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Located at a distance of 35 kms from Dehradun, Mussoorie is a wonderful hill station in Uttaranchal at a height of 2000mts above sea level. It is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and is known as the Queen of the Hills.
Mussoorie derives its name from the plants of Mussoorie or shrub mansoor which are available in large quantities in this region. The history of Mussoorie dates back to 1825 when a shooting lodge was constructed jointly by Captain Young, an adventurous British military officer and Mr Shore the Superintendent of Revenues at Dehradun.
Mussoorie Hill Station
The lush green hills, the varied flora and fauna and the majestic view of the Shivalik ranges and the Doon Valley attracts hundreds of tourists both domestic and international to Mussoorie each year. Mussoorie is famous not only for its scenic beauty but it has also developed into an important center of education and business. Mussoorie 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 interesting tourist places like The Mall which extends from Cloud's End in the west to Rockville in the east. The Mall gives you a feeling of the old world charm which is heightened by the presence of the Municipal garden, the Tibetan School and Home, and the National Academy of Administration.
You can take time to enjoy the ropeway on the second highest peak of Mussoorie, the Gun Hill. It also gives a bird's eye view of the town and the Doon school. You can get a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges from the Gun Hill. The wonderful 4km stretch from Kurli Bazaar to Library Point called the Came's Back Rock is a superb experience whether you travel on horse back or simply walk.
About 6 kms from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Jharipani Road is the beautiful Jharipani Falls. Childer's Lodge is the highest peak of Mussoorie while the highest point is Lal Tibba from where you can get an exhilarating view of the snow-clad Himalayas. Surrounded by thick deodar forests, Cloud End is an ideal resort built in 1838 by a British major. Honeymooners and foreigners visit this place often. While in Mussoorie, you ust visit Kempty Falls which is 15kms from Mussoorie on way to Yamunotri, at an altitude of 4500ft.
Mussoorie Weather - Mussoorie Climate Best Time to Visit
Mussoorie is a popular cool summer retreat in India. The climate is cool and pleasant all through the year here.
Summer Temperature : Minimum - 10C, Maximum - 30C
Winter Temperature : Minimum - 1C, Maximum - 10C
Annual Rainfall : 180 cm
Snowfall in Mussoorie: End of December to Mid February.
- Summers (April to June) in Mussoorie: remain very favorable. Because of its high altitude, the hill resort escapes the extreme heat of summer season. The temperature rises to a maximum of 30oC and the minimum temperature is recorded at 10oC during this season. Light woolens are advisable during this season.
- Generally winters (late October to mid-February) in Mussoorie: are very cold and spine-chilling. The mercury level may drop down to a minimum of 1oC during the nights. Days remain slightly foggy, with the sun being mild and placid. The temperature reaches to a maximum of 10oC during the daytime. Sometimes, occasional snowfall might lead to road-blocks in winters.
- Monsoons in Mussoorie: The place experiences heavy downpour during the monsoon season (July to September). It makes the roads unsuitable for trekking and driving. The sky attains a mauvish tinge and mountains remain covered with sheets of mist. With the onset of the spring season in end-September, the place reaches its apogee of beauty.
Best Time to Visit : Best season to go Mussoorie is March to June and September to November. Summers are the best times to have trekking, rock climbing and camping.