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If your idea of the perfect holiday involves tranquil hills, untouched nature and a holiday experience that is unadulterated in the truest sense of the term, Mussoorie is the place you should be heading to. Nestled amidst the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, Mussoorie, also known as Queen of The Hills, stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year. The pristine, natural beauty of Mussoorie makes it a very popular choice of holiday for honeymooners. If you want to enjoy the beautiful sight of the rolling green slopes juxtaposed with the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, Mussoorie is the place for you to be.
This beautiful hill station is the perfect retreat from the sweltering weather of the plains, and the fact that it was a very popular holiday destination during the British era can be seen from the multitude of British remnants engulfing the city, such as the archaic architecture of the hotels and churches dotting the entire terrain. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mussoorie is The Mall (also known as the Mall Road), which is a slightly steep boulevard that has eateries and other shops lining its entire stretch. From the little houses spread around the area to the architecture of even the lamp posts, The Mall gives off a distinct colonial vibe.
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Experience Time: 2 Hour
Distance: 2 kms
Untouched by commercialisation, Lal Tibba is located on the top of Depot Hill in Landour, approximately 6 kilometres from Mussoorie. Being the highest point in the area, Lal Tibba is one of the most stunning viewpoints you would have experienced in your life. The name literally translates to 'red hill'. Rising to a height of 2,275 meters (7,164 feet), Lal Tibba is the picture-perfect place to fulfil your sightseeing desires. The telescopes installed here are priceless, and aid in cherishing the beautiful unfettering panoramas of the Nilkantha peak (6,596 meters) in Badrinath, Kedarnath peak (6,940 meters), Banderpoonch range of three peaks with the highest rising to 6,316 meters can all be viewed on a cloudless day.
The region has long been occupied, serving as a summer getaway during the British-Raj and a recovering station for the military, hence gaining popularity as a cantonment cum hill station. It is now occupied by the Indian Military Services. In the form of a small terrace, it gives you great memories with mesmerizing views of Tibet border. The place is relaxing and has remains of British Architecture. The unobstructed view it offers is soothing to eyes. It brings together the blue sky and lush green terrains in front of our eyes.
There are only a handful of places that offer such exhilarating views and being in Mussoorie, it is somewhat necessary to tick this off your must-visit list. There are few things better than being surrounded by a thick verdant forest cover, a tiny little picturesque hill station within eyeshot and the horizon studded with snow-clad mountains!
Distance: 4 kms
The place is ideal for spending the moments of repose with your family and friends. The pristine lake is among the most beautiful destinations in the Queen of Hills i.e. Mussoorie. The emerald waters are covered by green forest terrains from sides giving the whole scenario a resplendent image.
It comes on the way to Kempty Falls. It feels great to spend time with the serenity of nature's bliss. It is one of the most beautiful things to be seen in Mussoorie. Another plus point is that the place is less crowded hence you can enjoy the calmness in the laps of nature. It is a gem of attraction.
Distance: 5 kms
Located on the way between Dehradun-Mussoorie roads, Kempty Falls is a beautiful cascade of water that falls to the ground from a mighty altitude of 40 feet. Surrounded by high mountain cliffs, Kempty Falls is nestled at an altitude of around 4500 ft above the sea level. This place was developed as a picnic destination by John Mekinan owing to its captivating surroundings and scenic beauty. One of the most renowned waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Kempty Falls offers a mesmerizing panoramic view as the water falls from the mountains.
The name of Kempty Falls is taken from the terms "camp and tea" implying the elaborate tea parties that were once organized here in evenings eventually leading to a localized name Kempty. Offering a stunning view of water stream cascading down from a great height, it divides into five channels. The pond formed at the bottom of the falls make an excellent spot for swimming and bathing. A flight of stairs leads to the pond where one can soak in the fun with friends and family. Quite famous among the tourists as a picnic spot, this perennial waterfall is crowded almost throughout the year.
Distance: 1 kms
Mussoorie's is a good place for adventure Sports like paragliding as well. There are some trekking opportunities also available here
Experience Time: 3 Hour
Said to be an extinct volcano, Gun Hill is the second highest point in the entire area of Mussoorie standing tall at an altitude of 2024 meters! The scene from the top of this hill is a panoramic view of the snow-clad Himalayan ranges right beside the widespread Doon Valley and a full view of the hill station of Mussoorie. The meadow of the valley is eden-green with thigh-high grass and erect tree trunks. The mountains in the distance coronating the valley as the coloured flowers act like its garland. The sky above this looks like a roof of bright blue, with fluffy patches of cotton casting shadows on the valley. Fog tinted trees catching a glimpse of the shining sun as the white caps of the Himalayas glisten in the light.
And not just the look of the look, but the smell and feel of this attraction are just as satisfying. When the pure breeze runs through the hair and caresses us with a gentle stroke, the sweetness of the flowers takes over. The fresh, zingy taste of the air leaves us both, relaxed and electrified, at the same time. The whispering of the wind and the buzzing midges, the chirping swallows chasing dragonflies in a dance of joy; the view from the Gun Hill will hypnotize you with its unparalleled beauty and steal all the worries off of your minds in an effortless jiffy.
Distance: 6 kms
6 km west off the Library, the Cloud's end marks the end of Mussoorie. It is covered by thick jungles and tracks 2 km up to the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary. It offers a lovely walking track. This place offers a great view of Aglar River Valley.
Located in the heart of Mussoorie, the Mall is a colonial relic with benches and lampposts filled with modern shops, video game parlours and skating rinks.
You can often find the author Ruskin Bond browsing the Cambridge Bookstore. There would be a lot of local vendors around including photographers who can click awesome photographs for you. Do try out a photograph in local traditional attire here.
Distance: 16 kms
Situated near Mussoorie, Nag Tibba is a relatively unknown and a very exhilarating trekking trail. Known as one of the best weekend treks, the place offers a climb of about 10,000 ft amid the snow clad mountains.
Also referred to as Serpent's Peak, Nag Tibba is the highest peak of the Nagtibba range with an altitude of 9915m and is said to serve as a home to Nag Devta. The trail of the expedition is also highly fascinating and spectacular, being adorned with a rich variety of flora and fauna, a rustic Gharwali lifestyle and oak and deodar forest housing exotic birds and wildlife. The highlight of the trip is the stunning view of Bandarpoonch Peak, Kedarnath Peak, Gangotri Peak and Doon Valley from the Nag Tibba. The trek is for those seeking a weekend away from the hustle bustle of city and to indulge in some easy adventure amid serene surroundings.
A small hamlet towards East of Landour, Dhanaulti houses the Sukhanda Devi shrine amidst the lushness of Himalayan greenery and attracts numerous pilgrims to its site. You must also visit the Eco Park on the way to Chamba.
The Company Garden at Mussoorie is a popular tourist attraction in the mountain city of Mussoorie. Nestled amidst the high Himalayas, it is a patch of green maintained by the Garden Welfare Association of Mussoorie. It was laid down by Dr. H. Fackner in the early years of this millennium. The vibrant garden is a lovely place to spend an entire day out with your family and friends within the lush greenery and the beautiful blossoms. Company Garden is dotted with tropical green trees of all kinds providing shade to the visitors in patches. You can find people enjoying their time sitting or strolling or taking photographs in the eclectic lawn of the garden.
There is an artificial pond for boating with manmade waterfalls at the garden that makes a lovely scene to behold. If you have kids with you, they will also have a gala time in the park with all the exciting rides and so much space to run around. You can even satisfy the nature lover in you in this delightful place and also take back a part with you - buy any small potted plant at the nursery or any souvenir from one of the shops inside the garden. All in all, Company Garden is one of the best places in Mussoorie to visit, whether you are a resident or you are on vacation in the mountains of Himachal.
Experience Time: 1-2 Hours
Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is located in a pine-clad slope and is surrounded by snow capped peaks of the Himalayan ranges. Being a natural habitat of extinct species of mountain quails and red-billed blue magpie, the sanctuary serves as a home to many endangered and rare species of avifauna. Apart from fauna, herds of deer and leopards are also spotted in their natural habitat.
The flora of the forest mainly comprises fir and pine trees, which was once a home of the Himalayan quail, an extinct bird, last sighted in 1876. In addition to this, the area is rich in medicinal plants. Both herbivores and carnivores species are found in abundance including Himalayan goat, panther and Himalayan bear.
Beautiful views of snow peaks like Chaukhamba and Bandar Punch can be seen from this sanctuary. Aglar River, a tributary of Yamuna River flows from the town to this sanctuary. Owing to its scenic beauty and lush green surroundings, the place is ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers.
Located in the heart of Mussoorie, the Camel’s Back Road is one of the most popular attractions of this spectacular hill station. Enveloped by the majestic snow-covered Himalayas and decorated by a carpet of dense tall trees, Mussoorie can rightly be called as heaven on earth; and the Camel’s Back Road packs the essence of this fascinating city. Overlooking the Doon Valley and offering a picturesque view of the sky touching the Himalayas, this site is a testimony to the magnetic allure of Mussoorie.
Being one of the most famous roads in the state, the Camel's Back road stretches over a distance of 3 kms, starting from the Library point and ending at the Kulri Bazaar. This pristine and clean road has been named so because of the rocks that line up on either side of the road that resembles the shape of a camel's hump.
Owing to its proximity to the Doon Valley and its dizzying altitude of 2000 meters, this road is blessed with a constant blow of a soft and calming breeze that energises you from within. Since the Camel's Back Road is cradled in the laps of nature, it is a very popular attraction for locals as well as tourists for strolling and jogging. Tourists also flock here to get a panoramic and unobstructed view of the sunrise and sunset.
Experience Time: 2-3 Hours
Jwala Devi Temple is situated on the top of the Benog Hills, which is located at an altitude of more than 2,100 m. Dotted with thick forests of pine and deodar, the path to the temple begins from Cloud’s End.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and has a stone idol in the inner sanctum. 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.
Jharipani Falls is situated near the village of Jharipani, which is at a distance of around 7 km from the destination. The place is in close vicinity of famous boarding schools namely, Oak Grove, St George’s and Wynberg Allen.
This fall is one of the beautiful places, ideal for picnic, nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The site offers a beautiful view of Shivalik range from Jharipani village to the tourists. The surroundings of the falls are adorned with various species of wild flowers, creepers, shrubs and plants, which grow on the mountainous rocks on its sides.
Apart from this, tourists can also witness step farming fields and Doon Valley, which are situated on the other sides of the falls. Tourists can easily reach the falls by hiring buses and auto-rickshaws that arrive at Jharipani villages. From there, tourists can visit the falls by trekking down for around 1.5 km on foot.
Distance: 2 Kms
Located near the Bhatta village in the city of Mussourie, the Bhatta falls is a beautiful waterfall and is one of the major attractions of the city. One of the most photogenic locations in the region, the pristine beauty of this destination attracts a number of nature lovers and an adventurous crowd on a daily basis. The cascade of frothy waters descends gently from the crevices of the mountains and forms a quaint pool below, where it paints a beautiful picture for which Himachal Pradesh is known. Bhatta Falls stands in an endearing contrast to the verdant beauty of the hills it flows through, which makes it one of the most charming places in Dehradun.
Bhatta Falls is an ideal picnic spot for some fun time with family and friends and has many beautiful sights and interesting activities to do. Bhatta falls are not very crowded so you can enjoy the scenery and get yourself drenched in its natural beauty. The place is calm and gives you the inner peace you have been looking for all along your hectic trip. If you are looking for a small adventure in this place, you can go for a trek in the forest that surrounds the falls. The place also has some eateries where you can have some local snacks and delicacies. The best time to visit the place would be daytime because it is safer and you can enjoy the view quite well.
Located on the Chamunda Peeth Temple Road, Soham Heritage Centre is a private enterprise based to preserve the rich Himalayan heritage by showcasing the cultural diversity of the Himalayas through paintings, murals, scrap art, frescoes and artefacts. An admirable initiative by Mr Sameer Shukla and his wife Dr Kavita Shukla, the art centre is a humble effort to display the diversity of the Himalayas through varied art forms. Established in January 2014, the heritage centre is the result of around 18 years of tireless planning, inspiration, dedication and collecting of data. The idea is to conserve the vast diversity of Uttarakhand and the Himalayas and maintain the cultural identity, rich history and the lifestyle of the tribals.
Through diverse art forms, paintings, sketches, the heritage centre aims to educate and inspire the localites and the tourist about the bounteous heritage. Mostly visited by media and architecture students, the centre also conducts occasional workshops and heritage walks to promote the same idea. The centre also has a tiny souvenir corner to help you pick quality antique products including jewellery, musical instruments, utensils, agricultural equipments etc.
Perched on top of a cliff overlooking the beguiling Mussoorie valley, George Everest’s House offers a sense of serenity, tranquility and nostalgia. Built in 1832, the house is located in Park Estate, 6 kms west of Gandhi Chawk in Mussoorie and is also popularly known as Park House. With panoramic sights of the scenic Doon Valley on the side, mighty Aglar river valley and spectacular Himalayan peaks in the north, this quaint little place holds an old world charm and draws history buffs, nature enthusiasts and adventure travellers to visit it. Although in a dilapidated crumbling state, the ancient dwelling tells the paramount tale of Colonel Sir George Everest.
Sir Everest owned this mountain house in Mussoorie, India and spent a grand total of 11 years living here and using it as his observatory and laboratory. Although, very derelict and in a precarious state, the house still holds its walls and has a roof; and is likely to be converted into a museum soon. This is where he conducted his researches and built his laboratory. The interiors have been stripped of any belongings but the doors, fireplace and windows still remain in place. The walls have been covered in graffiti although it is whitewashed very often. However, the territory now comes under the jurisdiction of the Tourism Department and the construction of a ticket booth just outside the property suggests the possibility of being charged for visiting the estate very soon in future.
Distance: 3 kms
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 remains as a reputed school. Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan, who is also known as the father of Hindi travel literature, lived with his family for some years in the present Central School's dispensary building.
The town is situated in lush green surroundings. Shedup Choephelling Temple is situated on the highest point of the valley atop a cliff. It was the 1st Tibetan shrine to be built in India and was consecrated by Dalai Lama. It is a major tourist attraction in Mussoorie and it is an astounding example of Tibetan architecture. This temple houses prayer wheels and innumerous idols of Lord Buddha. The meditation hall of the temple is carved with beautiful paintings on the walls, panels and on the ceiling. The temple provides a great panoramic view of the Benog Hill circuit.
Experience Time: 5-6 Hours
Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve boasts of being the first privately owned and operated wildlife sanctuary in Uttarakhand, which is also the first of its kind in all of India. Located on the Mussoorie- Dhanaulti road, around 15 kms from the heart of the city, the nature park is spread over 100 acres of land. At an elevation of approximately 2000 metres above the sea level, the sanctuary is set around different altitudinal zones with an extensive variety of rare plants, insects, reptiles, animals, trees, birds and mammals.
The jungle ridge is a result of the wonderful initiative between the owner of the property Vipul Jain and conservationist Sejal Worah. With the vision to develop the forest as a model of sustainable development and conservation of natural resources, the naturalists have been tirelessly working in the direction of protecting the rich biodiversity as a means to achieve their goals. Jabarkhet Wildlife promotes ecotourism (by employing local residents and villagers), sustainable harvesting of forest reserves and conservation of the entire forest as a whole.
Cosily tucked amidst the tantalizing mountains and the exuberant woods, Mossy Falls is a well-kept secret of the hill town of Mussoorie. Located at a distance of 7 kms from the main city on the Bala Hisar Road, Mossy Falls is named after the moss-laden rocks surrounding the gushing waterfalls. The mesmerising cascade offers a sight of absolute euphoria as it is hidden away from the conventional chaos and din of the city. Literally veiled from view, with a cleft in the hillside, this charming masterpiece of natural wonder can be reached with a little bushwhack following a slightly rough terrain.
It is a hot-spot for trekkers as the trail offers moderate to difficult hikes for the tourists to choose from. In addition to that, it is the go-to place for the photography enthusiasts owing to its rich scenery and minimal human interactions. It is also a favourite amongst the occasional visitors looking for a quiet picnic in the lap of nature. All in all, the ataraxy and poise of the place mixed with the occasional chirping of birds and melodious chiming of trees amidst roaring waters is bound to give you a much needed rejuvenating break from your routine.
Experience Time: 1 Hour
Situated on little hill-lock slightly above the Kasmanda Palace, Mussoorie Christ Church boasts of being the very first Catholic church in all of the Himalayan region. Built in 1836, the exquisite church is an exemplary example of Gothic architecture which evolved from Romanesque architecture. The prominent style being followed, Mussoorie Christ Church exhibits the pointed arches, ribbed vaults and flying buttresses ideal to the gothic style. With its colonial charm and old world feels, the entire complex transports you back in the vintage era.
Furnished with gorgeous pre- Raphaelite glass windows, this fetching piece of art was a gift to India from the British. The tinted glass window panes tell the tale of life events of Jesus Christ. Following which, the high altar is adorned with caricatures about the life and times of Christ from his birth to his sufferings and certification. To add to the brilliance of the church, are the beautifully done interior walls and a striking century-old William Hill organ. Also, the courtyard outside still holds the deodar tree planted by the Princess of Wales in 1906. The entire aura of the church reverberates with salient features of European architecture in addition to the sacred spiritual environment. Besides, the church complex offers enticing views of the Doon valley on the side, to further soothe your senses.
Snuggled amidst the eventful Mall road, is the vibrant Library Bazaar, bustling with energy and vivacity. A stroll in the bazaar can take you back to the vintage times. Arranged along a small circular path, the market oozes with gusto and radiates a colonial feel. The tiny shops dotting the arena perfectly fit into the settlement and present a compressed pretty picture of the entire place. Other than finger-licking street food, local trinkets, handcrafted jewellery, you can find every bric-o-brac in the bazaar. Dribbling with every possible gewgaw knick-knack, this market introduces you to the desi side of Mussoorie.
The bazaar gets its name from the 19th-century Victorian style library that was built in the vicinity. Another feature of the popular market is the Band Stand, where you can go to enjoy some good old colonial music. The market also houses a large statue of Mahatma Gandhi in one corner, hence it’s also popularly called as Gandhi Chawk. The bazaar is a haven for all you compulsive shoppers out there. It has something for everyone out there, ranging from Chinese vases, mementos, trinkets, junk jewellery, precious stones, carved wooden boxes, hand-knitted cardigans, pashmina shawls, brass statues, wall-hangings, Tibetan prayer wheels and so on. In addition to this, there are umpteen eateries, hotels, restaurants and roadside stalls to satiate your taste-buds.
Located at a distance of 3 kms from the Library Bus stand in the main market, Mussoorie Heritage Centre is a private enterprise established and owned by Mr Vinod Kumar and Ms Surbhi Agarwal. The father-daughter duo took the humongous initiative with the objective to preserve and showcase the rich cultural heritage of the tinsel town and the adjoining areas. Established in November 2013, the Mussoorie Heritage Centre basically displays the archives of the historical heritage of Mussoorie back from 1814 when the National Survey compiled the first map of the region; to 1959, when the 14th Dalai Lama took refuge here in Mussoorie.
In addition to the numerous exhibits, paintings, artefacts and historic evidence records, the centre conducts regular research programmes, curated walks, city tours; to give an elaborate perception on what actual Mussoorie was before commercialization took over. With the idea to spread awareness about the traditions, customs and culture of ancient Mussoorie, the owners indulge and partake in several induction programmes and awareness talks in collaboration with NGOs, Women Development Groups and also in local schools.
Located at a distance of 6 kms on the Mussoorie- Dehradun highway, Mussoorie Lake is an artificial lake developed and maintained by the City Board and the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority. Surrounded by a mesmerising natural charm and some surreal views of the charming Doon Valley, this lake offers a rejuvenating retreat in nature’s lap.
The lake is a newly developed picnic spot originating from a natural waterfall. Other than the umpteen outdoor activities available at the site, paddle boating is the most popular one. For a nominal fee, you can paddle your way across the lake to enjoy scenic views of the valley and a serene boating experience. The lake also has a hoard of eateries and refreshment stores to help you stay hydrated and full. Besides, the striking road leading to the lake is bound to give you some picture perfect moments and some memorable memories for life.
Another feather in the cap of Mussoorie is the newly inaugurated K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum, inspired by Madame Tussauds in London. Being the fourth of its kind in India after Kanyakumari, Kolkata and Lonavala, the museum needs no introduction of its own. Situated in the premises of Company Garden, just 3 kms ahead of The Mall, the museum is explored by tourists day in and day out. The museum boasts of lifelike wax statues of both domestic and international personalities, some of which have been imported from the other branches. So little has this museum been publicised that the tourists are overwhelmed with joy on discovering it. The man behind the concept- Mr Sabharwal, is said to have keenly observed Madame Tussauds before coming up with the idea in 2015.
The wax museum houses a total of 26 statues of some prominent personalities. The town rumours suggest Mr Modi’s statue coming up next along with umpteen other additions. Currently, Gandhiji can be seen sitting along with his charkha; not far away is a standing statue of Mother Teresa and Albert Einstein. Alongside, you can find Hitler with his pet expression and clenched fists, not to forget the visionaries- Jawaharlal Nehru and Swami Vivekananda. Also, there are figurines of Angelina Jolie and Michael Jackson among several others. So far, the museum is getting an overwhelming response from the visiting tourists. So, if you’ve always wanted to visit Madame Tussauds but could not for reasons whatsoever, here is an absolutely unique opportunity for you. Although, the museum does not promise exact replicas but still is a must visit place if visiting Mussoorie.
Experience Time: 3-4 Hours
Established in 2003, for the adventure enthusiasts and the young at heart; the Mussoorie Adventure Park is a treasure trove of fun adventure activities. Backed by highly trained and extremely experienced staff, the park offers a variety of activities including rock climbing, rappelling, trekking, parallel rope, zip line etc. Operated by Real Adventure Sports - an X-treme Adventure Sports Company, this park is supposedly the one of its kind, spreading over vast acres of land amidst natural beauty and a panoramic landscape.
Besides the activity thrills and adventure zone, this park offers cosy nooks and gorgeous grasslands to spend quality time amidst nature.
Mussoorie Adventure Park is the first in the world to bring to you- Sky Walking, an activity which lets you glide in the sky with the help of a fabric chair loosened with a harness. Other than the cheap thrills this fun affair offers, it also lets you take an absolute breathtaking view of the enchanting forests below. In addition to this, Real Adventure Sports also bring to you Zip Swinging, which is introduced for the first time in the country. You can walk and swing on a height of 300 to 330 metres in the observation of an instructor, with safety cables and absolutely no chances of falling down. It features the most charming and also the longest and highest zip lines of the Himalayas.
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