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    Mussoorie Trek

    Mussoorie has got its names from the plants of ˜Mussoorie which are found in plenty here. Mussoorie is one of the exquisite high altitude destinations in India and the most frequently visited too.

    Nature has gifted Mussoorie everything which proves this place truly picturesque and unlike! Have fun while rafting in Mussoorie and feel the invincible power of this majestic river. There are many places to visit in Mussoorie such as, Municipal Garden, Childers Lodge, Camels Back Road, Jharipani Fall, Bhatta Fall, Kempty Fall, Nag Devta Temple, and Sir George Everest House.

    Major Attractions:

    Gun Hill: The second highest peak in Mussoorie, Gun Hill provides unusual sights of the Himalayan Treks. The town of Mussoorie can be seen from Gun hill. You can reach Gun Hill via ropeway and also by bridle path. An absolute thrill is memorable. 

    Kempty fall: Only 15 km from Mussoorie, Kempty Fall is regarded as the most gorgeous and biggest waterfall in a picturesque valley. You can take bath on foot of these falls, which will be very pleasant and exalting experience.

    Mussoorie Lake: A newly built up picnic spot; this Lake is set around 6 km away from Mussoorie. You can get pedal boats for boating. This lake offers enchanting vistas of nearby villages and valley of Doon.

    The Jwalaji Temple: Set on the top of the Benog Hill, this temple comprises of a graven image of Mata Durga. Temple is bounded by dense woods. It also provides an outstanding view of the Himalayan crests, Doon Valley and the Yamuna valley.

    How to reach there:

    By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, situated at a distance of about 24 km from the main Rishikesh town. Air is not the preferred mode of transport for getting into the town.

    By Road: Road network is well connected to all major towns of Uttaranchal and surrounding areas.

    By Rail: Rishikesh is linked to all the major towns and cities of India. Some of the links are accessible only from Haridwar.

    Best time to visit: April-June and September-October

    Prerequisites/Facts:

    • For rafting, age should be from 15 years to 45 years.
    • Grade: II, III, IV rapids
    • Get used with rafting gears first.
    • Dont bring your car keys, wallets, cell phones etc. when you are on the rafting trip.
    • During the rafting trip, experts and qualified rescue kayakers will be escorted for your safety.
    • Avoid cotton clothing while rafting except summer.
    • Wear wetsuits while rafting.

    Things to Carry:

    • Bring dry bags or boxes to secure small personal items.
    • Keep extra pair of clothes and sunglasses.
    • Take medications such as inhalers, bee-sting kits, insulin etc.
    • Disposable waterproof cameras are easily available.

    Other Information:

    Kanatal: Situated on the Mussoorie Chambha road, this settlement is one of the prettiest hamlets near Mussoorie. It is an ideal place for nature lovers to know the unspoiled and untamed nature.

    Chamba: Set in Tehri district, Chamba is a tiny hill station which is around 67 km from Mussoorie. An ideal place for respite amidst the beautiful hills and snowy peaks, this place offers several splendid sights of the snow clad ranges of the Himalayas and the striking views of river Bhagirathi. The place is well known for its beautiful orchards.

    Lal Tibba: Lal Tibba is the perfect pleasure trip around Mussoorie. It is the place where you come to know the British origin of it. Mountain ranges of Badrinath, Kedarnath and Banderpunch can be viewed clearly by the Japanese telescope.


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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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Library Bazaar

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.
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Bhadraj Hill

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

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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.
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The Mall road

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.

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