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Mussoorie: The Queen of Hills

Mussoorie the queen of hills
Written by Banani Chakraborty

Mussoorie the queen of hills is a paradise for all nature lovers. This sparkling and kaleidoscopic hill station is a topmost attraction for the tourists. This colonial hill station houses some institutions, old taverns and stately hotels, as well. Moreover, there are estates, buildings, cosy cafes, bustling markets, offices, churches that add to the charms of Mussoorie.

Mussoorie: The Queen of Hills

To begin with, Mussoorie is a famous hill station in Dehradun district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Nestled in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalaya, Mussoorie offers the beauty of unadulterated nature. Indeed, it offers us a cool, pleasant climate all through the year. Besides, the pristine beauty of this place makes it a honeymooner’s paradise. Due to snow-packed Himalayan peaks juxtaposed beautiful rolling green slopes, Mussoorie is a perfect holiday hill destination.

Further, it offers magnificent scenery of the snow ranges to the north-east along with the Shivalik ranges to the south. Furthermore, there is the scintillating Doon Valley.

Perched on a 15km long horseshoe ridge, Mussoorie is captivating with the Himalayan beauty at the backdrop. From here we can enjoy the magnificent peaks of western Garhwal range. We can also see from west to east the gorgeous peaks of the Bandar Poonch, Srikanta, the Gangotri group and Chaukhamba. Most importantly, the panoramic beauty of mesmerizing snow-capped Himalayan peaks is awe-inspiring.

It is another popular hill station in India. And it is an appealing paradise. Most importantly it is a picture-perfect summer resort. We must show our gratitude towards nature for such a wonderful gift of nature.

Generally, people visit Mussorie along with Haridwar and Rishikesh. It deserves two full days at least, to enjoy it. While setting goals we must keep it in our mind. But before this, we have to include Mussoorie in the list of our tour goal.

Why Visit Mussoorie?

The verdant greenery, diverse flora and fauna, the imposing Shivalik ranges along with dazzling Doon Valley attracts the tourists. Tourists not only from India but also from all over the world come here.

A British Army Officer in the year 1820 established this ‘Queen of Hills’. Anyhow, we can found berry-covered abundant Mansur shrub in this area, particularly along the trekking trails. Hence, the name Mussoorie was derived. The cuisine and architecture still reflect the vestiges of its glamorous colonial past.

Apart from the charm of ropeway ride, Mussoorie offers a plethora of breath-taking adventure activities. Tourists can enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities from Mussoorie Adventure Park. It offers skywalk, rappelling, paragliding and skiing. Besides, there is zip swings and zip lines. Additionally, there are river rafting facilities in the Alakananda and Dhauliganga rivers(May read why our rivers are drying). If any group wants camping and trekking, then the park can also arrange that.




(Also read Manali for all these activities).

Tourists will get a unique chance to learn winemaking in practical.

All these along with abundant natural scenic beauty makes Mussoorie an astonishing tourist destination.

It is also a honeymooner’s paradise. You may come here with your love and relation and get a chance to better your relationship.

Height of Mussoorie:

Mussoorie is at an average height of 1880 meters (6170feet). It is famous as “the Queen of Hills”.

Monthwise Temperature of Mussoorie (°C):

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January: 10-2.

February: 12-3.

March: 16-5.

April: 21-7.

May: 24-14.

June: 23-16.

July: 20-15.

August: 20-15.

September: 19-14.

October: 18-11.

November: 15-7.

December: 13-4.

Distance from Mussoorie(in Km) and time it takes:

Dehradun: 33.9, 1hour and 20 minute.

Deharadun, Jolly Grant Airport: 57.8, 1hour and 49 minute.

Haridwar: 83.8, 2 hours and 54 minutes.

Delhi: 277, 6 hours and 28 minutes.

Nainital: 313, 8 hours and 43 minutes.

Munsyari: 480, 16 hours and 20 minutes.

Ghatshila: 1621, 31 hours.

Kolkata: 1729, 32hours.

Vishakhapatnam: 2008, 41 hours.

Mussoorie Tourists Places:

To begin with, there are several tourists places here. Some of then are

Lal Tibba:

Lal Tibba

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In the first place, it remains open from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm and the entry fee is Rs 50 per person.

To begin with, it is one of the topmost attractions of here. This place is only around 5-6 km from Mussoorie. In the first place, it is at the top of Depot Hill in Landour. In fact, it is the highest point of this region. It is the most captivating viewpoint of here.

It is at a height of 2275 meters (7164 feet). We can clearly see the Nilkantha peak (6596 meters) in Badrinath along with Kedarnath peak (6940 meters). Moreover, there are three peaks of Banderpoonch range. The highest of them is 6316 meters high. Tourists can see all these mesmerizing views if the weather is clear.

Char Dukan:

Further, tourists can see snowy white range from a ‘Char Dukan’ nearby Lal Tibba and St. Paul’s Church. It is actually a café famous for sightseeing in Mussoorie. There is a telescope that helps the tourists with the unfettering panoramic views of the snow laded Himalayan peaks. With the help of it, tourists can see all these peaks very well. Added to this, they can see Swargarohini (6252 meters) and Chaukhamba (7138meters) massifs, if the weather is clear. Even, one can also see Nanda Devi.


Tourists can see the mesmerizing sunrise as well as sunset from here. Further, is the scenic beauty which is very charming. This is not only the oldest but also the most populated spot in Mussoorie.

Apart from this, there are some spectacular trekking trails.

(Also read the popular trekking route of Sandakphu and Phalut).

Besides, there are a plethora of historic buildings. Among them are St. Paul’s church, built-in 1839 and Kellog’s church built in 1903 which attracts tourists. Moreover, this place of Mussoorie is a base camp of the Indian military. Furthermore, there are broadcasting towers for both the Doordarshan and All India Radio.

Additionally, there are shopping markets and quaint tiny cafes.

Cloud’s End:

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This place is open 24 hours and there is no entry fee.

It is 6km west of the Library. Moreover, it is the geographical end of this charming hill station. This place is fenced with deodar and oak trees. Enthusiasts can enjoy a 2km mesmerizing walk up to the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary. It offers awesome views, particularly the Aglar River Valley.

Another major attraction in Mussoorie is the heritage hotel, Clouds End Forest Resort. To tell the truth, it is a heritage building set up in 1838. It is still retaining original architecture as well as relics. (Also read Murshidabad for Nawabi splendour).

Benong Wildlife Sanctuary:

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It is open from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm and there is no entry fee.

To start with, it is a part of the famous Rajaji National Park. It is 12 km from Library End Road. This sanctuary is one of the most visited places in this region. It is popular for some rare species and almost-extinct mountain quails, red-billed blue magpie, leopards, deer and etc.

Besides, tourists can see gorgeous Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba and Bandarpunch. Further, they can trail the breath-taking pine-clad hilly slopes.

In all honesty, it is an ideal place in Mussoorie for bird watcher and nature lovers. This place is very similar to Kolakham and Rishop.

But, it is totally different from the world-famous tiger reserve and wildlife sanctuary of Sundarban. We can visit Sundarban from Kaikhali.

Jwala Devi Temple:

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This temple remains open from 5.00 am to 12.00 noon and 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm. There is no entry fee.

At first, this is popular as Jwala Ji Temple. Perched at a height of 2100 meters on Binog Hill it is a pilgrim in Mussoorie. (Also read, Punyagiri in Chaukori).

The goddess is Devi Durga. One has to trek 2km uphill from Cloud’s End amidst thick deodar and line trees. The panoramic vistas of the Shivalik range, Doon Valley and Yamuna River all along the trekking trail is dumbfounding.

The striking hills, imposing greenery along with small streams offers a breath-taking view. Mingle with the serenity as well as divinity makes it a picture lovers paradise. They will get positive vibes from the stunning scenario all around. It will help to rejuvenate a positive attitude.

With a positive attitude, motivation level will also increase.

Mussoorie Lake:

It is a newly developed tourist destination only 6km before Mussoorie. In the first place, it is in the Deharadun-Mussoorie road. Indeed, it is an ideal picnic spot. Besides, it is a calm and romantic spot to enjoy with your love and relation. It remains open from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Tourists come here in numbers throughout the year. They can enjoy boating as well as taste foods from the local eateries here.

Camel’s Back Road:

It is another attractive location in the heart of Mussoorie. It is a 3km long road from the Library Point to Kulri Bazaar. Tourist can stroll here in the lap of nature. The rocks here look like the camel hump. It is one of the topmost attractions of here.

This place offers a magnificent picturesque beauty of the sky touching Himalayan Hills. Further, we can see dense tall trees and rocks with camel’s hump throughout the entire road. Apart from this, tourists can see a 180 years old British cemetery here. It is the first of its kind in Mussoorie.

Moreover, tourists can enjoy the beauty of sunrise and sunset from here. Added to this, is the fascinating background of the Doon Valley. Additionally, tourists enjoy the horse ride. Also taste the delicious food here.

(Also read, delicious Bengali foods).

Lake Mist:

This pristine lake is another tourist’s attractions near Kempty falls. The entire region is covered with lush green terrain forest. Added to this are emerald waters and the calmness. It is a perfect location to enjoy boating and spend time with family.

It is open from 8.00 am to 6.30 pm and there is no entry free. Tourists come and enjoy here for 1-2 hours.

Kempty Falls:

The kempty falls

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To begin with, it is open from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm and there is no entry fee. It is only 15km from Mussoorie.

To tell the truth, it is one of the most famous waterfalls in Uttarakhand. It is surrounded by a high mountain cliff. Indeed, it is very amazing as the water is falling from a great height. Actually, this cascade waterfalls from an altitude of 40 feet. Somersault of the streams prior to hitting the bottom this gigantic fall is very alluring.


Therefore, this milky stream presents us with awesome beauty. Tourists may enjoy a bath under the 40 feet, Falls. Further, one can enjoy boating in the nearby pond. It remains open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

A pond is formed at the bottom of this falls. If tourists want, then they can bath and swim there.

Moreover, it is a very good picnic spot for local people.

(Also read Birthi falls in Munsyari).

Gun Hill:

Tourists can visit this place from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm without any entry fee.

It is another prominent tourist attraction here. In fact, it is the second-highest peak(2024meters). It is said that it is an extinct volcano. Moreover, the panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan peaks from here is really spellbound. Added to this is the ropeway journey. Further, tourists can enjoy balloon shooting. It is in close proximity (400feet above) to Mall Road.

Timing for ropeway:

8:00 AM – 10:00 PM (May to July and October),

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (August to September and late November to April)

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (December and January).

The round trip cost Rs. 75.

Further, tourists can enjoy balloon shooting. It is in close proximity (400feet above) to Mall Road. However, it is only 1.7 km from Mall road. Apart from the ropeway, tourist can go by car. Otherwise, 20 minutes’ walk is another very good and attractive options.

Mall Road:

It is in the heart of the city. There are benches and lampposts. Moreover, there are modern shops, video parlours and skating rinks. We will get splendid views on one side of this wide beautiful roads. On the other side, we will get various shops. They offer not only unique wooden handicrafts, woollen garments, accessories but also many more. Added to this is delicious sweet corn, momos, eggs, Maggie, coffee and much more.

(Also read the mall road in Nainital).

Sir George Everest House:

It is another prime tourist’s attraction in Mussoorie. And offers magnificent scenic beauty of snowy Himalayan peak along with bird’s eyes views of Doon Valley. Most importantly it was built in 1832. It is famous for picnics, camping and adventure outings.Moreover, it is one of the best locations for seeing both sunrise and sunset.

Soham Heritage Art Centre:

It houses the culture along with the tradition of Himalayas. There are sculptures, paintings on canvasses, murals, frescoes and scrap art, as well.

Bhatta Falls:

Bhatta Falls

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Enthusiasts can also see Bhatta Falls, 14 km away from Mussoorie. It will take only 33 minutes. And offers alluring natural scenic beauty. It is a popular picnic spot.

Jharipani Falls:

Further, one can see cascading Jharipani Falls. It is only 7.2 km away and takes around 19 minutes to reach there.

Company Garden:

Furthermore, there is a Company Garden. It is only 3 km from Mall Road. It offers a wide range of beautiful and colourful flowers. There are a mini lake and a tiny artificial waterfall which adds to the beauty. Additionally, tourists can enjoy paddle boat here.

Places to visit nearby Mussoorie:

If you have time, then you can visit

  • Auli,
  • Dhanaulti,
  • Chakrata,
  • Chamba,
  • Uttarkashi,
  • Pouri,
  • Haridwar
  • Rishikesh.
  • Deharadun
  • ‘Chardham’ namely Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri and etc.

Tourists not only from India but also from all over the world come and explore these wonderful tourists land.

Further, we will taste local apples as well as mangoes and bananas. These local fruits are very popular as well as tasty.

(Also read walnut).

Best Time to Visit Mussoorie:

End of March to June and October to early November are the best time to visit this place. This time weather generally remains clear. So tourists can enjoy the natural beauty along with other activities.


Always try to avoid the rainy season from July to September. In winter, it will be very cold here.

End of November to early March, it is very cold. No doubt, this is the best time to visit for those who can bear cold. This time one will get a clear view of the sky.

How Many Days Are Sufficient to Visit Mussorie?

As a matter of fact, 2-3 days are sufficient to visit this place. But, it will require at least 2 full days.

Snowfall in Mussoorie:snowfall in Mussoorie

Over the years, it is very erratic here. This is due to climatic changes and deforestation. If the weather is windy and accompanied by rainfall, then there is a chance of snowfall. Usually, January and February may experience snowfall here.

Save Money in Tour:

In the winter season generally price of hotels and cars slash down due to very few tourist’s appearances. Therefore, the tour of Mussoorie in the winter will save some money.

We need to hire a car at first. It will be better if we can provide 8 heads in an 8 seater cars and so on. This time, we can easily save money.

(Also read: Grow our savings.

Factual reasons for savings.

Mutual Funds.)

Precautions:

We will undergo the followings precautions in Mussoorie:

1. At first, we will bring sufficient woollen clothes depending on the time of visit.

2. Secondly, we will use sunscreen in the daytime and follow necessary skincare routine at night. To moisturise we may use rose water.

(Also read Flawless skin.

Acne).

3. Thirdly, always drink filtered bottled water.

4. Fourthly, we will carry all the necessary medicines.

5. We need to carry identity proof (aadhar card) both original and Xerox

6. Moreover, we will always keep sufficient cash apart from cards. If possible, we will complete advance booking.

7. We will go to sleep within 9.00 pm so that we can get up within 5.00-6.00am. It will also give us time for sound and sufficient sleep.

(Also read: deep sleep

Sleep paralysis).

How to go to Mussoorie:

By Air:

The nearest airport is Jollygrant Airport in Dehradun. It is 57.8 km away and will take 2hours and 1 minute to reach Mussoorie. Tourists can avail direct flights from Delhi as well as Mumbai. Both Delhi and Mumbai are very well connected by air all over the country. Not only national but also these two cities are very well connected internationally.

Otherwise, people may come to Delhi, at first. From there, they will go to Jollygrant airport by air.

From here, tourists will hire a car to reach their dream destination.

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Dehradun Railway Station. It is about 33km away and it takes 1hour 33 minutes to reach.

Otherwise, tourists can go via Haridwar railway Station. It is approximately 85 km away and it takes around 3hours and ten minutes.

Both Haridwar and Deharadun are well connected with almost all the major cities of India.

From here tourists will book a car or local vehicle to reach Mussoorie.

By Road:

At first, this place is well connected by road from all over the country. Buses are easily available from Delhi, Haridwar or Deharadun. Moreover, tourists will get a number of state and private buses from nearby cities and towns. Further, we will get luxury, semi-luxury and deluxe buses from Deharadun, Haridwar, Tehri, Rishikesh, Delhi and etc.

For car booking contact 096392-45542,99035-25040

Suggestion: From Delhi, we can reach Mussoorie by air or train or bus.

From Kolkata:

Trains available are: –

  • Kumbha Express
  • Bag Express
  • Upasana Express.
  • Doon Express are available.

However, there is no direct flight. Then, one has to change from Delhi.

Hotels in Mussoorie:

In fact, there are a number of hotels available of various ranges. We shall always try to avail (Garhwal Terras) hotel of Garwal Mondal Bikash Nigam. it is the best of its kind.


Website-www.gmvnl.in

Oyo Hotels in Mussoorie:

  • OYO 15158 Mussoorie International
  •  1467 Hotel Hill Queen
  •  7251 Hotel Palazzo
  •  37653 Luxmount Hotel
  •  5596 Hotel Pacific Mussoorie
  •  Rooms Picture Palace Mussoorie
  • 24140 Sunset View
  •  6119 Hotel Royal Classic
  •  8670 Hotel Usha Palace
  •  11753 Hotel Midview Mussorie
  • Capital O 19024 Oak Bush
  • Capital O 3639 Hotel Pioneer

Hotels in Mussoorie below 1000

  • Hotel Omkar
  •  Natraj Palace Hotel
  • Hotel Broadway
  • Hotel Knaukin Mussoorie
  •  Krishna Palace Hotel
  •  Omkar Hotel
  • Hotel Natraj Palace
  • Hotel Broadway
  • Castle View
  • Hotel Jain Regency
  • Hotel Walnut Grove
  • Prince Hotel
  • Hotel Nand Palace
  • Hotel Piknik Mussoorie
  • Landour Residency
  • Hotel Shree Badrish Residency

4-star hotels in Mussoorie:

  • Welcome Hotel The Savoy
  • JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort
  • Club Mahindra Mussorie
  • Rokeby Manor Mussoorie
  • The Claridges Nabha Residency
  • Hotel Shilton
  • The Golden Palms Hotel and spa
  • Royal Orchid Fort Resort
  • Country Inn and Suits by Radisson
  • Hotel Madhuban Highlands
  • Amatra Dunsvirk Court

Hotels in Mussoorie mall road with parking:

  • Hotel Vishnu Palace
  •  Shilton Hotel
  • Hotel Himalayan Club
  • Amatra Dunsvirk Court
  • Hotel Pine Retreat
  • One Earth Royale Boutique Hotel
  • Hotel Beechwood
  • Prince Hotel
  • Hotel Devlok Primal
  • Hotel Silver Rock
  • Amara The High Walls
  • Hotel Himalayan Club
  • Hotel Samrat

As we can enjoy a few days in Mussoorie, so it lessens our stress. In fact, travel and tourism help as a stress management technique.

Any tour with children and other family members is a part of the role of parents.

At the same time, any tour brings us a chance to spend merrily a few days with our family. As a result, it increases our self-esteem. Not only this it also increases our happiness a great deal.

Finally, this ‘queen of hills’ will remain in our memory forever.

 

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