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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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Mussoorie offers amazing trekking tours. You can trek through the verdant jungles in Dhanaulti. Various adventure activities can be conducted at the campsite such as rappelling, rock climbing, valley crossing, Burma Bridge etc. This trek takes you right inside the forest where you can see various types’ of trees. Other well known treks in Mussoorie are:
One of the best places for camping in Mussoorie is Dhanaulti. At the campsite, several activities such as rock climbing, rafting, trekking rappelling, valley crossing, Burma Bridge, Commando net, Parallel rope etc. The thrill of camping draws a lot of tourists to Mussoorie
You can enjoy several water sports in Mussoorie such as rafting, angling etc. The rivers in this area flow through thick forest and rocky terrain. If you want to indulge in rafting activity Dhauliganga, Alaknanda and Kali present very tough rapids. Yamuna River and Aglar River offer good opportunities for fishing.
Mussoorie offers amazing opportunity for paragliding. You can sit on a two seater glider plane and enjoy your joyride with the professional pilots who have more than 3000 hours of flying experience.
Short flight is for 20 -30 minutes and costs INR5000 per person
Long flight is for 50-60 minutes and costs INR 10,000 per person
Mountaineering and rock climbing can be done at Snow Adventure Zone in Buranskhanda near Dhanaulti.
Other popular sites for rock climbing are:
Lal Tibba is in fact one of the highest points in Mussoorie. It is located in Landour region of Mussoorie. If you wish to do rock climbing and mountaineering in this area have to take permission as this area is hub of activities of Indian Military services. The view from the summit is simply spectacular.
There are several places in Mussoorie where you can get good food. If you wish to have Italian food you must try eating joints such as Little Llama Café, Café Ivy etc. For Chinese cuisine Kalsang is a very good option. For fine dining you must visit JW Café, Regency Restaurant, Nostradamus, Trout House Grill & Bar etc. For affordable eating go to places such as Funjabi Tandoorzz, Lovely Omelette Centre, Seegreen Café, Mom’s Kitchen etc. There is multi- cuisine restaurant known as Café De Tavern where you get excellent American, Italian, Fast food etc.
Kempty Falls is located at a height of 4,500 ft. This beautiful waterfall falls down from a height of 40 ft. It is present on Dehradun-Mussoorie route. The lovely view has made this waterfall one of the most prominent tourist spots of Mussoorie.Jharipani falls is located close to Mussoorie. Boarding schools such as Wynberg Allen, St George’s and Oak Grove are located quite nearby.
Best aerial adventure tours are available in Sky Ride Mussoorie Adventure Park located at Library Chowk. Here you can book your zip line ride which will take you from one point to another at a speed of 90km/hr. Ziplining across forests of pine, deodar, alpine, rhododendron offers an amazing experience.
Then you can do other aerial adventure sports such as skywalking, zip swinging, paragliding etc. In skywalking you walk on a 360 ft single wire rope which is put at a height of 120 ft. Even though you are wearing security harness, walking with free hands is not at all easy.
For wildlife experience you must visit the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary. It is situated at a distance of 11 km from the Library Point. Basically, Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the well known Rajaji National Park. You will see rare variety of animals here such as the Himalayan goat, deer, panther, bear, leopard, bear etc. This park offers you an amazing wildlife experience. You will also get to see several exotic and native birds, such as White Capped Water Redstart, red-billed blue magpie etc. The sanctuary is open for public viewing all days of the week and from 7.00A.M to 5.00P.M. Then another site for wildlife adventure is Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve which takes you away from the maddening frenzy of city life right amidst the nature.
For a spiritual experience in Mussoorie you must visit Soham Heritage & Art Centre. The place offers you a break from stressful lifestyle. You must also visit spiritual retreats of Rishikesh and Dhanaulti. Both these places offer a calming experience. Bathe on the banks of River
Ganges and feel rejuvenated. As per legend Lord Rama did his penance at Rishikesh. Ganga Aarti is done daily at Triveni Ghat. It is divine experience to be a part of this ritual. In Dhanaulti, you must visit the Dashavtar Temple which is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. Visit to this temple evokes s definite sense of spiritualism
There are several places in Mussoorie where you can enjoy walking:
These are some of the places in Mussoorie where you can go for walking with friends and family. In fact the real beauty of Mussoorie can be best explored on foot. You must visit the scenic spots in order to fully experience the real beauty of Mussoorie.
The best areas for shopping in Mussoorie are:
You will get just about everything in Mussoorie. From jewellery to books, clothes, memorabilia, handicrafts etc you name a thing and it is available in Mussoorie. Just right below the Mall Road there is a huge Tibetan Market located. Here you get interesting stuff such as shawls, windcheaters, sleeping bags, kid’s clothes etc all at reasonable prices.
Yes, you must visit the roller skating rink on your Mussoorie tour. The activity is lot of fun. It can be done by people of any age group provided you know how to do skating. This open air skating rink is quite popular among the locals as well as the tourists. It is located at Kulri Bazaar. You can also visit Jaypee Resort’s Skating rink.
Mussoorie is a haven for honeymooners. There is so much that they can do on their honeymoon tour. Some of the activities which can be done on Mussoorie honeymoon tour are:
These are some of the things which honeymooners can do in Mussoorie.
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