About Mussoorie

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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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 013563
Languages Spoken: Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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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)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

Waterfall

#1 of 24 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

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 .....

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Nature

#3 of 24 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

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 .....

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Nature

#4 of 24 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

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 .....

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Park

#5 of 24 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

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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Nature

#6 of 24 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

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 .....

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Museum

#9 of 24 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

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, .....

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Waterfall

#2 of 24 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

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.

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Backwaters

#7 of 24 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

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.

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Heritage

#8 of 24 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

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 .....

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Heritage | Nature

#10 of 24 Places to Visit in Mussoorie

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 .....

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