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Mussoorie - The Queen of Hills

The muse of a romantic, a loner’s wonderland and a nature lover’s paradise, the glittering hill station of Mussoorie has always been the favourite of many. Once you visit here you cannot wipe off the memories from your heart as the kaleidoscopic hills will always remind you of your betrothal. 

This colonial hill station features some of the prestigious educational institutions of India, stately hotels, cozy cafes, old taverns, estates, churches, buildings, offices, bustling markets and tourist spots to lure the visitors. Mussoorie is one the top hill stations in India, famous for a weekend getaway, honeymoon destinations, Himalayan views and Mall Road.

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Located at a distance of 35 kms from Dehradun, Mussoorie is a wonderful hill station in Uttarakhand situated at a height of 2005 mts above the sea level. It is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and is known as the Queen of the Hills. Mussoorie offers spectacular views of the snow ranges to the north-east, glittering view of the Doon Valley and the Shivalik ranges to the south.

Why Visit Mussoorie?

The lush green hills, the varied flora and fauna and the majestic view of the Shivalik ranges and the Doon Valley attracts thousands 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 centre of education and business. 

At Mussoorie, you can spot the colonial houses of the British folk hailing from Scotland. Not many people know that the Electric Picture Palace established in 1912 was one of the earliest cinema halls in India. It survived for about 90 years and is being renovated to make way for a multiplex.

The visitor’s delight includes the Kempty Falls, the Company Garden, Sir George Everest House, Cloud’s End and the Happy Valley housing the first-ever Tibetan temple in India. The perks of visiting Mussoorie is that you can plan a short trip to the other popular hill stations and tourist places located in the neighborhood such as Kanatal, Dhanaulti, Chamba, Dehradun, Surkanda Devi temple etc. You can also do camping in George Everest Peak.

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.

About Mussoorie Hill Station

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 as a Schooling Destination

Mussoorie is also known for some of the India's best Boarding Schools. Schools like Woodstock, Wynberg Allen, Convent of Jesus and Mary, St. George and Oak Groove are among the well known boarding schools in Mussoorie which are globally acclaimed.

Activities in Mussoorie

  • Shopping – Mussoorie is a shopper’s haven as one can find plenty of shops, stores where one could purchase apparels, artifacts, handicrafts. Mall Road in Mussoorie is a well-known shopping area in Mussoorie visited by tourists. 
  • Adventure Sports – There are several adventure sports one could try to feel the adrenaline rushing through their veins. Day hikes, Rock climbing, rappelling, zipline, sky walking and caving are some of the sports the adventurous one could indulge in.      
  • Nature Walk – Mussoorie is enveloped in lush greenery that makes it a perfect place to explore the beautiful surroundings with family and friends. The road leading towards the Happy Valley from Library Head, from Valley View to Clouds End, and from Waverly Convent to Company Bagh are some of the most beautiful and picturesque roads in Mussoorie enveloped in the morning mist.  
  • Camping in George Everest Peak - you can hike near Hathipaon and George Everest House region.

Mussoorie Travel Tips

  • During the peak season, there is so much rush that accommodation gets pricey and tough to find. It is better to book your room in advance to avoid any last-minute hassle. 
  • During peak season not all vehicles are allowed in Mussoorie Hill Station, so make sure you have hotel booking proof with you to avoid any inconvenience. 
  • Traveling in the off-season has its own perks. The hotel tariff goes down substantial in the off-season and Mussoorie is less crowded and relatively calmer.
  • The best time to visit Mussoorie is from March to June and then again from September to November.

Staying in Mussoorie

'Queen of Hills’ Mussoorie is the most popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand for tourists and honeymooners. Being a favorite tourist destination, there are accommodation options in abundance at Mussoorie ranging from luxury hotels and resorts with excellent facilities to budget guesthouses with limited amenities. 

Mussoorie Food Guide

Tourists can choose from a range of restaurants that are peppered all over Mussoorie. One can relish various international cuisines including Italian, Thai, Continental, and Chinese. Additionally, travelers can also savor the taste of north and south Indian dishes. Some lavish hotels and resorts have their own in-house restaurants to cater to their guests.

History of Mussoorie

Tempted by the exceptional beauty of the hills of Mussoorie, Lt. Frederick Young of East India Company had decided to built a hunting lodge on the Camel’s Back Road along with F.J. Shore, the Magistrate of Doon in 1823. Frederick also formulated the first Gurkha Regiment at Mussoorie and did potato farming, for the first time in the valley. 

In 1832, Mussoorie became the ground of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India, which began at the southern tip of India. George Everest, then Surveyor-General of India, after which the Mount Everest has been named wanted to establish the new office of Survey of India at Mussoorie. But his wish was declined and it was set up in Dehradun

During the chaos of 1959 Tibetan Rebellion, the Central Tibetan Administration of the 14th Dalai Lama was first established in Mussoorie, whose present location is in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. In 1960, the first Tibetan School was established in Mussoorie and the Happy Valley became the home of many Tibetans.

Mussoorie as Popular Honeymoon Destination

This bejeweled hill station is one of the best places for the newlyweds to bathe in the misty dewdrops of love. It is one of the popular romantic honeymoon getaway places in India. Mussoorie is not only located at a favorable distance from Delhi but it also offers some of the well-accentuated hotels and resorts offering a gorgeous vista of the sun-kissed mountains. Check Mussoorie Honeymoon Package.

Sightseeing around Mussoorie

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 Gun Hill. The wonderful 4km stretch from Kurli Bazaar to Library Point called the Camel's Back Rock is a superb experience whether you travel on horseback or simply walk.

Visit Chaar Dukan that has existed since the British era and savor the best pancakes, coffee, Maggie, and omelets.

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 must visit Kempty Falls which is 15kms from Mussoorie on way to Yamunotri, at an altitude of 4500 ft.

Mussoorie is also known as the gateway to Yamunotri and Gangotri. The nearest railway station is Dehradun and the nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun.

Mussoorie Photo Gallery

Mussoorie Bazaar from Landour
Kulri Methodist Church
Bandarpunch from Landour near Mussoorie
Nag Tibba and Himalayas as seen from Lal Tibba
St. Paul's Church - Landour Cantonment Area
Bear Hill and Nag Tibba
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What is Mussoorie famous for?

Mussoorie is famous among tourist as Hill Station, Restaurants, Mall Road, Shopping, Weekend Getaway, Honeymoon Destination.

Mussoorie is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Mussoorie is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Biking, Char Dham Route, Christmas and New Year, Hill Station, Historical, Honeymoon Destination, Kids & family spots , Leisure, Romantic, Ropeways, Shopping, View Points, Weekend Getaway.

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