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Mussoorie [1] is a city in Uttarakhand.

Understand

Mussoorie with its green hills & varied flora & fauna, is a fascinating hill resort and a fabulous honeymoon spot. Commanding a wonderful view of extensive Himalyan snow ranges to the northeast, & glittering views of the Doon Valley, Roorkee, Saharanpur & Haridwar to the South, the town presents a fairyland atmosphere to the tourists. Its history dates back to 1827 when Captain Young, an adventurous military officer, explored the present site & laid the foundation of this holiday resort which now has few rivals. Mussoorie is famous for its scenic beauty and hectic social life.

Climate

At an altitude of over 6000 ft (2000m), Mussoorie is a popular retreat from the heat of the plains. Be prepared for the cold if you come in the Winter (Dec-Feb), when you can expect freezing weather and snow. The monsoon arrives in July and stays through mid-September.

Get in

By bus

Buses leave from Dehradun train station. There are two buses which go to opposite ends of the Mussoorie Mall, Library and Picture Palace. It is quite a hike from one to the other, so make sure you catch the right one. To reach Kempty Falls directly from Dehra Dun catch a bus from the Dehra Dun Railway station Hill Bus Services Section or take a taxi. One should look for buses heading for destinations like Barkot, Nainbagh, Yamunotri, and Purola (Caution:sometimes Purola buses go via Vikas nagar which may take you off the route completely so be careful). You can also take a bus to the Library end of Mussoorie and walk to the Kempty Bus stop and take a bus or taxi or a milkvan or even hitch a ride with a tourist going in that direction!! Bus fee for Library end or Kulri end (from Dehradun) is INR47. Toll Tax is payable on entering Kempty Village per bus/taxi/car/scooter. Bus fare from library end to kempty is around INR15.

By taxi

It is possible to hire a taxi for the trip up to Mussoorie. Rates are Rs 610 per taxi and Rs 50 extra for the night charges but one can pay per seat as well in a shared taxi which normally accommodates up to five passengers.Shared or chartered taxis too are available near the same Hill Section Bus terminal and the rates are controlled by the taxi union. These rates are generally displayed on a board outside their office.

Mussoorie is just 38 kms from Dehradun and one can reach here by taxis and buses. It takes approximately one and a half hour and Rs 47 for the regular buses to reach Mussoorie. From the Dehradun railway station, taxis charge around Rs 610. Shared taxis charging a little over Rs 100 per person are also available.

Get around

For the most part you will want to get around on foot. The Mall is closed to most vehicles.

By rickshaw

A relatively flat section of the Mall allows a fleet of rickshaws to ply their trade. You can catch a ride from the Library end of the Mall to about the midpoint.

By taxi

Within Mussoorie, taxis are not very useful. If you are heading up to Landour with your luggage, it would be wise to catch a ride. They can also be hired for outings to places such as Kempty Falls or Happy Valley. There are taxi stands at both ends of the Mall. Many locals offer 'taxi' services, and if you are staying longer you will likely find these (slightly cheaper) alternatives.But all the taxies are under a union,so the rates will not vary and one has to hire them through the union office at library end,mall road ,kempty bus stand etc.

See

  • Lal Tibba. A scenic 5 km uphill walk from Picture Palace to the highest point in Mussoorie. Passes through Landour Bazaar.Old light house is the nice thing to see there (30.4667435,78.0950534)
  • Kempty Falls - about 15 km from Mussoorie, this now over-built spot is a popular tourist destination. Catch a taxi or a bus from the Library stand.
  • Lake Mist - on the way to Kempty falls 10kms from Mussoorie Lake Mist a nice view is available from this place.
  • Happy Valley - a couple kilometers from the Library end of the Mall, Happy Valley is a 5,000 strong Tibetan settlement. This is a beautiful spot for a short hike. Taxis and possibly bicycle rickshaws ply this route.
  • Dhanaulti - about 28 kms from Mussoorie, this spot is a quiet forest area converted into two Eco parks by the government. Dont miss the forest trails (one inside the Eco Park 2 and the other just outside it). Catch a taxi (approx Rs 900) from the Library stand.
    Misty Eco Park 1
  • Himalayan Weavers[2], Tel. 0135-2115282 and 9759009830 - An interesting place on the way to Dhanaulti is Himalayan Weavers which uses natural dyes to produce hand-woven shawls, stoles, scarves and throws of wool, eri silk and pashmina. They have a shop 8 KMs from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Dhanaulti Road. They produce high quality hand-made products, popularize the use of environmentally friendly natural dyes and provide a market for craft products made in the Himalayan region.
  • Jawahar Aquarium on mall road, very nice collection of fishes.Entry ticket Rs 15/- only.
  • One can enjoy the trolley ride to GUN HILL to view the spelendid view of all the city and ice capped himalaya. Trolley charge is Rs 55/- for up and down.lots of photographer with the traditional dress are available there
  • Jhari Pani FallsIt is 5kms away from the library bus stand. From Dehradun to Mussoorie, for Jharipani one has to take a right turn 11kms before Mussoorie. Motorable roads are nicely made by govt. to reach the falls from main road. It's a 2-km trek.
  • Company Garden - Its a Govt. initiative, a man made beautiful park with artificial falls and fun rides. From Gun Hill Point rickshaws are available. It costs 100/- per person to-n-fro and the rate is fixed.
  • Bhatta falls - on the way back to Dehradun from Mussoorie nice option to have a look at Bhatta Falls. 2-km trek, 3kms away from Mussoorie. Mussoorie Lake is also another option to relax on the same route. Boating is available there
  • Tibetian Buddhist Temple - Also known as Shedup Choepelling temple and is located on the Happy Valley road close to the IAS Academy. The temple can be visited between 7 am to 5 pm. Mussoorie was the Dalai Lama’s first place of refuge when he fled Tibet, before he was granted land in Dharamshala by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Do

  • Cambridge Book Store (Opposite State Bank of India) The oldest Book Shop here, the well-read and well-known owner of the shop is a genial and helpful guy. You can find any type of books and magazines here. Ruskin Bond, the famous writer is a regular here, as well his books which are among the bestsellers!
  • Landour Language School [3] (about 2km above Landour Bazaar) The school offers classes in Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit and the local dialect of Garhwali.
  • FastTrack Gaming Cafe (opposite Clarks Hotel, Mall Road, Tel: 0135-2632154) - while you shop around the mall, your kids can keep themselves occupied playing latest games. Some of the gaming consoles available here are the PlayStation2 and X-Box 360.


Buy

  • G. Dass & Co. (opp. Clarks Hotel, Mall Road, tel: 0135-2632154) is the oldest photography shop in Mussorie. Located centrally on the Mall road, this shop offers facilities like printing photographs (digital and manual). Over here cameras are available for sale and it is one of the few places where you can get them on rent as well.
  • Antiques and Handicrafts Couple (Classic Emporium, website: www.classic-emporium.com , Phone: +91-135-2632574, Chandok Handicrafts, Phone: +91-135-2631557, e-mail - amandeep_ch@hotmail.com ) of shops on the Mall road offers good candle-stands, lamps, antique british furniture, decoratives, gift items and all kinds of indian handicrafts and porcelain figures.
  • Branded Stores - A variety of branded store like, Reebok, Liberty, Koutons, Music world, PlanetM,Wingsfield,have come up on the main mall road.
  • Wooden Handicrafts - Hilly Cottage Industries(Ropeways Shopping Centre, The Mall Road, Phone: +91-135-2631373) is one of the famous shops on The Mall Road. Here you can choose from a wide variety of wooden walking sticks, hand carved jewelry boxes, magazine racks, wooden bowls & trays and various wooden show pieces.
  • Standard Dry Cleaners, The mall road Mussoorie.


Eat

  • Green The Mall, Kurli. Known to serve an amazing biryani from locally grown basmati rice makes it a treat to dine here. The Chinese food comes as a close second favourite


  • Clarks The Mall, Kurli. This multi-cuisine place has a bar and a bakery that are part of the menu.
  • There is an renouned Century Old Sweet Shop in Landour Bazaar by the name OMI SWEET SHOP, serving delicious sweets and other products since 1860.
  • Rice Bowl, Mall Road, Mussoorie. The best place to eat for Chinese and Tibetan food in Mussoorie run by a very friendly Tibetan family. The food is delicious and cheap.Yes. (30.456174,78.078209)
  • Laxmi Mistan at Gandhi Chowk is an amazing local joint which serves lovely paranthas.
  • Try Uphaar on Mall Road few feet away from Laxmi Mistan.
  • Raj Kamal - nice place to dine specially north Indian food. It is located on the mall road near Uphaar. Very well behaved waiters.
  • Madras Cafe at Kulri Bazaar serves piping hot Dosas (spicy crisp vegetarian crepe).

Snack at Lovely Omelets when you walk down Kulri Bazaar.

  • Omi Sweet Shop, Landour Bazaar (200 mtrs ahead of Clock Tower), 2632445 (), [4]. Oldest sweet shop of Uttarakhand. Serving quality sweets from last 151 years. The shop was established in 1860 during the British period. Gulab jamuns, pure chocolate barfi, kalakand, sonhalwa are among the favourites.
  • Panchachuli, The mall, near Cafe Coffee Day, [5]. Panchachuli Women Weavers is a development programme, which facilitates economic and social independence for women in the Indian Himalayas. A wide array of woolen shawls, merino,pashmina etc...is available in a tiny shop.
  • Four Seasons, Kulri Bazar, The Mall (near Picture Palace on the Mall). 9AM-11PM. Great place to have Indian, Chinese and Continental food. It is most famous for its Chinese cuisine and is cherished by the regular tourists as well as the locals. INR 200-500 pp.


  • Kalsang Chinese & Thai Restaurant, near Cafe Coffee Day, nearer to BSNL office. A wonderful restaurant that provides authentic Chinese and Thai dishes.

Cup of coffee

  • Cafe Coffee Day (on the Mall near the Bank of India) If you are craving a real cup of coffee, or even a cappucino, then Cafe Coffee Day is the only place in Mussoorie for you. Boasting not-quite-Western prices, this chain cafe will offer you a brief respite from the surrounding sea of chai.
  • Dominos - In the same building of CCD dominos pizza is also available

The best place to eat for Chinese and Tibetan food in Mussoorie is the "Rice Bowl" run by a very friendly Tibetan family. The food is delicious and cheap.But it remains closed in winters.

Drink

Sleep

  • Hotel Emerald Heights (One of the best Mussoorie Hotel, Hotel Emerald Heights a nature friendly hotel in Mussoorie) Camel Back Road Mussoorie Offers Rooms and Cottage. Call us for Booking (+91-135-2713826, 2631346) or visit website [6]
  • Hotel Dwaper (Opp. Kempty Taxi Stand - 150 mtrs from THE MALL, LIBRARY) Roof Top Parking with Homely Food and good budget rooms. you can call for booking on (0135-2632925, 2630825) & email at mittalashwani@hotmail.com
  • Shiva Continental (Kulri) Near the main mall road away from the daily commotion. Nice food, and good rooms.
  • Hotel Ashoka Continental (The Mall, Library Chowk)Situated in the heart of the City Queen of Hill -Mussoorie, is one of the best area with a panoramic view of hills and valley, most enchanting view of sun kissing Shivalik Peaks. Tariff Ranges from INR 1350-2500. Tel : +91-11-42437263-66, Fax : +9111-26133299, E-mail : uhl@uttrakhandhotels.com.
  • Broadway (Kulri Bazaar) Phone: +91 135 634423. Although Broadway is very close to the Mall and all its attractions, it is in a quiet spot (except for the call to prayer from the nearby masjid) overlooking the valley. It offers reasonable rates, and friendly staff.Starting Rs 500 (off season)
  • Country Inn Mussorie Kincreg, Dehradun Tel: (+91)- (0135)-2631 196 Credit cards: not accepted Tariff: Rs 1,150 (non air-conditioned double room), Rs 1,650 (air-conditioned double room), Rs 1,850 (suite)
  • Honeymoon Inn, The Mall, [7], Tel: (+91)-(0135)- 2632 378 Tariff: Rs 1,500 (double room) in off season.
  • H. Grand (near to Honeymoon Inn on the opposite side of the street, opposite to the aquarium) -- its a old (100yrs+) hotel/building, the rooms are huge clean but basic. But the ambiance is great if you like this type. Room rents are super low -- Rs 500 for double room (probably the only type of rooms they have).
  • Avalon Resorts at Gun Hill High end - amazing views and lovely cottages. Friendly service. Pick up and drop from Mall road for a fee.+91-135-2632-892; +91-135-2632-972
  • Nirvan Inn- a 19th century heritage home nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. One can book the entire bungalow for a holiday that will transport you to another time. The house has panoramic views of the Doon valley; an outdoor gazebo where one can sit and enjoy a drink while viewing the sunset. Visit: [8]
  • Hotel Nand Residency, [9]. checkin: 12:00 PM; checkout: 10:00 AM. A host of designer rooms with variety of styles & decor gives you a choice to select the ideal room to match your personal likes and expectations. 3000.
  • Hotel Nand Residency, The Mall, Kulri, Mussoorie - 248179 (In the centre of the town, aprox. 60 metres off THE MALL , Opp State Bank Of India), + 91- 135 - 2632088, 2631442, 265929, [10]. checkin: 12 PM; checkout: 10 AM. A host of designer rooms with variety of styles & decor gives you a choice to select the ideal room to match your personal likes and expectations. 3000.
  • Om Gift Emporium, 80 Kulri Bazar Mussoorie, 0135-2630501. Come One Come All For The Latest & New Electronic Toys ,Gifts ,Watches,Belts,Mp3 ,Mp4 etc


  • Hotel Parkwood, Kulri Bazar Mussoorie. checkout: 10AM.

Contact

Mobile phones

One need to provide a Photo ID and a photograph to subscribe for either a postpaid or prepaid mobile phone connection.

  • Vodafone GSM Triband
  • Cellone GSM Triband
  • Airtel GSM Triband
  • idea cellular gsm triband has very good connectivity throughout mussorie

Internet

  • Banaras Cyber Cafe (Next to Green Vegetarian restaurant, Kulri, Tel: (+91)-(0135)-2633 703) Brand spanking new lenovo desktops, lenovo lcd monitors and laser printouts. You can have ur mouth watering biryani @ the Green Vegetarian restaurant mentioned above and come here 2 browse.
  • FastTrack Cyber Cafe (Opp. Clarks Hotel, Mall Road, Tel: (+91)-(0135)-2632 154) In addition to all the regular Internet services, you can also copy your pictures on CDs and get them printed as well.
  • Sahney's Internet Cafe (Landour Bazaar near Gurudwara, Tel: (+91)-(0135)-2632 510) Sahney's has a nice fast connection, and also offers wireless, so you can also bring your own laptop. All systems have headsets for Skype/voice chat.
  • OM Cyber Cafe (Near Bata Company, Kulri, Tel: (+91)-(0135)-2630501) Om has a nice fast connection, and also offers wireless, so you can also bring your own laptop. All systems have headsets for Skype/voice chat 7 all Desk Top are Branded New Compaq.

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