The “Queen of Hill stations” and one of the summer resorts of the British, Mussoorie is a treasure trove of the nature lovers. This picturesque hillstation is only 35 kms from Dehradun. This hill station rests at a height of 2000mts above sea level. Mussoorie derives its name from the plants of Mussoorie or shrub mansoor which are available in large quantities in this region. Mussoorie has a very old history dating back to 1825. In that year, a shooting lodge was constructed jointly by Captain Young, an adventurous British military officer and Mr Shore the Superintendent of Revenues at Dehradun. Mussoorie with its diverse flora and fauna, captivating snowy ranges in the north east majestic Shivalik ranges and glittering Doon valley, is said to have ‘a fairyland’ atmosphere. This charming hill resort is the hub of the tourists both domestic and international. Apart from being a tourist hot spot, Mussoorie is also an important center of education and business. Mussoorie also offers distant views of the holy and mighty river Ganga from one end of the ridge, and of the famous river Jamuna from the other; a stretch of around 19 kilometers all.
Places to see in Mussoorie: Mussoorie offers some marvellous sight seeing spots that will make your trip truly special and enjoying. These include:
A best picnic location in Mussoorie, Company Garden is a well maintained municipal garden located at 3 km from The Mall. A mini lake, small flower garden and an amusement park is there in Company Garden.
It is situated at 8.5 km from Mussoorie. Jharipani is well accessible by motorable roads from where the trek of 1.5 km commences to Jharipani fall. The view of Jharipani Fall is awe-inspiring.
Nag Devta Temple
It is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated on Cart Mackenjee road. It is about 6km from Mussoorie on way to Dehradun. The temple is well accessible with motorable roads. This place affords enchanting views of Mussoorie and Doon valley.
Jwalaji Temple is also known as Benog Hill. It is situated 9kms west of Mussoorie at an elevation of 2,104mts above sea level. It is situated on the top of the Benog Hill and looks like a crowned hill. It is surrounded by thick forest having an old idol of Goddess Durga offers a marvelous view of YamunaValley.
Sri Chamunda Peeth Temple
This temple was setup in 1998 in the premises of Kashi Devasthanam, is an ideal venue for yoga, meditation rituals and religious practices. It incorporates the Shiva and Shakti temples as these mighty and majestic Himalayas are said to be the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Kempty Falls are one of the most beautiful water falls in not only Uttarakhand, rather the whole of India. Enveloped by high mountain cliffs and situated at an altitude of about 4500 feet above the sea level, the falls present an awe-inspiring view as the water falls down from a high altitude and then splits into five streams. The water falling down from KemptyFalls appears to be doing a somersault before it hits the ground.
Bhatta Falls is a recently developed picnic spot near Mussoorie. Located at about 7 km from main Mussoorie city, Bhatta Falls is still untouched by commercialization and has natural stream of water flowing down the hills.
Gun Hill is situated 400mts above The Mall and it is the second highest peak of Mussoorie. Gun Hill is set at an elevation of 2122mts and it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan ranges and Doon valley. Before independence a Gun mounted on this top used to be fired at mid-day for people to adjust their watches. Presently Gun Hill houses the water reservoir of Mussoorie. It can be reached by the Ropeway ride whose distance is 400mts or by the bridle path which forks-off from Kutchery which takes around 20min.
The fall is encircled by a dense forest and is seven klick from Mussoorie.
Camel’s Back Road
This road begins from the Rink at Kulri Bazar and terminates at Library Bazar stretching 4km. The place offers a picturesque view of the sunset and a life like resemblance of a sitting camel. One can also enjoy long walks and horse riding here. British graveyard having ancient graves on the way provides new dimension to the walk. Evening at Camel’s road is a memorable experience as it offers a ravishing sunset view in the Himalayas as sun paints the mountains in brilliant hues.
Lal Tibba is located in Landour area which is the oldest inhabited place in Mussoorie. Lal Tibba exemplifies highest point in mussoorie. There’s a 20m tall tower situated at the edge of the cliff. The tower has an old telescope. You can take a close look at tempting Himalayan range from it and it will cost you around 20 rupees.
The Mall Road
The Mall Road is one of the most crowded places of Mussoorie. The structure of the road takes you back to the colonial period of Britishers. There are numerous restaurants, hotels and shops on this road. The Methodist church is situated on the Mall and is around 100 years old.
Lake Mist is located 5 km before Kempty falls and 10 kms from Mussoorie. Lake Mist is a newly developed scenic spot with good accommodation and restaurant facilities available. You can also enjoy boating on this lake.
Also known as “Nahata Estate” is a huge property of more than 300 acres (1.2 km2), owned by the Harakh Chand Nahata family, is also the highest peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba, it is situated at 5 km from the Tourist Office and one can go on horse back or on foot. The view of snow-clad mountains is exhilarating.
This famous Hindu temple is located at a distance of 9 km from Mussoorie. Dedicated to Goddess ‘Durga’, this temple is situated atop the Benog Hill, at a height of 2100 m. Enveloped by thick forests from all sides; the temple poses a striking picture. Moreover, one can have breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon Valley and the Yamuna valley from this site.
Nearby locations around Mussoorie: You can also organize tours to some prominent locations around Mussoorie. These include:
It is situated at a distance of 15kms from Mussoorie and is an ideal place for trekking. Bhadraj Temple is located on the extreme western region of Mussoorie and thus offers a splendid view of the DoonValley, Chakrata ranges and the Jaunsar Bawar area of Garhwal Himalayas. The temple is dedicated to Lord Bal Bhadra, brother of Lord Krishna, and is situated atop a hill. Bhadraj temple organizes a fair in the third week of August (Shravan Sankranti) every year. Undoubtedly it is an important event for the locals and they look forward to it, this occasion attracts a lot of visitors as well.
Dhanaulti is 25 kms from Mussoorie on the road to Tehri. Surrounded by fragrant pine and deodar forests, this secluded resort is the ideal retreat from the hustle-bustle of Mussoorie. Fro here watching the breath taking sun rise and sunset is an experience that you will cherish forever.
Things to do in Mussoorie: Apart from sight seeing, trekking and leisurely walks through the lush green forests are some of the things you can enjoy in Mussoorie. Head for Yamuna bridge, to enjoy fishing.
Best time to visit Mussoorie: The best time to visit Mussoorie is between the summer months of March and June. The months between September and November are also pleasant with slightly cool evening.
How to go ?
Nearest airport is Jollygrant which is 60 km away from Mussoorie and is situated in Dehradun. Jollygrant airport, Dehradun is connected to Delhi airport. Delhi is well connected to all major cities in India and many cities abroad. Taxi services are available from airport to Mussoorie
Mussoorie has no railway station of its own. So one can get down at Dehradun railway station, nearly 60 km away and from there take bus or taxi to reach Mussoorie. Taxi services are available from railhead to Mussoorie. Dehradun railway station is well connected to major cities like Delhi (Mussoorie Exp), Kolkata (Doon Exp), Varanasi (Ghy Rajdhani), Mumbai (Dehradun Exp) and Indore (Ddn Indb Exp) by express trains and super fast trains.
Mussoorie is well connected with excellent bus services of state public bus services Uttaranchal State Transport Corporation. From Dehradoon and from other major cities in India private bus services are available to Mussoorie.
Where to stay ?
Hotel Garhwal Terrace (GMVN): +91-0135-2632682, 2632683
Country Inn & Suites : +91 135-263-5601 Website: www.countryinns.com
Hotel Vishnu Palace: +91-0135 – 2632932, 2631732 Website: www.hotelvishnupalace.com
Jaypee Hotels and Resorts: 1800-11-9900 (valid only in India) Website: www.jaypeehotels.com
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