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Mussoorie, India

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 02, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Mussoorie, India is around 30,000 people. People describe Mussoorie as a beautiful hill station with stunning views of the Himalayas. Expats love the peaceful atmosphere, the friendly locals, and the easy access to nature. The weather in Mussoorie is generally mild and pleasant. The average temperature in the summer is around 75°F (24°C) and in the winter it can drop to around 40°F (4°C). The average cost of living in Mussoorie for an expat is around $1,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 USD per month and a two bedroom apartment is around $600 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Mussoorie?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Mussoorie, they said:

"Before retiring in Mussoorie, it is important to consider the cost of living, the climate, local amenities, healthcare and transport options. The cost of living in Mussoorie is lower than in many other parts of India and certain luxuries can be afforded on a retirement budget. The climate in Mussoorie is temperate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and often humid, while winter can be cold and icy. Local amenities in Mussoorie include banks, post offices, telecom services, supermarkets and department stores. Healthcare services are available through government hospitals and private clinics and there is a wide range of transport options from taxis and auto-rickshaws to buses and shared jeeps," replied an expat in Mussoorie.

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What do I need to know before moving to Mussoorie?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Mussoorie, they said:

"-It is important to be aware of the weather conditions in Mussoorie as it is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and often can be quite cold. -Mussoorie is a relatively small hill town, so there may be certain amenities which may not be available in bigger cities. -Cost of living in Mussoorie is generally lower than many other cities. -The local economy is driven largely by tourism, so it is important to become aware of the tourist hotspots and attractions available in Mussoorie. -Issues of transport can sometimes be a problem due to the terrain and it is advised to purchase a vehicle if moving to Mussoorie. -It is necessary to get suitable insurance regarding the property you are living in prior to moving to Mussoorie. -Knowledge of the local language, Garhwali, is useful when living in Mussoorie and may be beneficial to employ a local if needed. -Awareness of the culture, customs and traditions in relation to social life and behaviour is key in order to be able to integrate with the locals," added another person living in Mussoorie.

"Mussoorie is a hill station--and because of that, most directions include "up from" or "down past", and they're meant in the vertical sense. Be ready and able to walk, or get yourself a driver's license for a car, motorbike or scooter if you're not going to want to walk. Except for the monsoon, the climate is pretty mild. You can buy just about everything you'll need here or down the mountain in Dehradun, so pack your personal sentimental things - furniture, clothing, pots and pans, etc. are all readily available," explained one expat living in Mussoorie.

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How do I find a place to live in Mussoorie?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"When looking for a place to live in Mussoorie, there are several options to choose from. You can rent an apartment, house, or villa, or stay in a hotel. Renting can be more cost effective whereas hotels provide a quick and convenient option. Research online or visit the area to find the perfect place for you. Talk to locals to get a better idea of what the area offers. Once you’ve found a place that suits your needs and budget, contact the landlord or property owner and arrange for viewings and further instructions in order to finalize the deal," replied an expat in Mussoorie.

"We had a residence provided for us, however there are *lots* of real estate agents in town," remarked another in Mussoorie.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Mussoorie?

"Expat homes and apartments in Mussoorie are usually quite modern and comfortable, offering some stunning views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Expats typically have access to modern amenities such as satellite television and high-speed internet as well as a homely kitchen and fully-equipped bathrooms. Depending on the size of the property, some expat homes may also have a large garden area, an outdoor terrace, or a balcony to enjoy the views. Most expat homes and apartments in Mussoorie are well-insulated, offering expats protection from the cold winter months," explained one expat.

"We live in an apartment that is part of an older house. Many expats in the area seem to do something similar, renting from locals or residing in guesthouses, long term," said another person in Mussoorie.

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What is the average cost of housing in Mussoorie?

If you are thinking about moving to Mussoorie, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"The average cost of housing in Mussoorie generally ranges from budget-level accommodations to mid-range and luxury resorts," said another person in Mussoorie.

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How do I meet people in Mussoorie?

When we asked people living in Mussoorie about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Meeting people in Mussoorie is easy as there are plenty of places that are perfect for socializing and mingling. A fun way to meet people is by exploring different restaurants, cafes and bars around town. You can also visit popular tourist spots like the Mall Road, Kempty Falls and Company Garden for a chance to chat with people from around the world. If you are more of the adventurous type, try hiking up Gun Hill or camel riding near the picturesque lakes for a more unique experience," explained one expat living in Mussoorie.

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What should I bring when moving to Mussoorie?

People living in Mussoorie were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"Clothing for all seasons including warm winter coats and hats, gloves, scarves, and boots. Rain gear including an umbrella, raincoat, and waterproof footwear. Toiletries, medication, bedding, towels and other linens. Flashlight and batteries. Small tool kit. Camera. Sunscreen and sunglasses. Maps and guidebooks. Electrical adapters. Mobile phone and chargers. Wash bag. Small first-aid kit. Any prescription medicines. Cash/debit cards or other emergency funds. A backpack or suitcase with wheels. Insect repellent," explained one expat living in Mussoorie.

"Three things I wish I had brought: a good pair of winter slippers, because houses here are uninsulated, so the winters can be cooler inside than out; another set of good kitchen knives, since ones we have found here are not of very good quality; another pair of indestructible sandals from some of the big name brands, since here you can get cheap sandals custom-made...but they also require resoling, and have no arch support! Thee things I wish I had left at home: electric blanket, because even despite a transformer & converter, it still blew and now the fancy function doesn't work; our queen-size fitted sheets that we were told to bring, because you can't get fitted sheets here--only to find out that 'queen size' is really closer to king, it being two single beds pushed together; my winter coats, because you can manage just fine with a sweater and t-shirt, silk underwear and normal clothes, and so on - winter coats are a waste of space and it's not cold enough," said another expat in Mussoorie.

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Where should I setup a bank account in Mussoorie?

We asked expats in Mussoorie what banks they use and there advice about banking. They advised:

"You can set up a bank account at any of the following banks in Mussoorie: State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Central Bank of India, IDBI Bank, Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Canara Bank, Bank of India, Vijaya Bank and Union Bank of India," replied an expat in Mussoorie.

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Will I be able to find a job in Mussoorie?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Mussoorie, they reponded:

"It is possible to find a job in Mussoorie, however, it may be more difficult than larger cities and urban areas. Depending on the type of job you are looking for and your experience and qualifications, job opportunities in Mussoorie may range from customer service and hospitality jobs to teaching positions. Additionally, freelance and remote work opportunities are increasing in popularity in all areas, which might be more accessible in Mussoorie. It is recommended to research the local economy and job market in Mussoorie to get a better sense of the types of jobs available," said another expat in Mussoorie.

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What is life like in Mussoorie?

When we asked people living in Mussoorie what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"As an expat in this area, there is plenty to see and do. The area is filled with a variety of cultural attractions, including museums, theatres, and art galleries. There are also plenty of outdoor activities, including hiking trails, beaches, and national parks. The locals are friendly and welcoming, and there are many restaurants, bars, and cafes where expats can socialize and make friends. The cost of living is affordable, although housing can be hard to come by. There are also plenty of job opportunities for expats in a variety of different fields. All in all, it's an enjoyable place to live and work," said another person in Mussoorie.

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What do expats in Mussoorie appreciate most about the local culture?

"Expatriates living in Mussoorie often appreciate the welcoming and laid-back attitude of the locals and the laid-back pace of life. They also enjoy the spectacular views of the majestic Himalayan range of mountains and the abundant natural beauty of the area. The religious customs, festivals and customs of the Hindu people are respected and enjoyed by many, as well as the vibrant nightlife and the variety of entertainment options. Expats also find the local cuisine to be a pleasant surprise, with its wide selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and its flavorsome ingredients. Other aspects of the local culture that expats appreciate include the laid-back attitude to time-keeping and the warm hospitality that is often extended to guests who visit Mussoorie," explained one expat living in Mussoorie.

"There is a cheerful religious freedom that I have never seen anywhere else - Sikh gudwaras next to Muslim mosques, Buddhist temples, Christian churches, Hindu temples. The variety of food, particularly vegetable-based, is great: even if you're not vegetarian, it's worth trying and usually tastes better than the meat dishes," said another expat in Mussoorie.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Adapting to the culture, language barriers, making friends, understanding the education system and local laws, learning new customs, dealing with bureaucracy and finding reliable information, finding suitable housing, feeling isolated and homesick, finding employment, cultural misunderstanding, feeling overwhelmed, financial and tax issues," remarked another in Mussoorie.

"The status of women - despite equality being spoken about, it's clearly not reached everywhere and every strata of the society. I've been harassed in Delhi and here in Mussoorie, and the fact that as a white woman I'm stereotyped, and thus don't feel safe walking alone, is awkward. Wearing local clothes and speaking some Hindi helps, but not always enough," explained one expat.

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Is there a lot of crime in Mussoorie?

We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:

"No, there is not a lot of crime in Mussoorie. The town is considered to be one of the safest places in the state, with a low crime rate. Most travellers and locals alike feel confident and secure while in Mussoorie," said another expat in Mussoorie.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Mussoorie accepting of differences?

"Mussoorie is a diverse city, with people of different cultures, religions and languages living together in harmony. People in Mussoorie are generally very accepting of differences, with a strong sense of togetherness and respect for each other," said another expat in Mussoorie.

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What are the schools in Mussoorie like?

"Mussoorie is home to a wide range of schools offering a variety of educational options. From traditional Indian schools such as Wynberg Allen and Welham Girls' School to international schools like Mussoorie International School, there are educational options for students of all levels and backgrounds. Many of these schools offer a range of programs such as sports, performing arts, and activities, as well as language and literacy programs. The quality of education is up to par with other schools of the same level in other parts of India and the world, providing students with an all-round education," commented one expat when asked about in Mussoorie.

"Provided you are happy with the idea of a boarding school, Woodstock is a good choice. Residences are well-staffed and students are well cared-for. Academic standards are high, and almost all graduates obtain places in further education in the US, UK and elsewhere," explained one expat in Mussoorie, India with kids at Woodstock School.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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