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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
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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