Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Mussoorie

Nearest City to Mussoorie: Dehradun (33 Kms), Delhi City (278 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Mussoorie: April to June & September to November

Peak Season: April to May & September to October

State: Uttarakhand | District: Dehradun

Mussoorie Weather: Summer: Maximum - 24°C and Minimum - 14°C
Winter: Maximum - 12°C and Minimum - 2°C

At a distance of 33 km from Dehradun, 187 km from Ambala, 197 km from Chandigarh, 278 km from Delhi, 263 km from Shimla and 310 km from Nainital, Mussoorie is a popular hill station in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. This is one of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand and also one of the best hill stations near Delhi. Nainital is one of the wellknown Uttarakhand tourism destinations.

It is one of the best 2 day trip from Delhi city. Mussoorie is situated atop a horseshoe crest on the mountains of Garhwal at an average altitude of 1880 m. Mussoorie offers commanding views of the underlying Doon Valley and the magnificent Himalayas. The highest in the region is Lal Tibba in Landour, with a height of over 2,275 m. Mussoorie is called the gateway to the Yamunotri and Gangotri, two sacred destinations known to be the origin of rivers Ganga and Yamuna respectively.

Mussoorie gets its name from the Mansoor plant that grows in abundance in this region. It was founded in 1820 by Captain Young from the British army. The British officials visited it as a getaway from the heat during summer. During the 1959 Tibetan Rebellion, the Central Tibetan Administration of 14th Dalai Lama was first established in Mussoorie before being moved to its present location in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. The first Tibetan school was established in Mussoorie in 1960.

The lush green hills, the varied flora and fauna and the majestic view of the Himalayas attract thousands of tourists both domestic and international to Mussoorie each year. Mussoorie has several interesting tourist places like Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Camel's Back Rock, Jharipani Falls, Mall Road, Childer's Lodge, Bhatta Falls, Dhanaulti, and Kanatal. Mussoorie also offers some adventure and shopping opportunities. Tourists can enjoy horse riding or a leisurely walk across Camel's Back Road and a ropeway ride to the top of Gun Hills.

Mussoorie has also developed into an important center of education and business. It is also famous for the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration where officers are trained for the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service. Mussoorie has several European schools, which started during the colonial period. Some of the oldest and best boarding schools in the country are located here.

Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is about 58 km from Mussoorie. It is well connected by flight with Delhi. The nearest railhead is at Dehradun, 34 km from Mussoorie. It has trains from Delhi, Okha, Indore, Trivandrum, Ujjain, Madurai, Saharanpur, Mumbai, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Amritsar, Howrah and Kathgodam. Mussoorie has two bus stations, Library Bus Stand (inter-state buses) and Picture Palace Bus Station (buses to nearby places). It has buses from Delhi, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla and Saharanpur.

Mussoorie has pleasant climate throughout the year. During spring, the town looks beautiful with blossoming flowers all around and the trees looking lush and green. The best season to visit Mussoorie is between April to June and again from September to November.

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Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 013563
Languages Spoken: Hindi and English
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HOW TO REACH MUSSOORIE


By Air

Nearest Airport: Dehradun - Jolly Grant Airport (58 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Dehradun Railway Station (34 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Library Bus Stand (0 Kms)
Picture Palace Bus Station (2.5 Kms)

24 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN MUSSOORIE


Nature & Scenic

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 .....


Museum & Gallery

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

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 .....


Nature & Scenic

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 .....


Nature & Scenic

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 .....


Waterfall

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 .....


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 350 m from Library Bus Stand, Library Bazaar, also known as Gandhi Chowk, is located in close vicinity of old library in Mussoorie.

Library Bazaar is located strategically in Mussoorie's bustling Mall Road. The name of the bazaar is derived from the Victorian-style Library, which was constructed in mid-19th century. The market houses a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, and often called as Gandhi Chowk.

One of the prominent attractions of the place is the Band Stand, where tourists can enjoy song of the historic colonial days. The famous Savoy Hotel, which earlier housed the Maddock School, is an attraction here. The Criterion building next to the library was famous for its bar.

The Library bazaar is nestled between Laxmi Narayan temple, Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Amania mosque and Christ Church. The bazaar is arranged in a circular path and is dotted with many small shops and food stalls.


Pilgrimage

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 .....


Historical & Heritage

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 .....


Shopping

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.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 km from Library Bus Stand, St. Paul's Church is an Anglican church situated near Char Dukan in Landour of Mussoorie.

St. Paul's Church is one of the historic churches in Mussoorie. The church was built in 1839 and first consecrated on 1 May 1840, by Bishop Daniel Wilson of Calcutta. From 1840 to 1947, the church was run by military chaplains and was the premier church for the cantonment primarily used by the British residents of Landour.

In 1857, when India revolted against the British for the first time, this event has been recorded in the history of this Church as insurrection from the British perspective. St. Paul's Church underwent a major renovation recently.

Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 km from Library Bus Stand, The Kellogg's Memorial Church is an old church situated near Kasmanda Palace in Landour of Mussorie.

The Church was built as a Presbyterian church in 1903 and was also the home of the Landour Language School where British people were taught Hindi at that time. The church was named for Rev, Dr. Samuel H. Kellogg (1839-1899), an American Presbyterian missionary active in Landour who wrote a book on Grammar of Hindi in English. The Language school is still being run today known as the Landour Language School.

The church exhibits magnificent gothic architecture with elegant stained glass windows. The church serves as a famous landmark as well as a popular tourist destination. Tourists flock to this church due to its distinct features and beautiful architecture. It is located on the way to Laal Tibba.

Timings: 10 AM to 12:30 PM


Nature & Scenic

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

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 .....


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 6.5 km from Mussoorie Library Bus Stand, the Mussoorie Lake is an artificial lake situated on Dehradun - Mussoorie road. This picturesque lake is now a favourite picnic spot in Mussoorie.

The lake was recently developed as a picnic spot by Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority. This small lake is created by a natural waterfall. Tourists can enjoy boating in the lake. The lake also offers beautiful views of Doon Valley and the surrounding places. This lake also offers several outdoor activities for children.

Mussoorie Lake can be visited through the year, while monsoon is the best season. The road leading to the lake is quite scenic with refreshing greenery and slopes.

Entry Fee: Rs. 15 per person.

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM.


Adventure / Trekking | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9.5 km from Library Bus Stand, Jwala Devi Temple is an ancient temple situated on the top of the Benog Tibba at an altitude of 2100 m in Mussorie.

Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this beautiful temple houses a stone idol of the goddess in the inner sanctum. The temple site is surrounded by imposing hills, lush greenery and small streams. Every year, thousands of devotees visit this temple to seek blessings of Goddess Durga.

Besides devotees, the shrine also attracts nature lovers for its beautiful surroundings and pleasant atmosphere. Tourists can have a glimpse of Shivalik range on one side and the lush green Yamuna Valley on the other. The path to the temple, which is densely covered with pine and deodar trees, is an added attraction. There are no shops available near Jwala Devi temple and it's advised to carry drinking water and food.

The Navratra celebrations here are done with much fervor. The path to the temple begins from Cloud's End from where about .....


Waterfall

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 waterfalls in Mussoorie.

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 area and can be reached through well laid steps.

Timings: 8 AM .....


Lake & Backwaters | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 11 km from Library Bus Stand and 4 km from Kempty Falls, Lake Mist is a newly developed tourist attraction in Mussori, situated on Mussoorie - Kempty Road.

Lake Mist is among the most beautiful places in Mussoorie. Surrounded by forest-covered terrains from all sides, this picturesque lake is an ideal place to spend some time in the lap of nature. There are several waterfalls fed by the flow of Kempty River. Visitors can enjoy boating in the emerald green waters or simply take a long walk along the lakeside. Lake Mist also has good accommodation and restaurant facilities.

Timings: 8 AM to 6.30 PM


Adventure / Trekking | Wildlife

At a distance of 12 km from Library Bus Stand, Benog Wildlife Sanctuary has is a bird-watching haven and a part of famous Rajaji National Park. The sanctuary is set amidst densely wooded forests and is regarded as one of the top tourist destinations in Mussoorie.

Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Vinog Mountain Quail Sanctuary, was established in the year 1993. This beautiful sanctuary, spreading across an expanse of about 339 hectares, is a heaven for birdwatchers. It is located in a pine-clad slope and is surrounded by snowcapped peaks of the Himalayan ranges.

The place is known for the rare species of birds that habitats in its area. The sanctuary is home to several species of exotic birds such as White Capped Water Redstart and Red Billed Blue Magpie to name a few. The Mountain Quail or the Pahari Bater was last spotted here in 1876, and is now considered extinct. This is also home to a variety of rare and common .....


Adventure / Trekking | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 18.5 km from Library Bus Stand, Bhadraj Temple is located on the western region of Mussoorie at Bhadraj. It is an ideal spot for trekking and is also known as the milkman's trail in Mussoorie.

Bhadraj temple is dedicated to Lord Bal Bhadra, brother of Lord Krishna. This temple is situated atop a hill and offers a splendid view of the Doon Valley, Chakrata ranges and the Jaunsar Bawar area of Himalayas. Every year Bhadraj temple organizes a fair from 15th to 17th of August which attracts thousands of devotees who seek blessings from Lord Bhadraj. The devotees offer milk and butter to the idol of the deity.

Bhadraj temple can be reached by 11 km trek from Clouds End. The trail passes through Dudhli village (3 km) from where the temple is 8 km trek. The terrain close to the summit is covered with thick forest of oak trees. There are multiple trails to reach the temple from Dudhli village.

The best time .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 21 km from Library Bus Stand and 6 km from Dhanaulti, Snow Adventure Zone is an adventure park situated at Buranskhanda on Mussoorie - Dhanaulti road. It was earlier known as Mussoorie Adventure Park and was located near Cloud's End. It was recently moved to the current location with wide range of additional activities. It is one of the best places to experience adventure activities in Uttarakhand.

Snow Adventure Zone was established in 2003 with the aim of offering exciting adventure activities to the visitors. This is operated by Real Adventure Sports, an X-treme Adventure Sports Company. Claimed as the Highest Adventure Park in India (8600 ft), it has several new adventure activities like skiing, sky ride, valley crossing, parallel rope and zip lines including traditional activities like Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking etc. This park features one of the longest .....


Adventure / Trekking | Hill Station | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 27 km from Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is a hill station situated on Mussoorie - Chamba Road in the Tehri district of Uttarakhand. Dhanaulti is emerging as a popular weekend getaway from Delhi and also an ideal hill resort in Uttarakhand state.

It is situated at an altitude of 2286 m, and is known for its quiet environment amidst the forests of Deodar, Rhododendron and Oak. Dhanaulti is still untouched and becoming an alternate to the crowded Mussoorie and Dehradun. Eco Park is the main attraction of Dhanaulti. There are two Eco-parks, Amber and Dhara about 200 m apart. It has been developed recently by the Forest Department with the help of local youth. It houses a protected forest containing Deodar Trees. Mussoorie Forest Department is running Eco-huts for the tourists visiting here to enjoy serene landscapes of Dhanaulti. .....


Adventure / Trekking | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 34 km from Mussoory, 7 km from Dhanaulti and 35 km from New Tehri, Surkanda Devi Temple is situated at Kaddukhal village near Kanatal on Chamba - Dhanaulti road in Tehri District.

Surkanda Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati Devi. It is also a part of the popular Devi Darshan triangle that includes Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri. Perched at a height of about 10,000 feet, the Surkanda Devi Temple offers a 360 degree view of the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, the Dehradun valley along with snow-covered peaks.. The temple is surrounded by dense forest and offers picturesque beauty of the surrounding region.

It commands a beautiful view of Dehra Dun, Rishikesh, Chandrabadni, Pratapnagar and Chakrata. Flowers of varied kinds and indigenous herbs grown in abundance here and some of the beautiful birds of the western Himalayas are also found in the neighborhood. The Ganga Dussera festival is celebrated every year between May and June and attracts a large number .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 75 km from Mussoorie and 68 km from Chakrata, Lakha Mandal is an ancient Hindu temple complex situated in the Jaunsar - Bawar region of Dehradun district. This monument has been declared as a monument of national importance by ASI. It is one of the famous heritage sites in Uttarakhand.

The Lakha Mandal temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is surrounded by beautiful mountains and Yamuna River. Lakhamandal gets its name from the two words, lakha meaning many and mandals meaning temples. This temple is popular among the Shakti Cult, who believes that a visit to this temple shrine will end their misfortunes.

According to 6th century AD stone inscription, the Shiva temple at Lakhamandal was built by princess Ishwara belonging to Royal race of Singhpura. It was built for the spiritual welfare of her late husband Chandragupta, the son of king of Jalandhra. The present .....

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