For people staying or working in Delhi or its outskirts, it would be extremely tough to ignore the call of the nearby mountains. One of the long weekends in the year is bound to have you hankering for a whiff of the fresh mountain air. So, whenever you get the chance, quickly pack your bags and leave to explore the beautiful cities of Dehradun and Mussoorie in Uttarakhand.
If you want to mix the pleasure of shopping with sightseeing, be sure to have at least three days in hand. Spend a day in Dehradun, basking in the glory of the breath-taking scenery and filling your bags with fashionable and authentic items from the Tibetan Markets before you travel onwards to Mussoorie.
If you are a fan of Ruskin Bond, you probably would have wanted to visit Dehradun someday. Rest assured, Dehradun will not disappoint you. The capital city of Uttarakhand awaits you with its resplendence.
Keep at least a day at your disposal to explore Dehradun before moving to Mussoorie. The best way to travel is to avail the Dehradun Taxi Service. Plan to cover as many sightseeing places as possible, including the world-famous Forest Research Institute, Tapkeshwar Temple, Sahastradhara, Chandrabani, and the Tibetan Temple. In the market you can amble through the streets, flip through the items, buy books or clothes, have ice cream or in short, this market has all the required ingredients which take you to spend the entire day having the fun-loving shopping.
Tibetan Markets in Dehradun
Another place you should not miss is the famous Tibetan Market of Dehradun.
Dehradun boasts of a Tibetan diaspora and their rich culture in the form of Tibetan temples and markets. The enterprising community trades wares from two locations in the city, one near Parade Ground Road and the other at Rispana Pul. These markets are renowned for the various items available at attractive prices.
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Exploring the Tibetan Markets
Do not worry, even if you are not great at bargaining. Unlike most such Indian shopping places, these markets provide the option of buying items at fixed rates. Go into the market and explore the various shops selling colourful hand-knitted winter garments. You would be left spoilt for choice with the reasonably priced yet high-quality winter jackets, hand-knitted sweaters, mufflers, and scarves. The lively ambiance, the warm welcome from the shopkeepers, the quality of clothes, and the superb value for money are all sure to provide you with an immensely pleasurable experience. Saturday and Sundays are their main working days. On Sunday, the streets are full of local Garhwali traders selling their local jewelry, antiques, carpets, and paintings. The items are cheap and are at an affordable rate for the customers. You can even bargain with the price of the items.
You can also get souvenirs of the trip for your family, friends, and relatives from this market. You can buy various Tibetan handicraft items and jewellery at bargain prices.
Even if all this shopping leaves you hungry, worry not. Gorge on a sumptuous plate of authentic momos, piping hot noodles, or a comforting bowl of thukpa from one of the food stalls in the market.
Beautiful Dehradun will not only captivate you with the eye-catching allure of its sites but will also enrich your experience with its rich heritage of Tibetan culture. Once it is time to move to your next destination, avail a taxi from Dehradun to Mussoorie. A cab ride would take roughly one hour and fifteen minutes to complete the journey and ensure that you have a smooth travel experience.
On the way, visit Malsi Deer Park. Mussoorie, also known as the Queen of the Hills, surely deserves this epithet, with jewels like Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Camel Back Road, Mussoorie Lake, and the Mall adorning it.
This wonderful trip will leave you asking for more such weekend outings!
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