C’mon, everyone wants a break from their regular hustles. Glancing over the calendar, we constantly look for the extended weekends to ease out our extremely tense corporate lives. And, if you live in north India, Himalayas is our hideaway to get some moments of solace. While there are multiple ways to reach this paradise, a bike trip is one of the best ways to break the monotony. The foothills of Himalayas are pretty much in reach from Delhi and both Himachal and Uttarakhand are 5–6 hours away. But if you want a not so biker weekend, Uttrakhand can be your bet, where you can go for your next extended weekend getaway to get a small bike trip. Your first pitstop can be Rishikesh, a small city in state of Uttrakhand, about 250 kilometers from national capital New Delhi, the city is located in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. As a lot of people take rides to the Himalayas from Rishikesh, a bike can be rented easily in the holy town. Once, you take a bike from Rishikesh, you can ride towards Dehradun, and afterwards a handful places will be in your range. Mussoorie, a beautiful hill station and a municipal board in the state capital Dehradun, is a popular choice among travellers. It is about 80 kilometres from Rishikesh i.e. around 3 hours drive.
Here’s my travel itinerary for Rishikesh and Mussoorie for an extended weekend:
Friday night: Get a late night bus for Haridwar. As I live in Jaipur, I took RSRTC’s volvo to Haridwar. For someone, who hails from Delhi, regular buses can be taken from ISBT and it takes around 6–7 hours from Delhi, in Jaipur’s case it takes an overnight journey.
Saturday: Reach Haridwar in morning, from the same bus stop you can easily get a public bus to Rishikesh which will take around 1 hour to reach Rishikesh. Check in to a hotel, you can find decent hotels, around Laxman Jhula, Paramarth Niketan, or if you are looking for tented accommodation or resorts head towards Shivakashi, a bit away from Rishikesh. Hotels, typically range from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000, you can get a good hotel in around Rs. 1500 close to Parmarth Niketan, so you can witness the unique life of Rishikesh and famous Ganga Aarti. So, I took one near Parmarth Niketan and had rest for an hour or so. If you are an adventure sports enthusiast you can go for that, talk to your hotel staff they can help you with this. Otherwise my suggestion will be walk around the town go to the local market, explore the local food, go to the bank of the Ganges and sit there peacefully, visit Lakshman Jhula. In the evening make sure you go to 60’s Cafe Delmar also known as Beatles Cafe. I’ll be sharing its location below. It has a great view and food, that too in a fairly decent price, so you can enjoy the sunset over ganges with delicious food listening some Beatle Music.
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/48c3DzGdsbB2
Don’t forget to book your bike for next day. you can easily find a bike rental service there or you can ask your hotel staff, they would be happy to assist as they get some commission
Sunday: Get up early and take a walk near ganges to take the energy from this ever floating river. The next thing is to take your bike and leave for Dehradun/Mussoorie at around 7 AM. You have two choices, either you roam around Dehradun and visit a palace or two in the state capital. Or you skip visiting places in Dehradun, and reach Mussoorie directly. On your way to Mussoorie stop at some Maggi point and enjoy the view with a cup of tea. Mussoorie being the ‘Queen of Hills’ is full of hotels, resorts and homestays, one can choose according to their budget and taste. Decent accommodations are available in a range of Rs. 2000 to Rs. 4000, but if you want you can spend more and stay in Club Mahindra or some other expensive property. Location wise I would suggest you to stay at Camel’s Back road, and away from Mall road to stay in peace.
Once you check-in, you can go to camel’s back road, lal Tibba, cloud’s end and other attractions. But, here I would suggest you to take some time and visit the famous “Char Dukan’, pre-independence era bakery shops in nearby Landaur to have some snacks. The curvy roads goes ahead of Landaur also where you can enjoy the sunset in peace. Like every other hill station Mussoorie also have a mall road you can check it out in night just to explore the local market.
Monday: Try to get up early in the morning, to get the glimpse of the rising sun, I can bet that nothing can beat the sunrise in mountains. The white snowy peaks looks golden in the morning hours and you can soak the energy of the rising sun. Start early in the morning and checkout from hotel to visit kempty falls. Then come back to Rishikesh return your bike. Again from public transport reach Haridwar and back to work the next day.
If you want to keep it chill then you can just stay in Rishikesh for 2 days as it has enough to offer. If you are someone who loves to ride then you can go forward to Mussoorie. Also you should be a good rider as roads in Mussoorie are very steep at some places.
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