Rediscovering Musoorie with Mosaic Hotels

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 Newly married romantic couples or those who are looking for a family vacation, not too far away from the city, can enjoy precious moments amidst beautiful nature in the misty mountains of charming Musoorie. If you want to rediscover this  lovely hill town, just follow one advice. Give a ditch to the summer rush, writes Poonam and Arati Thapa.

If you have visited Mussorie during summer vacations and have images of people jostling for shopping in the crowed mall road, never ending lines of traffic with air polluted with exhaust fumes, here’s some reason to think differently.  At the recent invitation for a familiarization trip, organised by Mosaic Musoorie Hotel, last month Wedding Fables got a chance to see a calmer, cleaner and a different Musoorie. Monsoon only added to the charm of a weather that was so unpredictable yet so welcome.  We were pleasantly surprised to rediscover the beauty of this lovely hill town.

The first time we had visited Musoorie was way back in the late 80s with our family. We recall it being luxuriant green with magnificient views of snow-capped mountains and crisp air. The rushing Kempty Falls used to be a major attraction. Over the years, however, the charming town morphed into an over-crowed place where you had to elbow your way around with city folks. However, the monsoon trip this time totally changed our perspective. In fact, now (off season) is the best time to visit this place for obvious reasons.

They say mountain weather is as  fickle as a woman’s heart and we experienced just that--different moods of the mountain weather. One minute, it would hide behind a misty veil and next, it reappeared with the sun smiling bright again. Drops of raindrops danced happily on our skin as the chilly breeze caressed our hair. Getting soaked in the pure joys of nature and getting away from the stress, dust and heat of Delhi, it was simply Heaven!

The newly launched Mosaic Mussorie is conveniently located at the end of the Mall Road near Picture Palace and, if you are the shopping types, you can just about walk to the mall anytime you wish to. The property houses 46 beautifully appointed cheerful rooms that provide stunning view of the mountains. We were immensely impressed with the bio wall at the entrance which comprises of hundreds of flowering plants that is designed to purify the air. The reception area is on the fourth floor -- an impressive glass room with lots of hanging plants. It overlooks the open air restaurant, Charcoal and as anybody's guess, serves grilled food. From here you can see the entire town buzzing with life and at night a beautiful Musoorie dressed in millions of fairy lights.

We reached the hotel in the afternoon and after quickly checking into our rooms, congregated at Random (that’s the name of the restaurant here) where we had a hearty lunch as we discussed the programme for the day. It was to be a heritage walk at the Camels Back road. This road is behind the Mall Road where we enjoyed a nice and peaceful walk in the beautiful and magical weather. The outdoor activity manager is the affable Deepak Joshi, who will tell you about the Hawa ghars (a place to rest) and point out the Camels Back and other important heritage buildings.

The next morning, after breakfast, we set out as the day was marked for a nature walk to Haathipaon, lunch and a village visit. The walk among the Rhododendron and Oak trees in Hathipaon was an enchanting experience where we witnessed nature in her resplendent monsoon glory. Lush green meandering meadows, climbs and slopes has the power to invigorate and harmonise your senses at the same time.

After a sumptuous lunch at the hotel, we attended a bichoo (nettle) grass dish ( a local cuisine) cooking session that the talented chef Dheeraj Singh thoughtfully planned for us. Since we were already full, we promised to taste it for dinner which turned out to be awesome. In Mosaic, you must not miss Chef’s special spa water which is full of the goodness of natural herbs and spices - a  great way to detox.

We were a bit unsure of our village visit in the afternoon, as it had started raining, but Divyajyoti, Marketing Manager, was sure that it would stop. So off we went to Bhuttoli. She was right as the weather was sunny and cheerful when we arrived. Bhuttoli is a picturesque village which consists of only 25 houses, surrounded by brilliant greenery and cornfields. The corn had been harvested and was strung together and hung as a garland in rows in front of the houses for drying.

Soon we reached the highlight of the day –a 100 year old Garwahli traditional house made of solid Deodhar wood. The humble owner, Mr Sajwan and his beautiful wife welcomed us warmly and served corn, freshly boiled off a mud oven. Excited and in awe, we clicked away non-stop with our cameras. Back at the hotel, a bit tired, but a content lot, looking forward to our grilled dinner at the open air Charcoal. Alas, the rain played spoilsport! But we were not disappointed as we tried our hand at making a few wonderful cocktails.

Next day, we had enough time to visit the lovely Landour and Lal Tibba. The area is dotted with the homes of celebrities and we spotted the homes of famed writer Ruskin Bond and actor Victor Banerjee. We also shopped for some lovely hand-made jams and peanut butter at the Prakash Stores. As if that wasn’t enough, we were given a lovely spa experience. An exclusive lunch at the Charcoal, that was engulfed in fog, and made for a lovely lunch experience in the restaurant that completed our lovely stay at the hotel. Thank you Mosaic for helping us rediscover the beauty of Musoorie.  

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