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2 DAY TRIP IN MUSSOORIE | BEST OF MUSSOORIE

Waterfall | Nature & Scenic

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Mussoorie Bus Station

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 2 Days

Ideal Start Time: 8 AM (Day 1) & 8 AM (Day 2)

Total Places Visited: 11

Day 1 & Day 2 Destinations
Day 1 Attractions | Day 2 Attractions

DAY 1 : KEMPTY FALLS - CAMEL'S BACK ROAD - LAL TIBBA

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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 the water dropping from a height of about 50 feet flowing through five cascading falls .....

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 .....

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 amazing views of the valley and the mountains from here. Camel's Back Road is also .....

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 very picturesque and is surrounded by Conifers, Pine and Rhododendron. Avoid visiting .....

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 2 : HATHIPAON - CLOUD'S END

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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: Free Entry

At a distance of 7.5 km from Mussoorie Library Bus Stand, Clouds End is a landmark location and a popular place among Mussoorie tourist places. It is known for scenic views of hills with pleasant climate.

Cloud's End is surrounded by thick Oak and Deodar forests. A heritage building was built here by Major Swetenham, a British officer in 1838. Regarded as one of oldest building in Mussoorie, it is now converted into heritage hotel (Clouds End Hotel). The Bungalow still retains the original architecture, furniture, paintings, books and relics of a bygone era. The resort is surrounded by thick forest, offers a wide variety of flora and fauna besides a panoramic view of snow clad Himalayas. This place offers activities like hill climbing, nature walks in the nearby forest.

Visitors can reach Clouds End by Car or by trekking along the Hathipaon Road from the popular Happy Valley. Nearby Benog Wildlife Sanctuary and Jwala Devi Temple are other attractions around Clouds End. Tibbi .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 7 AM - 6:30 PM from Monday - Saturday and 8 AM - 6:30 PM on Sunday
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 0.6 km from Library Bus Stand, Christ Church is an ancient church situated near Kasmanda Palace in Mussoorie.

Christ Church was constructed in 1836 and is believed to be the oldest existing church in the Himalayan ranges. The church was built by the British community, who once resided in the destination. The massive structure was erected by private donation for the use of British residents. On 29th November 1970, Christ Church became part of the Church of North India.

This church boasts of brilliant Gothic style architecture. The stained glass windows in the Church represent the events in the life of Jesus Christ. Inside the church, there is a high altar that depicts the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The walls and interiors of the church are beautifully decorated to grab attention of visitors. About a hundred year old ancient William Hill organ is present in the church.

The church was once visited by Princess of Wales, who later became .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM on all days except Sundays
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3 km from Library Bus Stand, Soham Heritage Centre is a private enterprise situated on Chamunda Peeth Temple Road in Mussoorie. It is opened in November 2013, with the objective of showcasing and preserving the Heritage of Mussoorie and the adjoining areas. It has become one of the popular tourist places in Mussoorie.

The Soham Heritage and Art Centre showcase the culture and tradition of Himalayas through paintings on canvasses, sculptures, frescoes, murals and scrap art. It has a collection of local heritage artifacts - musical instruments, clothes, jewelry, vessels and many others. It archives and displays the historical heritage of Mussoorie from 1814 when the first map of the region was compiled by the Survey of India, till 1959, when Dalai Lama built his first colony in Mussoorie. An audio-visual journey of Uttarakhand is also being developed.

The main activities of Heritage Centre are: Educating children and student groups about the history of Mussoorie, .....

Park

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 18 per person and Rs. 75 per person for Boat

At a distance of 3.5 km from Mussoorie Library Bus Stand, Company Bagh, also known as Municipal Garden, is situated in Happy Valley area near Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administration Academy in Mussoorie. It is a popular place of sightseeing in Mussoorie. The park is maintained by the Garden Welfare Association of Mussoorie.

Company Garden is a major picnic location in Mussoorie. It was previously known as Botanical Gardens of Mussoorie. Famous geologist, Dr. H. Fackner, laid this garden in early 20th century.
The garden has a lush green carpet of lawns and a fountain, which is located in its center. It has nearly 800 different types of flowers, including Dahlias, Begonia, Pansy and Petunia. The garden has a nursery, which offers a wide range of plants for sale.

There is also an artificial lake with a small artificial waterfall. For the kids, the garden also has an amusement park with several adventurous rides. Boating facility is also available in the small lake at .....

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