Talking about mountains and hill stations, Mussoorie cannot be left out from the list by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it will have to be one of the contenders for the top three hill stations in India if not the top most, which it could very well be.
The reasons for this are many. A stunning view of the Himalayas, lush green views of the Doon valley, old world charm that revels itself in the architecture of the structures of the British era and extremely favorable climate especially in the hot summer months are a few that can be immediately listed.
In fact, the “Queen of the Hills” as it is popularly and affectionately known, is the perfect getaway where nature blends with history and the well-preserved cultural heritage adds allure. When visiting, one of the best ways to create an itinerary is to consult the hotel staff as most hotels in Mussoorie are well equipped to take care of all possible travelers’ needs.
There is a lot to explore when there. Depending on the kind of holiday one is on, the options range from quaint nature walks, a trip down the Mall, picnic at the falls such as Jharipani and Kempty, or a trek for adventure lovers.
Accommodation too is extensive and befitting of all budgets. A 5-star hotel in Mussoorie will offer services fit for an extremely luxurious holiday but there are also budget hotels available for those who want to go a more economical way. When in the mountains, one is searching for a soulful, profound experience and Mussoorie has a lot to offer on that front. For eg- LalTibba, the highest peak in Mussoorie provides panoramic views of the mountains that house Kedarnath and Badrinath. For those who like something more mainstream, there is the gondola leading up to Gunhill. You want to shop, eat and have a relaxed evening? The Mall is the pitstop with everything from the best restaurants, shops and entertainment hubs in the same place.
Visiting Mussoorie in the monsoon season can be very refreshing, especially if one is a rain lover. With the summer crowd on its way out, the hotels in Mussoorie are not as full and one can enjoy a relaxing break with minimal crowd and more attention from staff. Plus, the lush green of the mountains and the valley is even more enhanced leaving a fresh feeling in the air.
A not-to-miss spot is Cloud’s End. With 2000 acres of Oak and Deodar forest and a heritage hotel, this destination is a must visit for those who love wildlife and nature. There are activities like nature and forest walks, hill climbing that help one seep into the all-consuming experience of being closest to nature.
For those who are in the mountains for a luxury retreat, every 5 star hotel in Mussoorie will recommend a stint at the Cloud’s End heritage hotel to complete the experience.
Selling Mussoorie to a traveller is not the hardest thing in the world, what’s more, important is to experience it. In all its full glory, the queen will steal anyone’s heart and lead to a love affair not to be forgotten easily.