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
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.
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
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.
Location: Kempty Falls is located about 15 km from Mussoorie and lies at an altitude of about 4500 feet above the sea level. The sacred River Yamuna is about 12 kms from here.
Highlights: Kempty Falls was initiated as a picnic spot in 1835 by the British officer John Mekinan. It has a perennial waterfall making it an interesting picnic spot for all. You can even take a bath under the fresh waters of the waterfall.
Best Time to Visit: Summer months of March and June are ideal since the weather is pleasant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.