The Queen Of Hill Stations
Mesmerizing Mussoorie is a fascinating hill resort famous for its scenic beauty, happy social life and entertainment. The green hills and varied flora & fauna of Mussoorie make it a paradise at an altitude of 2000 meters and 34 km beyond Dehradun. Mussoorie is a perfect holiday destination offering a wonderful view of the Himalayan snow range to its north-east. The town is simply a fairyland with a breathtaking view of the snow capped mountains. It also serves as the gateway to the shrines of 'Gangotri' and 'Yamunotri'.
Mussoorie was declared a tourist spot by the British colonials in the 1820s when they reached out to the hills in order to escape the scorching summers of the plains. The town was first discovered by Captain Young. The name Mussoorie is derived from the 'Mansur shrub' that is commonly found in the Himalayan foothills.
Located about 13 km from Mussoorie, Kempty Falls attracts the maximum tourists of the town. It lies on the Yamunotri Road at an altitude of 4,500 ft. This biggest and prettiest waterfall of this beautiful valley was developed as a tourist destination by John Mekinan after 1835.
It is the highest point in Mussoorie, located in Landour area. Lal Tibba offers marvellous bird's eye view of Mussoorie as well as the Doon Valley.
This second highest point of Mussoorie is a kind of magical hills, as it seems to assume different forms over a period of a few minutes.
Camel's Back Road
This is a three km long stretch from Link Hall in Kulri Bazaar to the Library Bazaar. It offers a wonderful walk or a horse ride amidst high hills.
Located 8 km from Mussoorie, this beautiful cottage built in 1838, has now been converted into a hotel.
Several other interesting places to see in and around Mussoorie are Ven Chetna Kendra (a huge park with several animals and birds), Municipal Gardens (Botanical gardens laid down by Dr. H. Fackner, a geologist), Tibetan Temple, Lake Mist, Childers Lodge (highest vantage point in the vicinity), Mossey Falls, Sukhanda Devi temple etc.
The Mall of Mussoorie is a nice place to shop for Tibetan metal ware, books, antiques, hand-carved walking sticks, cane baskets, embroidered wall hangings, dry pine-cones, hill jewellery etc.
Mussoorie is a thrilling hill station for long hill walks. Charleville, the Tibetan settlement of the Happy Valley, Benog Hill and the Lal Tibba offer the most scenic hill walks in Mussoorie. Apart from this, Gangotri, Yamunotri, the Black Peak and Har-ki-Doon are amazing trek routes for adventure seekers. The Aglar River, a few km from Mussoories is an ideal place for trout fishing.
Best Time to Visit
April to June and September to November
How To Get There
Jolly Grant at Dehradun (about 30 km) is the nearest airport that operates flights to Delhi on a regular basis.
Dehradun (35 km) is the nearest rail head. The distance from Dehradun to Mussoorie can be covered by bus or taxi.
Mussoorie is connected by regular bus services to all the major cities in the region like Srinagar, Garhwal (135 km), Saharanpur (110 Km), Dehradun (35 km), Nainital (355 km), Delhi (290 km) etc.