Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas, Mussoorie derives its name from the Mansur shrub commonly found here. An erstwhile summer refuge of the British, Mussoorie offers wondrous views of the surrounding hills and the verdant Doon Valley beneath. The Mall, undoubtedly, remains the lifeline of this hill station, especially after sundown. Packed with impressive souvenir shops and eateries, a walk down the Mall opens up a vista of twinkling lights in the valley. For a panoramic view of the snowy Himalayan peaks and a bird's eye view of hill station, head to Gun Hill.
There are numerous shops along the Library and Mall Road in main Mussoorie, from where you can pick up colorful woolens, souvenirs, antiques, books and fresh fruits. While souvenir shopping, do strike a bargain with the shopkeepers as they tend to quote a higher price. Though bargaining works to a certain extent, be prepared to shell out a little extra while shopping here. Sisters� bazaar and Library bazaar are other popular market places. At the Tibetan market you can find electronics goods, clothes, broaches, and bags among others. There are a large number of shops selling handicrafts and cottage-industry products. Mussoorie is also known for its locally produced peanut butter and jams sold by most bakers in the town. There are several book stores too, the most popular of the lot is
Cambridge bookstore which Ruskin Bond visits on Saturdays and meets with people between 1600 and 1800 hours.
Restaurants - Mussoorie has some excellent options for gourmets! Authentic Tibetan and Chinese cuisine can be enjoyed at the Rice Bowl and Kalsang Friend's Corner. Other popular eateries serving good Indian cuisines are the Tavern, Green (nullvegetarian) and Whispering Windows. Chick Chocolate offers an interesting assortment of fast-food, freshly brewed coffee, bakery products, and home-made chocolates. The Solitaire Plaza Coffee House is a nice place to relax with a steaming cup of cappuccino. Mussoorie, not to mention, has its share of Cafe Coffee Days and Dominos Pizzas.
Mussoorie is situated between latitudes and longitudes 30� 27' 0" N and 78� 4' 48" E, at an altitude of about 2000 metres above sea-level and therefore, enjoys cool to freezing temperatures all year round. The average summer temperature range is 31.2 degrees and 7.2 degrees while the average wnter temperature range is between 7.2 degrees and 1.1 degrees. Mussoorie enjoys summers between the months of April and June and even during this time, light woolens are recommended, especially after evenings. Although weather-wise, the best time to visit Mussoorie is between April-October, the peak season lies between the summer months of May and mid-August, so for those seeking peace and quiet among mountains, the ideal time would be Septemer and October.
Jharipani Falls is situated near the village of Jharipani, about 7-kilometer (null.34 miles) on the Dehradun-Mussoorie road. JP Residency Manor, the only 5-start hotel in Mussoorie is also situated near Jharipani and serves as a landmark. To arrive at the falls, you need to first take a bus or private vehicle to the Jharipani village; from thereon it is a 1.5-kilometer (null.93 miles) trek all the way to the falls. Jharipani falls is a beautiful picnic spot popular with families. Since Jharipani is a little distance from Mussoorie, it is best to reach here in the morning and leave by late-afternoon.
Surface - The one way of reaching Mussoorie directly is by road. Mussoorie is directly accessible by roads and there are frequent buses to Mussoorie from Dehradun, Delhi, Saharanpur, Roorkee, Haridwar and Chandigarh among other places. You can also drive to Mussoorie or hire a taxi from Delhi. However, it is worth noting that vehicles are only permitted within the main town area on the payment of a fee of INR 100 for cars and INR 50 for two-wheelers.
Train - The nearest railway station is in Dehradun, about 35 kilometers (null.8 miles) from Mussoorie. One can easily get a taxi to Dehradun. Frequent trains run between Dehradun and Delhi (null kilometers/181.8 miles).
Air - The nearest airport is situated in Jolly Grant in Dehradun, which is 60 kilometers (null.5 miles) from Mussoorie. Jolly Grant is a domestic airport and Kingfisher airlines operate flights between Jolly Grant and New Delhi. However, visitors must confirm the schedule and flight timings before deciding on the mode to travel. Flights take approximately one hour to reach Jolly Grant from Delhi.
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