City Guide: Mussoorie, India
Mussoorie is a small town (also known as a “hill station”) in the Himalayan foothills of northern India. The weather this time of year always brings me back to my time in Mussoorie. The low, grey clouds hovering over the city and mountains; a perpetual mist causing you to wrap your scarf a little tighter. I honestly believe my time living in Mussoorie altered the course of my life.
Where to Stay:
Devdar Hotel - Imagine camping, but with a roof over your head. It’s not the most luxurious of accommodations (if there’s running hot water, it’s a good day) but the location is worth the stay. Tucked in “old Mussoorie” above the hustle and bustle of of the main town, the hotel is set along the edge of the mountain. Enjoy the on-site meals while you take in views of lush greenery and the Himalayan Mountains. SE recommends: A small room in the back of the house for forest views and easier access to heat. (Sister Bazaar, Landor, Mussoorie 248179, India)
If luxury is more your style, stay at the Amber Vermont Estate. A 150-year-old heritage property amid a secluded, forested area. Restored in original colonial style, the hotel offers 13 rooms, each with large windows for breathtaking views, along with modern amenities such as LCD televisions, sufficiently stocked mini bars, tea/coffee makers and well-appointed bathrooms. (Near Company Bagh, Hathi Paon Road, Mussoorie Uttarakhand 248179, India)
Where to Eat:
Kalsang Friend’s Corner – Located on bustling Mall Road, Kalsang is a delicious Tibetan restaurant perched on top of a clothing store. The momos (Tibetan dumplings) are fantastic! (Mall Road, Kulri, Mussoorie, India)
Lovely Omelette Centre – The owner of this restaurant makes delicious omelettes right in the front of the store. Stop by, order an omelet and Chai, and watch the local kids play soccer in the streets around the restaurant. The atmosphere, and the omelettes, will keep you coming back time and again! (Mall Road, Kulri, Mussoorie, India)
Where to Play:
While most of the shops along the main Mall Road are packed with tourists and honeymooners, it’s for great people watching while sampling the many food offerings. You can easily spend an entire day taking long walks around the city or hiking through the hills.
Mussoorie is the gateway to Gangotri and Yamunotri, two sacred destinations known to be the origin of rivers Ganga and Yamuna, which flow through the mountains into the plains. Both locations are perfect for day trips.
A little snapshot of me arriving in Yamunotri! A bit delirious after a treacherously curvy ride, but happy to have reached our destination!
Love & Travel,
The Escape Artists