We drove past the Jalori Pass from Jibhi and reached Dehradun via Simla. We did a one-night stopover in Simla just because the distance from Jibhi to Dehradun was more than what we wanted to cover in a day. We had been to Simla a zillion times and after where we were coming from, Simla looked like a busy and polluted hill station where we did not want to spend a lot of time. We watched a movie in the theatre in Simla in the evening and left with the first ray of the sun.
Dehradun is huge city. It was way bigger than our expectations. I had been to Dehradun and Mussoorie when I was a kid but I didn’t remember anything like this. We had been to a big city after a long time and enjoyed the luxuries of a city, going to a salon and getting our clothes washed at a laundry.
We drove back to Dehradun and stayed there for a couple more days. While in Dehradun, we visited Sahastradhara – A thousand waterfalls. Frankly, it was not as grand as we had expected. On the contrary, a lesser known cafe – Cafe Jalapeños, turned out to be our best find in Dehradun. Their coffee, their sandwich and their pasta was to die for.
1. Dehradun is a much bigger city than you can imagine. You will find the best salons, restaurants and cafes here.
2. Don’t forget to visit Char-dukaan when in Mussoorie. It’s a small drive up but totally worth because of the food and the view you can have while you are savoring it.
3. Try their local fruit when in the region – Chakotra. It is the largest citrus fruit which looks like a large grapefruit and tastes like a Mosambi. One piece of fruit is enough for lunch for a person. There were hundreds of roadside carts selling Chakotra on our way to Dehradun.