during winter in Mussoorie.