Popularly dubbed Queen of hills, Mussoorie in Uttarakhand is the place to be in the blazing summer season. From enchanting mountain peaks to tranquil local roads to the adrenaline rush, the place offers it all. Popular as a summer holiday destination, the hill station is even perfect as a winter getaway as well. Home to numerous trekking trails, Mussoorie would be a perfect destination if you are planning for an ideal summer or winter trip in Uttarakhand. However, if you still need to be convinced as to why Mussoorie should be your next holiday destination, check out some of the major reasons why it is worth visiting.
The scenic beauty of Uttarakhand is no surprise to any of us but Mussoorie takes it to the next level. With mid-range Himalayan mountains guarding Mussoorie, you will be treated with some of the best mountains sights in the world. The serenity of this place makes it a popular romantic honeymoon destination as well as one of the best places to visit in India with family.
Visiting a hill station seems incomplete without having a tour around in a cable rope car ride. However, worry not because Mussoorie has got India’s most famous cable car ride. Starting from Jhulaghat to Gun Hill, one of the highest mountain peaks, the cable car ride is the perfect way to mark your memorable vacation in Mussoorie.
Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM (Winter season) || 8 AM to 10 PM (Summer season)
Cost: INR 75 for a round trip
Situated on Dehradun-Mussoorie Road, the Kempty falls is one of the major points of tourist interest. At an altitude of 4,500 feet, the 40 feet high waterfall offers you a chance to spend some nice time amidst the music of nature. Kempty falls will make the time to stop with its enchanting beauty.
Mall roads are major tourist attractions in almost every famous hill destination, however, the Mall Road in Mussoorie is just out of this world. The brightly lit neighbourhood is the perfect place to shop and one of the top tourist attractions in Mussoorie. There are also numerous food joints serving local delicacies.
If you are looking to shop till you drop then there can be no better place than the Landour Bazar. The most popular tourist attractions as well as the local attraction, Landour Bazar offers a wide range of products for you to choose from. From clothing items to local spices, the market is often jam-packed with locals and tourists alike. This is the best place to experience the local lifestyle of the mesmerising destination.
If you are planning a family vacation and looking for some quaint spots amidst the luxury of nature, Mussoorie offers you numerous trekking and hiking trails. Although the place itself is soothing, the trails like Naag Tibba and Har ki Dun offer you a chance to get closer to nature. These trekking trails also attract a lot of trekkers and you can follow in their footsteps and find your own little spot in the mountains.
Popular Trekking and Hiking trails in & around Mussoorie
One of the most popular hill tourism destinations of India, Mussoorie is also famous for numerous adventure activities that it offers to the travellers visiting this tranquil town. Ranging from skywalk to zip line and zip swing adventure, this place has got a lot of options to choose from.
Cost: Zipline & Zip Swing – INR 300 || Skywalk – INR 600
While nature is what invites travellers to this heaven, it’s the adventure activity like paragliding which holds them captive. One of the most popular tourist spots for paragliding, you can soar high in the sky here at this hill station. Doing so gives you a breathtaking view of the Himalayan mountains and valleys. You don’t need any prior training and anyone above the age of 12 can do this. The rides here are a long and memorable.
Cost: INR 2,000 onwards
Best time for paragliding in Mussoorie: You can paraglide any time of the year except the monsoon season.
If in the mountains, you have got to experience white water rafting. Cruising or let say battling in the river water is one of the best things to do in mountains and Mussoorie doesn’t disappoint you with its white water rafting experience. Alaknanda, Dhauliganga and Kali rivers have several challenging rapids. You can opt for a half-day tour and raft from Barkot to Lakhamandal and Damta to Yamuna Bridge.
Best time for rafting in Mussoorie: You can raft all throughout the year except the monsoon season.
While you might think of it as a summer paradise, the destination turns into a white wonderland during the winter season. With temperature touching zero and snow covering all parts of this place, this popular winter destination opens its gates to the tourists seeking snow adventure.
One thing which goes unnoticed about Mussoorie is that it is home to India’s largest ice skating rink. The winter season here opens a whole new window of adventurous and fun activities and Ice Skating tops the charts. Jaypee Resort’s rink is one of the most popular ones.
If you are a wine lover then this popular tourist destination has got a surprise for you. The place offers you a crash course in winemaking and if you plan to stay here for long, you can go back with bottles of wine made by your own hand.
A popular all year round destination in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie is pleasant throughout the year with each weather season bringing a unique touch to the place.
Summer Season (April to June)
Starting in the month of April and lasting till June, the summer season in a pleasant one. Due to its high elevation, the temperature between three months varies between 10-degree Celsius to 30-degree Celsius. The days are soothing while the temperature during nights gets a bit cold.
Monsoon Season (July to September)
After the summer season, the month of July marks the start of the monsoon season. Lasting till the months of September, the temperature takes a plunge, however, the rainfall is pretty high in the region. The average rainfall during the monsoon season is around 160 cm.
Winter Season (October to March)
The month of October marks the onset of the winter season, which happens to be another great time to visit Mussoorie. The temperature between the winter season ranges from 2-degree Celsius to 24-degree Celsius. The days are pleasant and sunny while the temperature at night can be chilly.
A popular tourist destination in North India and the crown jewel of Uttarakhand Tourism, Mussoorie offers a diverse range of accommodation options as per your requirement. The place offers luxury hotels as well as budget accommodation options.
Whatever might be your style of travelling, Mussoorie ensures that it satiates it all. So, if you are planning a trip to the Himalayas, there can be no better place than Mussoorie.
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