Mussoori: “The Queen of Hills”
All the famous hill stations in the north of India like Shimla, Manali, Kasuli, Auli etc. attract many tourists is all over the year. But there are so many other places that deserve the same recognition, if not more. One among them is Mussoorie- a hill station that you must keep in your bucket list if you want to behold the most beautiful phases of the mountains up in the north.
This picturesque little hill station has earned the title of “the Queen of Hills” due to its captivating beauty of the mountain ranges amidst the cotton-like clouds. Seated comfortably in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas at an altitude of over 2000 metres above sea level, Mussoorie makes for one of the best places for a mini getaway with friends, friends or even for a solo trip.
Mussoorie derives its name from a common legume crop that grows here. This place is situated around 30 kilometres away from the capital city of Dehradun in Uttarakhand and is easily accessible from all the major cities like Delhi, and Chandigarh, and through smooth highways.
Places To Visit In Mussoorie
Mussoorie has started to earn popularly over the last few years because of several places of tourist interest, such as:
- The Mall
The classic bustling street houses several restaurants, libraries, hotels, shops, fast food stalls, an ice skating rink, antique vendors, and other oddities.
- Lal Tibba
Located about 6 kilometres from the town on Depot Hill, this is the highest spot in Mussoorie. With all the high-powered Japanese telescopes installed, you can take a closer look at a few sky-high peaks of the Himalayan, like – Kedarnath, Nilkanth and Bandarpunch. You can even watch the Tibetan border from here on a clear day. This place was built as a recovery spot for the British Army, which is now maintained the Indian Army.
- Gun Hill
Famous for being the second highest point after Lal Tibba, Gun Hill is rumoured to be an extinct volcano. Here you can behold the most unhindered and panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
- Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary is one of the only remaining places in the Garhwal Himalayas where you can encounter critically endangered creatures like mountain deer, leopards, red-billed blue magpies, mountain quail, and countless other rare bird species.
- Bhatta Falls
The pristine waters of the Bhatta falls flow down the hills into the verdcnt greens to form a clear pool below. This photogenic place, which earned its name from the near Bhatta Village, is good for picnics and relaxation.
- Mussoorie Lake
Located in the lap of the Doon Valley, this lake was artificially created the government redirecting the flow of a near waterfall. Here you can take a boat ride across the crystal clear water while enjoying the scenic beauty of the valley.
- Kempty Falls
Kempty Falls is the most epic description of Mussoorie’s beauty. This waterfall of over 40 feet got its name from the combination of the words ‘camp’ and ‘tea’. Tourists prefer this place to take a break amidst the captivating beauty of nature, right from the colonial era.
- Bhadraj Temple
This famous temple, which is situated in the Yamuna Valley, is dedicated to the brother of Lord Krishna, Lord Balram. People mostly visit this temple to go camping and trekking. The temple overlooks the stunning peaks of the Chaukhamba and Bandarpunch.
Located nearly 62 kilometres away from Mussoorie, this sleepy hamlet has managed to escape commercialization and yet is worth giving a visit.
Likewise, some other places include:
- Jharipani Falls
- Company Garden
- Lake Mist
- Camel’s Back Road
- Jwala Devi Temple
- George Everest’s House
- Happy Valley
- Mossy Falls
- Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve
- Shedup Choepelling Temple
- Library Bazaar
- K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum
- Cloud’s End
- Lambi Dehar Mines
- Municipal Garden
- Sir George Everest’s House
- Nag Devta Temple
- Mullingar Mansion
- Pari Tibba
Van Chetna Kendra
Things To Do In Mussoorie
Since it has become a popular holiday destination to escape the heat you will find lots of things to do in Mussoorie, like:
- Ropeway Travel
You can watch the scenic landscapes on your 400 metres ride through a lens of magic.
You can take a leap off the cliffs and soar above the undulating valleys like a bird.
- Trekking & Camping
You can hike and camp amidst the picturesque nature participating in some popular trek routes like:
- Valley view – Cloud’s End
- Nag Tibba
- Library Head – Happy Valley
- Waverly Convent – Company Bagh
- Yamunotri – Saptarshi Kund
- Bhadraj Temple
- Rock Climbing
If you have immense courage, passion, presence of mind, mental toughness and of course physical fitness for great outdoor activities, then you can climb the gigantic rocks to discover alpine meadows and hidden caves.
- White Water Rafting
You can indulge in white water rafting in the rapid waters of the Kali, Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers, or the stretch from Damta to Yamuna bridge or Barkot to Lakhamandal to discover the beauty of deep forests, snowy slopes, steep hillsides and rocky terrain.
In addition to all these activities, you can engage in shopping, roller skating, winemaking, ziplining, and sky walking.
Best Time For Visiting Mussoorie
Mussoorie has a cool and pleasant climate throughout the year with misty mornings, and a clear sky during the day. It snows heavily during the winter months of January and February, which starts to melt in March. April to June is pleasant with clear sunny skies.
However, it rains drastically to cause landslides and road blockages during the monsoon.
The Autumn months of September and October bring beautiful looks all around. And in the months of November and December, the temperature drops down to 0 degrees.
So, if you are planning to capture the best face of Mussoorie, then the best time to visit:
- With family in March, April, May, and June In winter are February and March.
- For photography in April, July, August, September, and October.
- For a honeymoon in January, February, and March.
- For seeing snow in January and February.
- In Winter are February and March.
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