Mussoorie, the queen of hills is one of the most popular hill stations in India. What makes it even more popular among visitors is that it is the best weekend getaway from Delhi and other nearby major cities. The city has no accessibility problems and is well connected. Let us take a look at the top 5 places to visit in Mussoorie, without which your trip would be incomplete!
Chaar Dukaan – Sisters Bazaar – Laal Tibba
Once you reach Chaar Dukaan from Landour, you will feel the stark difference in the two parts of the city. While Mussoorie/Landour are bustling with locals and tourists, Chaar Dukaan has a relatively lesser number of people. The road from Chaar Dukaan to Laal Tibba, and from there to Sisters Bazaar is even quieter and peaceful. This side of the city is the home to a number of people who like to stay away from the noise of the world, amid nature. A number of British cottages and estates from the 1800s are still in use, and are owned by the who’s who of the country.
While Chaar Dukaan is all about the food, and watching the sun set from the balcony at Café Ivy, Sisters Bazaar is famous for the Prakash Stores, where you can get Mussoorie’s finest Peanut Butter. People from all over the country come to the store for their delicious peanut butter.
Depending on the route you choose, you are likely to also cross Laal Tibba, one of the highest points at Mussoorie, from where, on a clear day, you can get an uninterrupted view of the mighty Himalayas! This is one of the most popular places to visit at Mussoorie. Visitors at Laal Tibba area also recommended to try out their delicious coffee as they look at the mighty mountains ahead of them.
When it comes to the top tourist places in Mussoorie, this is what the ‘Mussoorie experience’ is all about. Chilling around in the serene hills of Landour, sitting with your friends and enjoying the beauty of nature. Solo travelers too, find this place rather attractive.
George Everest’s Home
Sir George Everest was one of the most popular residents of the city. The man is more popularly known for the fact that the world’s highest mountain peak is named in his honor, but he has much more to his credit. He is one of the most established geographers of the Himalayas. He helped complete a geographical survey of India that started from one of the southern tips and went all the way up to the Himalayas, covering 2400 kilometers in the process!
His house is a spectacular sight. On the left, there is a small trek, which gives the people a great sight of the valley, while on the right is a scenic spot, where you can just chill. With nothing but trees and valleys in sight for endless kilometers, this is one of the must-visit places in Mussoorie. One must try out the delicious aaloo parathas that the local vendors sell there! We advise you to drive carefully as the road is rather broken, and those on two-wheelers should drive slow, especially when they are on the edge of the roads.
The Buddha Temple at Happy Valley
The Tibetian part of Mussoorie, Happy Valley is indeed one of the ‘happiest’ places in town. With young kids jumping around, and with the Buddhist priests, the lamas smiling around you, this is a place full of positivity. The bright colors of the Buddha temple are fascinating, and are a must-visit. This is definitely one of the most serene tourist places in Mussoorie. You can also purchase some Tibetan prayer flags from the lamas.
Other than that, what also makes Happy Valley one of the best places to visit in Mussoorie is the fact that it is one of the most serene and silent places. Drop by here any afternoon, and relax in the sunlight, as the gentle breeze blows across your face.
While Dhanaulti is technically not in Mussoorie, it is not even in the Dehradun district! This sleepy town, 28 kilometers from Mussoorie, falls in the Tehri Garhwal district. This sleepy hamlet of a town is popular for two reasons – firstly for the Eco Park, which is the biggest attraction here, and secondly, for the number of hotels and adventure sports spots that have opened up here. Those tired of the day to day life of Mussoorie find a peaceful night’s sleep at Dhanaulti.
On your way to Dhanaulti, you’ll see the mighty Himalayas. A number of mountain peaks, including those of the holy Kedarnath and Badrinath, as well as Bandarpuch are visible on clear days. The roads are full of views of step farms, where potato used to be the major crop years ago. We advise you to drive carefully during the winter/monsoon months as the fog might limit visibility.
5. The Cambridge Bookstore on a Saturday
The biggest attraction in town, as the city’s own superhero, prominent author, Ruskin Bond makes an appearance at the store, every Saturday around 3:00pm. (Provided his health and weather are good). Those who might not be able to visit on a Saturday can ask the store owners to get a book signed for you, and couriered at your address! This is a unique experience, and Mr. Bond is very friendly with everyone who visits. It is due to his overwhelming presence that the Cambridge Book Store too, is a top tourist attraction in Mussoorie. If you are in town on a Saturday, make sure you add this place to your list of places to visit in Mussoorie!
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