Informal Letter Writing ICSE 2001

You have just returned from a holiday at a hill station. This Informal Letter was asked in ICSE 2001 board exam. You can find Previous Year Informal Letter Writing asked in ICSE board exams.

Informal Letter Writing ICSE 2001

1/153, Vijay Khand,
Gomti Nagar,
Lucknow – 226010.
15th May 2001

My dear Arun,

It has been quite some time since I last wrote to you. The last month was very hectic, for our first term examination was in full swing, after which our summer vacation commenced. I along with my friend Rohit, decided to go to Mussoorie, for a short vacation. I have just returned from there yesterday, and am still to recover from the invigorating experience.

Mussoorie also known as the ‘Queen of the hills’ is in the Garhwal mountains of Uttarakhand. It is near Dehradun, the capital of this state, which is located on the foothill of the Himalayas. The two hour taxi drive from Dehradun to Mussoorie has many sharp and steep turns, which made us sway from one side to the other. Looking down the deep gorges, sent a chill down my spine, making me desperately cling to the seat.

The first thing that struck me as I stepped out of the taxi, was the cool refreshing breeze. This was a welcome change, from the hot 100 we had just left behind. Scampering with our baggage, we set forth to the tourist lodge, which was a distance away from ‘The Mall’.

During our stay we visited the Gun Hill top, which is the highest mountain peak, by trolley. The trolley ride was exhilarating for the green mountains, flowers and colourful roofed houses took my breath away. Once atop the hill, we set about exploring the place, which was a tourist delight. There were tastefully done up stalls of eatables and novelty items. The spirit of merrymaking and laughter filled the air. We also joined in the fun and got ourselves photographed as Gabbar Singh, the legendary tinsel dacoit.

The next day we set out for Kempty Fall, which is half an hour drive from Mussoorie. Small droplets of water struck us on the face, even though we were standing a distance away from the waterfall. The place was swarming with tourists, the children were having a whale of a time, in little pools of water beside the waterfall. Their merriment was so infectious, that we also went under the silver stream of water and got drenched. Luckily we had brought our clothes, so after a quick change we sat down for a sumptuous lunch at one of the tastefully done up restaurants. The next day we visited Dhanaulti, that is 30 kilometers from Mussoorie. This place is famous, for its mountains covered with pine trees and the virgin natural beauty.

Mussoorie is an ideal place for a vacation, because firstly it has a salubrious climate, especially in summer. Secondly the tree capped mountains and the natural beauty makes it a tourist’s delight. The picturesque surroundings, gives one a feeling of being in the lap of nature. The experience is rejuvenating and a welcome change to the humdrum of daily chores.

You must also plan a visit to this place and I am sure you will enjoy it. Give my love to Anil and regards to uncle and auntie.

Your friend,


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