You can prepare for Mussoorie all you want but for that one moment when you grasp its beauty trail at full potential, you can’t help but get overwhelmed by nature’s bounty. We promise your jaw will drop open for that nanosecond in time.
There is a Mussoorie that the world knows with its tourist-friendly sightseeing marvels ranging from Lal Tibba/Gun Hill/Landour to its resident persons of interest like the prolific celebrated author Ruskin Bond. There is another Mussoorie, a silent spectator to nature’s largesse and vagaries in equal measure yet a hillstation that has not given an inch of its innate gasp-worthy gorgeousness. In fact, spiritual legends venerate new supreme beings who’ve helped this Queen of Hills survive disasters and stay on top of every wanderlust list.
You should hear the story of the Santura Mata mandir situated a few kilometres away from Kempty Falls. But more about that once you check into the luxurious JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa which conducts daily treks to this unique temple.
We suggest you travel with your clan to this destination resort as it is an ideal fit for families. Set amidst the surreal and lush Garhwal mountain range, with walnut trees dotting the resort, it is just the escape your doctor ordered. The property offers refined sophistication and quiet elegance in the form of 49 deluxe rooms, 56 deluxe valley view rooms, eight studio suites and two executive suites. We set out a unique itinerary across three days to help you rejuvenate in a setting that is decadent and welcoming at the same time.
This is an exciting morning because your breakfast plan is a uniquely Marriott experience and has been organised by the stream. Sure, you have to trek down a slightly difficult path but 10 minutes of walking will lead you onto a buffet table set out by the stream. You dip your feet into the water as the server carries piping hot parathas to your plate; look around you, if this is not heaven, nothing is.
When heading back to the property, take a quick post-breakfast drive down to the Kempty waterfalls which attract tourists by the dozen. On the way, you will find a few treehouses and multitudes of monkeys. In peak summer season, the spot is a crowded, commercial nightmare and highly avoidable in our estimation. Instead, you have the option of taking a trek down to Santura Mata mandir, which is where our story began. Every afternoon, the hotel arranges a walk to the mandir. This holy shrine is known for its spiritual importance among the locals as it is believed that the entire town was saved from the wrath of the 1991 Uttarkashi earthquake by the goddess Santura Mata. The spirit of the land is evident in the optimism of the residents.
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June 9, 2019