Discover Mussoorie’s Walnut Trail

by Kamiya Jani
Discover Mussoorie’s Walnut Trail


Surrounded by the serene Garhwal hills, a small hill station called Mussoorie is a charming place to visit whether you’re with family or friends.

Mussoorie – A hill station in the Northern part of India

Queen Of Hills

Start from Delhi and nearly 300 km away (a six hour journey) you will find yourself in the foothills of India’s Himalayan mountain range. You can even get there via airplane with Dehradun being the closest airport to Mussoorie. But the drive to Mussoorie lets you enjoy the extensive mountain range and the eye catching views of Haridwar, Roorkee, Doon Valley and Saharanpur. 



Distance From Delhi: 300 kms
Distance From Jolly Grant Airport: 70 kms

The Arrival


Getting ahead of the Mall road, along another 7 km drive you’d find yourself towards Mussoorie’s mesmerizing JW Marriot Mussoorie Walnut Grove & Spa. Right on the hills, this hotel and spa stands elegantly and faces the grand Himalayan mountain ranges. You’d find yourself in the warm welcome of luxury and a gorgeous view that will instantly relieve all the stress. 
How Much: Rs. 15,000 – 35,000 per night

On The Inside



Being a host to 115 deluxe suites and rooms, the JW Marriot Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa has modernized interiors but with a traditional touch. Each room is equipped with the best technology, spacious interiors and an attached balcony with breath taking views of the hills.

For dining, the green house is available to fix up a special meal for you amidst the flora and herbs of the garden.

The exotic Trout Grill & Bar comes with varieties of Indian and Western dishes for your palette, abundant seating and beautiful views of the mountains. The Asian restaurant, Teppan, the head chef will entertain you with fireworks along with the Teppanyaki grill. 



How Much: Rs. 15000 – 35000 per night

Breakfast By The Stream

IMG_20150926_084801JW Marriot Mussoorie is famous for organizing dining by the stream. The breakfast is hosted by the stream and it seems like a dream to dine by the water. The seating arrangement by the stream is a delight owing to the wonderful view of the Ganga making its way through the rocks.

How Much: Rs 4000++ (per person)

Learn The Art of Walnut Plucking

The hill station of Mussoorie is famous for walnuts at JW Marriot organizes a special setting to teach the art of walnut plucking. The Brentwood Sanctuary is the expert at plucking walnuts. Bhau Singh (75) out there would be frail for his age, but he knows the art perfectly. The plucking is done by him and he has volunteers who help him out in the farm.

Rs. 200 per person for tree climbing and leisure time at the place.

Visit a Local Village, Bhatoli

IMG_20150926_141846For a more local experience in Mussoorie, move outside the limits of the city to a quiet village, Bhatoli. It is about 25 km away from the city. The Garhwalis are known to be extremely warm and welcoming. Corn is a staple crop here and the villagers make flour out of it after drying the corn. Fun fact: The height of the door in their homes is short to discourage a thief from breaking in.

Royal Enfield – Rs. 2,500 per bike inclusive of a rider and petrol.

Cook & Eat Garhwali Cuisine


You will get to know about the culture and local Garhwali cuisine. The local families will prepare their authentic Makai ki Roti along with walnut chutney and a glass of buttermilk. The villagers prepare dishes with a lot of love and affection.

Rs. 300 per person for a meal of Walnut Kheer, Makka rotis, Walnut Chatni and Matha (local drink)

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