Mussoorie, the queen of hill stations allures with its enchanting charm. The place which is today the haunt of families looking for a getaway in the mountains had once charmed the British with its serenity. This jewel in the crown of Uttarakhand has many treasures to entice visitors. Its sights and experiences include cascading waterfalls, spectacular views, mesmerizing treks and nature walks, delectable local cuisine and much more.
Mussoorie is known for its, breath-taking spots and spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks from viewpoints like Lal Tibba which affords glimpses of the peaks of Gangotri, Kedarnath, Nanda Devi and others.
Mussoorie is also known for the range of adventure activities it offers apart from being a gateway to many of the treks leading to the Himalayan ranges. Some of the adventure activities that thrill visitors are Paragliding, Ziplining, Skywalking, Rock Climbing, Caving, Rafting, and many more. Mussoorie with its lovely climate is also a great family destination with places like The Mall, Skating Rink, Aquarium, and others waiting to charm the young and old alike.
But one of the most intriguing as well as interesting sights of Mussoorie, which makes it the perfect weekend getaway, is undoubtedly the Camel’s Back Road, which is one of the unique attractions of the place.
What is the Camel’s Back Road?
The Camel’s Back Road is a stretch of road of about 3 kilometers that connect the prominent places of Mussoorie. The road connects the Kulri Bazaar with Library point. Now, why is this road called Camel’s Back Road?
Here Are 5 Things That You May Not Know About The Camel’s Back Road
- The road meanders through natural rock formations and one of the rock formations is incredibly shaped like a Camel’s back and hence the name. The intriguing rock formation looks uncannily like a standing camel with a huge hump.
- The Camel Back Road apart from the intriguing rock formation from which it gets its name is also a nice road for a leisurely walk. It offers spectacular views of the valley below. A serene walk in the early morning hours or when the sun is about to go down on the western horizon is one of the most soothing experiences that you will have in Mussoorie.
- The Camel’s Back Road is also a great viewing point for sunsets and sunrises, it is the haunt of sun chasers looking for their slice of the sun. The aura of the transiting sun combined with the valley views and the strange rock formations make the place a perfect setting for a romantic date with a loved one.
- A walk along the Camel’s Back road is an opportunity to indulge the visual senses with many pleasing experiences. But one sight which is sure to catch the eye is a somnolent and elegant British Cemetery which is more than 180 years old and adds a mystical dimension to the Camel’s Back Road. The British Cemetery was established in the year 1829 and is the final resting place of many an eminent European. John Lang a famous Australian writer and Barrister who is said to have represented Rani Laxmibai in a lawsuit against the British lies buried in the British Cemetery at Camel’s Back Road. Another famous person who rests in peace at the British Cemetery is John Hindmarsh who was among the 100 survivors of the 600 strong cavalry unit that charged at the Russian Guns during the Crimean War owing to a wrong communication. The incident, of course, is history and immortalized by Lord Tennyson in his poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”.
- In addition to being a good place for a walk, the Camel’s Back road is also where people head to for a nice horse ride in the invigorating environs.
The history of Camel’s Back Road is indeed fascinating. It is deep-rooted and inextricably linked with the British Raj whose aura seems to permeate the place even today and the vibes can be felt as one passes the British Cemetery or an old colonial bungalow.
The riveting magic of Camel’s Back Road and the cool winds blowing from the Himalayan ranges can be experienced when you head to Mussoorie where Sterling Mussoorie awaits to fill your being with a medley of sensations and experiences. The call of the Camel’s Back Road is haunting, do not ignore it. Heed the call and make your way to the Queen of Hill Stations, Mussoorie. Sterling awaits to pull all the stops for you and make your holiday a memorable one.