When the summer heat reaches its peak in the capital, one can only hear the call of mountains. What is the one summertime activity we all look forward to most during a long weekend? A trip to Nainital Shimla, Mussoorie, Kasauli, or Darjeeling. Whether you take this trip over a long weekend or for a whole week, it seems like the best plan. Unfortunately, it was quite the opposite for us.
We were visiting Mussoorie after many years, as we thought it would be a serene weekend getaway from the city's hustle and bustle. Peace were what we craved. It was a perfect plan amidst Raksha Bandhan and the Independence day holiday came together. However, we weren't the only ones who made this plan. People from Delhi, Haryana, UP and Punjab had taken over the hill station with their SUVs.
Here are a few reasons why you must avoid a trip to a hill station during the holidays-
Too much crowd and traffic
People coming by road, all the way to Mussoorie, created chaos and traffic on the mall road and the hills. We had to wait up to 3 hours to get on the mall road. The traffic stopped for many hours, and the cars moved very slowly. Many people started walking as they got fed up with sitting in their vehicles for too long.
During August, the hill station encounters monsoon, which is generally off-season. But due to extensive holidays and a rush of nearby visitors, hotel charges steeped suddenly. Even a 1-star hotel cost more than 4k per night. Lucky were those who pre-booked their rooms beforehand.
Busy mall road
This hill town is undergoing a reverse metamorphosis, moving from a lovely butterfly to a hideous caterpillar. Mussooorie's mall was busy and packed, unlike any other mall road where no vehicles and buses are allowed. The once-quiet Mall Road is now congested with traffic, video stores, and rowdy tourists. This is not the one for you if you're looking for tranquillity.
One thing that one enjoys the most at hill stations is food. However, the influx of tourists also affected the food experience. All restaurants were jam-packed, and there were long queues outside the eateries. With all the waiting and crowd, my anger had reached the saturation point where I could scream and say I wanted to go home. I also felt quality got compromised and the servings were less.
Among the few hits, the weather was lovely. Again, the rain posed more challenges but it was memorable nevertheless. I saw some great views and enjoyed the time with my friends. If you want to learn something from my experience, avoid holidays in popular hill stations during a holiday weekend! If crowd and shopping are what you're looking for, what bad is Connaught Place on a windy day?