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Things to do in Mussoorie

Tourist Attractions in Mussoorie

Attractions

Overview

Mussoorie is a hill station and a municipal board in the Dehradun district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is about 35 kilometres (22 mi) from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km (180 mi) north of the national capital of New Delhi. The hill station is in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range. The adjoining town of Landour, which includes a military cantonment, is considered part of “greater Mussoorie”, as are the townships of Barlowganj and Jharipani.

Mussoorie, also known as Queen of the Hills, is among the most popular hill stations of the country. A Britisher, Captain Frederick Young, accompanied by an official named FJ Shore, had climbed up the hill from the Doon valley in 1827 and found this ridge offering great views and a salubrious climate. This visit laid the foundation for this grand hill station.

A captivating paradise for leisure travellers and honeymooners, it is a perfect summer resort. Located on a 15-km-long horseshoe ridge with the grand Himalayas as a backdrop, Mussoorie spreads across at a height of 2,000 m above sea level. From this vantage point, it offers scenic views of Himalayas peaks in Western Garhwal.

Many famous personalities have made Mussoorie their home – most notable being authors Ruskin Bond and Bill Aitken. Filmstar Victor Banerjee resides in Mussoorie while deceased filmstar Tom Alter was born and brought up here. In the 1960s filmstar Prem Nath had his house here while the son of Dev Anand studied in Woodstock school. Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are frequent visitors to this hill resort.

Place to Visit

Places to Visit:

  • Lal Tibba. A scenic 5 km uphill walk from Picture Palace to the highest point in Mussoorie. Passes through Landour Bazaar.Old light house is the nice thing to see there.
  • Kempty Falls- about 15 km from Mussoorie, this now over-built spot is a popular tourist destination. Catch a taxi or a bus from the Library stand. This place is a must see place for tourists coming into Mussorie. There are 2 ways of reaching the falls. 1. By the steps provided nearby or by cable car where you have to pay Rs.80 for the ride going down as well as for coming up the falls. Keep the ticket with you when you come down because the operators will not let you in again to go back on top without the ticket. There is a man-made pool right next to the falls where kids as well as adults can play in the pool. There are many shops near the waterfalls selling swimwear for rent and several clean changing rooms for Ladies and Gents separately. There are many shacks selling food cooked right in front of you like eggs and Maggie noodles and paranthas to have while enjoying the scenic beauty. There are also many professional photographers waiting to take your picture and printing it and giving it to you in minutes when you come back from the falls. Beware they charge exhorbitant fees and keep taking pictures of you even if you don’t want them to. Be very firm in saying no right at the beginning when you get down from your vehicle.
  • Lake Mist- on the way to Kempty falls 10kms from Mussoorie Lake Mist a nice view is available from this place.
  • Happy Valley- a couple kilometers from the Library end of the Mall, Happy Valley is a 5,000 strong Tibetan settlement. This is a beautiful spot for a short hike. Taxis and possibly bicycle rickshaws ply this route.
  • Dhanaulti- about 28 kms from Mussoorie, this spot is a quiet forest area converted into two Eco parks by the government. Dont miss the forest trails (one inside the Eco Park 2 and the other just outside it). Catch a taxi (approx Rs 1320) from the Library stand.
  • Himalayan Weavers, An interesting place on the way to Dhanaulti is Himalayan Weavers which uses natural dyes to produce hand-woven shawls, stoles, scarves and throws of wool, eri silk and pashmina. They have a shop 8 KMs from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Dhanaulti Road. They produce high quality hand-made products, popularize the use of environmentally friendly natural dyes and provide a market for craft products made in the Himalayan region. They also have a shop in Rajpur village in Dehradun (08126517971)
  • Jawahar Aquariumon mall road, very nice collection of fishes.Entry ticket Rs 25/- only.
  • One can enjoy the trolley ride to GUN HILLto view the spelendid view of all the city and ice capped himalaya. Trolley charge is Rs 55/- for up and down.lots of photographer with the traditional dress are available there
  • Jhari Pani FallsIt is 5kms away from the library bus stand. From Dehradun to Mussoorie, for Jharipani one has to take a right turn 11kms before Mussoorie. Motorable roads are nicely made by govt. to reach the falls from main road. It’s a 2-km trek.
  • Company Garden- It’s a Govt. initiative, a man made beautiful park with artificial falls and fun rides. From Gun Hill Point rickshaws are available. It costs 120/- per person to-n-fro and the rate is fixed.
  • Bhatta falls- on the way back to Dehradun from Mussoorie nice option to have a look at Bhatta Falls. 2-km trek, 3kms away from Mussoorie. You can also stay at a cottage just before the falls – Fair Lawne Estate Cottage. Owned by Garima Nursery. Look out for the signage as you go towards the falls. Mussoorie Lake is also another option to relax on the same route. Boating is available there.
  • Tibetian Buddhist Temple- Also known as Shedup Choepelling Temple and is located on the Happy Valley road close to the IAS Academy and right behind The Tibetian Homes School. The temple can be visited between 7 am to 5 pm. Mussoorie was the Dalai Lama’s first place of refuge when he fled Tibet, before he was granted land in Dharamshala by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. There is no proper board or direction given to this monastary but most of the locals know the way very well so it’s rather better to ask the locals for the exact route. The route to the Temple is also extremely narrow and can be easily missed by the driver if you coming in a big vehicle like Toyota Innova but you can ask the nearby shops for the exact location. The view from the temple is breathtaking an beautiful and worth a visit after coming to Mussoorie.
  • Everest House and Point- Visit the former residence of famous surveyor “George Everest”. Although the building is abandoned and in a really bad shape it’s worth a visit for the nice views (on clear days). Just behind the house a trek goes up to the Everest Point. To reach the house you have to start at Ghandi Chowk following up the road. Some signs point to a place called “Everest Point Restaurant”. That’s the right way. From there it’s another 30 minutes to reach the house. The trek to the top of Everest Point takes another 1/2 hour. From Mussoorie to Everest house it takes at least 1, 5 to 2 hours and it’s almost all the way paved road. Unfortunately, there is no public transport available. If you get lost on the way try to ask for “George Everest” or “Everest House” or “Everest Point” and make sure the people don’t send you to the next “Resthouse”.
  • Mussoorie Heritage Centre, Parade Point House,Landour(near clock tower), Mussoorie Heritage Centre is a private enterprise opened in November 2013 in a historical 180 year old building. It began with the objective of showcasing and preserving the Heritage of Mussoorie and the adjoining areas. It archives and displays the historical heritage of Mussoorie from 1814 when the first map of the region was compiled by the Survey of India, till 1959, when HH Dalai Lama built his first colony in Mussoorie. Along with educating and preserving the historical heritage of Mussoorie, it focuses on helping, promoting and developing the indigenous art in the Mussoorie region by providing the local craftsmen with a sales platform. It aims at bringing the local crafts of Mussoorie and the adjoining region at par with the world market.

When to Reach

When to Reach

The best time to visit Mussoorie is during summers, as it offers respite from the scorching summer heat. However, if you are looking for a secluded holiday, come here during winters to witness the snowfall.

The best time to visit Mussoorie is in the summer season from April to mid-July when the weather is ideal for sightseeing. This is also the peak season in Mussoorie and Dehradun. Another good time to visit Mussoorie is from September to mid-November to experience a breathtaking view of mist enveloped Himalayas. To experience snowfall, December to February is the best time to visit Mussoorie. Avoid visiting Mussoorie during the monsoon from mid-July to mid-September.

Why Should Go?

Why should I go?

Mussoorie with its green hills & varied flora & fauna, is a fascinating hill resort and a fabulous honeymoon spot. Commanding a wonderful view of extensive Himalyan snow ranges to the northeast, & glittering views of the Doon Valley, Roorkee, Saharanpur & Haridwar to the South, the town presents a fairyland atmosphere to the tourists. Its history dates back to 1827 when Captain Young, an adventurous military officer, explored the present site & laid the foundation of this holiday resort which now has few rivals. Mussoorie is famous for its scenic beauty and hectic social life.

Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations located at a distance of 290 km from Delhi in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. With a backdrop of the Shivalik range of Himalayas and doon valley, Mussoorie, also known as Queen of The Hills, stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level. With a cool and pleasant climate throughout the year, Mussoorie was once the British summer capital.

The British remnants can be seen in the city in the archaic architecture of the hotels and churches. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mussoorie is The Mall (also known as the Mall Road), which is a slightly steep boulevard with eateries and other shops lining its entire stretch. From the little houses spread around the area to the architecture of even the lamp posts, The Mall gives off a distinct colonial vibe.
Another major highlight of Mussoorie is the Ropeway to Gun Hill. Gun Hill is the second highest peak in Mussoorie, and tourists can avail of the cable car ropeway ride to Gun Hill, which offers an enchanting view of the entire city as well as the surrounding Himalayan Mountains.
The adjoining little hill station of Landour, along with Mussoorie, Barlowganj and Jharipani together form the greater Mussoorie. With a lot of waterfalls, the town of Dhanaulti in the vicinity and the remains of colonial architecture, Mussoorie has everything to make a memorable vacation.

The muse of a romantic, a loner’s wonderland and a nature lover’s paradise, the glittering hill station of Mussoorie has always been the favourite of many. Once you visit here you cannot wipe off the memories from your heart as the kaleidoscopic hills will always remind you of your betrothal.

This colonial hill station features some of the prestigious educational institutions of India, stately hotels, cozy cafes, old taverns, estates, churches, buildings, offices, bustling markets and tourist spots to lure the visitors. Mussoorie is one the top hill stations in India, famous for a weekend getaway, honeymoon destinations, Himalayan views and Mall Road.

Getting Around

Getting Around:

One will want to get around on foot. The Mall is closed to most vehicles up to 10 P.M., and later on if you want to use your vehicle you have to pay a fee.

A relatively flat section of the Mall allows a fleet of rickshaws to ply their trade. You can catch a ride from the Library end of the Mall to about the midpoint. Within Mussoorie, taxis are not very useful. If you are heading up to Landour with your luggage, it would be wise to catch a ride. They can also be hired for outings to places such as Kempty Falls or Happy Valley. There are taxi stands at both ends of the Mall. Many locals offer ‘taxi’ services, and if you are staying longer you will likely find these (slightly cheaper) alternatives. But all the taxies are under a union, so the rates will not vary and one has to hire them through the union office at library end, Mall road, Kempty bus stand, etc. there is also a government operated 2X2 seater service gives an option of sightseeing.

Weather

Weather:

At an altitude of over 6000 ft (2000m), Mussoorie is a popular retreat from the heat of the plains. Be prepared for the cold if you come in the Winter (Dec-Feb), when you can expect freezing weather and snow. The monsoon arrives in July and stays through mid-September. Rains can really wreak havoc in the area. Landslides during monsoon are not an uncommon sight here. Mussoorie has a fairly typical subtropical highland climate (Köppen Cwb) for the mid-altitude Himalaya. Summers are warm and very wet, with July and August averaging approximately 660 millimetres (26 in) of rain per month due to orographic lift of the extremely moist monsoonal air. The pre-monsoon seasons in April and May is warm to very warm and generally dry and clear, giving way to heavy rainfall from mid-June, while the post-monsoon season is also dry and clear but substantially cooler. In winter, rainfall is a little more frequent than in the pre-and post-monsoon seasons, and the general weather cool and partly cloudy. Mussoorie usually receives a few spells of snowfall in December, January and February, although the number of snowy days has come down in recent years.

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