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5 DAY TRIP FROM DELHI | LANSDOWNE - MUSSOORIE

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Delhi City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 5 Days

Ideal Start Time: 5 AM:9 AM:8 AM:9 AM:9 AM

Total Places Visited: 15

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO LANSDOWNE & LANSDOWNE SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Delhi City to Lansdowne

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2.5 km from Lansdowne Market, Tip-In-Top also known as Tiffin Top is situated in the ridge near St. Mary's Church in Lansdowne. This is a popular spot among tourists visiting Lansdowne.

Tiffin Top is a beautiful picnic spot located at a height of 2000 m above sea level and it provides an awesome view of the Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas. The sunset view from here is truly memorable. It is an ideal place to spend some quality time with family and friends amidst this beautiful location. This place needs a short walk of about 200 meters from the motorable road.

Snow View or Sunset View Point lies on the way to Tiffin Top. The point provides an awesome view of sunset and also the snow covered peaks of the surrounding Garhwal mountain peaks.

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Lansdowne Market, Bhulla Tal is a small artificial lake situated in the town of Lansdowne. Created and maintained by Indian Army, Bhulla Lake, also known as Bhulla Tal, is one of the top places to visit in Lansdowne.

Bhulla Tal is dedicated to the young Garhwali youth of Garhwal Rifles, who helped in the construction of this lake. This tourist attraction gets its name from the Garhwali word, Bhulla which means younger brother. Bhulla Lake is a famous place and a perfect picnic spot in Lansdowne.

Bhulla Lake is a well maintained lake with clean environment. The lake offers boating facilities with beautiful duck shaped boats. A children park, bamboo machan and fountains have been erected as part of beautification of pristine surroundings. One can also find small souvenir shop, a cafe, herbal plants nursery, enclosure for rabbits near the Bhulla Lake. A small over bridge on the lake attracts visitors .....

Overnight Stay in Lansdowne

DAY 2 : LANSDOWNE SIGHTSEEING

Resume Lansdowne Sightseeing

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 37 km from Lansdowne and 69 km from Kotdwar, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple situated in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Located atop a hill at an elevation of 2092 m, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is believed to be one of the ancient holy sites known as Siddha Piths dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the famous temples of Uttarakhand state.

According to the legend, Tarkasur was a demon who meditated and worshiped Lord Shiva at this location for a boon. Pleased by his devotion, Lord Shiva gave him a boon of immortality as per Tarkasur request except from Lord Shiva's son. Tarkasur started being evil by killing saints and threatening gods. Sages asked for help from Lord Shiva. Disturbed by wrong doings of Tarkasur, Lord Shiva married Parvati and Kartikeya is born. Kartikeya soon killed Tarkasur but at the time of death Tarkasur makes prayer to Lord Shiva and asked for pardon. Mahadev then attached his name to the temple where Tarkasur meditated .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM on Saturday & Sunday
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per Person

At a distance of 2.5 km from Lansdowne Market, St. Mary's Church is an Anglican church situated near the Tip-In-Top hill point of Lansdowne.

St. Mary's Church is a popular tourist attraction of Lansdowne and was built by Col. A.H.B Hume of the Royal Engineers. Construction of this Church began in 1895 and was completed in 1896. This church was closed after 1947 and was later converted into a museum by the Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre.

This Church is a beautiful structure with its Victorian style architecture. It attracts a significant number of visitors because of its beautiful stained glass windows. It has a picture gallery and a short 10 minute documentary on history of Lansdowne and Garhwal Rifles is played. It is open only on the weekends.

Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per person.
Timings of Audio-Visual Presentation: 8 AM
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Lansdowne Market, St. John's Church is a Roman Catholic Church located at the Mall Road near St. Mary's Church in Lansdowne.

St. John's Church is the only running Church in Lansdowne and was established in 1936 under the supervision of Agra Diocese. The beautiful interiors and beautiful surroundings of the church attract pilgrims and tourists. The construction of this church was completed in the year 1937.

After 1947, St John's Church was kept abandoned for years and it was eventually handed over to the Government of India in 1951. In 1977, Rev. Gratian Mundadan wished to start a new mission station at Lansdowne and entrusted the responsibility to Fr. John Chakkanattu. It was in 1980, that the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, granted permission to handover the church to the diocese. The re-erected St. John's Catholic Church was blessed by Rt. Rev. Dr. Paulinus Jeerakath CMI, Bishop .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 9 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 1 km from Lansdowne Market, Garhwali Mess is one of the oldest and well maintained heritage buildings of Lansdowne.

This Garhwali Mess building was constructed by the British in January 1888. The mess kept alive the rich heritage of the hilly town. The mess is considered as a museum combining of wild animal skins, furnishings and trophies. There is a dial consisting of arrow symbols that direct the route for Nandadevi, Chaukhamba, Kamet and other peaks of the Himalayan Range.

Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM.

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM - 12 PM & 3 PM - 6 PM, closed on Sundays & on holidays
Entry Fee: Rs. 50 per person

At a distance of 500 m from Lansdowne Market near Parade Ground, Darwan Singh Regimental Museum is one of the top Lansdowne tourist places. The Museum houses numerous antique artifacts belonging to the Garhwal Rifles.

Regimental Museum is a historical defense museum named after the famous Victoria Cross holder Darwan Singh Negi. This museum was inaugurated in the year 1983 to preserve the elements used by the Garhwal Regiment. Darwan Singh was the Naik in 1st Battalion, 39th Garhwal Rifles, in British Indian Army during First World War. He fearlessly fought and impressed everyone with his performance and was awarded with Victoria Cross.

This beautiful two storey building exhibits Battle scenes of Pre-Independence and Post-Independence periods, portraits of the brave soldiers, achievements, customs, traditions, rich certificates and documents of world war I and II, war trophies, antiques, old dresses, medals, appreciations. .....

Overnight Stay in Lansdowne

DAY 3 : TRAVEL TO MUSSOORIE & MUSSOORIE SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Lansdowne to Mussoorie

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 14.5 km from Mussoorie Library Bus Stand and 48 km from Dehradun, Kempty Fall is a fascinating waterfall and one of the best tourist places to visit in Mussoorie. This fall is located on Mussoorie-Yamunotri Road. Kempty Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Uttarakhand and also among the top waterfalls in India. It is most often represented to promote Mussoorie Tourism and also one of the wellknown Uttarakhand tourist places.

Kempty Falls was developed as a tourist destination by a British officer John Mekinan, around 1835. The name of the place is derived from Camp-tea, the place where Britishers organized tea parties during colonial period.

Kempty Falls is situated at an altitude of 4,500 feet. It offer a remarkable view as .....

Overnight Stay in Mussoorie

DAY 4 : MUSSOORIE SIGHTSEEING

Resume Mussoorie Sightseeing

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 5.5 km from Mussoorie Library Bus Stand, Lal Tibba is the highest point in Mussoorie situated in Landour area. It is located at an altitude of 2275 m. This place offers scenic views of sunrise and sunset and is one of the best places to visit in Mussoorie.

Lal Tibba (or Red Hill) was also referred as a Depot Hill owing to the presence of a depot, also houses a camp of the Indian Military Services, towers of Doordarshan and All India Radio. In 1967, a telescope was placed at the tower on a cliff by municipality to offer scenic views of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch, and other Himalayan ranges.

There are several buildings constructed during colonial period here. Childer's Lodge is one such building and it offers some stunning views of the hills and the valley. There is an old market area called the sister bazaar where one can buy local goods.

The road to Lal Tibba is .....

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 5 km from Library Bus Stand, Hathipoan is one of the tourist hotspots situated on the way to Cloud's End.

Hathipoan attracts nature lovers and adventure seekers. It is located at the summit of a hill amid peaceful and serene village known as Saskhet. It's a thickly wooded area that offers breathtaking and heavenly views of Himalayas. It is also a hotspot for adventure seekers for a number of activities organized at camps like Raincoat camp and Northern Adventure Camp.

The road leading to Hathipaon is rough and bumpy. Travelers can also walk from Happy Valley in order to reach the Hathipaon.

Historical & Heritage | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 6 km from Library Bus Stand, George Everest's House, also known as Park Estate, is a heritage building located on the edge of a cliff close to the road towards Cloud's End. It is one of the most scenic places in Mussoorie.

Built in the year 1832, the house belonged to the Sir George Everest. He was a geographer and first Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843. Sir George was largely responsible for completing the section of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India along the meridian arc from the south of India extending north to Nepal, a distance of approximately 2,400 km. Mount Everest was named in his honor despite his objections in 1865. He stayed in Mussoorie for about 30 years and the house showcases some interesting facts about the famous personality.

The house is situated in a picturesque place from where one can catch the panoramic view of Doon Valley on one side and a panoramic view of the Aglar River valley and snow bound Himalayan ranges on the .....

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Horse Riding: Rs.100 per person for 2.5 km

At a distance of 3 km from Library Bus Stand, Camel's Back Road is a 3 km long stretch from Kulri bazaar to the Library Chowk in Mussoorie. It is one of the top tourist places to visit in Mussoorie town. The road takes its name from the rock which is shaped like a camel's hump on its back.

Camel's Back Road was built in 1845 to provide a walking track with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. This road has an ancient Hawa ghar where people can sit and view the mighty peaks. This Hawa ghar was earlier known as Scandal Point. Telescopes are available here for those wanting a closer look of the Himalayan peaks. There are many stories about this road. One is that while a British couple was riding on horses, suddenly, the girl's horse jumped into the hills. When the man saw this, he also jumped down and they both died. This point was called Lover's Leap.

The road is ideal for a walk as one can get .....

Shopping

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 10 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3 km from Library Bus Stand, The Mall is main shopping area situated at the center of Mussoorie. The Mall road connects two major bazaars, Kulri and Library.

The Mall Road was built by the British residents and is dotted with benches and lampposts lined up at the sides of roads. The prime attractions of the area include 1980s style video game parlours, Methodist Church and skating rings. Alongside the Mall is the tourist office, rows of Tibetan trinket and several shops selling wooden artifacts. Shopping in Mall Road is one of the top things to do in Mussoorie.

Mall Road is the starting point for the cable car towards the summit of Gun Hill, 2142 m above sea level. On clear days, the peaks of Kedarnath, Badrinath and Nanda Devi can be seen from this area. Visitors can also enjoy horse riding here. There is also a playground for children offering many games and rides.

Overnight Stay in Mussoorie

DAY 5 : MUSSOORIE SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO DELHI

Resume Mussoorie Sightseeing

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 5 AM - 12 PM and 4 PM - 9 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2.5 km from Library Bus Stand, Happy Valley is a large Tibetan settlement in Mussoorie. It is also famous for housing IAS Academy, Tibetan temples and the Municipal Gardens. Happy Valley starts from the west side of Library Point and leads to the Cloud's End.

Happy Valley, also called as mini-Tibet is home to about 5000 Tibetan refugees. It is one of the top sightseeing place in Mussoorie. In 1959, when the 14th Dalai Lama took refuge in Mussoorie, many Tibetans came here and since then this valley has been serving as their home. Later the Tibetan government-in-exile moved to Dharamashala in Himachal Pradesh but left behind a strong community of Tibetans who have today become an integral part of the culture of Mussoorie.

The Buddhist Temple and Tibetan Homes Foundation continue the legacy if beautiful Tibetan culture in Mussoorie. In the year 1960, the Indian government opened up Central School for Tibetans for Tibetan children in Happy Valley which still .....

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 3 Full Days
Timings:
Entry Fee:

At a distance of 10.5 km from Mussoorie Library Bus Stand, Bhatta Falls is situated on Mussoorie - Dehradun Road near Bhatta Village. This fall is one of the major tourist attractions and also among the best waterfall to include in Mussoorie tour.

Bhatta Falls is a natural waterfall cascading down from a height of 30 feet into a naturally encircled pool. This waterfall is relatively untouched by commercialization and a good place to spend some time. Visitors can see several picturesque locations ideal for photographer to catch nature at its best. The pond at bottom of the falls provides some opportunity for swimming. There is also a children's park, slopes and swings are provided for playing purpose.

Bhatta Falls is easily accessible by car or bus from Mussoorie and Dehradun. The falls about 100 meters from parking .....

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