Mussoorie makes for a perfect weekend getaway for people who board flights for holidays in the Indian capital, Delhi. Here is a quick guide for a soulful trip to this enchanting hill station in the Garhwal region of India.
Holidaying in Delhi and have a weekend to spare? Looking for a quiet and solitary retreat away from city’s boisterous crowd? A weekend getaway to Mussoorie can be a perfect respite where you can relax, rejuvenate and rediscover yourself! Whether you’re alone or with your whole family, Mussoorie will leave you enthralled with its fascinating natural beauty and refreshing environs.
From Delhi, Mussoorie is about 270km, nestled amidst the grand Himalayan Mountains in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The winding roads, lush greenery and serene environment make for an exciting road trip to this heavenly hill station in North India. You can hire a private cab or can buy tickets for Volvo buses that leave for Mussoorie daily, from various locations in Delhi, including ISBT Kashmiri Gate and ISBT Anand Vihar.
When in Mussoorie, don’t return before you:
Take Cable Car Ride to the Gun Hill
It is one of the most popular attractions in Mussoorie and renders a fascinating experience. You need to get tickets for the ride from the Mall Road and wait for your turn to ride a cable car that leaves riders at the Gun Hill. Spend your time enjoying the magnetic views of surrounding mountains. A lunch at the revolving restaurant with snow-clad mountains (during winters) in background is another memorable experience, well worth your money spent on flights and holiday packages for this part of North India.
Enjoy Boating in the Company Garden
A small garden located about 4 km from Mussoorie, Company Garden is a great place to visit for tourists with kids. Surrounded by hills, it features thrilling views, playful rides and a beautiful waterfall. Boating in the park’s small, man-made lake is also a fun experience, especially for kids. There are a few eateries, just opposite the lake, serving delicious local fare. Entry tickets for the garden can be availed at the admission gate.
Inhale the Panoramic Views of the Garhwal hills
Mussoorie is at an altitude of over 2000 meters above the sea level, surrounded by the majestic Garhwal hills. So no matter where you are in this captivating hill station, you will be able to take in the fabulous mountainous views, which are a visual treat for eyes. For undisturbed views, head to the vantage points like Lal Tibba, Clouds End and Gun Hill.
Bargain at the Mall Road
Like few other popular hill stations in India, Mussoorie too has a Mall Road, packed with glittering shops and stores selling local souvenirs like handmade toys, shawls, sweaters, footwear and fruits. So if you love shopping, the experience here will be truly enthralling, worth every penny invested on flights to India and holidays in Mussoorie. Haggling is the key to get a fruitful deal. Also, Mall Road has a number of eating places where you can savour Indian, Chinese and western fast food.
Mussoorie can be chilly, even in summers. So don’t forget to carry warm, woollen clothes while planning holidays at this lovely hill station in India. Packing a sturdy pair of shoes is another recommendation, as you may have to do a good deal of walking here. Mussoorie has a wide range of accommodation choices to suit people of all tastes and budgets. Popular hotels are located at and around the Mall Road. Some good choices for extravagant travellers taking flights to India for a holiday in Mussoorie include JW Marriott Walnut Grove Resort and Spa, Jaypee Residency Manor and Fortune the Savoy.