Mussoorie- The Queen of Hills
Scenic natural ambience and tranquillity is what comes in our mind when we think of holiday. The land of Mussoorie is the place that can live up to our expectations. An ideal holiday escape during summers, Mussoorie lies some 250 miles north of Delhi. Overlooking the sprawling Doon Valley, the hill station is located at an elevation of around 7000 ft above the sea level. This scenic place enables tourists to view the opportunity of the holy river Ganga from one end of the ridge and another popular river Jamuna from the other. A land where you can witness the tradition of romance, making it the Honeymoon capital of India. The fine fusion of snowy mountains and blue pine forests create a magnetic aura that attracts globe trotters to visit the hill station again and again.
Mussoorie derives its name from the word 'Mansoor', meaning a shrub that grows in the area.
In 1959, the Central Tibetan Administration of the 14th Dalai Lama was settled in the hill station. After the rebellion, it was transferred to Dharamsala where it is presently situated.
Major Tourist Attractions in Mussoorie
Renowned as the second highest peak of the town, Gun hill lies at an elevation of 2122 m. A gun was positioned atop the hill during the colonial era and fired at mid-day to declare the time. From here, tourists can enjoy the striking views of the landscape and other Himalayan Ranges. A 400 m ropeway links the Mall to the area.
Lying amidst a mass of hills, the Kempty Falls is just 15 km away from Mussoorie. Glittering water cascades down from a great height of 4, 500 ft and divides into five various falls at the place. It was here British used to organize their tea-parties. Thus, it got its colloquial name 'Camp-Tea' got it the name 'Kempty'. It remains open to public from March to July.
Move around 9 km from Mussoorie and you will come across the beautiful sight of Jwalaji Temple. Located atop the Benog Hill, the temple is dedicated to Goddess 'Durga'. Encircled by thick forests from every side, the temple presents a gorgeous picture. Tourists can also enjoy the spectacular views of Doon Valley, Yamuna Valley and the Himalayan peaks.
This newly created lake lies on the Dehradun road, at 6 km from Mussoorie. With its intriguing backdrop, the lake serves as a popular picnic spot. If you wish to enjoy boating, then the pedal-boating facilities are available. Tourists can also take delight in the fascinating views of Doon Valley and the adjoining places.
It is a beautiful picnic spot, lying about 3 km from Mussoorie. The garden houses bamboo and deodar trees. Previously known as the 'Company Garden', the place houses an artificial lake, offering boating facilities. Tourists can also find a variety of exotic flowers.
This spectacular place beckons honeymooners to enjoy their intimacy amidst the splendours of nature. Encircled by dense deodar forest, the place is extremely tranquil. Tourists can also enjoy the sights of diverse flora and fauna.
Sir George Everest House
Referred to as the Park Estate, it is located about 6 km from Mussoorie.
It is the building of Sir George Everest, the first Surveyor General of India. Known as the highest peak of the world, Mount Everest was also named after him. Tourists visit the place to enjoy the captivating sights of the Doon Valley, Yamuna Valley and the snow covered Himalayan ranges.
Other Places to See
Childer's Lodge, Jharipani Fall, Camel's Back Road, Bhatta Fall, Nag Devta Temple and Van Chetna Kendra are the other popular places to visit. Naga Tibba, Dhanaulti and Surkhanda Devi are considered as good options for excursion from Mussoorie.
Best Time to Visit
Between April to June and during September to November.
Biryani of the locally grown Basmati rice is popular. Tourists an also enjoy a variety of wines, bakery products and Tibetan food specialities.
You can shop around the areas like Kulri Bazaar, Library and Landour Bazaar. The famous picks of the area include ethnic jewellery, curios and antiques. There is a Tibetan market where tourists can pick windcheaters, sleeping bags, sweaters and shawls.
Being a popular tourism destination, Mussoorie has almost every kind of accommodation facility. Tourists can choose from resorts, heritage hotels and budget hotels. Many of them are situated on The Mall.
How to Reach
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest one, lies 24 km from Dehradun city. Regular flights from the airport link Mussoorie to Delhi.
Dehradun has the nearest railhead. It links Dehradun to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Amritsar and Varanasi. Shatabdi Express is the easiest option to go by train.
An excellent network of roads links Mussoorie to all the important cities. Many buses of Uttaranchal State Transport also operate between Delhi and Mussoorie.