The city of Dehradun is the nearest main connecting hub to pass by if you’re traveling to either of Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar, or other areas within Uttarakhand. If you reach Dehradun via railways, all you need to do is exit the station and walk for 2 minutes to reach the bus station. Here a bus leaves every 15 minutes for Mussoorie. The buses are comfortable and per person charges are INR 60. This is considered to be 1 of the best and economical ways to reach Mussoorie. Yes, you can cover the distance from Dehradun to Mussoorie in 1.5 hours. For those who don’t wish to take the bus, there are private cab services which charge around 1500-2000 for one cab for 3-4 people max.
Read ahead to find out the 7 Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie.
If you reach Dehradun via railways, all you need to do is exit the station and walk for 2 minutes to reach the bus station. Here a bus leaves every 15 minutes for Mussoorie. The buses are comfortable and per person charges are INR 60. This is considered to be 1 of the best and economical ways to reach Mussoorie. Yes, you can cover the distance from Dehradun to Mussoorie in 1.5 hours. For those who don’t wish to take the bus, there are private cab services which charge around 1500-2000 for one cab for 3-4 people max. Find out the 7 Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie.
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Now we must tell you that the way towards Mussoorie is steep and has loads of curves and turns. If you’re the kind with travel sickness, make sure that you have an apt medicine or Khatti-Meethi toffees to make yourself feel better.
Prom Tip: Eat light en route on this journey as it’s filled with ghats.
All about Mussoorie:
Being a hill station, Mussoorie has been blessed with pleasant and a colder climate that lasts almost throughout the year. Summers are pleasant and if traveling in winters, PLEASE make sure you opt for heaters in the rooms and give some time to yourself to acclimatize and get comfortable.
I spent an entire day roaming in the nearby lanes of the famous “Mall road” to get used to the cold. But trust me, it was a tough task. Post 6 pm, the weather just kept getting colder and colder. So much so, that it would be impossible to lose your gloves even for a minute.
On the 2nd day, I planned to start early and make the most of the sunlight and pleasant temperature. I could only visit a few nearby places and must admit that being a typical Mumbaikar, I can’t bear cold at all.
7 Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie are listed below.
1. Mall road (7 Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie):
Our first choice would be the central hub of Mussoorie i.e. the “Mall Road”. Whether you wish to hire a cab, board a bus, shop in the market area, or eat, everything is within a walking distance on this road. There is a stretch of shopping stores where you can find all winter wear essentials in case you need more or had forgotten any of it.
Firstly, There are ample Tea, Maggie & omelet points where you can satiate any hunger pangs. Secondly, there are tons of cafes and restaurants all located within a walking distance from here. Mind you, there are multi-varied cuisines for every customer. Lastly, apart from restaurants, there are winery shops, sheesha flavors, cigarettes, name it and you will get it here.
Time to Explore: Roughly 1 hour
Cost: Free entry
2. Char Dukan Cafe, Landour
If you ever visit Mussoorie, this must be on your list. Situated in Landour that’s roughly 3-4 km away from Mall road, you can either use a scooter/bike or reach within 25 minutes. If you plan to walk and explore the route on the way to Char Dukan, it can take 60 minutes of walking.
The walk is uphill & full of steep curves. But it’s worth it as you can get to view some of the best landscapes ever. On reaching the top, you will understand why Char Dukan is called Char Dukan. It is because there is a combination of 4 cafes that are tucked in together.
You can get amazing food options like Waffles, omelet along with their famous drink Lemon-Ginger-Honey. Moreover, what makes this place more special is that tons of celebrities have visited this place like Sachin Tendulkar.
Time to Explore: 30-45 Mins
Cost: 200 per person
3. St. Paul’s Church, Landour:
Once you’ve reached Char Dukan, there’s a historic church built in the early 1800s. Likewise, the church looks beautiful, calm, and serene. There’s a garden area outside where you can just sit and be calm.
Time to Explore: 30-45 Mins
Cost: Free entry
4. Lal Tibba Scenic Point (7 Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie):
Apart from St. Paul’s church, there’s another scenic beauty that’s just a 10-minute walk away from Char Dukan. This point is called the Lal Tibba Scenic Point. On the way, you see some beautiful, extremely tall trees.
The spot is scenic and picturesque to another level. However, the point has two cafes opposite to each other, where they have the observation deck with a telescope on the rooftop of the café. From this point, one can see the Himalayas. But we would suggest you visit this place as early as possible from 10 am-12 pm when the sky is clear.
Time to Explore: 30-45 Mins
Cost: Free or INR 50 if you wish to use the telescope
5. Klick Café Lal Tibba
This café offers beautiful views and amazing mouth-watering food. They also run different promotional offers. Normal charges are INR 50 to enter the viewpoint. But on one order placed you get one entry to the viewpoint free. Also, some cafes give you free entry to use the telescope and view Lal Tibba Scenic Point. Above all, totally recommend this place for lunch. The items are quite filling and tasty. Do try their burgers and thick shakes and enjoy free entry to the observation deck on the rooftop.
Time to Explore:1 hour
Cost: INR 250 per person
6. Little Llama Café:
The Llama café is within walking distance from Mall Road. Moreover, this two-floored Café has everything fresh, serves delicious food, and tastes amazing. Further, the Café has one of the best beautiful décors with wooden hues and fairy lights. Lastly, do try their freshly-baked muffins, pastries, and pizzas for sure. The service is a tad bit slow, so make sure you have enough time before you head here.
Address: Picture Palace, Kulri, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 24874
Time to Explore:2 hours
Cost: INR 500 per person
7. AAP Kaa Ahaar Restaurant:
This restaurant is located right on the main mall road area. Like Little Llama, this too is a two-floored fine-dining restaurant with wooden furniture. Being a Chinese lover, we called for Chinese options which are made in Indian style as every visit would be incomplete without soups. When here Thukpa is a must to have, the soup is a meal in itself and various other soups like Manchow. Moreover, it’s perfect and goes well with your body in this extreme cold. A perfect value for money kind of a place!
Address: Aap Kaa Ahaar Restaurant, Picture Palace, 3, The Mall Rd, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248001
Time to Explore:1 hour
Cost: INR 300 per person
These are the 7 best places to visit in Mussoorie which I have handpicked on my recent 2 days trip to Mussoorie.
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21 Comments Add yours
Last time I was here was in 1995. Now I need to go back and check these out
Being a foodie, Char Dukaan id my favourite part of Mussoorie trip always… but thanks for sharing other food spots… looking forward to check them out now
Thanks for sharing so many recommendations. I heard a lot about Aloo ke Gutke which is a must try dish in Mussoorie. I am bookmarking this post for future reference.
I have never been to this place but your post makes me craving to visit it asap. Loved the cafes and the spot-points mentioned here.
I have never been to Mussoorie and it has been on my list for long. Oh there are so many places that are so beautiful in India. I do wish things get back to normal soon and I can plan for Mussoorie soon.
The pictures are so beautiful, promise to take me to your next trip after the lockdown.
Wow, this reminded me of my couple visits to mussoorie.
Mussoorie indeed has amazing food places and scenic points. The weather is pleasant and I love cold weather.
It seems Mussoorie hasn’t changed much. I visited the Llama cafe, one of my personal favorites. But it was long back, I hope they are still maintaining the quality. On my next visit, I am going to check the rest.
Mussoorie is one of my favourite places. Infact, it is a place that I had visited many times as a kid and I can never get enough of it. Thanks for sharing your experience and recommendations of the place.
Thanks for sharing the Restaurants list in Mussoorie. I Will explore whenever visit next.
Wow. Mountains. And it is Mussoorie. You have all my attention now. 😇 This is one place I would love to visit again and again. Your pics just gave me the thrills of the place itself. Hope this corona thingy is passed soon. I will have Mussoorie on my visit again.
I hope you do get to visit here soon.. I want the same too 🙂
Little Lama was my absolute favourite when I visited Mussoorie! Another thing you can do in Mussoorie is the meet and greet with Ruskin Bond that takes place every evening. It’s a very special memory for me!