When one gets sick of the air-conditioned offices and the same old routine of trying to escape the heat at all times of the day, a getaway is much needed. And there’s no better way to do that than to head to the beautiful hills of northern India. While there are several hill destinations within driving distance from Delhi, there are few which come close to the beauty of Mussoorie. Admired by Indians and foreign tourists for decades now, the charm of Mussoorie is only growing every day.
Mussoorie is a popular tourist destination already but there are a few things that not everyone does when they go to this gorgeous town. Away from the crowds, you can really enjoy the serenity of the hills and take in the beauty of the marvels of nature around you. To make your next trip to Mussoorie truly memorable and unique, we’ve compiled a list of places you should go to and things you should see to enjoy your time off.
14 Things to do in Mussoorie
- Early Morning at Mossy Falls
- Sunset at Lal Tibba
- Cable Car from Jhulaghat to Gun Hill
- Get your Adventure Thrills at Skywalk
- Go Paragliding
- Make Some Wine
- Eat the best omelet you’ll ever eat at Lovely Omelette
- Meet Ruskin Bond
- Go for Rock Climbing
- River Rafting
- Roller Skating
- Wildlife Safari
1. Early Morning at Mossy Falls
If a peaceful morning surrounded by nature and away from people is your thing, head to Mossy Falls early in the day. While this is one place in Mussoorie that isn’t too commercial yet, people who have heard about it tend to start visiting during midday. So your best bet is to head there as soon as you wake up, spend a few beautiful hours there in serenity, and leave as the crowds start arriving. Even if you’re not a morning person, the sounds of the water gushing down and the sights of green all around will make all the effort worth it.
2. Sunset at Lal Tibba
Sunsets can be magical, and one of the places that lets you see the sun go down in all its glory is Lal Tibba in Mussoorie. After a long day of exploring the town, settle down in Lal Tibba at sunset time and watch one of the wonders of nature unfold in front of you. The view of the snow-capped Himalayas and the clear skies will make you want to go there again and again. Even if the day isn’t clear, you can still see the settling flames of the sun against the magnificent Garhwal mountains.
3. Cable Car from Jhulaghat to Gun Hill
Gun Hill is one of the most popular spots in Mussoorie. It’s the second highest point here and is accessible by cable car from Jhulaghat. This 400-metre cable car ride is absolutely beautiful and offers stunning views of the surrounding areas. The cable car timings differ from summer to winter but it is open throughout the year subject to weather conditions. When you reach Gun Hill, you can settle down in one of the several restaurants for a hot meal or beverage. Walk around, take in the view, and at the end of your visit, take the cable car down. While going up to Gun Hill is definitely exciting, making your way back down will also get your adrenaline pumping.
4. Get your Adventure Thrills at Skywalk
Imagine walking on a rope high up in the air. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? But it’s also an experience that you can brag about forever. Skywalk in Mussoorie offers this opportunity of a lifetime where you can walk a rope while being securely strapped to a harness. Located in the Snow Adventure Zone, you can also try crossing the Sky Bridge, which is a rope bridge, and ziplining in the same place.
5. Go Paragliding
When you’re visiting a place as beautiful as Mussoorie, one of the best things you can do is get a bird’s eye view of the town. Paragliding gives you the chance to do this and more. Not only is the thrill of taking off absolutely crazy, but the peace you feel floating high above Mussoorie is also unmatched. There are several operators in Mussoorie who are known for paragliding. Find the one closest to you and go flying. Professional pilots will be doing all the work for you so you don’t have to worry about being an expert.
6. Make Some Wine
Mussoorie has several workshops where wine lovers can make their own wine. You can make wine from grapes, apples, plums, or pears. Every participant in the workshop is guided by a professional who emails the recipes of the wine you make later. If you’re travelling with friends, or as a couple, this is the perfect activity to wind down and relax after a hectic day of being a tourist.
7. Eat the best omelette you’ll ever eat at Lovely Omelette
This is probably the most famous eatery in Mussoorie but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at it. Lovely Omelette always has lines of people waiting for a taste of their trademark omelette. The people who’ve tried it say it’s the best omelette in the world. Cheese oozes out of it and, with a dash of onions and spices, it is the perfect meal for any time of the day. But reach well ahead of time or you may land up waiting a long time for your omelette.
8. Meet Ruskin Bond
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For anyone who has grown up with Ruskin Bond’s books by their side, this is an opportunity to cherish. The author, who stays near Mussoorie, meets readers and signs books every Saturday at the Cambridge Book Depot. You never know, you might even get a picture with the legend. Call Cambridge Book Depot in advance to find out his timings for the week and plan your visit.
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9. Go for Rock Climbing:
Rock climbing and caving are activities who want their vacation filled with adventure. There are various rocks in this region which have a height of 50 feet to 600 feet. You will have trainers to help you but the thrill of successfully scaling a rock is surreal. You can also go for cave explorations and there are a quite a few of them in this region. Dhanauli and Buranskhanda have quite a few caves from small to big and you will have a great time exploring them. The trails around this region are some of the best for trekking and rapelling and rock climbing can be done at very affordable rates
10. River Rafting
Another popular adventure activity here is to go for river rafting at the various rapids here along the rivers of Alakananda, Kali River and Dhauliganga. The rivers flow through deep forests and rocky terrains and if you can glance up from the river ahead from time to time you are going to be struck by the passing beauty. Again, there are going to be trainers on the boat but the experience is not for the faint hearted. And river rafting is strictly prohibited during the monsoons so you have to plan the trip somewhere between October to June.
11. Roller Skating:
If you have never tried roller skating, then you should go for it in Mussoorie. The city is home to India’s largest roller skating rink and all you have to do is get on wheels on your feet and balance yourself with some practice. It is a wonderful experience to be able to glide away like that. Disco Skating Rink and Jaypee’s Resort are popular joints for roller skating.
Yes, it seems very obvious that you go for shopping when you are in any new location but shopping in Mussoorie deserves special mention. Landour Bazaar, Kulri Bazaar and Library are some of the most popular places to shop here. You can buy shawls, scarves, stoles, bags, footwear, jackets and junk jewelry till your bag is fit to burst. The wooden carved items make for great gifts, especially the carved walking sticks. Be sure to buy some exquisite silver jewelry and do not forget to visit the old bookshops.
There is hardly anything more relaxing than fishing and there are quite a few spots in Mussoorie to help you do that. The areas along Aglar River and Yamuna River are the apt spots and there are fishes like trout, maund and mauhseer to be found here. The best time to go for fishing is in March but one has to get the required permits from the Divisional Forest Officer of Mussoorie. Otherwise, you will be heavily fined for trespassing.
14. Wildlife Safari:
One of the best things to do in Mussoorie is to go for wildlife safari. The Benog Sanctuary and the Jabarkhet Wildlife sanctuary are the two major reserves here and you can see leopards, langurs, black bears, quails, various kinds of deer, porcupines and of course a large variety of birds. The sheer species of trees that one finds in the forests here is spellbinding and it can prove to be a very educative trip if you have children traveling with you. Try starting out at early dawn for this is when the animals come out of their lairs to begin their day!
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