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Akshay Bedi Mar 08 2014

What is the best way to experience Mussoorie?

Anupriya Bedi Mar 08 2014
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Do not get hassled about where to go and what to see, here is the best way to experience Mussoorie. If you haven't been to Mussoorie yet then maybe you are oblivious about the virtues and pristine beauty of this mystical land located in the foothills of Shivaliks. From lakes, water walls to snow capped mountains, Mussoorie has all the assets endowed by nature to soothe your eyes. To get an adrenaline rush you can try your hand at paragliding, horse riding, skating, boating and the famous ropeway.

Photo of Mussoorie (by Rajat Vash)

The Mall

The Mall Road is the face of the town making it the most crowded of all the places in Mussoorie. Lace up your shoes and venture out to explore this mini world that has a little for everybody. It is a 3 kms long stretch from the Library to Picture Palace with old british structures, hotels carved out of the hills, local markets, restaurants offering finger licking delicacies and the famous Jhula Ghar which has a huge giant wheel, eateries and photo shops where you can wear the traditional dresses and get a pretty picture clicked.

Photo of The Mall (by Prato)

While you are shopping your kids maybe getting cranky and difficult to manage. Engage them in the numerous game parlours with exciting gifts placed at short distances and make them happily busy. Make sure you take a break and treat your taste buds to the mouthwatering street food in the main market or enjoy different cuisines made available in different restaurants place on The Mall Road.

Photo of The Mall (by Paul Homi)

Once done with the shopping of you famous souvenirs of Mussoorie just take a stroll and enjoy the warmth of the crowd, the carvings on the walls, the more that perfect weather giving you goosebumps in short intervals and the panoramic view of Dehradun after sunset which is sure to sweep you off your feet.

Photo of The Mall (by Prato)

Lal Tibba

It might intrigue you to know that Lal Tibba is the highest point of Mussoorie, located in Landour and gives a divine view of the mountains which house the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath which can be seen through the Japanese Telescope placed at the edge of the cliff. The hill houses the Indian Military Camp and the towers of Doordarshan and All India Radio.

Photo of Lal Tibba (by Paul Hamilton)

Let loose your spirit to soak in the pristine beauty and freshening ambiance of Lal Tibba still preserved in its raw form and untouched by the hands of commercialization. Stroll up the road bounded by Conifers, Pine and Rhododendron, with promises to make it a walk to remember.


Landour was primarily inhabited by Britishers and thus is characterized by beautiful colonial architecture and will be a common site when you walk up to Lal Tibba. Kellogg Memorial Church is one such building and a famous picnic spot for a perfect afternoon filled with fun and frolic.

Photo of Kellogg Memorial Church, Landour (by Paul Hamilton)

Sisters Bazaar

For the Shoppers, the place has an age old market called Sisters Bazaar, though not much of a market you will find a few shops where you can buy souvenirs for family and friends. It has tea stalls serving ginger tea and omelettes with a taste that will leave you wanting for more. Also there is a famous confectionery by the name of Prakash Brother famous for the Cheddar Cheese.

Photo of Sisters Bazaar (by Prato)

Char Dukaan

Do not forget to stop at Char Dukaan on your way back to have the delicious cinnamon waffles served here. You could even park your car here and then walk up to Lal Tibba observing mother nature closely. It is advised that you do take some light winter clothing along as it is colder than rest of the parts of mussoorie. Get ready for a rendezvous with nature over delicious food and drinks when you land up in Lal Tibba!

Photo of Char Dukaan (by Paul Hamilton)

Company Garden

If you've always wondered how it would be to land in the fairytale world of Alice in Wonderland, Company Garden is the place you are looking for! Keep away that stack of files on your desk, surprise your kids with a picnic plan or just gather your group of friends and set out for a Picnic to the Company Garden in Mussoorie. Located at a distance of 3 kms from Library road, can be reached easily by foot or by rickshaw, the garden is a visual treat for the floral enthusiasts.

Photo of Company Garden (by Harshanh)

The place is a box of surprises! You would still be entranced by the lush green carpet of gardens done in colonial style when you will be greeted by the cascading fountain with its crystal clear water, making your heart skip a beat. There are many activities you can enjoy in Mussoorie like a boat ride in the artificial lake constructed within the garden charging INR 20 to INR 40 per person depending on the boat you choose.

Photo of artficial lake inside Company Garden (by Harshanh)

There are few restaurants near the lake serving a variety of dishes. Also there is an open air arrangement from where you can enjoy the lake view while relishing the food. There are some shops selling jewelry, wood and metal craftings and handmade gift items, but be sure you bargain to your best as the prices are hiked up for tourist and you might find the same stuff selling at a lower price in the main market.

Gun Hill

The story behind this one of the most celebrated attraction of Mussoorie goes like this. In the times of Britishers a gun was fired every afternoon from this very place to inform the people what time it was and hence the name Gun Hill.

Photo of Gun Hill (by Clara & James)

To reach Gun Hill you will have to take the Cable Car Ropeway which is a delightful experience in itself and gives you telescopic view of entire mussoorie, thrilling you to the core. The ropeway is accessible from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M charging INR 75 (round trip) and takes five minute to reach. You can also trek up to the hill from Court Complex on Mall Road which will take a good twenty minutes.

Photo of Cable Car Ropeway to reach Gun Hill (by Mohithdotnet)

Once you reach the hill you can enjoy the picture perfect location that provides the panoramic view of snow clad Himalayas. The place is in the form of an open quad with lots of shops and restaurants and also stalls that make you play games like hoopla and balloon shooting.

Jawahar Aquarium

Jawahar Aquarium is Mussoorie's first aquarium and has already become a hit among the tourists. Just take the way up by the escalator and you will be awestruck to see the eight aquariums housing stupefying species of fishes like Tropical Fishes, Red Piranha and Tiny Sharks.The ticket to the aquarium is priced at INR 10, which is not much of a price to pay for such a delightful site. it is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. If your kids are accompanying you then they will sure be on a roll.

Photo of Jawahar Aquarium (by Allen T Chang)

Camel's Back Road

When packing your bag do not forget to keep those pair of sport shoes that might have not been used in a long time. Camel's Back Road is a 3 kms long stretch from Kulri Bazaar to Library Chowk getting its name from the rock which is in the shape of a camel's hump.

Photo of Camel's Back Road (by Deep Goswami)

Here you can relish the vast treasure of nature and the tranquil surroundings that Mussoorie offers. You can also enjoy a horse ride popular among the tourists costing INR 100 for 2.5 Kms. One side of the road has few shops and restaurants and from the other side you can get the mesmerising view of Doon Valley sparkling with lights after sunset.

Photo of Horse Rides at Camel's Back Road (by Geograph.org.uk)

You might just be left wondering if the stars have actually fallen and graced the land. Also in one part you will find a line of telescopes giving a clear view of the landmarks of mussoorie and places around like Gangotri and Yamunotri.
A walk to remember!

Kempty Falls
Kempty Falls is a 40-foot perennial waterfall which is the highest of five cascades that branch from a mountain stream, cutting its way down steep rock faces. You could have a stimulating bath in the beautiful falls, but the walkway is crowded with stalls. If you want a more secluded place for a picnic, climb the steps leading up from the road along the course of the stream. You’ll find yourself in a little rocky dell cleaved by the stream and cooled by water gushing through boulders. Alternately, there is also a convenient ropeway to ferry you back and forth.

Photo of Kempty Falls (by Kunwar Online)

These are some of the best experiences you must not miss in Mussoorie. These are a few places to visit in Mussoorie with a promise to make your trip a memorable one, providing a bag full of goodies with lifetime warranty.

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