Must Do’s in & around Mussoorie
Armed with a Short Escapes from Delhi travel guide, we headed to Landour, the quaint cantonment town in Mussoorie located about 35km from Dehradun.
It was at about 5:40 in the morning that we reached Dehradun railway station and the young Garhwal guy holding the placard of our name greeted us with a smile. Dehradun is a very small station and it was cold outside, much colder than Delhi and we weren’t taken by surprise as we were visiting the town early on in February. We zipped through the curvy mountain roads and made it to our destination in an hour and a half. Here’s a summary of what we feel are the best things to do in and around Mussoorie.
1. Stay in Landour
Landour is at a distance of about 4km from the Mall Road. There is nothing much that you can do in the place, but that’s what makes it special. The sheer silence of the town, the beautiful views of the mountain peaks, the breathtaking Doon valley, the Churches of the British raj and the Maggi at little Char Dukan makes your day.
Consider staying at La Villa Bethany, a quaint homestay in Landour nestled in the backdrop of Himalayas. The old style English cottage is an abode to many students of the neighbourhood language school & aptly represents the glory of Landour region.
2. Go on Long Walks
Go on long leisurely walks across Landour and pass through pine and cedar trees with picturesque views of the Himalayan valley.
3. Waffles and Pan Cakes at Char Dukan
Relax over some light snacks at Char Dukan, the small cluster of four shops adjacent to the St. Paul’s Church. Apparently, this area is the favourite haunt of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar whenever he holidays in Mussoorie. Out of the 4 shops, Tip Top Tea Shop was my favourite for its delicious cheese Maggi garnished with capsicum & tomatoes.
4. Visit the Tibetan Settlement of Happy Valley
4km from Gandhi Chowk, Happy Valley is quiet home to many Tibetan refugees and is very nicely maintained with a Buddhist temple in the premises.
5. Take a Cable Car to Gunhill, the 2nd highest point in Mussoorie
Accessible through a 400m ropeway ride, Gunhill is one of the favourites for the typical tourists who want to enjoy snacks, engage in some fun games and get clear views of Mussoorie.
6. When in Mussoorie, you can’t miss Kempty Falls
A visit to Kempty falls is defacto when you’re in Mussoorie. Though I must admit that the charm of the place is nothing close to what it used to be a decade ago.
7. Eco Park in Dhanaulti
Dhanaulti is at a drive of 24km from Mussoorie and enroute you will find beautiful views of the A panorama of Garhwal Himalaya from Dhanaulti. Being a small tourist destination, Dhanaulti was very quiet during the month of February. The two Eco Parks are the main attraction of the town.
8. Vintage Churches
Landour & Mussoorie are home to many famous churches from the British era. St. Paul’s Church, Kellog’s Church and Christ Church are just some of them. There’s amazing silence and once you step in, you find yourself a touch closer to peace and god.
and lastly… just sit back, relax and adore the breathtaking views of the Himalayan valley, snow clad mountains and the pine forests around you.