Our journey started at 6:00 am from Delhi. The destination was clear and so was the route’ Mussoorie, The Queen of Hills’. We had to cover a distance of 300kms approx. thus making our journey around 8-9 hours long.
Our route: Delhi-Meerut-Khatauli-Roorkee-Chutmalpur-Dehradun-Mussoorie, which is also the most common and preferred route.
The first stop that we took was at Khatauli where you have various options to stop like Cheetal Grand, McDonalds, Moolchand etc. The distance between Delhi-Khatauli is approx. 120kms and it takes around 2 hours to reach. We always prefer to stop here because there are no major food joints ahead of Khatauli. After leaving from Khatauli our next stop was Dehradun which took around 5.30 hrs to reach. In Dehradun we stopped at Orchid Restaurant, which lies at the end of Rajpur Road. It is a very famous restaurant which serves lip smacking food. We recommend the Cold Coffee, Momos, Drums of Heaven and Tiramisu for a quick bite. We took a small refreshing break of an hour and then it was time to hit the hills.
As our hill drive was in full swing, it started to rain and what else do you need. It was raining quite heavily for an hour thus making the drive even more spectacular. Finally we reached the Library side of Mussoorie Mall Road. From Dehradun to Mussoorie it is approx. 35 kms which takes up to 1.30 hours to reach. At the Library Chowk, we stopped for 10 minutes just to admire the Doon Valley view, unfortunately it was completely covered in fog due to the rainfall. Our final stop was at our beautiful hotel.
Dancing Leaves by Sterling where we were staying is located 2.5kms up the hill from the Library Chowk. It is a very narrow and steep drive to enter the hotel, so one needs to be careful. The hotel is build on the top of the hill, giving a mesmerizing view of the Dehradun Valley. The hotel offers parking and the check inn took only 10 minutes. As we reached our room, we were tired and sleepy so we decided to take a nap.
P.S- If you are booking a Valley View Room (Premier Room) at this hotel, get ready to walk down a total of 5 floors from the reception. 2 floors by lift and rest by steps as the hotel is built down the hill. Though it is very comfortable and the room is apt for 3 people, they also provide amenities like microwave, fridge, television, cutlery in the room etc. The rooms are very well designed and are quite spacious with a beautiful view of the valley.
In the evening we went to the Mall Road. Being big foodies, our first stop was Kalsang for Momos and Thupka followed by Lovely Omelette for its awesome Cheese Omelette, Chick Chocolate for waffles and shakes and finally Bengali Sweet for Gulab Jamun. The day ended on a very sweet note and we prepared ourselves for DAY 2.
Our day started with a lavish buffet breakfast at the hotel. The hotel had a lot to offer, the food was impeccable. By 12.00pm we got ready and our first stop was Laal Tibba, which is almost 10 kms from the hotel. You have to cross the Landour area to reach Lal Tibba. It is a sightseeing spot and the view is breathtaking. If you come down here in winters, you can also see the snow capped mountains. There is a small cafe by the name of Cafe Laal Tibba which serves lip smacking food. The Pasta and the Cold Coffee are not to be missed. Then coming down to Char Dukan area (Landour), we took a halt for lunch at Cafe Ivy. The cafe has all wooden interiors that look brilliant. Their menu is quite big and one has several options to choose from. The Waffles, Sandwiches and Pastas are a must try. We relaxed there for almost 3 hours as the weather was amazing and there was calmness in the surrounding. This is relatively a new café which has open so you must try the food while enjoying a relaxed conversation.
Our next stop was Deodar Woods, a small cafe and a guest house. You can reach there by asking the locals; the road to Rokeby Manor leads to this awesome place. It is pretty expensive but the food is worth it. It is famous for its thin crust perfectly made pizzas. It is a very quaint place and surrounded by deodar trees. As the sun was setting, we headed back to our hotel. We were dead tired after a long day of drive and exploring and dossed off for the night.
We enjoyed each and every bit of our journey and travelling through steep roads and breathtaking views. There is a calmness and relaxing vibe when you travel to hills and it refreshes you. We can say our journey was beautiful and mesmerizing.
Places to visit in Mussoorie:
- Lal Tibba
- Company Garden
- Gun Hill
- Camelback Road
- Kempty Falls
- Library Chowk
Places to Eat:
- Rice Bowl
- Chik Chocolate
- Lovely Omlette
- Bengali Sweet House
- Café Ivy
Car with mileage:
Total diesel burnt 50 litres