Mussoorie is distinctively known as the queen of hills, because of its out of the world splendor. One of the major tourist destinations in Uttrakhand, Mussoorie not only boasts of the picturesque views of the Himalayas and the Doon valley but it also showcases some of the rarest flora and fauna of the country. Standing magnificently among the foot hills of the Himalayas, this hill adorns the edge of the Garhwal Himalayas. With River Ganga on one end and River Yamuna on the other, Mussoorie stretches up to 12 miles in length.

Mussoorie is an essential part of Uttrakhand tourism. Apart from its own charismatic beauty, Mussoorie boasts of stupendous visions of the Himalayan ranges covered with snow and the charming views of the Doon valley and Haridwar. The irregular shapes of the hills clad in a cloak of green flora and white mist take you to a fairyland. The peaks of Chakhamba, Shrikantha, Banderpoonch and the Gangotri look beautiful from here and form some of the major tourist attractions in Mussoorie.

Some of the other tourist sites in Mussoorie include the Camel back road, Gunhill, the town Mall, the Bhadraj Temple, Children’s lodge and the Municipal garden. The place is home to many water falls namely Kempty falls, Bhatta falls, Mossey falls and Jharipani falls.

Traveling to Mussoorie is pretty convenient as it is well placed and well connected. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. The closest railway station is also in Dehradun. There are many trains plying to and fro Haridwar and Rishikesh as well. Mussoorie is connected through proper roadways to all major towns and cities of Uttaranchal, Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

Being a major tourist site, Mussoorie provides world class accommodation options to the tourists. There are a number of hotels in Mussoorie. You have the options of 5 star, 3 star, budget hotels as well as lodges and inns to choose from. Generally, all major tour packages of Mussoorie include accommodation facilities.

Mussoorie has many stories to tell. Every road, every lane has places and edifices which have their own stories. The Lal tibba, the Mussoorie library, the Landour Bazaar and Gunhill, each of them has their own history. Unlike Shimla, Mussoorie was never considered the summer capital. It has always remained informal with a tradition of romance in the air.

When to see

Location: Uttaranchal/ Uttarakhand
Best Time to Visit: April to June, September to November
Altitude: 2500 m (above sea-level)
Summer Temperature: Minimum – 10oC, Maximum – 30oC
Winter Temperature: Minimum – 1oC, Maximum – 10oC
Annual Rainfall: 180 cm

What to see

Kempty falls:
It is the biggest water fall here. Kempty is located about 15 kms away from the main town towards Yamunotri. It has an altitude of 1370 meters and is surrounded by mountains.

Gun hill:
It is the second highest peak in Mussoorie. The Himalayan ranges namely Gangotri, Srikantha, Bunderpunch and Pithwara look mesmerizing from atop this peak. All major tour packages of Mussoorie include this tourist site, mainly because of its memorable 400 meters ropeway ride.

Municipal garden:
It is a beautiful picnic spot for not only tourists but also the natives.

Sir George Everest house:
The place is also known as the Park Estate. It was the laboratory of the first surveyor general in India, Sir George Everest. Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world is named after him. The snow clad ranges of the Himalayas and the Doon valley present a captivating sight.

Jharipani falls:
Located about 8 kms away from the main town, it is one of the many beautiful water falls in Mussoorie.

Bhatta falls:
One of the major tourist attractions of Mussoorie is Bhatta falls. It is located 7 kms away from the hill resort.

Camel’s back road:
The road got its name from the camel rock due to its life like resemblance. The place is ideal for an evening walk or a horse ride.

Children’s lodge:
It is sited on the highest peak of Mussoorie, about 5 kilometers away from the tourist office. It provides a mesmerizing view of the snow clad ranges.

Jwalaji temple:
An old temple of Goddess Durga, it is placed at an altitude of 2104 meters, on the Benong temple. The temple provides a panoramic view of the Yamuna valley.

Cloud End:
Surrounded by thick deodar forest, the bungalow is one of the oldest buildings in Mussoorie. Built in 1838 the bungalow has been converted into a hotel.

Benog mountain sanctuary:
The sanctuary was built in 1993 and is home to the rare bird species known as the Mountain Quail.

By Air

Nearest airport is Jollygrant which is 60 km away from Mussoorie and is situated in Dehradun. Jollygrant airport, Dehradun is connected to Delhi airport. Taxi services are available from airport to Mussoorie and it costs about Rs 1500. Delhi is the nearest international airport which is 270 km away. Delhi is well connected to all major cities in India and many cities abroad.

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