A birthday in Mussoorie

Mussoorie is one of the hill stations of India – a place where the British used to come to escape the heat of the plains.  Nowdays Mussoorie is still a holiday location – and it is still wonderful to come up out of the heat! We went here overnight on our honeymoon – it was absolutely freezing then as we came in winter.  This time, we took a bus up the winding switchback road from Dehradun, arriving at Mall Road.  From there we walked up to Clock Tower – so named because until recently there was a famous clock tower there!  Our hotel was located here, and we had great views from our room (the picture above is from our hotel room).

 

View from our hotel
View from our hotel

 

We spent three days in Mussoorie – we walked down to Mall Road, explored the many shops and walked to the other end of the Mall.  We saw the ferris wheel that Reuben took me on for our honeymoon – it is run by a guy who runs round it like a mouse in a wheel – it goes surprisingly quickly and is quite scary!

 

 

The scary ferris wheel
The scary ferris wheel

 

Mussoorie by night
Mussoorie by night

 

We took a gondola up Gun Hill to see the fabulous views (sadly, the Himalayas were covered in cloud, just like last time).

 

 

Gondola up Gun Hill
Gondola up Gun Hill

 

Looking down onto Mall Road
Looking down onto Mall Road

 

Watching the setting sun
Watching the setting sun

 

At the top of the gondola
At the top of the gondola

 

Team Olson
Team Olson

 

Most importantly, we celebrated Reuben’s 33rd birthday in Mussoorie! We hiked the steep road up from Clock Tower to Landour to have toasted cheese sandwiches at one of Reuben’s favourite cafes, Char Dukan.

 

Hiking up to Landour
Hiking up to Landour

 

Lunch at Char Dukan
Lunch at Char Dukan

 

We walked a couple of tracks around Landour, trying unsuccessfully to see the Himalayas.

 

 

Looking out towards the Himalayas
Looking out towards the Himalayas

 

One of the churches at Landour
One of the churches at Landour

 

Reubs exploring
Reubs exploring

 

We ate a lot – parathas for breakfast, delicious dark chocolates, crackers and cheese and dinner at Kalsang Friends where we feasted on momos and chicken before finishing with a piece of birthday cake at Cafe Coffee Day.  We really enjoyed coming back to the relaxed feel of Mussoorie and the beautiful views here – I would have loved to see the Himalayas though…guess we will just have to come back!

 

Parathas for breakfast
Parathas for breakfast

 

Momos for dinner
Momos for dinner

 

Chocolate cake for dessert!
Chocolate cake for dessert!

 

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Aunty Moira says:

    Would love to try the ferris wheel, I cant stop giggling thinking about the guy running inside to keep it going! How weird is that !!!!

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  2. Lynette Olson says:

    Sounds like a great place for Reubs to celebrate his birthday. I love that Indian dress on you Karen. The colour is stunning.

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