Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations in India which is located at a distance of 290 kilometers from Delhi. As soon as you arrive here, you will instantly realise why it has been nicknamed as “The Queen of the Hills”. It is situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand at an elevation above 6500 feet. This post will guide you about the activities you must experience and places to visit in Mussoorie.
The hill station is blessed with picturesque landscapes with a backdrop of Doon Valley and Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas. The weather remains cool, calm and pleasant throughout the year and experiences snowfalls in winters. Mussoorie was very popular amongst the Britishers and the lovely colonial architecture marks the witness of their presence in the past.
How To Reach Mussoorie
Mussoorie can be easily reached from Dehradun and is the nearest Airport, Railway Station and Bus Stand. Once you reach Dehradun you can hire private cab, shared taxi or bus to reach Mussoorie.
Flight: The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest Airport to reach Mussoori. It is located at a distance of just 34 kilometers from Mussoorie.
Train: Dehradun railway station is connected to all the major cities in India. You can book your tickets from the official IRCTC website. If you don’t find a direct train from your town then you can break your journey from Delhi.
Road: Mussoorie is well connected by road from Delhi. You can hire a cab directly from Delhi or even enjoy self-drive which takes nearly 7 hours time to reach Mussoorie. The upcoming Delhi- Dehradun Expressway will make it easier and convenient as the duration will be reduced to less than 4 hours.
Places To Visit In Mussoorie & Things To Do
Mussoorie is an enchanting hill station which offers various options for sightseeing and activities for its visitors. The following are activities and places to visit in Mussoorie.
Take a Rope Way To Gun Hill
Gun Hill is the second highest summit in Mussoorie. It offers spectacular view of the entire hill station and the surrounding Himalayan ranges of Doon Valley & Garhwal. It is located at a distance of 400 from Mall Road. You can take the Cable Car to reach the top and enjoy the bird’s eyes view of the entire town. It was named as Gun Hill during the pre-independence period because of the presence of gunfire on these hills. The gun was fired during the day to enable people to adjust their watches.
The cost for the round trip is INR 75 per person and timings are as follows:
- 10 am to 6 pm in peak winter season during snow (December & January)
- 8 am to 10 pm in Summer peak season ( May to July & October)
- 10 am to 7 pm in moderate season (November to April & August to September
Bathing at Kempty Falls in Mussoorie
Kempty is a lovely waterfall with water cascading from a height of 12 m which looks extremely beautiful. Your trip to Mussoorie is incomplete without visiting this splendid place. You are free to jump inside the large pool under the waterfalls and enjoy swimming beautiful. Make sure you are not visiting this place during the peak hours or weekends because it gets crowded at times. The Kempty Falls is located at a distance of 15 kms and is one of the best places to visit in Mussoorie.
Telescopic View from Lal Tibba
Lal Tibba is the highest point located on the top of Depot Hill in Landour at a distance of 6 kms from Mussoorie. Lal Tibba is considered as one of the most spectacular viewpoint in the entire Mussoorie. The name Lal Tibba means Red Hill and is situated at an elevation of 7160 feet. The telescopes installed here showcases the view of the magnificent Neelkanth Peak, Kedarnath Peak & Banderpoonch mountain ranges which rises up to 19600 Feet.
Relax At The Lake Mist
The Mist Lake is one of the most beautiful and serene picnic spot in the entire Mussoorie. The emerald waters are surrounded by dense green forests, waterfalls and the panoramic view of mountains. Sitting by the lake side, you will find yourself in the lap of nature with serenity and peace all around you.
Nag Tibba Trek
The best part of Nag Tibba is that it is not very famous amongst the tourists. So it is less crowded compared to other sightseeing places. This trekking trail is quite thrilling which leads you to climb above 10000 feet. Once you reach to the top, you will find yourself amidst the snow-clad mountains and serene beauty all around. You are advised to book this trek with local trek organizers or travel agents as they will escort you along with group and also provide necessary equipments that are useful for trekking.
Hiking in Nature at Benong Wildlife Sanctuary
Benong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is famous for the rare & endangered species of mountain quails and other birds and animals, The sanctuary is a part of Rajaji National Park and is located at a distance of 12 km from Mussoorie. It is home to the red-billed blue magpie, white-capped water redstart, deer and leopards. This place is a paradise for the nature-loving people and it can only be explored by walking & hiking. So I suggest you be prepared for the same. It also offers a spectacular view of Bandarpoonch and Chaukhamba mountains.
Adventure Activities in Mussoorie
The Queen Of Hills, Mussoorie offers many adventurous escapes. You can go for Trekking & Hiking at Nag Tibba, Bhadraj temple & forest, Dodital and Has Ki Dun Trek. Similarly there are sites for Skywalk Ziplines Rock climbing & Rapelling, Paragliding & Roller skating.
Strolling, Eating & Shopping At The Mall Road
The Mall Road of Mussoorie is the most popular shopping place located in the heart of Mussoorie. The colonial style houses and buildings along with the lamp post and benches makes the entire street looks very beautiful. It will keep reminding you about their presence over the past. You can shop around with plenty of local items like ceramic vases, lamps, British furniture and local handicrafts. One can also shop the local jewelleries, jamawah shawls gifts and antiques.
You will also find many eateries and restaurants serving various cuisines at the Mall Road. One should definitely visit Kalsang friends Corner, serving amazing Tibetan & Chinese food. Casa Mia bakery is famous for exotic pastries, frozen drinks and desserts.