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15 Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie

 
  • In order to capture the serenity of Uttrakhand there aren’t no better place than the glory of mountains and waterfalls, Mussoorie. There are many Places to Visit in Mussoorie that include Kempty Falls, Happy Valley, Lal Tibba among others. 

    This hill station is visited by both Indian and tourist from across the world. Also a much found place for spending summer vacations with family, kids’ love to splash in waterfalls; also has a great night life. Mussoorie caters to visitors across the year but the most suitable time is between March to November when the weather is pleasant and enjoyable.

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Mussoorie:

  • 01Kempty Falls

    Kempty Falls
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    Kempty Falls is said to be one of the most prominent waterfalls in Uttarakhand. The falls are encircled by high mountain cliff. Since the water falls from a great height, it is believed that this water further divides in 5 different streams. Being present on the Mussoorie-Dehradun Highway, the Kempty Falls attracts a number of tourists from across the country.

    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.

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    Best Time to Visit: Summer months of March and June are ideal since the weather is pleasant.
  • 02Lal Tibba

    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.

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    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.
  • 03Shedup 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.
  • 04Gun Hill

    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.

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    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.
  • 05Library Bazaar

    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.
  • 06Happy 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.
  • 07Mussoorie Heritage Centre

    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.
  • 08Camel's Back Road

    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.

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    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.
  • 09Jharipani 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.
  • 10Benog 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.
  • 11Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve

    Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve is an ideal gateway for anyone who relishes a walk in the lap of the nature. It is adventurous and fun.

    Location: Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve is spread over a land of 100 acres on the Mussoorie Dhanolti road close to Jabarkhet. The reserve lies at a distance of 15-km via taxi ride from the heart of the hill-station of Picture Palace.

    Highlights: It boasts of some half a dozen, 3-4 km well marked hiking trails that are used for the guided nature walks, bird watching along with trail maps and pocket field nature guides.

    Tip for visitors: Do carry your own eatables and lots of water since there are no tea stalls for you to refresh yourself. There are no tents, hotels or premises for you to rest.

    Cost: The entry fee to the Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve is very nominal. There are annual membership plans to ensure that there is no uninvited walk-ins.
  • 12The Mall road

    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.

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    Best Time: Can be visited at any hour of the day.
  • 13Mussoorie 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.
  • 14Bhatta 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.
  • 15George 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.