Mussoorie, a hill station founded ‘by and for’ the British, is quite known for its fairyland atmosphere. The snow-capped Himalayan peaks, beautiful Doon Valley, waterfalls, and the mountain climate of Mussoorie break the monotony of a traditional tourist destination. The celebrities love it and the travelers are addicted to it. The proverbial 'Queen of the Hills', Mussoorie is where you can wander off the beaten track. When nature's prowess blends with eventful history, cultural treasures, and well-preserved heritage, you have a destination that's worth exploring. And yes, it has arguably the oldest Christian church in the Himalayas and also perhaps the first Tibetan temple built in India.
Here, we have tried to compile a list of five reasons why Mussoorie should always be on your wish list:
While the sound of crystal clear water plashing into rocks is delightful, the sight of the cascade is no less stupendous. That’s why waterfalls in Mussoorie garner so much attention. Kempty Falls in Dhanaulti is a preferred destination for all those who find joy in this spectacle. The next pit stop should be the Jharipani Falls, where you get an expansive view of the Shivalik range. In the meantime, acquaint yourself with the wild mountain flowers and the birds around.
If appreciating the Himalayas from a distance is not satiating, then look for a more adventurous option. Gun Hill, situated 122 m (400 feet) above the Mall, offers some amazing views of the Doon Valley. Taking a ropeway ride to the Gun Hill is one of the reasons why a trip to Mussoorie is cherished for long. If you are a hiker, Mussoorie has some interesting trails. Pari Tibba, the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, and Bhadraj Forest, are worth every stride.
#3. Leisurely Walks
Mussoorie is a walker’s paradise. A leisurely stroll all the way to the Cloud's End reminds you of the neighborhoods in New York. Replace red maple with rhododendron and you have a delightful experience awaiting. For curious travelers, a short walk from Cloud's End takes them to the 19th-century Everest House – the residence of the famous geographer, Sir George Everest, after whom the highest peak of the world was named.
Sudden encounters with history brings that moment of epiphany during your walks. Christ Church, built in 1836, is one such historic attraction. Its Gothic roof, pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows, and paintings representing the life of Jesus Christ are fascinating to the hilt.
While the Camel’s Back Road is a beautiful pine-dotted stretch, Landour is another great patch for a nature walk. This is where you find the 'Jewel in Mussoorie's Crown' – the St. Paul’s Church. In 1859, parents of Jim Corbett got married in this beautiful church.
While you enjoy the fresh mountain air, the sound of bells from the Tibetan temples gives you company.
Mussoorie doesn't disappoint the shopping enthusiasts. This hill station has very few peers when it comes to offering souvenirs beyond candle holders and wall-hangings. From brass statues to oak-wood items and from antiques to exquisitely designed ceramic items, variety and exclusivity mark your shopping experience whether you are at the Mall Road, Tibetan Market or Landour Market. And yes, if the chill gets on to you, don't resist the temptation of buying a hand-woven shawl.
#5. Dining and Wining
While a hole-in-the-wall bakery can serve you the most delicious Banana Nutella pancakes and cinnamon waffles, the most unassuming of cafes can dish out some amazing Chinese, Tibetan, and Thai delicacies.
Be it the Clarke's fine dining experience or the Emily's countryside feel, you would be surprised to see much culinary versatility here. Tavern and Nostradamus Writers Bar are some of the reputed watering holes in Mussoorie that remind you of English pubs. From pepperoni pizzas to red wine sizzler, the list of must-try dishes and drinks is inspiring. So explore, eat, drink, and be merry in Mussoorie!Published On: Saturday, August 8th, 2015