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The Magic of Garhwal Hills – A Quick Guide to Mussoorie

The postcard pretty views of the Doon valley, walls of trees serving as a do-not-disturb notice to the cacophonies of the world. Its vintage charm and majestic sights overlooking the Himalayas, Mussoorie has everything in store to soothe the restless traveller’s heart.  Reputed for being a perfect weekend getaway, the idyllic town of Mussoorie serves as a perfect gateway to the stories that live within the Garhwal mountains.

Best Time to Visit

To make the most of your times in Mussoorie, the months from September to June prove to be ideal. The average temperature in summers hovers around 37 degrees making it overall a pleasant experience. If snowfall delights you, winter months in Mussoorie are promising.

Places to Visit

Located in the state of Uttarakhand, a popular hill station, Mussoorie with its rustic charm and majestic views fails to impress no one.

(i) Located at around 15 kms from the city, Kempty Falls proves to be one of the best rejuvenation places making it a favorite picnic spot among families and friends. The beauty of Kempty Falls lies in the mesmerizing walkways surrounded by lush of greens, bringing every heart to solace. Kempty falls Ropeway is surely a not to miss experience for a bird-eye view of the entire city.

(ii) With spectacular views of the Shivalik mountain range, ambrosial flora and the quaint of a Tibetan shrine, Happy Valley, easily accessible by all modes of transport is marked by a deep sense of tranquility. Being Dalai Lama’s first home in India, this town has now translated itself into a flourishing hub of Tibetan culture. A visit to the Happy Valley must accompany exploring nearby shops for souvenirs and exquisite handicraft collections.

(iii) Unblemished by commercialization, Lal Tibba in Mussoorie witnesses breathtaking views of snow clad greater Himalayas. An altitude of 2286 meters above the sea level endows this peak with panoramic sights of dramatic skies surrounded by dense deodar forest, and peaceful slopes. The second highest peak of Mussoorie, Gun Hill, is another place that offers picturesque views of Mussoorie and the Doon valley.

(iii) The cultural aspect of Himalayas can be visualized by the peculiar tribes, folk lore and traditions through various objects and artifacts. Situated close to the Mall Road, Soham Heritage and Art Centre showcase the diversity and wisdom that lives in the heart of Uttarakhand.

Where to Eat

The ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Mussoorie provides food for every palate; from North Indian street food to authentic Tibetan cuisine and contemporary bakeries and cafes.

Dine at:

  • For coffee and shakes visit Cafe by the Way, Mall Road, Near Baskin Robins
  • Relish fruit cream, Danish pastries and freshly baked delights at Casa Mia Bakery
  • Kalsang Friends Corner, Mall Road, Near State Bank Of India
  • For an authentic Tibetan experience, Little Llama Cafe, at  London House, Near Union Church

Where to Shop

(i) Mall Road: This is the most famous and busiest shopping hub with vendors selling woolens, handicrafts and other antiquities. Lovers of handicrafts and artifacts must give a visit to Classic Emporium store which has an exquisite collection of Tibetan sculptures, colourful lampshades and other decorative items.

(ii) Kulri Bazaar: One of the most renowned shopping hubs, the Kulri Bazar is famous to shop for fashionable apparels, jewelry shops and handicrafts alongside many eateries to indulge in. If lucky, you stand a chance to meet the author, Ruskin Bond for a book signing and a storytelling session at the Cambridge Book Depot.

(iii) Himalayan Weavers: A small detour of about 8 kms from the heart of Mussoorie goes to a small organization of Himalayan Weavers, which produces handmade traditional products with a wide range of scarves and shawls using purely natural dyes.

Despite the usual hustle bustle of the city, a short vacation to this quaint little town of Mussoorie satiates every heart. Explore the enchanting valleys of Doon on your visit to this Queen of Hill Stations.

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About Charvee Sharma

Born in a big city, Charvee finds her heart in small towns. A free spirit, who loves to wander places in search of stories, within stories. At the end of a long day, she finds her therapy in long aimless walks and conversations, with the Moon.

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