Mussoorie


Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand. It is located in the Garhwal hill that is also known as the gateway to Yamunotri and Gangotri. An adventurous British army officer captain Young explored the present site and developed it as holiday resort in 1838. You may visit Mussoorie throughout the year. The excellent climate makes it an attractive holiday resort. It is situated around 38 km from Dehradun, capital of Uttarakhand and around 300 km from Delhi. It is a fascinating hill station consisting green hills and extensive flora. It is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India and regarded as the popular honeymoon destination and favorite weekend getaway from Delhi and surrounding cities. This famous hill resort is situated at an average height of 1880 meters (6170 ft) with impressive snow ranges and excellent views of the Doon Valley and Shivalik ranges. Lal Tibba is considered its highest point from where you can get an exhilarating view of the snow-clad Himalayas that is located at an altitude of around 2290 meters (7510 ft). It has many interesting tourist attractions like Gun Hill, Kempty Fall, The Mall, Tibetan School and Home, Municipal garden, Camel’s Back Road and Landour Bazaar etc.

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Mussoorie is developed not only as beautiful tourist destination but an important center of education and business also. There are many important training centers located here such as Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, the premier training institute for officers of the Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S). Indian Police Service (I.P.S) and I.T.B.P, the Indo Tibetan Border Police Force that is the premier academy of elite central Police organization of Government of India etc.

Mussoorie is a popular tourist destination for honeymooners because of its cool climes and beautiful natural environment. It is located about 34 km from Dehradun in Uttarakhand. This hill station, situated in the foothills of the Himalaya ranges, is also known as the Queen of the Hills. It is situated at an altitude of 1,825 metres (5,990 ft) well equipped with green hills, flora and fauna. It is a fascinating hill resort. It consists snow ranges to the northeast, and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Shivalik ranges in the south. This enchanting hill town used to showcase a ‘fairyland’ atmosphere to the tourists. Captain Young, a British military officer and Mr. Shore, the resident Superintendent of Dehradun explored this famous hill resort in 1826.The highest point in Mussoorie is Lal Tibba with a height of over 2,290 metres (7,510 ft) is a lovely lookout point, a short distance from the actual peak. The Mall is one of the most happening places in Mussoorie that stretches from Picture Palace at its eastern end to the Public Library at its western end. It is called the “Gateway” to Yamunotri and Gangotri Shrines. The best time to visit is from mid-March to mid-November though the downpours could be an inhibiting factor in the monsoon months of July to September.

MUSSOORIE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Mussoorie has a great nature walk known as “Camel’s Back Road” since it has a rocky outcrop in the shape of a camel’s hump. There is a beautiful cemetery along the road that is located mid-way on the loop. The “Gun Hill” point is the second highest point of Mussoorie, at an altitude of 2124 meters, is the place where a cannon used to fire midday.  It is accessible by the cable car on the Mall road. There is an oldest Christian church in the Himalayas, St Mary’s that is situated above Mall Road. Kempty falls is a popular picnic spot. Lal Tibba and Company Garden is tourist destinations. Happy Valley has a small Tibetan temple. This was the first Tibetan temple in India that was built by Tibetan refugees in 1960. Dhanaulti, a beautiful place is located about 32 kilometers from Mussoorie.

Gun Hill: It is the second highest peak of Mussoorie at an altitude of 2122 meters approximately that is located near the Mall Road. You may easily reach this point by walking around 20 minutes or through the ropeway as per your preference. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges such as Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara and Gangotri group etc.You can also enjoy the bird’s eye views of the town and beautiful Doon Valley from this point.  The name Gun Hill is bestowed to this tourist point because during the colonial period, a gun was placed atop the hill and fired exactly at mid-day to announce the time and people used to adjust their watches accordingly.

Kempty Falls: It is a beautiful waterfall, which falls from a height of about 40 ft from a mountain. It is situated 15 km from Mussoorie on the way Yamunotri and located at an altitude of 4500 feet that is surrounded by the high mountains. This destination was explored and developed by a British officer named John Mekinanin 1835 during pre-independence era. The British used to organize the tea parties at this place and named it “Camp Tea” later it was adopted and popularized by the locals as ‘Kempty’ that is still prevalent. The falls can be visited round the year except in Rainy season starting from the months of July and August.

Municipal Garden: It is beautiful garden and popular picnic spot that is situated around 3 km from the main town. You may visit this garden riding pony, rickshaw or car as you like. It is also known as Company Bagh or Botanical Garden that is located in the Happy Valley. This beautiful garden has wide variety of flora and birds. There are scores of species of plants and flowers including Dahlias, Begonia, Pansy and Petunia etc. It houses a huge China tree that is the center of attraction for visitors. You can also enjoy boating in the newly constructed artificial lake within the garden.

Camel’s Back Road: This is a popular natural display of rocks in Mussoorie, stretches 3 kilometers that starts from Kulri Bazar near Rink Hall and ends at Library Bazaar. This road passes through an old British graveyard and is named after a rock resembling the hump of a sitting camel, if seen from Mussoorie Public School.  You can enjoy walking or pony riding on this road witnessing the spectacular view of the sunset in the Himalayas on the way.

The Mall: It is the most popular shopping location in the heart of Mussoorie. This mall road connects two markets named Kulri Bazaar and Library Bazaar. The architecture of this market is from the British period. You can see benches and lampposts lined up at the sides of roads along with video game parlors of 1980s style, Methodist Church and skating rinks etc. You can choose woolen clothes, Tibetan metal wares, handicrafts and fabric wall hangings etc in this market. Do not forget to taste local fruits in this market. This prominent shopping place is very lively in the evening.

Cloud’s End: It is one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie. This bungalow was constructed by a British Major in 1838. After independence this bungalow has been converted into a resort and named Cloud’s End. It is known by this name since it is situated at the extreme west of Mussoorie Hill located 8 km from the Library. You may enjoy the spectacular views from this resort that is surrounded by mountains, dense green forests and Yamuna River. It is an ideal and exotic location for honeymooners.

Lal Tibba: It is also called Depot Hill that is the highest point in Mussoorie at an altitude of 2438 meters. You can see beautiful views from this point with the help of a Japanese telescope that was strategically placed at the tower on a cliff in 1967. You may enjoy close and magnificent view of snow covered Gangotri, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Sri Kanta peaks and other Himalyan ranges. You may also see old houses and buildings built in the British architectural style. There are Indian Military camps and broadcasting stations of Government of India on this hill also.

Lake Mist: It is located about 5 km before Kempty falls on the Mussoorie-Kempty road. This is a picnic spot in the lap of nature through which The Kempty River flows in which you may enjoy boating. It has beautiful waterfalls also.

Mussoorie Lake: It is the latest developed picnic spot that is situated at a distance of 6 kms on Mussoorie-Dehradun road with pedaled boats facility. It offers great view of Doon Valley and hill villages. It offers exciting views during night.

Childer’s Lodge: It is also known as “Nahata Estate”. It is a huge property of approximately 300 acres, owned by the Harakh Chand Nahata family. This is the highest peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba. You may enjoy the view of snow-clad mountains from this point.

Bhatta Falls: It is situated 7 km from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Dehradun Road near Bhatta Village. It is fall with different ponds for bathing and water amusements that are ideal place for picnic. It is smaller than the Kempty Falls but equally beautiful.

Jharipani Fall: It is located at 8 km from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Jharipani road. You may visit this place by local bus or car up to Jharipani from where the fall is about 1.5 km on foot.

Mossy fall: It is situated 7 kms from Mussoorie that is surrounded by a dense forest.  One can go there via Barlowganj or Balahisar.

Sir George Everest’s House: It is The Park Estate is where you can find the remains of the building and laboratory of Sir George Everest, the Surveyor-General of India from 1830 to 1843. The world’s highest peak Mt. Everest is named after him. It is located 6 km from Library Bazaar and a wonderful walk from there that is accessible by road although the road is rough beyond Haathi Paon. You may enjoy amazing view of Doon Valley and Aglar River valley. It is a wonderful walk from Library Bazaar and a beautiful spot for a picnic.

Happy Valley: The Dalai Lama established the Tibetan Government in Exile in Mussoorie in 1959, having fled Chinese occupation of Tibet. The Government of Tibet in exile eventually moved to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. The first Tibetan school was established in Mussoorie in 1960. Tibetans settled mainly in Happy Valley in Mussoorie. At present there are around 5,000 Tibetans in Mussoorie.

Landour Bazaar: This is the oldest bazaar of Mussoorie around 150 years old and served as a recreation place for British soldiers. It is not as lively as the Kulri bazaar. The mile-long bazaar has several silversmiths known for silver nose rings, earrings, bracelets and anklets etc.

Vinog Mountain Quail Sanctuary: This is a bird sanctuary established in 1993. Spread over an area of 339 hectares and lies 11 kms from the Library Point. It is famous for the Mountain Quail, a bird species thought to be extinct and last spotted in 1876.

Nag Devta Temple: An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated on Cart Mackenzie Road about 6 km from Mussoorie on the way to Dehradun. It is easily accessible by road. It provides excellent view of Mussoorie and the Doon Valley. It is a popular temple for locals and domestic tourists.

Jwalaji Temple (Benog Hill): It is at an altitude of 2240 meters. It is situated on the top of Benog Tibba (Hill) and contains an ancient idol of Goddess Durga. You may enjoy marvelous view of the Aglar River valley. It is not accessible by road.

Dhanolti: It is located 24 kms from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Tehri Road. You may enjoy nature at its best in Dhanolti. You may go for long walks in the wooded hills, enjoy a breathtaking view of the hills and plains.

Precaution: It is advisable to visit the waterfalls during the summer. You should take extra care while visiting in the monsoon as you may find leeches, slippery stone surfaces etc.

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