We know Mussoorie is a very common destination for a vacation. However, this is a treasure of a place for those people who like the poetic silences and the sound of nature. Situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range, Mussoorie is also considered to be The Queen of Hills and I would wholeheartedly agree.
Mussoorie always has something different to offer us throughout the year. I mean, in the winter, you can experience the snowfall and enjoy the related activities, and in the summer, you can escape the heat of the planes and enjoy the pleasant weather. This city which is named after the Mansoor shrubs is one of those places that is close to nature, and if you are a person who has got tired of the city environment, then this place is a must visit. Additionally, if you are looking for a place to spend your summer vacations, then look no further, Mussoorie is waiting for you. Here are some interesting places and things that you can do while you are in Mussoorie.
Ruskin Bond Autographed Books
Mussoorie has been the land of the famous author, Ruskin Bond. There is a book store on Mall Road named Cambridge Book Depot where Mr. Ruskin Bond still comes every Saturday and obliges fans by autographing the book/s that they buy. If you visit Mussoorie and you miss him or for some reason, you are unable to meet him, the shopkeeper of that book store even has the facility of couriering you the signed/ autographed copy of the book you choose to your address.
Shopping At Mall Road
I am a bit embarrassed to admit, but it's true, I went crazy shopping at Mall Road. I loved everything that I laid my eyes on, from the jackets, coats, sweater to even small items as gloves became my target. My friends physically had to pull me away from the shops. So, we would warn you rather than recommend you to restain your pockets while walking through the beautiful mall road of Mussoorie that has such colourful and stylish clothes on both sides of the road. In fact, just before you enter mall road, you will also see the flea market that will provide you with trendy clothes at a decent price. So, after reading this article, your hands start to etch and you want to go shopping, go to Mussoorie now.
Walk To Landour
This is for those people who like to take a walk through nature. Landour is a town adjacent to Mussoorie and is around 5.6 km by the Mall Road. So, approximately, it is a 1 hour and 30-minute walk. And, trust us, if you go to Mussoorie and don’t take a walk to Landour, you are missing a lot. It is almost like a heritage (or rather, historical walk. I mean, on the way, apart from the great valley scape, you will encounter the Ghanta Ghar which was built in 1892 during British Raj, the Mussoorie Heritage Center where you will find the history of Mussoorie come to live, and Gun Hill point which is one of the tourist attraction as its the second highest peak in Mussoorie. If you go further, you will also find Lal Tibba and St. Pauls Church which are also rich in history and are major tourist attractions. However, if you are planning to walk to Landour, please don’t get lured by the thought of a romantic walk through nature as we did. We would suggest you to start doing your workouts one week prior to the trip if you are planning to trek to Landour, otherwise, you will be in the same position as we were, trying to catch your breaths after every two steps.
To be absolutely honest, after coming back from our trip, the only thing that kept lurking in my mind was the taste of the Spanish hot chocolate from Chick Chocolate. You know how many times it so happens, that you go to a place only because the internet blasts you with a recommendation of that place, but when you actually visit it, it's not even remotely close to what you expected. Well, in this case, the internet and reviewers were absolutely correct. This place serves the best hot chocolate and has the best chocolate bites. They also serve an amazing lamb stir fry. I would say 'delicious’ would be an understatement. Apart from the food, the ambience of this cafe is also astounding. One can see the valleys of Mussoorie from sitting inside the cafe. Imagine, cold weather, warm and sweet smelling hot chocolate enhanced with the view of beautiful green mountains. This is Chick Chocolate.
Lal Tibba/St. Pauls Church
After you reach Landour, the first thing you will see is the St. Pauls Church. This Anglican church was built in 1839 during the British Raj. Apart from being a major landmark and sort of a historical monument, it’s a beautiful and peaceful church where you can take some time out to meditate or self-reflect. We mean to say, how many places you visit that allows you to look within? Well, Landour’s St. Pauls church gives visitors the opportunity to exactly that which makes this church a unique place to visit.
A few steps past the church, you will find the Char Bazaar, and if you continue on the same road you will reach Lal Tibba, a scenic point situated at the Depot Hill and is considered the highest point in Mussoorie from where you can view the peaks of the Himalayan Mountains.
Chill-out At The Cafe Ives
While coming from Lal Tibba back to Char Bazaar, on your right, you will see Cafe Ives. Now, when we reached that cafe after a long and tiring trek, we were unable to stand on our feet. We were completely gone. However, as we sat at the balcony of this cafe, witnessing the beautiful lush green slopes of the mountains, we forgot our pain. The light cold breeze, interrupted by the warm rays of the sun, the familiar music in the background enriching the moment further, it was absolutely a wonderful experience. We had ordered lemon ginger green tea which was such a delight in contrast to the mildly cold and windy weather.
Another thing that caught our eyes while coming back from Landour to Mussoorie were the various antique shops. Now, these antique shops might not have a functioning primitive instrument like a typewriter, but you sure can buy them for decorative purposes, and if you don’t feel like buying anything, window shopping at those shops is also quite fun.
Dinner at Kalsang
When you are all tired from the trekking of the day but still have the desire to be adventurous and try out something new, go to Kalsang. They serve authentic Tibetan food that we assure will leave you satisfied and happy. The proportion of their food is more than you can complete and the taste is way more delicious than you can imagine. So, if you find yourself wondering the mall road at night, go to Kalsang and experiment with Tibetan food.
Brunch At Mud Cup Cafe
You will find this cafe on the road to Landour from Mussoorie. Apart from the, of course, delicious food, the ambience of this cafe was beautiful. We mean, for a minute there we couldn’t believe my own eyes. It almost felt like we’d reached Santorini (Greece) because of its blue and white themed entrance. And after you enter, there is a whole new world is waiting for you. They have a beautiful sitting place, indoor as well as outdoors. We were so impressed by that place, all we wanted to do was sit there the whole day and read books or write a blog. It was such a beautiful and peaceful place, and I am sure, you would also want to do the same as you enter this cafe.
Where To Stay
As we have established, Mussoorie is a popular tourist destination, so you will find hotels throughout the year at a reasonable rate. If you reach Mussoorie at a fairly decent hour like in the morning or afternoon, you can even leave hotel hunting for the last minute (but don’t). We had stayed at the hotel Pioneer. Not only where their services were good, but their property was also beautiful which is near the mall road. So, it was easy to access the main market, yet far enough to be peaceful.
Ultimately, from my personal experience, I felt this place is ideal for writers, poets, painters, and people who like to read. As this place has many quiet and serene spots which sensitive souls are sure to enjoy. So, if you are planning to write a novel, or are looking for a quiet vacation away from the fast pace city yet not too far from its perks like the internet, gourmet food, and stylish clothing, Mussoorie is a perfect balance and we are sure you will enjoy visiting it.
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