By TravelDine

Things to do in Mussoorie

A gem for nature worshippers, seekers of solitude, and the culturally inclined.

Mussoorie is what storybook childhood vacations are all about.

Mussoorie Library remains the most prominent landmark of this charming hill station with colonial roots.  

These days, there’s more to do than shop for woollens, wooden, and brass artefacts in the traditional Tibetan Bazaar.

You can totally bump into Ruskin Bond on his weekly Saturday afternoon appearance at the Cambridge Book Depot. 

Ride the cable car up to the touristy Gun Hill for a spectacular valley view and steaming hot Maggi and momos 

Have the traditional Garhwali breakfast- two types of steamed ‘ulua’ stuffed with lentils or coconut, gehat (horse gram)-stuffed puris, and lentil kachoris with apricot chutney.  

Visit Lakhamandal, the place where the Pandavas are said to have narrowly escaped the burning palace of illusions.  

You could make Mussoorie your base and head to various spots in Garhwal nearby. Like Landour, which is on the outskirts of the hill station and yet relatively less commercial and full of character.  

Visit Jabarkhet Nature Reserve 

A short drive (about 12 kms or 40 mins) towards the Western end of Mussoorie brings you to Benog, where there are lovely trails to trek inside the wildlife sanctuary.  

Take a day trip to Dhanaulti- rich in Himalayan Cedar (deodar) trees under which it is very pleasant to walk and spot exotic bird species. 

Explore Garhwal in all its beauty and charm