A night under the stars, a gentle cold breeze and some hot chocolate up in the mountains sounds like a welcome change at this point. Pack your bags! It’s time to step away from the pollution and smog and head to the mountains. Cosy up in the snow or try your hand at adventure sports, spend 24 hours in Mussoorie.
TIME FOR A SPORTY START
Mornings in Mussoorie are absolutely magical. Get a sporty head start to your day and trek to the Mossy falls. Nestled between the mountains and the woods, it is one of the hidden treasures of Mussoorie. A 7km trek from the main city, it is best if you start your trek early in the morning so that you can get the waterfall all to yourself. Pack a hearty breakfast, as the Mossy Falls make for an excellent picnic spot. After some strenuous trekking, breakfast with a view is just what you need. If you’re looking for a more relaxed morning then head over to Charleville book café, cosy up in a corner with a book in your hand and some hot coffee or you can also visit the famous Lovely Omelette Centre for a scrumptious breakfast.
MALL ROAD CALLING
After having a healthy breakfast it’s time to awaken the tourist in you and head over to Mall Road. Teeming with shops, restaurants and cafés, Mall Road is full of tourists and locals at any point of the day. Shop for some tiny trinkets and souvenirs or get a personalised braided bracelet. Mall road is also known for its delectable street food, so sate your hunger pangs while you go on a shopping spree with the appetizing Kumaon and Garhwal cuisine. You can also visit the Tibetan Market and feast your eyes on authentic Tibetan articles, and if you’re looking for Tibetan delicacies don’t forget to try the food at Kalsang Friends Corner.
VISIT TO LANDOUR
Take a trip to Landour and visit the Sisters Bazaar, an age old market which is far away from the hustle bustle of the city. Head over to A. Prakash and Co shop and taste their renowned homemade peanut butter and wide variety of jams. Visit Char Dukan and enjoy some snacks at Anil’s Café and Tip Top Tea Shop. These shops are famous for their offbeat menu and have an extremely loyal clientele. Visitors from all over the country flock to these cafés and for first time visitors this place is a must visit. Enjoy a hearty lunch at Emily’s in The Rokeby Manor and choose from their large assortment of dishes. If you enjoy your lunch with a view then Ivy’s café is a must visit.
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For the adventurer in you, Mussoorie is replete with hiking and trekking trails and plenty of other opportunities for adventure sports such as paragliding, white water rafting, sky-riding, fishing and boating. Visitors can also opt for a fun workshop of winemaking, make wine from pears, apples, ginger, grapes and plum and tempt your taste buds with some of the tastiest wines. Get your feet tapping, or rather sliding at the famous disco skating rink. Situated just behind the tourist office adults and kids are guaranteed to have a good time. During peak winters one might just get the opportunity to try their hand at ice skating! Take a ride on the nostalgia wave and visit one your most beloved childhood authors, Ruskin Bond. Have a tête-à-tête with the author at the Cambridge Book Depot amid piles of books.
NIGHTLIFE IN MUSSOORIE
End your evening at the end of Mussoorie, literally. Head to Cloud’s End, and enjoy the scenic view and bask among the clouds. Mussoorie might be known for its pre-dominantly Tibetan influence and gastronomic prowess, but its nightlife should not be underestimated. Head to Tavern on Mall Road for its rustic interiors, foot tapping music and wide menu of drinks. If you’re looking for somewhere quaint to cap off your stay, pop by Nostradamus - The Writer’s Bar which is known for its variety of whiskies and a wider array of books.