Nestled between the Himalayas and the lush Doon Valley, Mussoorie’s brisk mountain air has been rejuvenating travellers for centuries. Its forests are riddled with nature trails, meadows resound with birdsong, and every café offers spectacular vistas. Many great thinkers have found refuge here, including the Dalai Lama, Ruskin Bond, even Sir George Everest, after whom Mount Everest is named. Soak in the hill station’s tranquil and heritage charms at JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa, which offers Himalayan views and immersive local experiences that give you the essence of Mussoorie.
The locals in the village of Bhatoli, near Mussoorie, love their corn. Makki ki rotis, made from corn flour, are part of almost every meal. Photo courtesy JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa
Feel the echoes of history on Dalai Hill, the first Indian home of the Dalai Lama. It was here that the Buddhist spiritual leader took refuge after his long and dangerous journey from Tibet in 1959. Trek to the Buddhist temple he established, which is open to all, and is the heartbeat of Mussoorie’s Tibetan colony. This hike, one of the many excursions organized by the JW Marriott Walnut Grove Resort and Spa, is 3 hours long.
Visit the Mussoorie estate of Sir George Everest, the Surveyor General of India and the man after whom the world’s tallest peak is named. The resort organizes guided tours of the crumbling house, the remains of Sir George’s laboratory, and the rolling hills leading up to the house. The views are particularly striking: Doon Valley on one side and the snow-capped Himalayas on the other.
Nearly every home in Bhatoli grows corn and bundles of the beautiful, golden-coloured cobs can be seen everywhere. They dance in the fields, hang in bunches outside homes, and are a crucial part of most meals in village homes. Tuck into a homemade meal of makki ki rotis, walnut-mint chutney with home-grown mint leaves and walnut kheer. Also talk to the locals about their homes, lives, and love of corn on this guided village tour organized by JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa.
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa is a luxurious base from which to explore the hill station and its surroundings. Photo courtesy JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa
Breathe the refreshing mountain air and repose in the sound of silence as you walk through lush green forests to the top of Benog Hill, on a trek organized by JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa. The serenity of the place, the dense forest and the sweeping views of the Himalayas at the top make this trek a perfect fit for anyone who seeks solace in nature.
Round off your trip with an evening get-together called kachdi, an evening meeting over masala chai, organized by the resort. Masala chai, tasty snacks, live music, various games like badminton, chess and mini-golf set up on the vast lawn area of the resort overlooking the Garhwal mountains on both sides make for an evening to remember.
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