Mussoorie : The Queen Of Hill Station
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Mussoorie : The Queen Of Hill Station Reviews
Mussoorie - For the people who like to Walk! Mar 22, 2011
Okay guys! Firstly i would like to stress on the fact that i love walking and hate fuel guzzling cars.
Mussoorie for me was a Getaway trip from the Hustle Bustle of Delhi. I visited Mussoorie in First Week March of 2011. It was nice and cold with clear skies. The place had very few tourists on weekdays, the numbers increases a lot on a SUNDAY.
Rooms can be bargained upto Rs 300 - 500 depending on the size and location.
(For me i dont care as i dont like to stay in the room anyways)
So theres a lotta places to eat at so dont worry about that. A few to mention are:
Chick Chocolate - The Owner is a nice Old man and runs the place awesomely. Its got Pastas and Sandwiches and Pastry's etc.
Rice Bowl - Good Chinese Food and at a Budget.
Kalsangs - Good Food, a little expensive.
Dominoes Pizza - I'd say AVOID, it had fluffy crust and the pizza was crap.
OK. So the Main thing i'd stressed in the starting was my love for walking.
Well, Mussoorie is juz the starting point.
I walked from the Mall Road to the Camels Back road which is a 3 km walk with beautiful scenery and full of peace. Awesome View.
I started at the Library and Ended the Camels back road at the Skating Rink.
From there kept going straight into the market while reaching a Police Checkpost leading two ways. One Straight to Tehri Bus Stand and other towards LANDOUR.
Took a Left turn, all Uphill walk. Kept walking after 10 mins of walk on the right hand side u will find a Restaurant Called "THE CLOCK TOWER CAFE". Awesome food. Simply Awesome. A little steeply priced but awesome n fresh food!
The seats in the end of the Restaurant are Awesome SOFA, hill view seats! I mostly got those as most people stay only in Mussoorie.
After that, Walking all uphill was a Task. The destination was crossing Ruskin Bonds house to reach the Church and then cross the Sister Bazaar and the Reach the Landour Language School.
Did all that. Took a long route on the way back though LAL TIBBA.
There are small shops at the Church in Landour Cantt where you could rest before youre walking journey to the LAL TIBBA ( A Place with a magnificent view of the Himalayas).
The sister bazaar has juz 2 shops for daily grocery.
The Walk back to Mussoorie is obviously easier as its downhill.
On the way one has to be wary of the Monkeys.
I didnt see anyone walking up that route, mostly cars going there.
The whole route is i guess around 8-10 kms one way. with around 2-3kms uphill.
The walk was awesome and the View Superawesome!
Ive been to mussoorie like 3-4 times in the past but never visited Landour.
One should not miss that opportunity.
AVOID Mussoorie in the months of MAY JUNE JULY and Early AUG and from MID DEC to Early JAN. Thats the HIGH SEASON. The Hotel Rates will be steep and its very difficult to find a hotel room anyways and its full of people.
Any other time of the year rooms can be found cheap and easy.
The SHATABDI EXPRESS Goes daily to Dehradun from Delhi at 6.50AM (Reaches DDN @ arnd 1pm) and around 3:30pm. (Reaches around 9:30-10pm)
After That one could take a 35 Rs a Seat BUS to Mussoorie or hire a Shared Cab at 110Rs a Seat. or a Full taxi for 500rs.
I'd say take the BUS! Dont go by the looks of the BUS.its Cheap and Easy and Reliable. I always take that. Dont trust the Car drivers on those uphill wavy roads.
Once you reach there, you will find endless number of hotels to stay at.
The buses usually arrive at 2 stations, either PICTURE PALACE (an Olden times Movie theatre) or The LIBRARY.
Both are 2 diff ends of Mussoorie and it doesnt matter where u are offloaded from the bus as its the same amount of walk from both sides.
Also if you are not interested or have missed the Train, one could take a VOLVO bus from the ISBT Terminus, Kasmere Gate, Delhi for about Rs 450-480/seat. Ive travelled on it and reached Dehradun within 6hours 30 minutes.
The problem with the above is it halts at the Dehradun ISBT Bus station. From there Buses to Mussoorie only are available in the day. By Evening only Taxis are available.
TIP : TAKE AN AUTO RICKSHAW for about 40-60rs (BARGAIN) to the Dehradun Railway Station and then take a 35 Rs Bus to Mussoorie.
Else just take a 700Rs cab to mussoorie directly from the BUS STATION.
Check out times at hotels is usually 11 mostly with some by 12.
One hotel i love staying at always is THE CANNAUGHT CASTLE. They Have AWESOME VIEW Cottages! The service is ONE STAR but then its all about the View! Rest is All a waste.
This place is worth a Visit. Till i discovered Landour, Mussoorie was just another hill station! but Landour is one of the most beautiful places ive seen!
A lot of foreign population there teaching kids and learning indian languages at the LANDOUR LANGUAGE SCHOOL.
Hope this Review is Informative.
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