Mussoorie

Why To Go

Mussoorie, also popularly known as ‘The Queen of the Hills’, exhibits a breathtakingly gorgeous view of nature amidst the great Himalayan range in all its glory almost casting a spell of awe and bewilderment. Mussoorie is a long, narrow stretch of horseshoe-shaped ridge on a hill, about 15km long, overlooking the Doon Valley to the south.

Located in the picturesque valleys of Dehradun district in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie stands at an average elevation of over 6500 feet. Mussoorie,a modern day bliss, derives its name from an indigenous shrub Mansur, which is found in abundance across the deep and rich forests. When the clouds clear up in the presence of the rising sun, Mussoorie treats you with an enchanting view of the distant snow capped Himalayan peaks and a soothingly green Doon valley, a balm for city-sore eyes.

Mussourie is an ancient yet popular hill station that dates ages back to colonial India. It was founded by the then British government in the early 18th century which later culminated into one of the most popular holiday retreats in India. Mussoorie still bears a colonial flavour in its buildings, architectures, churches, libraries, hotels and palatial summer houses which is one of its strongest attractions and alongwith the overwhelming beauty of the surrounding hills a trip to Mussoorie is one of those classic charming and unforgettable hill station experiences.

A perfect place for climbers, trekkers and sports lover, the mountains of this hilly town are the actual cause for it. The Ropeway is another attraction of Mussoorie that runs to Gun Hill. The ropeway journey offers you a delightful view of the Himalayan Mountains and its surroundings.

Travel Tips

The summer time that is the months of April and May is an ideal time to visit this majestic hilly town, as the weather remains cool and pleasant. Post-monsoon season (September-October) is also good time because of clear sky. Monsoon months must be avoided because of landslides. If you wish to enjoy snowfall, visit during the winters i.e. mid December to February, however, it is quite chilly and so woolens and warm accessories should be carried. Cotton clothes will do the needful but it is advised that you carry light winter clothing as you might require them when you go to places that are at a relatively higher attitude.

Things To Do

Mussoorie is a perfect holiday destination for families and nature lovers alike, with a number of heritage sites and an overpowering grandeur of nature. The panoramic beauty of the surrounding peaks, forests, lakes and waterfalls combined with rewarding shopping experience will leave you awestruck and craving for more. The highest point of Mussoorie is Lal Tibba which is a delightful 5 kilometres uphill walk from the tourist office. Despite being a natural crowd puller as one of the more popular sites in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba still manages to captivate your being with the towering views of the nearby mountains and the surrounding valley. An added bonus is the old light house which one can see from up there. The experience is almost dreamy – with the vision of distant tower swathed in clouds. For those who want to avoid the long walk, you might consider opting for a horse-ride upto the point. The Kempty falls and Lake Mist are some other inordinately exciting destinations in Mussoorie. About 10 kilometres off Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Kempty road lies the exquisite Lake Mist. The surrounding area has turned into a popular picnic spot, along with activities like boating in the lake. The most rewarding sight is however, that of the Kempty River which flows right through the lake creating several smaller waterfalls in its course. Further down, approximately another 5 kilometres away lies the majestic Kempty falls on the Chakrata Road. The falls are a whopping 1364 metres above sea level and truly offer some exquisite views. It is any traveller and photographer’s paradise – watching Nature take its course with such grandeur is indeed an unforgettable experience. Another well-known waterfall in the area is the Jhari Pani falls which is around 5 kms away from the Mussoorie public library bus stand, by road. However if you enjoy trekking, it is an uphill walk of 2 kilometres, well facilitated by the local government with sights that would be a trekker’s delight! This entire region is known for the plethora of magnificent waterfalls. Adding to the list of must-visits, the Bhatta falls which is also a mere 3 kilometres away from Mussoorie and the Mossy Falls which is again 7 kilometres off Mussoorie are simply fascinating to look at. The entire region is surrounded by a dense cover of trees that makes for a beautiful mountain forest. This natural manifestation ofthe looming snow-capped peaks in the distance, alongwith the hilly terrain and stunning waterfalls create an undying charm over the beautiful town of Mussoorie. A similar experience will be shared by those who visit the Van Chetna Kendra. 11 kilometres to the south of library point, this sanctuary established back in 1993, is famous for its resident the Mountain Quail (Pahari Bater), a near extinct species of birds. Mussoorie also boasts of its own share of religious sites. The tranquil environment at the Tibetian Buddhist temple, also known as Shed up Choepelling has been a haunting experience for many. The Ropeway from Gun Hill point is a delightful and thrilling journey that offers you breath taking sceneries . The Jwalaji temple on Benong hill is another such experience. The serenity of the place will remain with you for a long time, as will the picturesque view of the Aglar river valley below. The temple has an old idol of Goddess Durga which attracts a lot of devout followers. Mussoorie is also famed for its shopping corners where you will find a vast range of antique artefacts, handicraft, impeccable wood crafts. This hill city is also a great place for foodies with a wide range of cafes and delightful restaurants spread across the Mall area. Apart from Momos, the local cuisine includes Bhaang ki Khatai, Kappa, a green curry, Sisunak Saag, a dish prepared with leafy vegetables an dspices, Rus , a dish comprising many types of dals etc.

Getting Around

The valley region of the mall is frequented by rickshaws, which has turned into a rather affordable mode of transport. There are convenient taxi stands at both ends of the Mall. However if you intend to stay a little longer you will find many local inhabitants offering similar cab rides. Buses are also available, however, walking is the best mode to explore the beauty of the place.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport located in Dehradun, which is at a distance of around 60 km from Mussoorie. The airport is well connected to various flights across major cities of India. Hire a taxi from the airport to reach Mussoorie in 2 hours.

TRAIN

The nearest railway station is Dehradun which is app. 35 km. where taxis are easily available. Dehradun station is again extremely well linked with all the major Indian cities. You may consider opting for a bus ride from Dehradun which is relatively cheaper. New Delhi is the major railway station and there are several buses and taxis plying that will help you to get to Mussoorie from there.

ROAD

Mussoorie is well connected with a number of major cities and has buses and cars frequenting the route. There are transportation by bus from other places like Dehradun, Shimla, Haridwar and Chandigarh. There are equally convenient car routes available. For example, if you want to drive from New Delhi it will take you approximately 4:30 hours.

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Surrounding Attractions

“There is something in the air of this place, especially in October and November that is conducive to romance”. And this may be a holiday-saver for those who bemoan the crowds and construction in Mussoorie. Mussoorie is a pleasant gateway for mountain walkers. Away from the Mall areas, a wealth of birdlife, flora and fauna is preserved. Mussoorie’s institutional character, its cantonment and famous boarding schools have helped slow down enroachment on the forests. The Mall Road, is the very heart of the town, and crossing it once or twice every day is inevitable. The lamp posts and benches with ornate curlicues here are a throwback to the colonial period. It offers restaurants, bhuttas, softy ice-creames, horses to trot on and benches to gaze at the Doon Valley below. Kurli Bazar, the hub of all commercial, social and tourist activity, begins just after you cross the Gun Hill Ropeway. Gun Hill is situated some 400ft above the Mall and can be reached either by a path from the Mall, or via a cable car ride, which affords a great view of the Doon valley. Library bazar marking the western end of the Mall, this market is dominated by the Victorian styhle Library built in the mid-19th century. Christ church is located near the Kasmanda Palace, a short distance from Library Bazar. New Tehri, the only planned hill township of Uttarakhand, built around the Tehri Dam is a beautiful spot with the dam remaining submerged in water almost throughout the year. Surrounded by the glorious Himalayan peaks, sitting there and sipping on a cup of piping hot tea, culminates in to a different experience altogether. Tehri is around 69 kilometres off Mussoorie and has several decent accommodations in and around. 50 kilometres off Mussoorie,lies the hilly town of Chamba, which stands at a height of 1676 metres. Popularly referred to as Chamba Valley, it offers spectacular views of the Himalayan range with the Bhagirathi River flowing below. Chamba is usually less crowded and has a rich plantation of Pine and Deodar trees all over, which in turn adds to the charm of the place. On the Chamba road itself, about 33 kilometres away from Mussoorielies is the Kanatal lake in all its grandness. The place is peaceful and quiet with the only surrounding sound being that of the fresh gush of mountain air. Dhanualti is 24 km from Mussoorie.
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