Mystical Mussoorie The Queen of Hills

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Living in a city, we eagerly wait when we can escape the crowd, pollution etc. and relax in a peaceful place. Ever since we visited North India two years back, we have fallen in love with the mountains and hill stations. So this year we decided to head to the beautiful state of Uttarakhand in India which has been on our bucket list for a long time. We were happy to finally cross it off.

Our first stop was Mussoorie. It is a hill station and a municipal board in the Dehradun District of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is popularly known as The Queen of the Hills.
We visited Mussoorie in March this year. We started our trip from Pune to Delhi by flight. It was around 2.5 hours. We then traveled to Mussoorie by road in a cab which was organized by the tour we had booked. The journey from Delhi to Mussoorie took us approximately 9 hours with few stops along the way. We love road trips as it’s a great way to explore and see the places. On the way, we also met a friend who stays in Dehradun which is the capital city of Uttarakhand.

For lunch, we stopped at a restaurant called Cheetal Grand which is in Muzzafarnagar. It was clean and the best option for food and restroom.

The mystical beauty of this quaint little hill station which has magnificent views of mountains blew us away. The clean and crisp air, cold weather, the greenery, and flowers all around was a welcoming sight for us. It was a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life and the warm weather in  Pune.

Interesting fact: Ruskin Bond, the famous Indian author lives with his adopted family in Landour, in Mussoorie. I remember reading the story called “Cherry Tree” written by him which is about a boy who lives in Mussoorie.

Below is a review of the places we visited.

Kempty Falls

Kempty Falls is a waterfall which is a popular tourist attraction. A British officer established Kempty Falls in the 1830s as a place for the British Raj to hold tea parties. The waterfall’s name is probably derived from the word ‘Camp Tea’.

The area is filled with many restaurants and shops selling souvenirs. The entrance is almost hidden but don’t worry shopkeepers are excited enough to point the direction and will also try to coax you into buying souvenirs.

You can access the falls via a short cable-car ride that travels down a forest-covered mountainside. An alternative way to get there is to walk down a series of hillside steps (I think there are about 200 though!).  We didn’t really go down as there was a lot of crowd , but we caught a glimpse of it. Kempty Falls is open daily and there is a fee for the cable car and the attractions at the waterpark.

Company Bagh( Garden)

Company Garden a tourist attraction, which has a large collection of beautiful flowers and plants. There are also a few activities like boat rides and other games. Personally, I loved the sight of flowers and tall trees. Some people might find this place boring, but I found it peaceful.

Mall Road

Mall Road is a major road in Mussoorie and it’s located in the center of the city. There are various shops and restaurants. The old buildings give it a very quaint look. Lampposts and benches are on every corner so one can view the beautiful landscape and it looks beautiful especially during sunrise or sunset. We also took a ride on one of the cycle rickshaws that was fun!

Cafe De Tavern

Cafe De Tavern is a chic little restaurant in Mussoorie. It’s located on Mall Road alongside several other restaurants. We had heard many people who recommended this and so decided to check it out. The interiors are really lovely and chic. The food is really tasty, good in quantity and worth the money. Service is also pretty quick. We ordered pizza, pasta, and a few drinks. Cuisine: Italian, American, Bar, Pizza, Cafe, Fast food, Vegetarian-Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options. Read more here

Some other good restaurants options which we have heard are:

  1. Momos Tibetan restaurant
  2. The Chick Chocolate
  3. Cafe by the way
  4. Kalsang
  5. Lovely Omelette Centre

We were staying at Hotel Vishnu Palace which is a 3-star hotel. It was a really good hotel with stunning views of the mountains and valley.

How To Reach Mussoorie

By Air
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which lies approximately 54 kilometers away, and it offers daily connectivity with New Delhi.

By Bus
Mussoorie is well-linked with a network of bus services, which includes private tour operators as well as state transport corporations. Also, the proximity to Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand makes Mussoorie all the more accessible.

By Train
There are numerous trains connecting New Delhi with Dehradun, such as the Shatabdi Express (as well as the Jan Shatabdi Express), the Mussoorie Express, and the Nizamuddin AC Special. The latter two trains are overnight trains. The journey lasts approximately 5.5 hours, depending on the train chosen.

Thank you for reading. If you haven’t been to Mussoorie, then you should definitely visit soon. Cheers and Happy Travels! 🙂

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Read about our trip to Mussoorie a mystical hill station in the state of Uttarakhand in India. It's a perfect destination if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life.


12 thoughts on “Mystical Mussoorie The Queen of Hills

  1. Heather

    I have never been to India so I like reading about all the different places to visit that I haven’t heard of here in the US (so off the beaten places and not just the Taj Mahal). I love waterfalls so I would definitely want to visit Kempty Falls and the Cafe De Tavern sounds like a great place to eat. I would want to try it out for sure! The views from your hotel are definitely stunning, wow!

  2. Jenn and Ed Coleman

    Kempty Falls looks exactly like a place that I would call Camp Tea. It fits the name, dare I say, to a tee. At first I thought of Chekhov when I read Cherry Tree, then I remembered that his work was the Cherry Orchard. I Googled Cherry Tree and it seems like a beautiful little read. This seems like a beautiful corner of the world to visit.

  3. Rhonda

    I’m really hoping to visit India some day. There are so many places I don’t know about, I had heard of Mussoorie but didn’t know what was available to do there. The Company Garden looks especially beautiful, and I always love a good waterfall. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Stephanie

    India is on the very top of my bucket list and I am going to have you plan my trip when I finally get the opportunity to visit. You truly found some unique and amazing things in areas I never even heard about. Those waterfalls! Gorgeous! I look forward to hearing more of your adventures.

  5. Michael Hodgson

    India is high on our to-visit list and we have bookmarked your post as a reference. Kempty Falls sounds divine and the Cafe De Tavern looks like a tasty place. Completely entranced, though, by your view from your hotel! Now THAT is where I would want to stay for sure.

  6. Navita Deshpande

    Mussoorie has a charm of its own and I have fond memories of our trips to this hill station from my childhood. My sister still prefers it a destination every time she wants to take a short holiday from Delhi! In fact, last when we were there, we explored some nearby areas. One such place was Landour and we were amazed to know people like Ruskin Bond and Sachin Tendulkar have bungalows there. Even Barlow Gunj is nice with a monastery, tiger falls and JP property!

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