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Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie of 2017

  • Affectionately called the 'Queen of Hills', Mussoorie is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. While the mighty range adds to Mussoorie's alluring beauty and charm, its pleasant and delightful climate makes it one of the most sought after hill stations around Delhi and in the country as well. During a visit to this hilly retreat, one can enjoy the most panoramic views of the Shivalik ranges and the Doon Valley.

    Attractions: Hills and Mountains, Waterfalls, Lakes, Heritage Buildings and the Mall

    Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Waterfall Tours

    Distance from Delhi: 270km

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

  • 01 Benog Wildlife Sanctuary

    Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the much popular Rajaji National Park. The park is a home to a couple of rare and common fauna such as the Himalayan goat, panther, leopard, deer and bear. This is today the most visited tourist destinations in the hill station of Mussoorie. You can spot several exotic and indigenous birds here including the red-billed blue magpie, mountain quails and White Capped Water Redstart that make this place a paradise for bird watchers. 

    Location: The Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 11 km from Library Point.

    Highlights: Besides the huge pine and fir trees, this wildlife sanctuary is filled with a number of medicinal plants. From this sanctuary one can catch spectacular views of the ice caped Chaukhamba and Bandarpunch peaks. Greenery, rate avifauna and the rich fauna make this place a must visit.

    Best Time: The park is open on all days between 07:00 am – 05:00 pm.


  • 02 Jharipani Falls

    The enchanting Jharipani Fall offers a splendid view of the Shivalik Range, shrubs, creepers and the species of wild flowers. On the other end of the waterfall lies the beautiful Doon Valley and step farming fields that amplify the beauty of the place. 

    Location: Jharipani Falls is located near the Jharipani village and is about 7 km away from Mussoorie.

    Highlights: The Jharipani Falls is an ideal place for practicing some adventure sports and picnicking. It is definitely a must visit for all. With the backdrop of the scenic waterfalls, forested hills and the tranquility of the nature, make it a sight to capture in photographs.

    Best Time: This Jharipani Falls is open on all days from sunrise to the sunset. However, the morning hours when the climate is a little cool can be the best suited time for visit.

    Cost: There is no entry fee levied for exploring the Jharipani Fall.


  • 03 Bhatta falls

    Bhatta falls is a recently developed picnic spot located close to Mussoorie. It has today become a great tourist attraction for anyone who visits the city. The picturesque beauty that envelopes this place is bound to leave the visitors spell bound.

    Location: It is Located about 7 km from Mussoorie and lies on the Mussoorie-Dehradun Road. The Bhatta falls is 27 km from the Dehradun railway station and 50 km from the Jolly Grant Airport.

    Highlights: The Bhatta falls is a trekkers' paradise as you’ll have to walk some kms in order to reach the place. After you reach here, there are plenty of things that you can do to recreate yourself in the lush greenery and the beauty of the place. You can even splash in the freshwater of the Bhatta Falls. It has some small eateries where visitors can enjoy the delicious noodles, boiled eggs, soup, tea or coffee.

    Cost: Entry is free here.


  • 04 Mussoorie Lake

    Mussoorie Lake is the freshly developed tourist spot developed by the City Board. It is an ideal destination or boating or a day out for picnic. This is regarded as the A one lake and is visited by a number of visitors all round the year. There are some shops that sell eateries here.

    Location: The Mussoorie Lake is located just 6 km before Mussoorie in the Dehradun- Mussoorie road. It is in close proximity to the Dehradun Railway Station (28 km) and Jolly Grant Airport (50 kms).

    Highlights: The Mussoorie Lake allows you to steal some quiet and romantic moments with your loved one.

    Best Time: It is open all round the year. Ideal time to carry out boating in the lake is from 8 in the morning to 7 in the evening. Place looks even more beautiful during the rainy season.

    Price: Entry to the Mussoorie lake is paid at INR 15 per person.


  • 05 George Everest's House

    George Everest's House is set at the Mall Road and has long been the home to the much popular Welsh surveyor and geographer, Sir George Everest. The geographer just couldn’t stay untouched by the scenic beauty of the Mussoorie and hence planned to live here for thirty years. His house is today one of the most popular tourist spots.

    Location: The George Everest's House is situated about 6 km from Library Bazaar and can be reached easily via cars or rented taxi. On one side of the Sir George Everest House lies the verdant Aglar River valley and on the other end lies the snow-capped Himalayas.

    Highlights: The George Everest's House was built in the year 1832 and this building showcases some of the most interesting facts about the life and the personality of Sir George Everest.

    Best Time: It is open all days of the week from 10 AM to 6 PM.


  • 06 The Mall road

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    The Mall road is the central hub of the Mussoorie and is definitely a must visit on your trip to the city. It has a bunch of places, couple of things and plenty of activities to do when on a vacation to the Mall Road.

    Location: The Mall road is located at a distance of some 15 km from the Kempty Falls.

    Highlights: The visit to the Mall road is enough to give you greater insight to the city. There are a bunch of restaurants, shops and other establishments located here. Some of the hotels found here include Hotel Silver Rock, Hotel Hamers, Honeymoon Inn, Hotel Drive Inn, Tulip Inn Green Castle, Hotel Mall palace, Howard International and more. The restaurants that you can try include the Kalsang, The Rice Bowl, Udupi restaurant. You can try out a range of dishes from all parts of the country here.



    Best Time: Can be visited at any hour of the day.


  • 07 Happy Valley

    Happy Valley is exceptionally popular for housing the Municipal Garden, IAS Academy and the Tibetan temples. It is very popular for the estates, temples and the gardens. The tourists who visit this place can also take a walk to the Kala School from Happy Valley that leads to the Hathipaon Park Estate.

    Location: Happy Valley is situated on the western side of the Library Point. From there on it leads to the Cloud’s End which is a place where the geographical borders of Mussoorie cease.

    Highlights: Some key facilities available at the Happy Valley include the bathroom facilities, lockers or storage facility and more. Length of your journey to the Happy Valley can be about 1 to 2 hours.

    Best Time: The most ideal time to visit the Happy Valley is during the month of March and June. Choose to explore the Happy Valley during the day hours.


  • 08 Bhadraj Hill

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    Besides the regular fare of extremely picturesque mountain-views, the Bhadraj trekking trail leads you into contrasting landscapes. While the northern slopes are carpeted with dense forests, vast grasslands are characteristic of the southern slopes. The Milkman’s Trail is highly used by trekking enthusiasts, and the best season to visit is post-monsoon—although it’s open throughout the year. Bhadraj Hill provides much-needed respite from Delhi’s insolent summer sun, and is of moderate difficulty.

    Distance from Delhi: 332 Kilometers approximately

    Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station



  • 09 Library Bazaar

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    Library Bazaar is the focal taxi and the bus terminal points to enter the township of Mussoorie. Popularly known as the KitaabGhar, the Library Bazaar is so called library found in the 1843 that is present on the first floor of the fantastic building. This is also one of the few libraries found in India.

    Location: The Library Bazaar is beautifully tucked between the Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Gurudwara Singh Sabha, the Amania mosque and the Christ church. It stretches up to the Mall road and is popular for its vegetarian and non-vegetarian serving restaurant, luxury and budget hotels, fancy showrooms, gift shops, dhabas, and the small shops to cater to the daily needs of the consumers. 

    Highlights: The architecture of the library bazaar speaks volumes about the colonial association of the building.

    Best Time: The library is open on all days between 09:00 am – 08:00 pm.

    Price: There is no entry fee.


  • 10 Gun Hill

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    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.


  • 11 Benog Tibba

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    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



  • 12 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.


    Top Things To Do in Shedup Choepelling Temple

  • 13 Mussoorie Heritage Centre

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    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.


    Top Things To Do in Mussoorie Heritage Centre

  • 14 Lal Tibba

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    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.


  • 15 Camel's Back Road

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    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.


  • 16 Camels Back Road

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    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.

  • 17 Mussoorie

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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



  • Nearby Getaways from Mussoorie
  • 01 Manali

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    Located at a colossal height above the sea level, Manali is considered to be a popular, gripping and rejoicing hill stations in India. Surrounded by lofty hills and woods, the picturesque charm of the best tourist places to visit in Manali has grabbed the world’s attention making it the most visited destinations in India. The immaculate river Beas flows through the town that creates an enthralling and fascinating sight. Nuzzled at one end of Kullu Valley, Manali is a beautiful attraction in comparison to Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley that is situated nearby. Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley are two beautiful locations that are wrapped in snow throughout the year making it a good experience for the travelers.

     

    Manali is an ideal place for the tourists who are looking to rejuvenate and unwind in the scenic beauty. With multitude options for the tourists who are on a continuous lookout for adventurous activities in Manali like skiing, hiking, zorbing, rafting, and gliding, the town also acts as a harbor for numerous devotees. A home to a lot of temples like Raghunath temple and Jagannathi Devi Temple, Manali calls to be an enticing place for the devotees. A fourteenth-century temple, Hadimba Temple is famous for wooden architecture and for religious teachings, values, culture, and tradition. Also referred to as the base town for Manali-Leh highway, Manali acts as the most beautiful tourist destinations. Through Lahaul and Spiti highland, the districts of Lahaul and Spiti can easily be accessed from Manali during summers.

     

    Also known, as the Mistress of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a retrospective town that quarries at a height of around 2050 meters. Favoured with spectacular natural beauty comprising of the magnificent snow-covered pinnacle of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar, fruit orchards, thick woods, alluring hamlets and pasture carpeted with relishing wildflowers, Manali comes across to be a destination offering breathtaking vistas. With the best tourist places to visit in Manali at affordable tour packages, a blend of old and new, it is an ideal destination for adventurous junkies and honeymooners.

  • 02 New Delhi

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    While travelling and touring across India is an experience in itself, landing in the country’s capital and exploring it could prove to be an indelible memoir. A symbol of country’s rich past and thriving present, Delhi is a place where ancient and modern blends seamlessly together. Old Delhi, with its labyrinth of narrow lanes, old havelis, and colourful bazaars, gives you a glimpse of the past.

     

    New Delhi, on the other hand, is a striking mix of conventions, political significance and engineering brightness. When it comes to tourist places in New Delhi, one would be spoilt for choice as there are various options to hang out or for sightseeing. There would never be dearth of tourist options.

     

    With the myriad of places to visit, the tourist places in Delhi attracts lots of travellers worldwide. It won't just captivate you but will keep you astounded with its vibrant cultures. From historical landmarks to swarmed shopping centres and from Mughal patio nurseries to Delhi University grounds, this vibrant city is known for providing tourists exactly what they want. Let the glimpse of history touch your soul, political aura make you powerful and winds of north tingle your spine. Visit New Delhi once and you won’t regret it.

  • 03 Leh

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    Leh is a dream destination for many travellers in India and even for those who are visiting from overseas. It is not just a destination for solo travellers but has so much to offer to young travellers, families and couples alike. Leh is famous for its high altitudes and numerous passes connecting various locations in this difficult terrain. To explore the best tourist places in Leh, one must visit this frozen paradise to explore its secrets and admire its breath-taking beauty.

     Despite its harsh weather and inaccessibility, it remains a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world. But make sure you are physically fit to endure the harsh weather and difficult terrains of Leh.You must be wondering why visit this place is perfect when the terrain is difficult to navigate. Well you must visit this place because not only is it a pocket friendly tourist destination, (provided you book in advance), it is sparsely crowded even during peak season and the local hosts are committed to ensure you to have a terrific experience.

     Leh is a dream destination for many travellers and the holy grail for the adventure enthusiasts. If you are a photography enthusiast then Leh is the paradise you have been waiting for all your life. There isn’t much to offers in terms of nature or wildlife photography, but what you can capture instead is vast empty canvas that you can paint.

     The landscape here is unlike anywhere in India and worldwide and so much of it is still undiscovered and undocumented. In addition to the mesmerizing landscape, there are many turquoise blue lakes, beautifully constructed monasteries, snow-covered mountains and unimaginable sights that change every few kilometres. It’s safe, economical and you can travel here by yourself, or with your friends, families and even that someone special. The tourist places in Leh will leave you mesmerised by its beauty.

  • 04 Ladakh

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    Ladakh, the erstwhile Buddhist kingdom is spectacularly jagged. Arid mountains, dramatically crowned rocky outcrops, picturesque gompas, meditational mani walls and multi hued flags are few of the many sites that exemplify the beauty of Ladakh. The well balanced traditional society of Ladakh has much to offer the West in terms of ecological awareness.

    Ladakh is a magnificent and an unexplored wonderland of the Himalayas. It is one place that is considered as a heaven by everyone who is on a lookout to satiate their indomitable love for adventure. Besides trekking in Ladakh, you can indulge in a series of adventure sports such as biking, water rafting, safaris, etc. Also known as the ‘Land of Passes, Ladakh forms an alluring part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.  

    Situated at an elevation of 2750 - 7672 meters above sea level, Ladakh is indeed blessed with incredible topography that comprises of hilly terrains, high altitude peaks and the lush green grasslands. Adventure fanatics from across the globe visit Ladakh as there are plethora of trek trails and trekking options available here.

    Set amidst snow capped hills, Ladakh is the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is dotted with a number of colorful monasteries. Some of the popular tourist hotspots in Ladakh include Alchi and Nubra Valley. Apart from this, Ladakh is also a land that is popular for the rich heritage and culture. It is home to the rare wildlife including the Tibetan antelope, ibex and yak.

    Still unadulterated by modernity, Ladakh is where you’ll experience life coming to a standstill when you directly communicate with the nature and serenity around.


  • 05 Haridwar

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    The ancient city of Haridwar in Uttarakhand has been a major Hindu pilgrimage site for centuries. Located where the sacred River Ganga emerges from the base of the Himalayas, it’s considered one of the 7 Sapta Puri. The Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12 years, is also celebrated here. The sacred city of Haridwar offers a colourful and fascinating blend of culture and offers the best tourist places in Haridwar. Being one of the seven holiest cities in India, Haridwar often bustles with devotees. It propitious location near the holy River Ganga has made it gain more popularity.

     With the passage of time, it has become more than just a religious city, where people thronged to perform immersion of the ashes or took a dip in the water to wash away their sins. It has in fact evolved into Yoga, cultural and spiritual centre and has also become a prime hub for learning Sanskrit language The modern day, Haridwar is the reflection of the culture of India and thus offer much to its visitors. Here is the list of best 12 places that one must see in this holy city.

    While religion plays an important role in Haridwar – many visitors are pilgrims and devotees – there’s more to this holy city. The cuisine is excellent and food lovers eager to try authentic Indian fare will find their palates satiated many times over. Travelers in search of yoga ashrams and centers hoping to improve their physical and mental health won’t be left wanting either. If you’re eager to experience the tourist places in Haridwar, read on to know the best time to visit, how to get here and where to stay.

  • 06 Kullu

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    For anyone who likes hill stations, Tourist places in Kullu are treasures. This popular tourist destination in Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most visited hill areas of the country too. Known for its panorama and an open valley, Kullu offers you with the best that nature can. Add to that the wonderfully cool weather of this hill station and you will have a perfect destination to spend your vacation. Pine and deodar trees cover most of the hills. This creates the perfect most view of lushness that can charm your mind and turn your stay into a memory for ages.At 1230 meters, Kullu surely has a weather that can be considered perfect, even more so during the summer. You have the untainted river streams that will accompany you as you travel through the town. Their rhythm will surely turn the mountain roads even more enjoyable and adventurous. There’s hardly any travel enthusiast in India who hasn’t heard the names Kullu and Manali, the other one being the sister city to Kullu. Most tourists cover both of these hill stations together, but, Kullu is mostly the first one to visit because it’s located on a comparatively lower altitude.

     

    Kullu is also a dream destination for those who like adventure. The existence of forests, rivers, and hills surely creates the perfect opportunity to look for thrill. This only magnifies the striking landscape of this town and attracts more and more tourists. Tourist places in Kullu are very well connected to the other hill areas nearby. Hence, the travelers use this small town as their base for covering this side of Himachal Pradesh. There are some very famous temples and other tourist destination in this area which are not only beautiful but also have religious and historical worth. Kullu has all of these and more to fulfill your travel dreams.

  • 07 Dehradun

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    When one speaks about a family vacation, the first few things that strike one’s mind are green trees, blue skies, chilly weather, great food and a place where you can forget all your woes and calm down. This holiday destination is among those that fall under the category of delivering this experience to its visitors.

    Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun which is the capital of Uttarakhand is known for its beautiful climate and the lovely landscapes it encompasses. One of the most astonishing facts about this place however, is that it is also one of the most important education hubs in the whole of India. How a place so small and petite be able to give a tough competition to other financial sectors of India is truly unimaginable.

    Dehradun lies in Doon Valley which is located on a varying height of approximately 410m. The region is especially known for its climate. While one will experience a pleasant cool weather in Dehradun, the city is often times referred to as the ‘Rainy city of India’ due to the continuous rainfalls especially during monsoons.

    Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. In the recent years – there was a sense of construction boom that took place wherein endless residential property emerged in the city. Modern buildings have gradually been constructed making up for the good portions of Dehradun.


  • 08 Shimla

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    The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is often cited as one of the most popular hill stations in North India. Nestled amidst the gorgeous hills and verdant forests, Shimla is a favorite destination for honeymooners and families alike. With the best places to visit in Shimla, this former summer capital of the British in India is one of the most aesthetically planned cities blessed with the captivating beauty of nature. Perched at the height of 2200 meters, Shimla is known to take your breath away for its scenic landscapes. Surrounded by snow capped peaks and serene valleys, Shimla is rightly called the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. With a perfect amalgamation of colonial heritage and natural beauty, Shimla offers a unique holiday experience amidst the spectacular cool hills. It has imposing aged buildings, imperial Viceregal Lodges, fascinating iron lamp posts, regal bakeries and coffee houses which add to the list of allures of Shimla.

     

    The city is also blessed to be one of the most beautiful train routes in the world with the historic toy train that links Kalka with Shimla through 105 tunnels and many beautiful rail & road stations. The historic temples located in the midst of picturesque valleys are bound to leave any tourist overwhelmed in Shimla. Some of the popular tourist attractions within the city are Church, Sankat Mochan, Jakhoo temple, The Ridge of Shimla, The Mall Road, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and Himachal State Museum. Shimla is also used as a base to cover other nearby places like Chail, Kufri, Naldehra, Mashobra, Tattapani and Narkanda. The verdant natural beauty of Shimla creates a fascinating aura that is unparalleled as compared to most hill stations in India. Offering one of the most versatile and vibrant tourist experiences, the picturesque hill station of Shimla boasts of enticing tourists and finding the top spot in every tourist’s bucket list. Find out all you need to know about the best places to visit in Shimla for an awe inspiring vacation destination here.

  • 09 Rishikesh

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    Rishikesh, counted among as the best tourist places, is commonly referred to as the World Capital of Yoga. Rishikesh is a small town situated in the northern state of Uttarakhand. The small town runs alongside the holy river of Ganga and is laced with numerous temples and places of worship. Rishikesh’s first claim to fame was when the Beatles, a famous International Music Band, visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram located in this scenic town.

     

    Rishikesh is also synonymous with the mythology of Lord Ram and Laxman and is also home to the famous Laxman Jhula (Swing). Among the tourist places in Rishikesh, they can see the remains of this century old, swing, although it is not open to the public. In its place, a new sturdier bridge has been built and is also named as the Laxman Jhula. Other than the pilgrimage sites, Rishikesh is famous for its white river water rafting and river side camping. There are numerous companies that offer camping and rafting tours and these activities are famous amongst youngsters and families with young children.

     

    If rafting and camping is not your thing, need not worry, as there are many yoga ashrams in the vicinity that offer many yoga retreat programs. They vary in duration and the ashrams offer an all-inclusive package including accommodation and meals. It’s the perfect setup for one to relax and connect with your inner self. Daily activities including yoga sessions, meditation session, chanting, spiritual guidance etc.

     

    But if neither of these activities appeal to you Rishikesh is also home to some of the best spa resorts in the country. These resorts are the epitome of luxury and you will truly feel like royalty here. In fact, if you are looking for a weekend getaway with your significant other then you should head to one of these resorts. These resorts are also included in tourist places in Rishikesh as they have all-inclusive packages that include spa session. Everything you need is available on site, you never have to leave the resort.

  • 10 Gurgaon

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    The financial and technological hub of India, Gurgaon is a place situated in Northern India near the capital city of India. Amongst the tourist places in Gurgaon, Kingdom of dreams is a must go place in Gurgaon which is the first live entertaining place of the country. It has museums, shopping malls and many places for sightseeing. It also has bird sanctuaries named Sultanpur National park which is a place to stay for many migrating birds. Nautanki Mahal and Epicentre are very traditional and entertaining events which take place in
    the city.

     

    It has routes in Bollywood also as famous Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao was born in Gurugram which is situated near Gurgaon. The people of Gurgaon, belong to Hinduism and this the Hindu religion is strongly followed in Gurgaon. But it has not confined itself only
    to Hinduism; it has Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity etc.

     

    In order to dedicate respect to Guru Dronacharya, a famous temple has also been constructed and taken care of in Gurgaon. This place is called Sheetla Mata Mandir which is very famous and tops the list of religious tourist places in Gurgaon. Tau Devi Lal stadium and Nehru stadiums have been constructed to promote cricket, football, basketball, athletics and also football. It has so much interest in sports and games and that's why is also titled as “The heart of India’s golfing country.” Before planning a trip to Gurgaon, some of the pre-trip preparation should be done which is as follows:

  • 11 Nainital

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    Nainital, the hill resort town in the district of the same name, derives its name from the emerald, glassy, eye-shaped lake(tal) which the town is built around. The British Sugar trader, P. Baron, founded the town in the year 1841 and thank God that he did! There could not be a better getaway spot from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The moment you enter Nainital district, you step into a new, parallel world. With the best tourist places to visit in Nainital, the transition to scenic splendour of the likes of the place is a treat to the senses, a characteristic balming bliss of an experience that one can only understand through live experience. No wonder then that the Kumaon Himalayas are regarded as “devbhoomi” ( land of the Gods), a divine manifestation of the most intricate natural laws, working for millennia, to carve out the perfect cradle in the arms of the lofty peaks, who remain standing as sentinels, offering solace and inspiring awe in humanity.

     Nainital’s appeal comes across as no less than a dreamscape. The British elites had used the location as a retreat during the harsh summers of the Indian mainland once upon a time, and the tradition remains alive for native Indians, as well as our foreign guests to this day. With the changing climatic patterns ushering in harsher summers, Nainital as a easily accessible and highly affordable getaway vacation spot appears as no less than a prayer answered. With the best tourist places to visit in Nainital, the Naina Devi temple, St John in Wilderness, Hanuman Garhi for the pious ones, Mall road market,Tibetan market for the spendthrift ones, Naini Lake, Nainital Zoo, Jim Corbett National Park, Snow View point for the nature and adventure lovers, Nainital has a very inclusive agenda in terms of provisions - there is something for everyone.

  • 12 Dharamshala

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    Experience a serene vacation exploring the exquisiteness of nature with a vacation in the picturesque Dharamshala. Situated at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level, Dharamshala lies on the scenic stretch of land of Kangra Valley making tourists spellbound for its spectacular beauty. Often cited as the ‘Little Lhasa of India’, Dharamshala is popularly known as the holy residence of the exiled Tibetan monk Dalai Lama. With the backdrop of the breathtaking Dhauladhar ranges, Dharamshala is the one of the most tranquil destinations which you will find in North India, the perfect amalgamation of natural beauty and culture. Surrounded by thick deodar cedar trees and the snow capped peaks which decorate the landscape, the quaint city is visited by thousands of tourists to beat the summer blues and explore the best places to visit in Dharamshala.

    The city of Dharamshala is divided into two parts, the lower division is the Dharamsala town whereas the upper division is known as Mcleodganj. Blessed with spectacular scenes of nature, the calm and serene hill stations proudly boasts strong Buddhist influences with many quaint old monasteries located here. There are a lot of other attractions in Dharamshala like the charming St. John Church, headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dal Lake, etc. that draws tourists from different parts of the country. Dharamshala remains a distinct tourist destination in India attracting large crowds not only nationally but also internationally who come here to discover the striking Tibetan hub in India. For most ardent travelers, Dharamshala is a popular name on their travel wish lists due to its magnificent beauty and charming splendor of the landscape. So start packing up your bags and go to Dharamshala to behold one of the most scenic hill stations in India. If you are still wondering what makes it so charming, then check out the best places to visit in Dharamshala that attracts thousands of tourists every year.

  • 13 Chandigarh

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    Chandigarh shows itself off to global travellers much like greater India would wish to be seen – prosperous, comfortable and cosmopolitan. Officially a union territory controlled by the central government, Chandigarh is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana. It is also the first planned city of independent India. Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India, with architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled and must visit tourist places in Chandigarh. The dream city of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru located at the foothills of the grand Shivalik range, has earned a good name as a tourist destination for its great planning, the clean environment, the grand structures and the magnificent gardens and splendid things to do in Chandigarh.  It is an incredible city, with many sectors that are intertwined by a great network of roads. Therefore, roaming around is not a problem and you will never be bored at all with so many tourist places in Chandigarh. Today, it takes a prominent place as a tourist destination of India.

     

    The word Serenity and city hardly goes hand in hand with each other. This beautiful city has trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads with best places to stay in Chandigarh having beautiful surroundings. Chandigarh is India’s first planned city. It is a rich, prosperous, clean and green city and is rightly called “ THE CITY BEAUTIFUL ”. This place is a true beauty for all those who love to travel and explore. Travel operators offer a variety of Chandigarh tour packages for those travelling depending on the number of days. It ranges between INR 20,000 to INR 50,000( USD 300 - 700). The tall skyline of the Shivalik Hills and the faint image of an old temple dedicated to Goddess Chandi protectively lies over the city guarding many tourist places in Chandigarh. The town is a beautiful blend of architecture, design, natural beauty, gardens, heritage and urbanization. Some of the must visit tourist places in Chandigarh include the Rock garden which is an absolute marvel of art and design, Rose garden, Pinjore gardens and the Government Museum and Art Gallery along with a few others.

     

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  • 15 Mcleodganj

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    McLeodganj is a tranquil hill station in Himachal Pradesh that has a strong Buddhist influence. There are many places to see and outdoor activities to do in Mcleodganj and Dharamshala, which is the main city in which this suburb is situated. This is a seat of the Tibetan spiritual teacher, Dalai Lama. It has Tibetan and Buddhist culture and many monasteries and ancient monuments spread across this town. You can explore this nature’s paradise, shop for local artifacts and handicraft items, and go on trekking tours in this hill station. Also, known as Little Lhasa, the locals have a peaceful attitude towards tourists. There are tribes, Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian settlements in this hill station. This suburb was named after the British lieutenant, David McLeod who founded this retreat in the 18th century.

    McLeodganj is now an important international tourist destination for its water sports, sightseeing, and other activities. It is the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in exile, it means that once, the Tibetan freedom is restored, the government will be resolved. You can get a complete view of the Tibetan culture, their religious rituals, their meditative music, cuisine, and more when you visit this hill station.