MUSSOORIE

NATURE LOVER’S PARADISE

Mussoorie Highlights

  • Trekking – There are several trekking and hiking trails in and around this picturesque town. The Hathipaon trail will take you through the forest as you come across a variety of flora and fauna.
  • Paragliding Go paragliding in Mussoorie Lake and Jharipani. They have experienced trainers, and they take all safety precautions.
  • Zip lining – Visit Mussoorie Adventure Park to try hands at some of the best adventures like zip-lining, rock climbing etc.

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Mussoorie Overview

LOCATION

The city of Mussoorie is a wonderful glittering colonial hill station with many educational institutes, cafes, churches and tourist spots located at a distance of 35 km from Dehradun situated at an elevation of 2005 m. Mussoorie is also known as the Queen of hills due to its breathtaking views of Doon Valley and the Shivalik ranges from the foothills of the Himalayas.

WHAT MAKES IT A PERFECT TOURIST SPOT?

Mussoorie is known for its kaleidoscopic hills which will entice you especially if you are a nature lover. This is a romantic City known for its prestigious educational institutions of India bustling markets and stately hotels. Not only does it offer varied flora and fauna with luscious green hills but the Doon Valley is an attraction for various tourists every year due to its majestic view. It also serves as a hub for training centres for the Indian administrative service and Indian police service at Lal Bahadur Shastri National academy of administration. It has one of the oldest cinema halls of India named Electric picture palace and the colonial houses of the British folk. It is one of the perfect honeymoon destinations to bask in the air of love.

WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT MUSSOORIE?

Mussoorie has some best boarding schools which are globally acclaimed, such as Woodstock, Convent of Jesus and Mary, Saint George and Oak groove. Other famous attractions of Mussoorie include the Company garden, the Kempty falls, Saint George Everest house and Cloud’s end. It also has the first-ever Tibetan Temple of India- Happy Valley housing. The gun hill in Mussoorie offers a ropeway and a view of the town. There is a wonderful 4 kilometre stretch to the library point called the camel’s back rock where you can horseback from Kurli Bazar. Some other great places to see in Mussoorie include Christ Church, Benog tibba Devalsari and Lambi dehar mines. While visiting Mussoorie you can also visit other popular nearby destinations such as Surkanda Devi temple, Chamba Dehradun, Dhanaulti etc. 

HISTORY

The name Mussoorie was derived from the shrub Mansoor available in large quantities here. Around the 1820s a British military officer by the name of Captain Young constructed a shooting lodge here with the help of the superintendent of revenues at Dehradun Mr Shore. East India Company’s lieutenant Frederick Young also built a hunting lodge at the camel’s back road around the same time. He also formulated the Gurkha regiment. It also became the ground of the great trigonometric survey of India. Not only that Mussoorie also became the Dalai Lama’s first home in India after he was exiled due to the colonization of Tibet by China. He set up a Tibetan deported government at Mussoorie. The person who measured the height of Mount Everest Mr George Everest has also lived in Mussoorie.

ACTIVITIES TO DO IN MUSSOORIE

Adventure sports: Day hikes, zipline, skywalking, rappelling and caving are some of the adventure sports that are highly recommended here to feel the adrenaline rush.

Shopping: There is a mall road in Mussoorie which is well known for shopping. It is a shopper’s haven offering apparels, artefacts and handicrafts.

Walk by nature: Mussoorie offers picturesque views of the lush greenery and valleys such as Happy Valley. The roads from Waverly convent to company Bagh are some of the most beautiful roads of Mussoorie.

ITINERARY

  • You can reach Mussoorie either by air or by train.
  • The nearest airport to Mussoorie is situated in Dehradun named The Jolly grant airport. 
  • Take a flight from Delhi to Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun and taxis are easily available which can be booked on spot at the airport.
  • The nearest railway station to Mussoorie is the Dehradun railway station. You can take Shatabdi express or Mussoorie express to reach Dehradun and then from there you can take a bus or taxi to Mussoorie. 
  • Once you reach Mussoorie explore its surroundings and the city. 
  • Go for a walk or to the mall and stay here for at least two days.
  • You can return via the same route.

WHAT IS IT FAMOUS FOR?

Mussoorie is famous for a lot of things including the Char Dukan which offers the best pancakes, coffee, Maggi and omelette since the British era. It is also known for its highest point Lal Tibba which is one of the only two places which offers the view of the winter line and beautiful Jharipani falls which gives an exhilarating view. At an altitude of 4500 ft, there lies Kempty falls at a distance of 15 km from Mussoorie which is a gateway to Yamunotri. Not only that, Mussoorie has one of the oldest Tibetan temples in India. It is also famous for the Cambridge book depot where the famous writer Ruskin Bond pays his visit. It is a recommended destination for honeymoon couples, foreigners, tourists, solos and groups.

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