If your idea of the perfect holiday involves tranquil hills, untouched nature and a holiday experience that is unadulterated in the truest sense of the term, Mussoorie is the place you should be heading to. Nestled amidst the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, Mussoorie, also known as Queen of The Hills, stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year. The pristine, natural beauty of Mussoorie makes it a very popular choice of holiday for honeymooners. If you want to enjoy the beautiful sight of the rolling green slopes juxtaposed with the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, Mussoorie is the place for you to be.
This beautiful hill station is the perfect retreat from the sweltering weather of the plains, and the fact that it was a very popular holiday destination during the British era can be seen from the multitude of British remnants engulfing the city, such as the archaic architecture of the hotels and churches dotting the entire terrain. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mussoorie is The Mall (also known as the Mall Road), which is a slightly steep boulevard that has eateries and other shops lining its entire stretch. From the little houses spread around the area to the architecture of even the lamp posts, The Mall gives off a distinct colonial vibe.
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Since its just an hour's drive away from my college, Mussoorie is generally my weekend getaway. Being located at a high altitude is what makes the weather here cool and hence, I will suggest carrying windcheaters and full sleeves. A smooth drive to Mussoorie, aided by spicy hot Maggie and freshly brewed tea from roadside stalls, makes the journey a real refreshment. After wandering on the Mall road, I head straight to George Everest for trekking. The climb is exhausting but watching the rays of the rising Sun fall and highlight the outline of the mountains feels like watching a painting come to life.
Mussoorie is one of the best weekend holiday destinations. It has a lot to offer from trekking activities to sightseeing to enjoying bonfires. My three day trip included visiting the great author Ruskin Bond’s house, Kempty Falls, Happy Valley and Lal tibba. I also enjoyed the savoury momos at Chinese restaurants which are a speciality of Mussoorie. My trip also included visiting Dhanaulti, a region close to Mussoorie which had various Maggi joints as tourist attractions. In my opinion one should keep enough warm clothing as the weather is likely to change at any point of time. Also, do keep a pair of comfortable shoes for the hilly terrain.
Mussorie, its a mesmerising place. I loved it. Also the weather is also good. I have visited that place in winters as well as in summers. In winters, u can witness snowfall whereas in summers, the weather is quite good
Famous as 'Queen of Hills' the place is truly mesmerising. Mussoorie is very well known for amazing views and the most delicious variety of Maggie.
The place gets crowded during its peak season. Specially reaching there can get tiresome as the roads get jammed with cars.
The place is meant for all age groups. Be it senior citizens looking for a quiet and beautiful stay or a couple looking for a romantic time or friends looking for having a good time together. The Maggi points in between are great to get hot Maggii and for taking pictures.
Another major highlight of Mussoorie is the Ropeway to Gun Hill. Gun Hill is the second highest peak in Mussoorie, and tourists can avail of the cable car ropeway ride to Gun Hill, which offers an enchanting view of the entire city as well as the surrounding Himalayan mountains. When it comes to adventure activities, Mussoorie is gradually gaining a name for itself. The Mussoorie Adventure Park offers a plethora of adrenaline pumping activities such as the skywalk, zip swings and zip lines, rappelling, skiing and paragliding. If camping and trekking is more your idea of an adventure, the park has facilities to arrange that too. River rafting is also a very popular tourist activity in Mussoorie, where you can raft through challenging rapids along the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers. Mussoorie also boasts of a unique activity for tourists, one that is not generally offered in most places – winemaking! Known as vinification, Mussoorie has several such workshops in the city where tourists are taught the process of making wine from scratch, with the recipes being mailed to everyone individually for later references. The best part? All of these workshops end with special wine tasting sessions! Mussoorie is often called a shopper’s paradise, and it has every reason to be. The main areas where you can shop in Mussoorie are Kulri Bazaar, Landour Bazaar and the Library, with shops selling everything from curious to antiques to jewellery to plush and stylish sweaters and shawls. Mussoorie’s cuisine borrows heavily from Tibetan and Garhwali food, so make sure not to leave Mussoorie without tasting the delicious dim sums and noodle soups from the local eateries.
Mussoorie is a place that should be explored by walking. Mussoorie has maintained its reputation of being 'Queen of Hills' by maintaining its majestic natural beauty. The entire place has wide beautiful roads with a magnificent view of the valley on one side, on the other side there are shops and in between, there are fountains and trees with wooden benches. You have to walk by all these shops by yourself as each shop offers unique wooden handicraft, accessories, woollens and much more. Also at constant intervals there small vendors who sell delicious corns, momos, sweet corn, Maggie, coffee, eggs and much more. The weather there is pleasant throughout the day so walking does not tire you.
The name ‘Mussoorie’ is derived from the word ‘Mansoor’, name of a shrub that is commonly found in the area. In 1803, Gurkhas under the influence of Umer Singh Thapa fortified the region and incorporated the boundary of Mussoorie in their territory. During the time, East India Company was also dominant on the provinces and thus instigated combat in 1814. Till 1819, they captured Saharanpur district and included it in their empire. During the same time, Dehradun was discovered by British Soldiers as a holiday spot for downtime. The place was kept under secrecy but not until the word of mouth spread among others and British officers came to know about it. In 1827, the place got flocked as an ideal destination for summer vacation.
Also known as Indian ‘William Wordsworth’, Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent who is an icon in the history of Indian Literature. He is considered to be among the top Indian Writers and Novelists. Since 1963, he resides in Landour, a town in the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand. Acting as a freelance writer, his readers very often interact and seek his wisdom by meeting him in his hometown. People visiting Mussoorie often get a chance to meet this honourable write during the weekends as every Saturday Mr Bond visits the Cambridge Book Depot, Mall Road from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. A plethora of followers garner at the bookshop and wait for an interaction and often get their books signed by him.
Day 1 - When you reach Mussoorie and check in to a hotel do not get cosy and sleep off. Get fresh and find your way to Lovely Omelet to get the taste of the amazing and famous cheese omelette. After that, you can spend the day exploring the various shops that follow your path and find many attractive things there to buy. From time to time, you will find small games like crossbow shooting and dart guns to burst balloons on your way. You can buy the variety of woollens the place has to offer. Day 2 - After a healthy breakfast go to the cable car to reach to gun hill. After that, you can either take a rickshaw or walk your way to Company Garden. The place has an amazing variety of flowers and plants. Also, it has a wax museum with statues of many popular celebrities and a small lake for your boating pleasure. You can also wear a traditional dress there and get amazing pictures clicked. There you can have lunch and then go to Kempty falls. This place is for those who love to play with water. After that return to your hotel for hot coffee and enjoy the beautiful view of Dehradun valley at night. From mall road, you can see the entire valley lit up. Day 3 - You can go to the highest point in Mussoorie that is Lal Tibba. The place has a beautiful view and also is famous for Chaar Dukaan, a place specially meant for tourists to enjoy delicious cuisine. From there you can go to Mussoorie Lake for a picnic or adventure sports. You can also go to Sir George Everest’s house to climb a small hill that gifts you an amazing view. Apart from these places, the restaurants in Mussoorie are also very good. Kalsang is famous for Tibetan food, Chic Chocolate corner for the perfect café feeling and food and Little Lama Café for an amazing roof top experience.
Mussoorie, being a popular tourist destination has a platter from numerous cuisines to offer. Given the large number of choices and places, you will never run out of options for delicious food in the town. Other than local cuisines, there are many other interesting highlights to the cuisine here. One finds Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Thai, Moroccan, Italian, Goan and global cuisines in the town. Do indulge in the cakes, muffins as well as the many cafes and a few hookah bars here.
The Tibetan food is said to be the most mouth-watering and gets much limelight, so be sure to not miss the Momos here. The local cuisine of Uttarakhand that you might find here consists of Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Rus ( a preparation of many dals) and much more.
Yes, if you want to visit the place for snow the best time to visit it is during September -June.