Short Trips From Mussoorie

We are often stuck for where to go, or what to do, on our long weekends or quarter break. Here are a handful of ideas – some we’ve done, and some we’d like to! – for short trips from Mussoorie. These are all one week or shorter options. An asterisk next to one of the trips is one that we have done ourselves.

Weekend Escapes (leave Friday after school, come back Sunday night)

  • Haridwar and Rishikesh*
  • Delhi/Agra*
  • Jim Corbett National Park*
  • “Staycation” in Mussoorie
    • get a hotel down by Library Bazaar and explore the more touristy half of town!
    • go out for a 1-2 day hike, or a variety of shorter ones.
  • Dhanaulti
  • Dehradun

 

3 days – the typical Woodstock long weekend: a half-day on Thursday, Friday off, and have to be back at class Monday morning!

  • Any option from “Weekend Escapes”
  • Longer hikes in the area

 

4 days – the border of “to take a train, drive, or fly?”, 4 days from Mussoorie can be quite a variety depending on when you leave. If you take an overnight train from Dehradun, you can likely wake up at 8am in your new destination – though it may entail switching a train at 3 am! Flights from Dehradun would also be options to cities further afield.

  • Extend any 2 or 3-day trip
  • Amritsar
  • Lucknow*
  • Jaipur
  • Shimla
  • Nainital
  • Uttarkashi, conditions permitting!
  • Kolkata (definitely requires flying, and would only give two days!)

 

5 days – A number of more distant options show up here, as you can have 1 day of travel on either end and 3 days in the destination. 5 days is also ideal for getting more comfortable in a particular place, rather than just skimming the surface, if you stay closer to home and do an overnight train (e.g. down to Delhi and out to Jaipur, or overnight train to Varanasi or Lucknow). You are generally likely to be able to get to anywhere in India at 5+ days.

  • Jaipur/Jodhpur
  • Varanasi*
  • Lucknow
  • Dharamsala
  • Khajuraho (fly here!)

 

7 days – here’s enough for 1 day of travel on each end, and 5 days in the destination! At 7 days, all of India (even the Andaman Islands, but give yourself a total of 4 days for travel time!) is your oyster, as well as neighboring countries. Below are only a few suggestions to get you started. If you do think you’re interested in going out-of-country, it’s critical to make sure you have either a multiple-entry permit, OR make sure you can get exit/re-entry approval in advance!

  • Mumbai
  • Srinagar
  • Leh
  • Bangalore
  • Goa
  • Nepal (some people have done it!)
  • Bangladesh (also done by a few)
  • Sri Lanka (it’s viable, but I’m not certain if anyone has done it!)

 

If you have any other suggestions or ideas, feel free to share in the comments. Also feel free to ask about our experiences doing any of these short-term trips!

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