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Mussoorie

Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

Distance from Delhi: 270km

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits

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Camels Back Road

Camel Back Road energies your evenings as you walk along this serenity filled location. In Mussoorie, this 3 KM long road gives away the best experience since the rock formations that have the shape of camel’s hump at the end of the road create some charming views. Moreover, the quintessential feature the road possesses is that it provides the best sunrise and sunset views, alluring and adorable. While walking along the road, one can witness a 180 year old British cemetery as well. The location of the road is also significantly noted because it is situated at the centre of the Mussoorie city easily accessible by an auto or by foot. One hour walk along the road will show the magnificent forestscaped surrounding and the breathtaking panoramic view from a decent altitude.
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Camel's Back Road

Camel's Back Road is one of the most visit locations in Mussoorie. A peaceful and calm walk in the lap of nature will assure absolute peace and calmness. It is a 3 km long road and is called as the Camel Back Road because of the presence of the natural layout of the rocks that are in the shape of the camel humps.

Location: The Camel Back Road starts from the Library Point and goes up to the Kulri Bazaar. Dehradun railway station is 34 km from here and the Jolly Grant airport is 56 km from here.

Highlights: From the Camel Back Road the visitors can enjoy the romantic sunrise and sunset with some snacks and the amazing backdrop of the Doon Valley.



Best Time: You can visit the Camel’s Back road anytime but keep in mind during the summer months the road is extremely crowded especially during morning or evening.

Cost: Admission to the road is free.
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Lal Tibba

In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit.

Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.

Highlights: Lal Tibba is even famous as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.



Best Time: The best and the most ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is the summer months of March and June. Avoid travel during the monsoon months as there maybe leeches here.
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Mussoorie Heritage Centre

Mussoorie Heritage Centre was commenced in the November 2013 with the idea of preserving and showcasing the Heritage of Mussoorie and the adjoining areas.

Location: Mussoorie Heritage Centre is located at a distance of about 3 km from Library Bus Stand. This is a private enterprise that is situated on the Chamunda Peeth Temple Road in Mussoorie.

Highlights: The Soham Heritage and Art Centre displays the tradition as well as the culture of the Himalayas by way of paintings on canvasses, sculptures, frescoes, murals and scrap art. Housing a collection of local heritage artifacts – clothes, musical instruments, vessels, jewelry among, other things, this heritage center is truly a must visit for all. Bird watching is an interesting activity to carry out here.

Best Time: Mussoorie Heritage Centre is open on all days except Sunday. The visiting hours for the centre are 9 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM.
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Shedup Choepelling Temple

Shedup Choepelling Temple is often referred to as the Tibetan Buddhist Temple. It is today one of the most popular shrines in the region. The temple is established by the Tibetan community of Mussoorie and is a true exemplary of the Tibetan architecture. Clay lamps, surrounding blooming flowers, bright interior walls and the prayer flags amplify the beauty of the shrine.

Location: The Shedup Choepelling Temple is nestled in the beautiful Happy Valley. To reach the Shedup Choepelling Temple follow the address, Happy Valley Road, Near IAS Academy, Mussoorie, Dehradun, 248179, Uttarakhand.

Highlights: The Tibetan Buddhist Temple offers a beautiful view of the majestic snow-capped mountains and green valleys of Mussoorie.

Price: There is no entrance fee levied.

Best Time: The Shedup Choepelling Temple is open on all days but the best time to visit the temple is between 05:00 am – 12:00 pm and 04:00 pm – 09:00 pm.
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Benog Tibba

Housed inside the Benog Mountan Quail Sanctuary in Mussoorie, the trek on Benog Hill is off the beaten track. Ridden with steep slopes, the mountainous terrain is also dotted with camping sites. So, if bonfire with friends is on your mind, the Benog Tibba trek will leave you spellbound. The adventure trail also passes in the vicinity of Kempty Falls, one of Mussoorie’s better-known waterfalls. The northern face of Benog Tibba is home to ‘Ghoral’—a rare mountain goat on the verge of extinction. The forest grows denser with ascent, and offers stunning panoramic vistas. The trails running across pose sufficient challenges, with difficulty levels ranging from easy to moderate. The months between October and April are pleasant, with the snowfall over pines adding a mystical touch.

Distance from Delhi: 300 Kilometers approximately
Nearest Railhead: Balawala Railway Station Junction

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Gun Hill

Gun Hill is one of the most prominent tourist attractions for the tourists who visit Mussoorie. It is the second highest peak in Mussoorie. Irrespective of the time of the month, do carry woolen clothes with you. Views from the top of the Gun Hill peak are bound to leave you spell bound.

Location: Gun Hill is situated at a small distance from the Mall Road.

Highlights: Cable car ropeway that is one of the key adventure sports here. Other attraction is the balloon shooting which is great for people who wish to test their shooting skills.



Best Time: The best time to visit Gun Hill is during the summer months of March and June. Avoid taking the ropeway between the time of 4:00pm and 6:00pm since this is the peak time for tourists.

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What You Should Know More About Mussoorie

  • Travel Advice

    • Beware of the annoying apes here. In case you find a bunch of monkeys from the adjoining forest holidaying in the town at the same time as you, be careful about your stuff, especially if you have edibles with you.

    • Carry some woolens with you during the trip. Weather here can get snappy at any hour of the day.

    • Whenever you are trekking or are on expedition to the Himalayas, do not tread alone away from the campsite. In case you are trekking on routes that are unfamiliar, do take a guide to help you out before the start of the trip.

    • If you come via private vehicle, park the cars on the Mall Road in Mussoorie. 

    • Do not leave your burning cigarettes whenever you leave a place.

    • Do not litter around.

    • Key languages spoken here are Hindi and Garhwali.  Foreigners must learn a few Hindi words to be able to communicate with ease. Simple words to briefly introduce yourself and pleasing words to greet and thank people can do wonders. If possible, learn a few Garhwali words.

    • When you enter a Hindu shrine, cover your head and dress appropriately.  

    • Do not buy items that are made from the body parts of rare or endangered animal species.

    • It is good to read about the local culture before visiting.

    • If prone to motion sickness, you must carry a medicine with you as the roads here are carved from the hills.

  • Drinking Law

    In Mussoorie (Uttrakhand), the legal age for alcohol consumption is 21 years. If you are aged below 21, alcohol consumption may be prohibited.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Mall Road
    The Mall road of Mussoorie offers all that is expected from a typical hill station in India. You can find a myriad of restaurants and cafes co-existing with each other along with video game parlors and souvenir vendors. Mall Road has two opposite ends that are referred to as the Picture Palace and Library sides by locals. It runs through the town and offers scenic views of the hills and the valleys here. 

    Lal Tibba
    Lal Tibba is the highest point in Mussoorie that is parched at 2,346 metres above sea level. Enveloped by the pine and deodar trees and the dense clusters, Lal Tibba gives you a chance to explore the most picturesque views of the Hanuman’s Tail or the Bandarpunch which is the Himalayan Garhwal mountain range. Do carry a camera when here. 

    Kempty Falls
    Kempty Falls is nestled at a distance of about 15 km from the centre of Mussoorie. The cascading waterfalls here gush down from a height of 12 meters. Most alluring thing about these falls is that you can take a cool bath underneath.

    Municipal Garden
    Situated about 3 km from Mussoorie, it is a magnificent picnic spot that has a waterfall and a lake inside it. Formerly known as the Company Bagh, it is the place where you can spend some quiet ‘me’ time.  

    Happy Valley
    Happy Valley lies about 2 km from the Library Bazaar. It is a huge Tibetan settlement and a beautiful trail.  

  • What you will like there?

    Waterfalls
    Watch the gigantic waterfalls of Mussoorie and feel the euphoria sulk in. Right from the sound of the crystal clear water gushing onto the rocks to the very sight of the cascade, waterfalls in Mussoorie, be assured of an experience like none other. This is the reason why they garner so much attention. For people who find joy in this spectacle, Dhanaulti and Kempty Falls are the two most preferred destinations. Perhaps, your next pit stop can be the Jharipani Falls where you get a scorpius view of the Shivalik range. When here, acquaint yourself with the wild flowers and the birds around. 

    Adventure
    To be really able to appreciate the Himalayas, you must take a ride on the cable cars. If you feel appreciating the beauty of Himalayas from a distance is not satiating enough, you can look for a rather more thrilling alternative. Gun Hill that is located at a height of 400 feet above the Mall brings forth prodigious views of the Doon Valley. You can take a ropeway ride to the Gun Hill to get up and close with the Himalayas. For hikers, there are several interesting trails in Mussoorie. The Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Pari Tibba and Bhadraj Forest are worth every stomp. 

    Leisurely Walks
    Mussoorie is about its fresh air and luscious surroundings. Take a leisurely walk here in the Himalayan range and give your lungs a welcome change they deserve. The beautiful town is a walker’s haven. While you enjoy the fresh mountain air, the very sound of the bells from the Tibetan temples give you the company you deserve. 

    Shopping
    Mussoorie has a lot on offer for the shopping enthusiasts. It never fails to disappoint the shopping enthusiasts. You can collect souvenirs that will remind you of the fun trip in the hills. Right from the brass statues to the antiques, paintings and the ceramic designed items, you can find it all in the shops here. You can find all this and more at the Landour Market, Tibetan Market or Mall Road. 

    Dining and Wining
    Explore, eat, drink and Merry!
    Mussoorie has a plenty on to offer when it comes to food and drinks. You can visit any of those hole in the wall bakeries and indulge yourself in a scrumptious breakfast of cinnamon waffles and Banana Nutella pancakes or try out one of the many cafes here that offer Thai, Chinese and Tibetan delicacies.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Mussoorie Tourism



    Book: Roads to Mussoorie by Ruskin Bond


  • When is the best time to visit Mussoorie?

    In general, Indians associate Mussoorie with summer holidays. However, this place has its own share of charms when you visit in winters and rainy seasons.

     

    April to June: The months ranging from April to June are the best month when you can enjoy a climatic advantage of beating the heats of the plains of India. This is the peak season of the Mussoorie.

     

    August and September: Mussoorie receives more monsoon showers in comparison with rest of the area. These two months can restrict the outdoor activities of the tourists and this is why the traffic remains low during these days.

    Peak Winter Months: Tourists can enjoy the snowfall during this time and have great fun; it is an ideal New Year destination because of its proximity and accessibility with big Cities Like Delhi and Dehradun.

  • How to reach Mussoorie?

    Mussoorie enjoys a great connectivity with the capital of India New Delhi and State Capital Dehradun. Most of the roads are all-weather roads, however, during the rainy season and winters landslides and heavy downpour can cause trouble.

     

    • By Rail: Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest Railway station from the Mussoorie. The distance between Dehradun and Mussoorie is 36 Kilometers and modes of transport are available in plenty.

     

    • By Air: International tourists are required to land at IGI Airport New Delhi. Rest of the India is connected to Mussoorie with Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun.

     

    • By Road: Mussoorie accessible from road routes that are connected to Dehradun.

  • What are the different things/activities to do in Mussoorie?

    You can chalk an itinerary for every day by covering three to four destinations in a day, in all Mussoorie offers 15 happening destinations. Some of the major attractions are as follows.

     

    • Lake Mist: It is a Picnic spot located next to a lake made by small waterfalls, a nice place to spend a day with family and friends.

     

    • Nahata Estate: Cover the highest point of Mussoorie, which is Lal Tibba, and enjoy the panoramic view of Mountains while riding a horse on this trek.

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Mussoorie?

    If you are staying in the heart of the city then there are two or three methods to commutation based on the distance that you want to cover.

     

    • Hire a private or shared Taxi: Most of the major attractions are at a distance of five to six kilometers from the heart of the city, you can hire personal cabs or go for shared cabs for a to and fro package to these places.

     

    • Local Rickshaws: The heart of the town is a walking distance, still if you feel that you are tired enough then you can hire Rickshaws for covering small distances.

     

    • Hire a Taxi for full day Sightseeing: in these packages, they normally cover two to three destinations during a day.

  • Which are the best places for shopping in Mussoorie?

    Mall road and Kurli Bazar area of Mussoorie are the most famous markets, go for window-shopping and get ready for the fun of hard-core bargaining. Most of the shops offer you great souvenirs for your trip.

    • Mall Road: It is the main market of the Mussoorie and you can purchase some items of local handicrafts along with electronic goods etc.

     

    • Tibetan Market: It can be termed as the fashion street of the Mussoorie where you get an access to the latest trends coming from the side of local artisans. If you are seeking for woolen cloths then it is a nice place for that.

     

    • Kulri Bazar: Wine, Dine and shopping, this place offers the best in all the three departments, a happening place where window-shopping becomes a fun.

  • What is the best local cuisine? Where can I get to try it out?

    Garhwali Cuisines and Tibetan cuisines can be considered as the local cuisines for the area. Most of the food items are spicy and rich in calories.

     

    • Hotel Prince: It has a multi-cuisine kitchen where you can try both Garhwali as well as Tibetan food items.
    • Momos Tibetan Restaurant: Try this place for authentic Tibetan style of dishes.
    • New Delhi Sweet Shop: Try this place for multi-cuisine food delights; you can enjoy a variety of local Indian dishes alongside the local dishes of Mussoorie.

  • Which are the famous Wildlife and national parks in Mussoorie?

    Located at the distance of eleven kilometers from the city, Van Chetna Kendra of the Mussoorie gives you an access to a free zoo. Apart from it, you can also plan an excursion trip to two major wildlife attractions located in the area.

    • Benog Wildlife Sanctuary: Home for some of the rarest species of the local flora and fauna, this place has enough reasons to keep you engaged for an entire day.
    • Brentwood Sanctuary: Plan a full daylong picnic to this place and allow the calm of nature to leave an impact on you.

  • What are the famous camping places in Mussoorie?

    Last five years have seen an advent of Camping Tourism in Mussoorie and adjacent areas. Here we are mentioning some major points where camping facilities are available. You can pick and choose as per your choice based on the difficulty levels of each camping site.

     

    Rishikesh

    Rishikesh is a site located next to Dehradun and Haridwar, This place has a religious significance as well.

    You can pick camping packages based on your inclinations. Some of the camping packages are a part of religious tourism map of Uttrakhand.

    Pangot

    It is a luxurious camping option where you can enjoy the proximity to nature and avail basic standards of comfort. All the tents are Swiss made tents with attached western style toilets.

    Dayara Bugyal
    Cover the Tanakpur Range of Uttarakhand and enjoy camping at Dayara Bugyal, this camping site gives you an opportunity to explore the unique flora and fauna of the area along with a close look at the rare species of the birds.

  • What are the adventure sports that can be enjoyed in Mussoorie?

    Most of the local operators promote adventure sports in Mussoorie under the banner of snow adventure sports. Do not be fooled by the name, they are not "winter specific" all the time. It is a regular set of activities that can become a part of your daily itinerary if you are an adventure freak.

    • Sky Walk Adventure: Walk on the tight ropes and test your endurance in a secured environment. A great addition in your afternoons if you are seeking an adrenaline rush.

     

    • Sky Bridge and Valley Crossing: Kids and family members will love this soft adventure activity; it is a cross between a child’s play and slight difficulty while performing an adventure activity.

     

    • Hardcore adventure activities: Hardcore adventure activities like Trekking, Rock Climbing and Rappelling are also available at selected spots in Mussoorie.

  • What are the best famous waterfalls in Mussoorie?

    Mussoorie can be termed as the city of waterfalls, most of the water parks have now become picnic spots. Avoid them during peak holidays because the excessive crowd can spoil the fun of a picnic for you.

     

    • Kempty Falls: Certainly, it is the leader of the pack, it is the most popular waterfall in the city, and however it has become an excessively crowded place these days.
    • Bhatta falls: Relatively new place in the tourism map of Mussoorie, you can also term it as a natural water amusement park as well.
    • Jharipani Fall: Trek for 1.5 Kilometers and feel the bliss of this soothing and calming place where the music of the waterfall will add a new symphony in your life.

  • Which are the famous treks nearby Mussoorie?

    If you are planning to start your stint as a trekker then treks of Mussoorie are just the ideal place that you are looking for, they offer you a soft adventure and great for amateurs who want to learn the ropes of trekking.

     

    • Nag Tibba Trek: One of the most popular treks in the Mussoorie, it has already earned the moniker of being the best weekend trek because of the traffic patterns that it attracted in the last few years.
    • Jwala Devi Temple Trek: A different kind of experience where you will visit a holy shrine and while covering a trek, cook your own meal during the break, have it and start it again. This single statement talks loads about this trek.
    • Hathipaon Night Trek: Enjoy the moon shining while listening to the sound of night wilderness, this trek is a ticket to a different kind of world and it should not be missed at any given point of time.

  • What is the best time to enjoy snowfall in Mussoorie?

    The months of December, January and February are the best time to enjoy the snowfall in Mussoorie. However, the patterns of the snowfall in the last few years showed some discouraging results because this place did not receive enough snowfall. It has become unpredictable in many ways. Just keep an eye on national newspapers for the snowfall. The previous trend shows that peak snowfall period of Mussoorie has shifted towards mid-January in last few years.

Traveller Tales from Mussoorie

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Archan Nambeesan

10 May 2016

What an experience it was. we came across a lot of greenery items in between that was looking cool but were poisonous. The trail was marked and guide was with us so the whole experience was like exploring any known world. Snaps we took at the peak was great, behind us was a cloudy view, making the photographs awesome.

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Rukhmani Adiga

20 May 2016

Best suitable for beginners, but care is required while trekking. We had taken all safety measures before the trip and no doubt we had awesome experience.

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Govinda Pandey

03 December 2015

·Offering exciting adventure sports, Snow Adventure Zone, Mussoorie promises to offer an enthralling experience to those who are young at heart and adventuresome. Loved to be there with my friends.

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Vidhya Bandopadhyay

17 November 2015

The great Himalayas will always play hide and seek with you when you get here! It is so beautiful and stunning that its hard to believe it exists in India! Had a lot of fun!

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Jitendra Khatri

03 November 2015

I had a great time, every activity was intriguing and the never ending adventure was all breathtaking views of the valleys, trees and meadows, truly a sight for sore eyes. A big thanks to everyone who was the part of my adventurous trip.

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Gautam Shah

27 January 2016

I was looking for some beauty and adventure, far from the metro noise and Nagtibba trek was a combination of both. Enjoyed a lot with my family.

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Akshayakeerti Iyengar

12 April 2016

Nagtibba trek was like walking on clouds, really the beauty of the place lies among the straight mountains and curvey valleys. The people i met there were really nice to me, one of the awesome travelling experience of my life. Hope to visit those mountains soon.

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Brajendra Bharadwaj

06 May 2016

The place offers some of the best thrilling and adventurous activities there like the Sky Bridge, Zip Swing, Zip Line, Sky Walk, Valley Crossing, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, ATV (Quad Bikes). We also participated in some fun activities there. Loved to be there.

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Aagam Rana

28 December 2015

Trekking was difficult to me, lower grounds are quite good to stay. Enjoyed the stay but not the trek.

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