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Kulri Bazaar

Stretching from the State Bank of India through the erstwhile Picture palace, Kulri bazaar is the biggest and the most happening hub in the town with international brands showrooms and pizza and coffee joints lined up next to each other amidst some structures of the British times. The State Bank building itself is an impressive colonial architectural marvel which used to be the Himalayan Hotel that had hosted prominent personalities of the bygone times such as Frederick ‘Pahari’ Wilson and Sir John Lang. Opposite to the state bank lies the Cambridge Book Depot where renowned author Ruskin Bond interacts with fans on the evenings of SaturdayThe exchange building is another masterpiece where a printing press published journals of those times.Kulri bazaar is rather busy and glittery with most of the Restaurants, bars and showrooms. Yet, tongue tingling street food joints equally holds the crowd.

The tiny and cosy‘Lovely OmeletteCentre’, opposite the Methodist Church, can be smelled from far even before reaching it and followers from far make it the point to reach it when in Mussoorie. The loop of the Camel’s Back Road culminates at the RastogiChowk on the Mall Road. A small loop on the south face is often trailed by school children between Chic-Chocolate café and Picture palace. Amidst the ultra-modern restaurants and eateries, the humble Delhi Sweets Shop hides itself cozily to serve the locals aromatic Chai-Samosa and hot Doodh-Jalebi. The Tilak Memorial public Library also stands in the vicinity. Other attractions in the Kulri bazaar includes antiques and souvenir shops, drapers, Kashmiri garment showrooms, international fashion and sports brands showrooms, beauty salons, tattoo and body piercing studios, cyber cafes, chocolate-muffin-softies-brownies cafes, coffee-south Indian Cuisine, paanipuri-tikki chat outlets, delicious hams and sausages, temptingnon-vegetariantandoorygrills and rolls, two liquor and wine vends and two bars out of which one is famous for its tempting sizzlers and live music.

The night in Kulri Bazaar is not complete without the choice of cigar, aromatic paan or hot gulabjamun or cold ras-malai. The Rink at Kulri bazaar is wherethe fever of skating in India got ignited from as it used to be the biggest skating Rink of those times. The Rink hosted the venue of numerous national and international skating championship both pre and post- Independence. The Electric Picture Palace was the first ever cinema hall of the country which was run with electricity. Just beneath the Picture Palace was the Jubilee Cinema and together both the theatres were the crowd puller during the 1970s and 1980s. Another theatre, La-Anjuman, stood right opposite to the Roxy building near The Rink.