The charm of exploring a hill station like Mussoorie reaches a whole new level in the summers, and we are here to double that further up by giving you these top 10 reasons to visit Mussoorie.
Home to famous local markets, The Mall in Mussoorie is the very heart of the town, and crossing it once or twice every day is inevitable.
You can also find restaurants, as well as numerous shops selling clothes, woollens, groceries, medicines and many other knick-knacks.
Gun Hill & Ropeway Ride
Situated above 122 m above the Mall, Gun Hill offers some amazing views of the Doon Valley and the adjoining landscapes. It can be reached either by a bridle path forking off from the Mall, or via a ropeway ride.
Camel’s Back Road
Camel’s Back Road is a delightful 4 km stretch that starts near the Library Point and ends in Kulri Bazaar. It gets its name from a natural outcrop of rocks shaped like a camel’s hump, that can be viewed from the road.
Happy Valley and Company Bagh
The Happy Valley area lies to the west of the Library Point, and houses the IAS Academy, Company Gardens and numerous Tibetan homes and temples. It’s a lovely road for nature walks and scenic rickshaw rides.
Touted as Mussoorie’s best patch, Landour area is a must visit if you prefer some quietness, away from the tourist rush.
There are a good number of hotels near Landour which, unlike the rest of Mussoorie is quiet and less packed.
A day trip to Dhanaulti and Kempty Falls
Plan a day trip to Dhanaulti and Kempty Falls, two of the most famous places to visit around Mussoorie.
Dhanaulti is an excellent place to spend a day wandering amidst the deodars and Kempty Falls, though a bit crowded now, is still a beautiful spot in the area.
A lovely steep walk or drive up from the bazaar brings you to Landour’s Char Dukaan (four stalls). Come here after your stroll to feast on paranthas, masala Maggi and pancakes with maple syrup. There are 4 to 5 local shops here which offer an array of cuisines to satiate your taste buds.
Shopping in Mussoorie
Shopping in Mussoorie is simply a delight with plethora of options to choose from like Kulri Bazaar, The Mall Road and Landour among others. Stock up on lovely souvenirs, woollens and decorative items for yourself and your loved ones!
Carlton’s Plaisance gets maximum vote for the best food in Mussoorie. Kulri Bazaar has most of Mussoorie’s restaurants. Clarke’s offers fine dining. There are a number of other famous local restaurants like Casa Mia (pastries/rolls), Kalsang (Tibetan food joint) and Chick Chocolate (snacks and chocolates).
Meet Ruskin Bond at Cambridge Book Shop
Last but definitely not the least! The legendary author lives in the Landour area of Mussoorie and visits Cambridge Book Shop every Saturday from 3.30 PM to 5.30 PM. You can meet him, request him to sign an autograph for you and get clicked with him as well.
Hope the above list of top 10 reasons to visit Mussoorie helps you in planning an exciting trip to this breathtaking place!
Photo credits by flickr user Paulhami and Jace and wikipedia user Harshanh.