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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

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    Mussoorie Tourism



    Book: Roads to Mussoorie by Ruskin Bond


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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