Mussoorie, The Queen of the Hills

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Mussoorie, The Queen of the Hills

Mussorrie is one of the better known hill stations in India, a much traveled to destination. It is located in Dehradun District, nestling in the lap of the Garhwal Himalayan Mountains in Uttarakhand. Enter Mussoorie and you have stepped into a typical British colonial era, the ambience and architecture archetypal English. Located at a height of 1880 meters, Mussoorie sits prettily atop a hill, surrounded by snow tipped mountains and green forests of pine and fir. Mussoorie is enchanting and delightful, if only a bit too crowded at times.

mussoorie, uttarakhand
mussoorie, uttarakhand

Getting There
The nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport, about 60 kilometers away and connected by road. Taxis are available for travel to the hill station. Dehradun Railway Station is the closest rail head, about 36 kilometers away, from where you can take buses or taxis to the resort. Buses ply from Delhi and other important North Indian cities directly to Mussoorie.  The best way is to travel by luxury coach and admire the countryside.

Things to do and Places to see

  • There is no lack of places worth a visit when you are in Mussoorie. Cloud End, Lal Tibba, Nag Devta Temple, Sir George Everest House and Jharipani Falls are a few of the lovely places to visit.
  • Lake Mist is about 10 km from Mussoorie as you travel towards Kempty Falls.  This is a lovely picnic spot and has facilities for stay and for boating on the lake.
  • Mussoorie Lake is of recent origins and is a lovely picnic spot on the Mussoorie Dehradun road.
  • About 7 kilometers away you will find Bhatta Falls with several small lakes and ponds, making it an ideal picnic spot.
  • Jharipani Falls is about 8.5 kilometers from Mussoorie and it is charmingly spectacular, a must visit place.
  • Sir George Everest House, named after Sir George Everest, the First Surveyor General of India, is about 6 kilometers away and offers a lovely view of the Doon Valley as well as the Himalayas and the Yamuna Valley.
  • Jwalaji Temple is about 9 kilometers away and is located at a height of about 2100 meters, on top of the Benog Hill, leading to a lush forest.
  • Nag Devta Temple is a Shiva temple, dating back hundreds of years and you find it on your way to Dehradun.
  • Cloud  End is a much visited  spot  about 8 kilometers from the city center  and  is at one end, home to a resort, offering a view of the Yamuna down below and the Himalayas in the far off distance, a lovely spot for picnic and to admire the view.
  • Camel’s Back Road stretches from Kulri Bazar to the Library Bazar, covering a distance of 4 kilometers. If you wish to stretch your legs, go for a stroll here and enjoy a lovely sunset.
  • Lal Tibba is one of the highest points and oldest inhabited places with a 20 meter high tower with an old telescope atop it, letting you have a close up view of the Himalayas.
  • Gun Hill is 400 meters above the popular Mall and offers an enchanting view of the Himalayas.
  • The Ropeway ride is one of the high points of visiting Mussoorie so do not miss it; the view is simply marvelous.
  • The Mall is a crowded marketplace but is typically British in ambience.  It is like you have transported yourself to a village in England.
Kempty fall mussoorie
Kempty fall mussoorie

From here you can go on to Kempty Falls and Dhanaultil, a thickly forested retreat. New Tehri, Kanatal and Chamba are the other places you can visit from Mussoorie.  This hill station also is the starting point for trekking expeditions, if you fancy it.

A well-known resort, Mussoorie is full of hotels and guest houses ranging from budget to high end. As for food, you will find plenty of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines and of course you can try local dhabas for local food.

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