From an altitude of more than 6150 ft, views of Doon Valley, the surrounding hills and greenery could be glimpsed from anywhere one stands in Mussoorie. Mists hanging over Dun Valley and the forests of Pine are just the beginning of the spell that casted over this hill destination. As the 'Baby Sun' opens eyes for the dawn, life in small houses down the slopes and in the hotels and resorts for tourists here starts getting stirred to lovely wakening. The curvy road which resembles to the back of double-humped camel and water falling with all the majesty one can associate with it, are some of the ways to become aware of being in Mussoorie Hill Station, but these are not alone.
Mussoorie tour is like golden amber which keeps spark of rejuvenation kindled in the mortal body and immortal soul. These are some of the features that are instantly recognizable of Mussoorie, yet not the only aspects. Among the crown jewels of tourism in Uttarakhand, Musoorrie has its own charm. Baits of this 'Queen of Hills' attracts everyone coming to this town snuggled in foothills of Garhwal Himalayas; the nearer one gets, more indulgent he becomes.
Although there is a great need to control 'over' in Mussoorie tourism and promote eco-friendly facet of it, the place continues to draw tourists from India and abroad being easily accessible and enchantingly welcoming.
Mussoorie is among those places where footprints of the British Past left on Indian Territory could still be seen. However, this is not the only noticeable facet of this place. Visiting temples with their myths and legends and rituals to worship accentuates the feel. That gets even better with all the picnic points in the lap of Nature. Have some idea about the attractions of this place reading the list-
Nag Devta Temple - A great view of Doon Valley and dedication to Lord Shiva is all needed to pay a visit to the temple located on Cart Mackanzie Road.
Jwala Devi Temple - Bengong Tibba is a place with altitude 2240 m where this temple dedicated to Goddess Durga is located at a distance of 9 Km away from Mussoorie.
Tapkeswar Mahadev Temple - A cave temple located outskirts of the main city around 40 Km away, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The water is believed to be dripping on shrine naturally. The hot water springs around also make for a great addition.
Shedup Choepelling Temple - It is a Tibetan temple meant for peaceful engagement of population.
Christ Church - Believed to be the oldest church in Himalayan region, constructed in 1836 it has Gothic design architecture.
Surkhanda Devi Temple - Only for sturdy legs, the temple demands trek of 2 Km before one gets to see the deity represented by the stone sculpture. 35 Km away from the city it is located at around 10000 ft. It is believed that the head of Sati has fallen on the site where today temple stands.
Lakha Mandal - Idols found in excavation by Archeological Survey of India in this village now draw believers of Shakti and Shiva as well as the historian interested in the antiques. Located some 80 Km or more away, the Graphite Lingam is the main attraction of the place.
Some other places of worship that one might chose to visit or opt out include Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Jama Masjid, Buddha Temple, etc.
Lake Mist - Just 5 Km before reaching Kempty Falls, tourist can get the feel of starting of great times at Lake Mist on Mussoorie holidays.
Mussoorie Lake - Mussoorie - Dehradoon road houses this lake which has now emerged as popular place for picnic and boating. Night views are told to be particularly heart-stirring.
Happy Valley - One place and many lures- the valley in itself is grandeur to look at, but it also leads to Cloud's End and Hathipaon Park Estate and has Library, IAS Academy, Tibetan Temple and Municipal Garden.
Tapovan - Trekking to Tapovan (where Guru Dhronacharya (a character of Epic Mahabharata) did his penance) is not a regular task to be undertaken but adventure buffs and trekker do not let go of such an opportunity.
Falls - Various falls are known for accentuating the appeal of Mussourie and some of the well known names are Kempty Falls, Jharipari Falls, Bhatta Falls and Mossy Falls.
Lal Tibba - Touted to be the highest point of Mussoorie, the place now has a namesake at a little lower altitude, well known point to picnic.
Gun Hill - Firing cannon from the hill at a particular time of day was once idea to match the watches by the residents and thus the name of the hill. Rope way and trekking are common mode to reach here.
Benong Wildlife Sanctuary - Snow-shrouded peaks like Chaukhamba and Banderpoonch and Pine forests make the natural home for some of the animals and birds of high altitude, which is what found in abundantly in this sanctuary.
Cloud's End - Denoting the geographical end of the Mussoorie the point is becomes a great vantage point for the sights this hill station has to offer.
Tiger View Jungle Camp - Adventure lovers find it a great place in Goolar Khalla village. Camping and jungle safaris are great ways to explore Nature.
Camel's Back Road - Camel's hump is never as evident as in the shape of this road due to which this 3 Km stretch is named. Natural rock formations are something to see while on the route which connects Library and Kulri Bazaar.
Hathipaon and Park Estate - Sir George Everest lived in the house located inside this premises, which is why it is popular in first place. However, the other reason of being a great picnic spot also adds because of the scenic Nature.
Jaspal Rana Shooting Range - When Olympian Jaspal Rana won medal, it inspired youths enough to become a shooter like him and even better and thus this place came into picture.
Bazaars - Landour Bazaar, Library Bazaar and Sisters Bazaar are some of the nice places where locals as well as tourists hang out. Landour Bazaar is known for the tranquility which its trademark where as Sister Bazaar is more of a residential area where famous personalities own houses. In contrast is the Library Bazaar which is names after a Victorian-style designed library and has an actual shopping area.
Municipal Garden - A part of Happy Valley, the garden is one of the prime location for tourists to enjoy together with family. A waterfall, lake, gardens and a fountain increases the beauty all the more.
The Mall - This remains the iconic point of Mussoorie which tourists look for stepping for the first time in this hill city.
Places around Mussoorie
Just as the cream riches the taste of coffee, following places append to the way Mussoorie as a whole could be experienced.
Dhanaulti - Only 35 Km away from Musoorie, this place is a natural choice while extending stay in Uttaranchal to visit nearby places.
Dehradun - 85 Km away from Mussoorie, the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is located which in itself is a picturesque destination to be in. With many natural sites and view, getting enchanted is not uncommon.
Rishikesh - The holy city of Rishikesh on the banks of River Ganges is around 71 Km from Mussoorie. People with religious bend can take to direction as well. The place is also a hub for adventure activities like rafting, bungee jumping, camping, etc.
Haridwar - Another city associated with Hindu gods and deities, Haridwar- literally 'Door of God', is approx 80 Km from hill destination of Musoorrie. Satiating hunger for divine might take tourists to here as well.
Chamba - Located only 58 Km from the destination under discussion, Chamba is a feat to visit. With all the natural wonders which seem to accumulate in one place, this addition to Mussoorie package can make vacation time immortal.
Things to do
Feeling of being stationary while the world at an altitude seems to be moving can introduce to an out of the world feeling, especially when done for the first time. Accessing Gun hill from Cable Car is one of the activities that family can do together and give that feel. Those who life some physical activity, trekking excursions and camping are also available from Mussoorie, organized often by adventure companies on this location. Other activities that could be participated into for a great vacation are Horse Riding, Fishing, Skating, Mountain Biking and cycling.
If anybody takes time to glance, pointing out Mussoorie hotels and resorts is easier than the houses of the locals; the place is so much popular among the people bitten by legendary 'travel-bug'. Still, the situation might not be a help in peak seasons because of the tourists load Mussoorie receives every year. It is thus suggested to get the bookings done as soon as the plans to visit the place are laid down.
There are many types of accommodations for all kind of travelers and tourists with both constrained as well as unrestricted budgets. To know about the hotels and resorts with which tourists were happy and satisfied, consult the list- Hotel Ashirwad, Hotel Sun N Snow, Hotel KBS Value, The Pearl, Hotel Pavilion, Tullahmore Estate, Hotel Basera, Crystal Palace, Classic Fall Resort, Honeymoon Inn, Hotel Hill Queen, Padmini Niwas, Fort Resort, and the list can include 100 more but that is subject to the depth of search tourists to Mussoorie tour intends to make.
Winters are chilling, as is common with any hill station; but something in the setting of sun is not at all common. Purple, yellow, orange, red and mauve spread splendid shades as sun leaves for its night's nap during mid October to January, the phenomenon being called 'Winter Line'. It occurs only in splendors of Nature like Switzerland. Snowfall is another spectacular feature to cherish in winter months from December to mid of February.
March to June are months of summers that are cooler by all the standards of heat of plains. Freewheeling in The Mall, taking a trekking trip and more such activities are more appealing during this time. Monsoons from July to September are difficult often causing landslide; hence preferably avoided.
Best time to visit
September to June thus remains the best time for traveling Mussoorie for all ages and groups of individuals.
How to reach there
Air - Dehradun houses Jollygrant Airport which is nearest to Mussoorie, from where it could be reach by hiring Taxi.
Rail - This hill destination is well connected with all the major cities by train through nearest railway station being Dehradoon as well with others like Haridwar, Ambala Cant, Muradabad, Delhi.
Road - Buses from various locations like Delhi, Haridwar, Dehradoon, Chandigarh, etc are easily available. Option of hiring a car or taxi or taking one's own car to Mussoorie is not at all a bad idea if prepared enough for road journey.
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