The cool mountain air feels so good after living in the hot plains below.
Long twisty mountain roads are not always that safe.
Escape to the mountains, without too much hype.
Library Point is the hub of all activity in Mussoorie. This was the place you first woke up to in the wee hours of the morning if you have undertaken the bus route from ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminal), Delhi, in days of yore. It is now the most cacophonous place in entire Mussoorie. All drivers in Mussoorie appear to simply love the sound of the...more
Whatever glorious stories you have heard of Kempty Falls belongs to an era when concretisation had not taken place. In the name of improvement and facilities, this gorgeous falls has been totally ruined. A giant trolley, an incongruous temple, innumerable houses and some odd concrete platforms totally obscure the view of the falls. Do check out...more
As you stroll along the Mall you cannot help but notice the graceful sweep of the Doon valley stretched out below. The houses, the terraced cultivation, the road slithering and snaking down, the rolling hills, the fleecy clouds – all add to the charm of the exquisite scenery. But it is the gracefulness of the sweep that catches the eye. You feel...more
A trip to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Happy Valley, which was once the Charleville Hotel, 1.5 kms from Library point, is a must. This is the place where the future administrators of India are groomed after they are selected by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). It’s during the Foundational Course...more
A walk along the mall, at any point during the day, is an exhilarating experience. The throng of tourist, coupled with the vehicular traffic, may not make your peregrinations as soothing and as trouble-free as you would like it to be. Barring these mis-adventures as you take in the ubiquitous stalls and kiosks along the way, you will find your walk...more
As you walk along, you cannot but help notice the once legendary ‘Whispering Windows’ hotel. In days of yore this was the ultimate joint to be seen in and to dine. A little further on, almost in a cul-de-sac, you will notice four famous restaurants vying with one another to entice you, ‘Nirula’s’, ‘Domino’s’, ‘Café Coffee Day’ and ‘The Rice Bowl’....more
Authentic, period furniture, British-style, is available aplenty in Mussoorie. The reason could be the wholesale departure of the English residents of the town after Independence.Whatever the reasons, there are quite a few shops dealing in antique furniture as well as antiques. One treasure house is just beside ‘Omi Sweet Shop’ in the Landour...more
If you have a sweet tooth and you’re in Mussoorie, head straight for ‘Omi Sweet Shop’ at Landour. They have been in the sweet business for a little more than a century and a half (1860 onwards). From the Mall as you walk towards Landour, the shop is to your right-hand side.Besides an array of mouth-watering delicacies, a number of different types...more
Kempty falls is 40 feets in hight,it is considered very beautiful however when we went the water was diverted as the construction was going on.It was simply waste of time for us.However in its former avatar,as described it looked lovely.The Kempty Falls are a major attractions of Dehradun and Mussoorie. The falls are situated mid way between the...more
Gunhill is the second highest point in Mussoorie. To access Gunhill, there are two ways. The first one is to begin trek from court complex on the Mall road. This path takes you to Gunhill in about 20 minutes. Now Gun Hill also has a ropeway.This is also one of the best view point of the town. There are telescopes here you can see the mountain peaks...more
This is also a Mussoorie tip. Anywhere in Mussoorie you go, you will find photographers are ready with this Hill dress of Queen or King to dress you and take photographs. For a small sum of money they will take your photograph as King or queen and send you by post. The charges are forpost card size Rs.40 or about USD $1 in India. Bigger size will...more
Like any other Hill Station the Main throughfare of the town is called The Mall. Mussoorie too is no exception. The live here revolves around The Mall. The Mall here has numerous hotels, Cafe, Shopping plazas( small), restaurants, Revolving Restaurant, Ropeway, Offfices and what not. For Mussoorie The Mall is life and life is Mall.When the British...more
Gone are the days when December used to bring snow at Mussoorie! Our dream of having lot of snow and perhaps even try our hand at skiing at Mussoorie is shattered. We learnt het due to global warming there is no snowfall in an around Mussoorie for quite sometime. But snow falls in February & March if the weather is bad or if it rains!!We also...more
Now Kempty Falls also has Capsule Ropeway to make our visit more comfortable. It takes about 6-8 mts to get down and Up. Fare is Rs.50/- or USD 1.20 for up and down. But choice of geting down by foot always remains open. Since, we are from plains we prefered to use the Ropeway as we had three children with us.more
In a Hill Station, if you reach at 10.30 in the night ( temp 1 degree Celcius)after 30hrs of...more
This little gem of a hotel can be found just off the Mall road. I saw the hotel while winding...more
Fabulous view. Since I had gone during off season I got great discount on my room. We had entire...more
While returning from Mussorie, if you start feeling hungry at lunch time and wish to indulge yourself, head for Hotel Godawari at Roorkee (75 kms from Dehradun), 5th Mile stone, Haridwar – Delhi Highway 9NH 58). Once inside the hotel, walking into the restaurant managed by Haripurna Caterers. It is past the lobby, up a few steps.The restaurant is...more
If its authentic Tibetan food you are after whilst at Mussoorie, head straight for ‘The Rice Bowl’ in the Mall. Also called the ‘Amitash Restaurant’, it is located on the first floor of a building which shares space with ‘Café Coffee Day’ and ‘Domino’s’. Owned by Ms. Yangchen T. Lhatsang, it serves the most lip-smacking of Tibetan fare. The...more
‘Ivy Cottage’ is a misnomer. It is no cottage in the traditional sense. Almost like a fortress, it stands guard over entire Landour. Its steep approach completes the picture of a lone sentinel. It however, houses ‘Domas Inn’, which again is a misnomer, as it is actually a hotel-cum-restaurant with a dormitory and a few rooms thrown in.Serving...more
Whenever you feel your legs are about to give way while at the Mall in Mussoorie, limp into Nirula’s at Kulri. It’s located conveniently in the middle of the Mall near to other eating joints like Dominos and the Rice Bowl.What makes it more appealing is not just the location but also the ambience, the décor, the spotlessness, the staff. The...more
If you leave Delhi for Mussoorie in a car around 9.30 in the morning after a sumptuous breakfast, you will reach Muzaffanagar three hours later. It would be wiser to rest awhile and eat something here rather than risk a growling stomach further ahead. At Muzaffanagar head straight for the ‘Moolchand Resorts’ (132 kms) for lunch...more
Before you start your climb to Mussoorie, stop awhile at Dehra Dun. This is a place waiting to be discovered. Housing important training centres like the Indian Military Academy (established in 1932), which trains all army cadets and the Indian Forest College (established in 1938), which trains all Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers, this city is...more
In Mussoorie only you get to see and travel around in Cycle Rickshaw. Since, Mussoorie town is based on almost Horizontal ground, it is possible to see around the town in a Cycle Rickshaw. But it does not ply in all the areas only in the areas where it does not require to climb an altitude. Please dont get shocked and feel shy as these are...more
We caught the local bus from the stop in Dehradun up to Mussoorie. Our tickets were Rs. 23 (less than AUS$1) for the trip which is about 35kms (from memory I think it took about 2 hours). The bus was a fantastic old clapped-out thing that wheezed its way up the mountain. The road was a windy one with numerous switchbacks that would have offered...more
201 Reviews and Opinions
When you descend from Dehradun to Mussorie, don’t forget to spend some time at Tarun Gulati’s ‘Elloras’ (Melting Moments). This cornucopia of confectionary items is difficult to describe as their display is simply dazzling as well as varied. Located at 29, Rajpur Road, opposite S.J.A. Dehradun, this shop is known far and wide. If you feel peckish, there are a few tables and chairs handy. A visit to this shop tempts you to take a few delicacies on your way back to Delhi or wherever you are headed
What to buy: Variety of confectionery items.
Luggage and bags:
Travel with enough woollens. Torch must! Raincoat or umbrella must. You never know when it might rain.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If in summers light woollens will do otherwise heavy packing is needed.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Though lots of shops are there but they all close down early and if you have a problem at night you might not get anything so better keep regular medicines. Moov and dettol are must.
Photo Equipment: How can you forget a camera when vising a hill station!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Rishikesh, almost 60 kms from Mussoorie offers camping, river rafting, mountaineering.
If you want really good, authentic woollen items while at Mussorie, go straight to ‘Himalyan Weavers’. This quaint house, atop a knoll, is located at Masrana village, 8 kms from Mussorie, on the Mussorie-Dhanauti road, beyond Wood Stock. There you will be spoilt for choice in respect of woollen scarves, stoles, caps, shawls and throws, all made of...more
His name is Bond ….. Ruskin Bond. And he lives in Mussoorie. If you want to read a novel which will calm your senses, make you serene, happy And laugh like you used to during your childhood, read his novels and his short stories. They flow, they charm, they take you back in time when life was unruffled, placid, uncomplicated.On your walk along the...more