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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
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
Nearest Railhead: Balawala Railway Station Junction
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Below mentioned are the best places/things to do in Mussoorie:
The thunderous Kempty falls, located amongst scenic surroundings, are a must-visit while in Mussoorie.
Revered for its jaw-dropping views, the highest peak in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba also has a Japanese telescope to give tourists a clearer view of its breath-taking environs.
Cable-car rides, rope suspension and sky bridges add to the sightseeing experience in Mussoorie. Kempty Falls, Happy Valley, Gun Hill and Mussoorie Lake are popular spots for the same. Mussoorie lake has a small waterfall nearby and is a picture perfect locale. Camel’s Back Rd. is frequented by tourism photographers for the stunning views it provides.
Mussoorie is known for its wide array of adventure sports including trekking and hiking on Lal Tibba, besides the Har ki dun trek and Dodital trek. Its also replete with adventure activities like ziplining, rope walking, sky bridging, rappelling and rafting.
Vestiges of the Tibetan settlement in Mussoorie are evident here. Happy Valley is a Buddhist area, quaint in its far-eastern charm. It’s also a pretty place lined by oak and deodar trees and decorated with small eateries at every nook and corner.
Admire the splendid architecture and stained glass display at Christ Church.
An erstwhile house, now a museum, this place belonged to Sir Everest after whom the mountain is named. The museum has an interesting collection of photographs and artefacts.
Pay a visit to this house of worship which has a shrine of Lord Durga.
The Mall Road in Mussoorie is a shopper’s delight. In addition, there are Landour and Kulri Bazaar, which sell eclectic woollens, windcheaters and shawls, apart from antique curios, period furniture and rustic jewellery.
This picturesque lake, cradled by the nearby forest, makes for an idyllic picnic locale. Enjoy boating here.
The gardens are picture-perfect and boast a variety of flowers such as peony, dahlia, petunia and pansy. The ticket is Rs. 5/person.
Mussoorie is replete with innumerable adventure activities and sports. Some of the most adrenalizing things to do here include:
Mussoorie makes for an ideal trekking destination, barring the months of monsoon. Scaling Lal Tibba, the highest peak here, is an unparalleled experience. Other camping and trekking options include Dodital Trek, Yamunotri Saptarishi Kund Trek, Har ki dun Trek et cetera.
The serene and salubrious ambience of this hill station makes it a wholesome place for a stroll or a bicycle ride. Some of the prettiest tracks here are from Happy Valley to Library Rd, from Valley View to Clouds End and from Waverly Convent to Company Bagh.
This is a thrilling ropewalk, over a 350 ft long wire rope, at a height of almost 120!
This is a rapid, fun activity for true adventure travellers. You are harnessed with the help of a rope and then made to slide down it at a speed of 50 kmph.
Zip Swinging is an uber bingo as it combines the thrill of a giant swing with the kick of zip lining.
Mussoorie is studded with rocks of all sizes, making it conducive to the sports of rappelling and rock climbing.
At Burans Khanda, there are many caves, set in haunting alpine forests that tourists can explore and enjoy as a group activity.
The rugged contouring and steep valleys in this area make ATV and mountain biking more exciting and pleasurable.
There is nothing like the aerial adventure of paragliding for a spectacular view of the hill station! The costs range from Rs. 2000-10000 per head.
The waters of Mussoorie are excellent spots for boating, fishing and river rafting!
Mussoorie has India’s largest roller-skating rink. The Rink in Kulri Bazaar and Jaypee Resorts are popular venues for this activity.
Famous campsites in Mussoorie are on the way to Lal Tibba, Nag Tibba Summit, Bhadraj Temple and Forest Trek, Har ki dun Trek, Dodital Trek and even en route Sir George Everest’s house.
Lal Tibba, Nag Tibba summit, Har ki dun, Dodital, Yamunotri Saptarishi Kund, Jwali Devi Temple and Jabharkhet Nature Reserve trek are the most adventurous options in Mussoorie.
While the highlights of most is scaling the rugged mountains, Jabharket Trek promises education about the flora and fauna of Jabharkhet Wildlife Sanctuary and is a must for nature lovers.
The best corporate team outings are both pleasurable and exciting. Adventure parks make for good excursions as these include outdoor sports such as abseiling, rock climbing, sky bridging and rope walking.
In addition, trekking to Lal Tibba is an enthralling group activity and so is walking through the roads of Happy Valley, soaking in the Buddhist culture. Also, Mussoorie hosts many winemaking workshops throughout and vinification can make for an offbeat corporate outing.
Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
The verdant pine forests of Benog Sanctuary, overflowing with the bounty of an active ecosystem, makes the place is a must visit for nature enthusiasts. The Sanctuary is home to the Ghurul, Leopard Himalayan Bear, Panther and also very rarely, the exotic Mountain Quail.
Jabharkhet Wildlife Sanctuary
This reserve makes for a great trekking and camping destination in addition to its complete wildlife. You may spot leopards at night in this sanctuary. The flora and fauna here boasts leopards, langurs, black bear, porcupines and martens. The forest is covered in thick growth of rhododendron and berry and fruit trees. Birdwatchers and laymen alike will notice flocks of thrushes, jays, magpies, songbirds and exotic species of vultures.
Lal Tibba scenic Point, Mussoorie Lake and the nearby Lakhamandal, are areas in and around Mussoorie, conducive to the aerial adventure of paragliding.
Costs range from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 10,000 per person depending on duration of flight.
Mussoorie to Dhanaulti makes for a scenic and fun biking tour. In addition,
Purkal-Rajpur Bike Tour
Covers a distance of 35 km and acquaints you with the Uttarakhand village life.
George Everest Bike Tour
One of the best for adventure tourists, this tour starts from Barlowganj and is a long bike trail. It includes a visit to the Nag Devta temple and a scenic trip down the road towards Waverly School.
Chhasket Bike Tour
Begins from Clouds End and makes for a serene trail that culminates in the quaint village of Chhasket.
Mountain Quail Bike Trail
This is a trail circuit that traverses the Vinog Sanctuary and is a treat for nature lovers.
Kempty Falls offer various sizes of rock, suited to climbing. The area near Buddhist Temple also makes for a great location for rock climbing. Burans Khanda also has potential for the sport. Apart from natural rock climbing, there are many adventure resorts that provide this activity in Mussoorie.
Burans Khanda is a great destination for rappelling in Mussoorie apart from Kempty Falls and the area at the backside of Camelback Road. Snow Adventure Zone also offers various degrees of rappelling and rock climbing.
Snow adventure zone is a resort known for its wide range of adrenalizing sports for adventure tourists. It provides an array of activities including Skywalking, Ziplining, Paintball, Rappelling, Rock Climbing, Caving, Trekking and Mountain Biking.
Costs depend on the type of activity, but mostly range from Rs. 300-1000/ride.
Mussoorie is popular for freshwater fishing. The Aglar River and Yamuna River offer good catch.
The hill station is known for its Trout, Maund and Mahseer fish.
The best areas for ziplining in Mussoorie are at Kempty Falls and Happy Valley. This are offered by Mussoorie Adventure Park and Snow Adventure Zone, among other outdoor sports centres.
Charges are Rs. 300 onwards for zip lining and zip swinging.
Traveller Tales From Mussoorie
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 explor...
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 travelli...
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 pa...
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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