Mussoorie: India's Queen of Hills
May 1, 2019
by Samidha Thakur
Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station in the foothills of Himalayas. At 6500 FT above sea level, this chilly fog and beautiful forest-covered hill station is perfect for everyone. From grandparents to couples to group of friends. This place has so much to offer to everyone.
I and my friends wanted a short trip before our exams and chose this place for its beauty and budget. So from Delhi (Capital of India), we took an AC bus to Dehradun (10$) because we were going during summers. If you plan to visit during winters you may choose to travel in an ordinary bus and save money.
The place is worth the visit during any season. Although, peak tourist time is during winters during snowfall.
The route itself is so beautiful and breath-taking. On one side is the mountain covered with overlooking trees and on the other side we have the view of Dehradun valley. It took us 3 hours to reach there. You may choose to rent scooters and drive up to Mussoorie if you have the stamina and are not lazy like us. This might cost a little extra but completely worth it. This way you may choose to stop to take pictures and enjoy delicious local snacks at small shops that are en-route. All these shops are small snack points that serve Maggie (you will have a variety to choose from), momos, omelet, pranthas and hot tea.
The route itself is so beautiful and breath-taking. On one side is the mountain covered with overlooking trees and on the other side, we have the view of Dehradun valley. It took us 3 hours to reach there. You may choose to rent scooters and drive up to Mussoorie if you have the stamina and are not lazy like us. This might cost a little extra but completely worth it. This way you may choose to stop to take pictures and enjoy delicious local snacks at small shops that are en-route. All these shops are small snack points that serve Maggie (you will have a variety to choose from), momos, omelet, paranthas and hot tea.
The Big Decision
After you get off at the bus stand you have two options. To go straight ahead to the Mall road where a little more expensive but more close to the market and every other place hotels are or take a right and walk a little toward on budget hotels which are slightly far away from local sight-seeing destinations. We choose to take a right and save extra money for the food (we are greedy people).
We reached Mussoorie around 4 PM so we decided to just check out the market today. We went to the Mall Road. The market is heaven for women (sorry boys). With so many clothing and accessories shops it is difficult to resist any one shop. The market is amazing because of all the handicraft gifts you can get here.
From point to point you can see local momos, boiled corn, and sweet corn stalls. They are a ‘must try’ and are for less than 1$ and can fill you up completely. With all the lights it seems as if the market is twinkling for you. We stopped for coffee at Honey Hut and ended up eating all their brownies (Oops).
This is one of the benefits of the place that almost every tourist ‘must-see-place’ is on a walking distance. It may take a certain level of stamina because it is a hill station so do not expect a straight path to every place. You may also choose to go to places on local ride ‘rickshaw’. They charge you according to your choice of place and whether you want them to wait for you to take you back.
It is the highest point in Mussoorie. You may choose to walk, cycle or rent a cab to reach there. We choose to walk and would suggest that to everyone. The walk is not that difficult (a little steep) and is worth every step. Go there on empty stomach to enjoy the food offered there. There is some Cafe there which offer delicious food (although a little expensive than the main market). A simple walk here will calm and soothe you like meditation.
This is a big beautiful garden filled with flowers, small waterfalls and small games for children. This place is a bit far from the main Mall Road so you can choose to walk or hire a rickshaw to drop you there. The garden engulfed with a variety of flowers and trees and is so big that going around it once is actually workout (at least for me). There is also an awesome wax museum here that can prove to a lot of fun and should be on your must-visit list.
Include this place on your must try list if nature calls out to you. This place is within the forest and is not actually a pinpoint place and rather an area. If you are lucky the place is so foggy that it seems to appear that you are above the clouds. The fog settles a little low and higher area appear to be above the clouds.
This is a natural waterfall where you can go for a ‘freeze you till your spine’ cold dip. It is a pretty popular tourist destination so might be a little crowded but is a totally fun place.
Food Places you have to try
We ate a lot so that we can proudly review every place to anyone who asks us ‘Where to Eat in Mussoorie?’ So I am going to go in the order from breakfast till dinner. For breakfast, you can try Lovely Omelet Center. This is a small shop that you might miss out so ask a local to guide you. This shop is famous and more than 50 years old. His omelets are so good and filling that you cannot eat more than one.
If you wish more Coffee and pancakes breakfast then Chic chocolate is the place for you. It serves as both Breakfast and Evening coffee place. With freshly baked goodies and excellent coffee start your day. But if you wish for a splendid view and can compromise a bit on food then try CCD.
For lunch, there are many restaurants all over the hill station and it depends on the place you are at the moment. Madaras Cafe is great if you feel like trying South Indian food. Mud Cup cafe is great if you are on your way to Chaar Dukaan.
At the evening you have to try Tip top tea or Little Lama cafe or Honey Hut. The view that Little Lama offers is amazing and goes great with coffee. Their seating area offers beautiful and romantic lighting. Tip top tea is great for those who like outdoor seating and enjoy their tea with chilly weather. Honey Hut is for cozy people and for sweet tooth people.
For dinner try the Clock Tower Cafe or Kalsang Restaurant. The clock tower is a bit far away from Mall road but its interior decoration and variety in food are totally worth the walk. Kalsang is a Tibetan restaurant and is very cozy with red and orange lanterns all over you.