Perched on a mountain valley at an elevation of 6,170 feet, Mussoorie is a hill station and municipal board situated in the district of Dehradun of Northern state Uttarakhand. The awe-inspiring green hills with blooming diversity of flora and fauna is one of the most charming pictorial tourist spots in India. The place speaks for itself through captivating landscapes that are soothing to the eyes. It is one of those types of places where you do nothing but seek bliss and communion with nature.
Initially an escape for the British from the unforgiving heat in the plains, Mussoorie has only grown into a popular hill-station to provide you an escape into the wave of activity surrounding the scenic views and lush green flora. The Mall is the centre point of Mussoorie with its two ends- Library and Picture Palace spread some distance away. In Mussoorie, you will find both nature at work with beautiful waterfalls and sceneries as well as architectural marvel of colonial structures.
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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.
Many hotels and inns are available at Mussorie. However, make sure to pre-book your accommodation.
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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 cafť feeling and food and Little Lama Cafť 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.
- You can dress in the local attire and click beatiful photos. These might sound cheesy, but they become beautiful memories later.
- Just 33km from Dehradun and around 7 hours from Delhi makes Mussoorie one of the easiest accessible hill town. Mall road is the most happening area here and you can easily spend a day or two shopping and eating at cafes. However, it also gets crowded on long weekends and could be a turn off for those looking for peace and calm up in the mountains.
By Govind Agrawal
Should we go in mid Oct.or suggest a place near Delhi to get good weather and ice and ? snow