Mussoorie through my lens

Tripoto
15th Jun 2015

Landour, Mussoorie

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Hot Chocolate at Little Llama Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Landour, Mussoorie

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Clock Tower Cafe, Landour, Mussoorie

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Vegetarian Dimsums at Clock Tower Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Clock Tower Cafe, Landour, Mussoorie

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Little Llama Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Little Llama Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Mall Road

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Clock Tower Cafe, Landour, Mussoorie

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Little Llama Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Little Llama Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Clock Tower Cafe, Landour, Mussoorie

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Clock Tower Cafe, Landour, Mussoorie

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Little Llama Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Little Llama Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Little Llama Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Mall Road

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana
Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana
Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Lovely Omlette Centre

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The certificates of excellence the omlette shop

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The owner at Lovely Omlette Centre

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Vegetarian Cheese Omlette cooked in butter

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Clock Tower Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Clock Tower Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Clock Tower Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

Clock Tower Cafe

Photo of Mussoorie through my lens by Upasana

I took a solo trip to Uttarakhand this summer. It was basically a month long meandering to Rishikesh, Dehradun and Mussoorie.
The morning yoga sessions and the endless contemplations sitting at the ghats of Ganga river in Rishikesh. The rickety bus ride to Dehradun, reunion with the cousins and a trip to Maldevta farms an hour drive outside the city. My street meanderings in Mussoorie, clicking pictures of the people passing by. I miss it all. You must have heard about the people talking about the magic of mountains, how much it soothes them and gives them a break from the daily life. Such cliched stuff. Right? Yeah I used to think that too. But the mountains gave me much more than this. Have you ever gone to a vacation in the hill stations like Mussoorie, and not do all the touristy stuff? Have you just sat down at some cafe there all alone, staring at the valley and the clouds fly by? Or at footsteps of a church just contemplating about your life?

Umm I did all that this time, and it felt way more satisfying than visiting the Company Garden, or Kempty Falls, or shopping at the Mall Road. Past few months had been really rough, and I had turned into this ball of negative emotions, criticizing anything and everything. It took a toll on my health and the person who I was. This trip was much needed. The catharsis was much needed.

The Little Llama Cafe

The trip to Mussoorie was the best destination out of the lot. The place that took away my heart was this cosy little cafe called The Little Llama. The thing that touched me about this place was its surreal view of the Landour valley and the warm welcome of the owner. Being under the weather, I was really grumpy and just wanted something hot to drink. He saw my condition and offered the cafe's warm and delicious hot chocolate. When I say that it was the best cup of chocolate I ever had, you got to believe me. A writer needs a cup of hot beverage, a view, cosy place and a notebook & a pen. That's what I had with me that time. I spent hours sitting there staring at the window as clouds came and went. It rained for a while and then the sun was shining in all its glory. I wrote a bit in between when ideas for poetry flowed like water.

I had a chance to visit this place right before I was about to leave for Dehradun. The owner whose name is Denzing I guess, seemed like a pretty nice guy. We talked about how he came to start this place and how he loves to become a part of other people's travel stories. He offered me some home cooked food. To me it was the nicest gesture from any stranger I have ever met.

Lovely Omelette Centre

Lovely Omelette Centre is a famous eating joint on Mall Road, Mussoorie. The place is really small in size and can only accommodate 4 to 5 people inside. Still the eatery receives hundreds of people in a day. The place is famous for its omelettes prepared in many different ways. The owner was really warm and welcoming. Even in such a crowded atmosphere, he attended to everyone personally. I was asked what ingredients I wanted in the omelette while it was being prepared. I opted for vegetarian cheese omelette prepared with butter and green chillies.
I am not much of an omelette person. But that omelette was out of this world.
No wonder the place is highly recommended by Lonely Planet, Highway on my plate and Trip Advisor for anyone who visits Mussoorie.

Clock Tower Cafe

This short visit of mine was really about wandering around this hilly town and capture the life and architecture. So I mostly roamed about to find cosy cafes and eateries. The second morning after I was ready for the day, I took a long walk around and clicked some pictures. I then landed at this cafe for some heavy breakfast. I sure ate a lot and clicked many pictures. Read more about my dining experience at this place in the itinerary.

Tips for Travellers

  • When travelling to Mussoorie from Dehradun, go for shared taxis available at the railway station rather than buses. The timings of the buses are not fixed and are usually filled with locals and tourists. If you are looking for a more comfortable experience, go for the taxi option. Shared taxis cost around 150 INR per passenger. If travelling with a group, hire the whole taxi for 600 INR. Per person cost will come less when travelling with a large group.
  • In spite of the fact that these shared taxis are safe, one should always remain alert about themselves and their belongings. Still the ride to the hills is pretty safe and comfortable.
  • Ask for delectable cheese omelette at the Lovely Omelette Centre. It's their speciality.

P.S: I'll tell you guys more about this lovely town in my next post. The place is a part of who I am today and I do have a lot to share about its hidden charms and beauties. Visit this space again for more travel stories.

I reached the hotel late night on 15th. The next morning I was under the cold weather and was looking for a cosy and comfortable place to drink some hot liquids. I had seen this cafe before on my previous travels. So I thought to give it a try. The place is located a few minutes on the road towards Landour which is right next to the Picture Palace. The cafe was really comfortable when I stepped in. I sat right next to the window that had a pleasing look of the valley. The clouds came and went. It rained for a while, and then the sun shined in all its glory. Who wouldn't enjoy to sit at a cafe like this? I will! always! I ordered a cup of hot chocolate and some steaming hot chicken momos. The hot chocolate was the best I ever had. I couldn't find a cup of chocolaty goodness like that even in a city like Delhi. The food was delectable as well. I spent many hours sitting there writing about my travels and some poetry. I plan on returning to the place again and spend some more time talking to the people there. This time I will try the Chamomile Tea which is a huge hit, as I have heard from other people.
Photo of Little Llama Cafe, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Little Llama Cafe, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Little Llama Cafe, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Little Llama Cafe, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Little Llama Cafe, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Little Llama Cafe, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Little Llama Cafe, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Little Llama Cafe, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
After my time spent reading, writing and eating at the Little Llama Cafe I headed to the Mall Road. I spotted this place when I was busy clicking pictures. That's when it clicked to me that one of my friend had recommended this place to me a long time before. Read more about my experience in the description.
Photo of Lovely Omlette Centre, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Lovely Omlette Centre, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Lovely Omlette Centre, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Lovely Omlette Centre, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Lovely Omlette Centre, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
This place was right next to where I was staying in Landour. The view from where I sat was surreal. I again went for some hot chocolate and momos. Also placed an order of fries. The food was delectable and so was the ambiance. The place seemed perfect for my solo trip stop-over and a cosy place to spend some time reading my favourite book. The Vegetarian dimsums or as we call Momos were scrumptious. The chilli chutney served along was extra spicy and tingling. The french fries were perfect too. Hot chocolate was okay. Could have been better.
Photo of Clock Tower Cafe, Mussoorie by Upasana
Photo of Clock Tower Cafe, Mussoorie by Upasana
Photo of Clock Tower Cafe, Mussoorie by Upasana
Photo of Clock Tower Cafe, Mussoorie by Upasana
Photo of Clock Tower Cafe, Mussoorie by Upasana
Photo of Clock Tower Cafe, Mussoorie by Upasana
Photo of Clock Tower Cafe, Mussoorie by Upasana
Photo of Clock Tower Cafe, Mussoorie by Upasana
Photo of Clock Tower Cafe, Mussoorie by Upasana
Photo of Clock Tower Cafe, Mussoorie by Upasana
The place has a lot to offer in terms of food, shopping and entertainment. It is one of the main tourist spots in Mussoorie.
Photo of The Mall Rd, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of The Mall Rd, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of The Mall Rd, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of The Mall Rd, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of The Mall Rd, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
It is a small place a little above the Mall road in Mussoorie. The place is less crowded, more beautiful and a lot calm.
Photo of Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Photo of Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Upasana
Located near Clock Tower in Landour Mussoorie, this hotel is owned by an elderly couple who live there with their family. My family and me have befriended them over the years. The tariffs are pretty low and the rooms are great. The staff is warm and welcoming. The food is too good. I love their aaloo paranthas, chicken and chapatis. Really scrumptious!
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I can't imagine these clicks are done by a girl, not by professional photographer. Your view to look at art or imaginary are adorable.. A big shout to you OG.
Mon 01 09 17, 14:02 · Reply · Report
Beautiful pics.. keep up the good work girl !! :)
Mon 10 10 16, 15:17 · Reply · Report
Hi, Glad you had a great Mussoorie trip! We would love to introduce Green Windows resort to you in Mussoorie -Dhanaulti road. We offer Bamboo huts & tent camps stay along with awesome food & adventure activities. Do visit us next, Happy Travelling!
Tue 04 05 16, 07:01 · Reply · Report