January 27, 2019

Musings: The Ultimate Guide To Exploring Mussoorie*

Please note, this is a collaborative guest post. 

It is the Hill stations of India that have the most aesthetic appeal about them. Far away from the hustling-bustling metropolitan cities, people often find these hill stations calling them to relax in the lulled sound of its silence. These Hill stations are not just peaceful but naturally picturesque as well and a treat for the human eye. India has over sixty-two hill stations, each with a different aura. People usually plan their trips to these hill stations depending on the duration of their stay.

Mussoorie, ‘The Queen of Hills’, is located in Uttarakhand is both quaint and blissful. The town is rightfully called the Queen of hills given its charming atmosphere and elegance that has even managed to impress great author Ruskin Bond.

How to Travel to Mussoorie

The town is only a 35km journey from Dehradun, Uttarakhand’s state capital. The best way of travelling to Mussoorie depends on the budget, choice of transportation and the location a person is travelling from. The road-journey, especially from Dehradun to Mussoorie is one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of it. Given the growth of tourism in Mussoorie, there are several bus services available as well. They can either be booked online or directly from the bus stands. One of the best ways to travel to Mussoorie is by travelling to Dehradun via train and then hiring a rental car or a bus to Mussoorie.

The Dehradun Railway Station is connected to almost all major Railway stations in India. If a person wants to travel faster, then the nearest airport of Mussoorie is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and the second closest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. There are several portals available on the internet who can give you a detailed description regarding the best means of transportation Delhi. It is best to contact them before planning a trip to the heavenly hills of Mussoorie.

Best Time to Visit Mussoorie

Locals suggest that the best time to visit Mussoorie is either sometime during April to June which is also the peak season for a large number of tourists given the pleasant climate. Winter, starting from October to February, is the best time to witness snowfall in Mussoorie offering a breath-taking beauty. People usually avoid travelling in August and September due to the heavy rainfalls. It is advisable for tourists to avoid hill stations during the rainfall season as it is prone to occasional landslides. The fall season might limit most of your tourist program itineraries and most adventure sports are usually halted and avoided for extra precautions. It is however an ideal time for travellers seeking solitary peace and mystical scenery.   

Lifestyle & Culture of Mussoorie

One of the things that make this hill station so divine is the lifestyle and culture of Mussoorie. They are skilfully hardworking people with a soft heart. Garhwali is the most commonly spoken language along with Hindi, English, Punjabi and Kumauni. Being a part of a diverse country, every major religion like Sikhism, Christianity, Islamism, Hinduism, etc. is followed by the people of Mussoorie. A wide number of festivals, depending on the different seasons, are celebrated all around the year with great gusto and bliss. The eccentric lifestyle and culture of Mussoorie is astounding.

Food Places in Mussoorie

The Mall Road is a very popular place which has irresistibly aromatic food places in Mussoorie. Starting from the hot tangy bhutta to the delicious kebabsat the Mall Road eateries in Mussoorie has something to offer for every food enthusiast. The Mall Road is a hub for numerous cuisines, non-vegetarian and vegetarian, that are available in Mussoorie. An early morning cheese-omelette toast breakfast with a cup of tea at the Char Dukan near Lal Tibba can prove to be a good kick to start your day! Chic Chocolate is the most popularly visited café cum restaurant with a wide variety of chocolates-oriented dishes and drinks available to choose from. There are delicious cake and pastry shops like the Landour Bakehouse in Mussoorie that have existed for several years. When it comes to food, you are guaranteed to experiment on several types of cuisines when in Mussoorie.  

Popular Tourist places in Mussoorie

Nightlife in Mussoorie

There are several, restaurants, bars, cafes, and pubs that can brighten up your nightlife in Mussoorie.

Experience Thrill of Jungle Safari & Wildlife.

Jungle safari in the well preserved Benog Wildlife sanctuary of Mussoorie that will undeniably impress you with its stunning forest which is home to numerous wildlife species such as leopard, bear, deer, etc. It is enclosed by hills and luscious green vegetation. You will find a wide variety of trees like pine and cedars in abundance. Bird Watching has recently become very popular with tourists. The best time to experience the thrill of Jungle safari and wildlife in Benog is to visit anytime between April and November.

Shopping Places in Mussoorie

Any kind of vacation is incomplete without a little bit of shopping. Starting from apparels to curios, Mussoorie has a wide range of shops you can nosedive into! Surveys suggest that the most popular shopping items are, woollen garments and wooden or brass souvenirs. There is the popular Mall Road, which is a confetto of shops. The crowds in Mall Road are always buzzing about as it is the most convenient place to shop for everything in one place. Other than the Mall Road, there is; the Tibetan Market, popular for hand-woven carpets, artefacts and a plethora of other items; The Library Bazar, built around a vintage library, popular for selling wooden products, and lastly the Kurki Bazaar. Do not forget to bargain for the price!

Where to Stay in Mussoorie?

If you are in a dilemma about where to stay in Mussoorie, you can choose from a range of hotels in mussoorie depending on your budget. Mussoorie houses Luxury Hotels along with Standard and Budget hotels as well. However, no matter the price, finding the right location to stay at is very important to make your travel program efficient. Visiting Mussoorie during peak time will automatically result in a higher price of resorts and hotels due to the number of tourists visiting. If you know someone in Mussoorie, it is best to contact them before you plan to travel. If not then, a good travel portal can guide you regarding your bookings depending on your budget and duration of stay.

Char xo

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