I used to consider Mussoorie a mainstream destination. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against mainstream destinations, it is the crowd they attract that I don’t enjoy. But after experiencing the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Trail I know how to do off beat things around Mussoorie!
The trip happened in early October with the walnut season in full swing the hills. Here are 10 beautiful things about JW Marriott Mussoorie and its walnut trail. You could simply watch the official video and see how it went.
The Beautiful Resort
Not only I had a beautiful room to my self at the resort I loved their sun deck and other open areas. The views and the atmosphere, both were amazing!
An Indoor, Heated Swimming Pool
I took out some time to take a splash in the indoor swimming pool at JW Marriott Mussoorie. I was quite taken in by the kiddie pool which had this amazing view!
Kachdi- The Local Evening Tea
Every evening they hold Kachdi (which means get-together in the local language) over evening tea. There was local stuff- corn on kob, biscuits, namkeen with pahadi tea with live music. It was so much fun!
Breakfast by the Stream
Not only does JW Marriott has a beautiful resort, they also have beautifully curated local experiences. I so loved their breakfast by the stream! They actually set tables inside the stream and served lavish food right there!
Climbing up a Walnut Tree
I gathered courage to climb up the walnut tree after seeing the harness. As I was held by a rope I knew I would not fall. The tree trunk was absolutely straight so I found the going difficult. I was about to give up but people put their hands on the trunk and asked me to climb up by stepping on it! And that is how I ended up on the tree. I have spent my childhood climbing trees but not the ones that grew straight!
I saw a walnut on the tree for the first time. It has a green soft outer shell which breaks if you throw it on the ground. The hard brown shell is visible only then!
A trip which is not rushed is ever so beautiful! I had time to stand still for quite sometime and click the spider’s web! I have done trips where I would not have noticed it at all!
The Farm Lunch
The farm lunch was held within the JW Marriott Mussoorie premises (but the stream is not within the premises) and it was fabulous! It was the setting that made the food extra special. They grow their own organic vegetables at the farm.
Jabarkhet Nature Reserve
You should visit the Jabarkhet Nature Reserve near Mussoorie before it gets truly discovered. While coming back, stop at Char Dukan to enjoy college style lunch. That is what we did!
The Walnut Cake
We had a baking class at the Prakash Brothers at Sisters Bazaar in Landour. Mr Prakash was kind enough to let us have the class inside his home! And what a home he has. I turned many shades of green with envy for the view from his home! Within a few minutes into the baking session I realized that I was more interested in eating the already baked cake! And that is what I happily did with an excellent cup of coffee!
I will always remember the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Trail with a lot of fondness.
PS. I was invited by JW Marriott Mussoorie on the Walnut Trail.
What do you do after building a wonderful resort like JW Marriott Mussoorie? Well you go ahead and curate wonderful experiences. I was part of the exciting #walnuttrail designed by JW Marriott Mussorie. I visited Bhatoli Village near Mussoorie as a part of the trail. If you wish to see how off beat it is at the moment, go ahead and google Bhatoli!
And I was going to the village riding pillion on a Royal Enfield. I know the riders would scorn that anyone can go as a pillion but this was my first ride on a motorbike on the hills. And I loved it. I loved it because I did not feel motion sickness which is otherwise a constant companion for me on the hills. That and Avomive. A corresponding ride in a car wold surely leave me with some motion sickness if I did it without Avomine.
Being on a bike made me feel closer to the nature. You see the colors more vividly, the air gets into your hair with a greater force and everything seems just at the arm’s length! I can now understand why people get addicted biking. In a car you are somehow insulated from your surroundings.
Also, Uttam Bisht (a JW Marriott employee) who I was riding with, was an excellent driver. I was initially scared about sitting on the bike as it felt quite unsteady with nothing really to hold on to.
But our ride was so smooth that instead of being afraid, I was soon clicking pictures with my cell phone.
The Beautiful Village
While the bike ride was exhilarating in itself I fell head over heels for the Village Bhatoli at the first sight.
The blue houses were a treat to the eyes and then there was corn hanging out everywhere! And you know that I loved a place when I use my own face thrice in the same post!
We were in for a treat at a village home. It was a grand home, as quirky and individual as they make it in the hills. It had two floors with narrow staircases. If you would not be careful you would bang your head against the door!
We sat in the kitchen and chatted with two old grannies who were as curious about us as we were about them. There was a small child in the house who was not sure what all the commotion was about! She would howl her protest intermittently.
The meal had makki ki roti, akhrot ki chutney and kheer (roti made of corn flour, walnut chutney and a walnut dessert too). It was amazing stuff. And this was just a stop gap lunch. Our real lunch happened at the Farm at JW Marriott Mussoorie.
After countless photo shoots as we were planning to return, Chef Suneel wanted to go with Uttam as he wanted to know what was happening for the Farm Lunch.
I refused to get into the car. I did not let him steal Uttam. So, I had a fabulous bike ride back to the hotel as well! For me discovering the Village Bhatoli near Mussoorie was one of the high points of the walnut trail!
PS. The Walnut Trail was a media trip organized by JW Marriott Mussoorie. I was invited for the same.
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa spotlit me solid with its specialty dining experiences. Before I could completely digest my breakfast by the stream, I was out to enjoy a farm lunch. The folks at JW Marriott grow a lot of organic stuff on their farm. And they can set a table for a lunch or dinner on the same stunning venue. It was such a pleasure to see tomatoes growing on the vine. So here I go talking about my farm lunch with JW Marriott Mussoorie.
I was sold out on the setting as soon as I set my eyes on it. Right at the entrance there were coolers consisting of champagne and ice lolly. But as I do not like ice lollies I gave it a miss and I am sure it was my loss. They had also kept sunglasses thoughtfully, just in case you forgot to bring yours!
I was ready to dig into the soup as soon as it was served because I was hungry. We had just come back after spending a long time outdoors and that works wonders for whipping up an appetite. My soup vanished in record time.
Then came the wonderful starters and I ate everything you see on the plate and when I say everything I mean everything. The artichokes were flavorful and the salad leaves crisp and tasty. You can see my excellent accompaniment for lunch in the picture- a nice and cool Stella Artois.
Chef Sunil and his team prepared excellent pasta and risotto for our main course. They served the pumpkin risotto in the pumpkin shell itself. The vial is of olive oil.
And to cap it all was this jar of tiramisu which was sinfully good! I told Sunil that he should serve it in much smaller jars. He vehemently disagreed! I finished it all and I am waiting to eat it again!
So here is a heartfelt thanks to Sunil Kumar and his team for the excellent hospitality and food. I will remember them a little more fondly because of their interest in photography, Canon shooters too!
PS. I was invited on this trip by JW Marriott Mussoorie
As I was getting down to the stream near the Himalayan Adventure Institute I was happy to walk. There is something about the uneven mountain road, it immediately sets me at peace. I was completely engrossed in figuring out where to put my next feet for ten minutes or so! As I approached the end of the path, there it was, the grand setup of the breakfast by the stream by JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa.
Now I am no stranger to eating by the streams on my treks. But that means munching on a chocolate or eating packed lunch or breakfast! But here we were, standing in front of a breakfast spread beyond sumptuous. And what you see in the first picture is just a part of the entire setup.
My next thought was that water would be cold! Having some acquaintance with mountain streams, I was not sure if I would be happy to put my feet in water for an extended period of time! The good people at JW Marriott Mussoorie had thought about it. At the foot of the table was a mesh that acted as a comfortable footrest.
Neeraj was serving at our table. There were four tables in the stream. I asked Neeraj if he was a local to which he replied in affirmative. He was ever cheerful standing in the stream! Only a local can do it.
The setting was so captivating that food took a secondary seat for a while. But then, I settled down to eat. I enjoyed the wonderfully done yogurt, carrot juice and walnut cakes. This trip was known as the #walnuttrail. I washed it off with many cups of masala tea.
However, the icing on the cake were the hot parathas served right in the middle of the stream! I stuffed on gobhi parathas and the local delicacy daal paratha. After coming back from the trip I have not gone anywhere near a weighing machine, I am sure I have gained weight! I stayed away from the weighing machine in the bathroom of the hotel as well!
Many things about this trip that will get written, but the breakfast by the stream was extra special. JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa can arrange it for the guests. It is priced at 4500 Indian Rupees per person.
Executive Chef Sunil and his team has come up with many such innovative dining ideas at the resort but for me the star was this setup of the breakfast by the stream.
PS. I was invited by the resort on the walnut trail.