Ever tried river rafting in icy waters? Exploring a mountaintop temple? or discovering wildlife in a Himalayan sanctuary? Wouldn’t it be exciting to do something new together on your next family holiday?
Nothing can bring a family closer than sharing a thrilling experience. Uttarakhand is a perfect holiday destination that offers something for everyone, from exploring wildlife in the national sanctuaries, trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas, river rafting in icy waters, to discovering mountaintop temples.
While there are many things to do and places to visit in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie is one of the best family vacation destinations. In this hill station in Dehradun, you can enjoy endless hilly landscape and majestic vies of the Shivalik range.
When venturing out with your family, besides the exciting things you do together, the accommodation you choose is something that would complete your experience. Staying comfortable after an exciting day is an important requisite, and who wouldn’t like to have someone to take care of all your needs?
A trip to Mussoorie would not be complete without enjoying a luxurious stay at the Club Mahindra Mussoorie resort. Here you can do many things as a family together, from taking a quiet walk in the surrounding scenic landscape, planning an adventure sport like rafting or paragliding, witnessing the ‘winter line’ - a unique natural phenomenon, indulging in delectable cuisine and enjoying some downtime with the relaxing ambience at the resort. Read on to find out about other exciting activities you can try on your next family holiday when staying at Club Mahindra Mussoorie:
Trek to Gun Hill to enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks
At an altitude of 2024 meters, Gun Hill is 400 feet above the Mussoorie Mall. As the second highest peak in Mussoorie, it offers a 360-degree view of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks. You can get spectacular views of peaks Srikantha, Pithwara, Bunderpuch, and Gangotri from Gun Hill.
The trek is a brisk, half-hour walk with scenic views along the way. You can avail services of the guide at the resort to accompany you on the trek. If you have senior citizens or children in your family who are not keen on going for the trek, they can easily meet you there using the ropeway and you can still enjoy the breath-taking view together from Gun Hill.
Discover a riot of colours and witness the moulting of exotic birds
Birds moult their feathers to let a new, shiny coat grow. If only we could do this too, rejuvenate holistically, every once in a while. A vacation is a perfect way to do this, where you can unwind, relax and refresh, physically and mentally.
One of the best ways to reconnect with nature is to go for walks and explore wildlife. Camel’s Back road, a short trip from the resort, is the best spot for bird watching. You can ask the guide to accompany you to help you spot rare birds and learn about the moulting process. The walk is an exciting, educative and beautiful experience. From the resort, you can also take a drive to the Benong bird sanctuary, Shaheen Bagh, or try other birding locations in Mussoorie.
Witness an amazing, natural phenomenon - the Winter Line
Every year, during the months from October to January, the sunset at Doon Hill takes on a unique hue.
The sky transforms into a myriad of colours and the horizon is painted with spectacular shades. This phenomenon, which occurs only in two places in the world, Mussoorie and a part of Switzerland, is known as the winter line.
Witnessing this natural occurrence is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If it is difficult to trek to the vantage point, vehicles and ropeways are available, so that your whole family can experience this beautiful phenomenon.
Try river rafting in Himalayan icy waters
Rafting, fishing, boating, take your pick. At Mussoorie, the icy river waters offer a thrilling experience to pursue water sports. River sports in this region are available throughout the year except during the monsoon time.
Head to Shivpuri in Rishikesh, a popular rafting destination, to indulge in river rafting and experience the thrill of rafting in icy Himalayan waters. If you are not adventurous types, take a boating trip and enjoy the tranquil ride as the river flows through forests, mountains, and scenic landscapes.
After a day out, if you have more energy to expend, there are many indoor activities at Club Mahindra Mussoorie. A wide range of fun and entertainment is available at the activity centre for you and your children, from board games such as carom and chess, hobby classes to craft workshops. After spending an exciting day, you can relax in the luxurious ambience of the resort and share your experiences over a hearty meal. Nothing can be better than enjoying the warmth of your family around a bonfire, under the starry sky, overlooking the majestic, snow-capped Himalayan peaks.