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Mussoorie

MussoorieMussoorie, with its green hills and varied flora & fauna, is a fascinating hill resort. Commanding a wonderful view of extensive Himalayan snow ranges to the north-east, and glittering views of the Doon Valley, Roorkee, Saharanpur and Haridwar to the south, the town presents a fairyland atmosphere to the tourists.

Its history dates back to 1827 when Captain Young, an adventurous military officer, explored the present site and laid the foundation of this holiday resort which now has few rivals.

Mussoorie is famous for its scenic beauty and hectic social life. It provides all kinds of amusement and every facility for domestic and foreign tourists. Mussoorie is conveniently connected by road to Delhi and other major cities and is the "Gateway" to Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines of Northern India.

SIGHTSEEING:

Gun Hill-
Enjoy a Ropeway ride to the second highest peak of Mussoorie. It can also be negotiated by bridles path which forks-off from Mall Road near Kutchery and to reach takes about twenty minutes. The Ropeway distance is only 400 mtrs. And the sheer thrill of the ride is memorable.

Gun Hill offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges namely Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara and Gangotri group etc. and a bird's eye view of Mussoorie town and Doon Valley. During pre-independence days a gun mounted on this top used to be fired heralding mid-day to enable people to adjust their watches and hence this name.

Municipal Garden:
A picnic spot having a beautiful garden and an artificial mini lake with boating facilities. It is located at a distance of 4kms by cycle rickshaw, pony or by car and only 2 kms on foot via Waverly Convent Road.

Childer's Lodge:
Highest Peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba. It is about 5 kms from the Tourist Office and one can go on horse back or on foot. Snow view from this spot is exhilarating.

Camel's Back Road:
It starts from Kulri Bazar near Rink Hall and ends at Library Bazar covering a total distance of about 3 kms. The main charm of this froad is horse riding and wlking. Sunset view of the Himalayas is superb. Camel's Rock with a life like resemblance can be seen from the spot near Mussoorie Public school.

Jharipani Fall:
8.5 kms from Mussoorie on Mussoorie- Jharipani Road. Visitors can go by bus or by car upto 7 kms to Jharipani from where the fall is 1.5 kms, on foot.

Bhatta Fall: 7 kms from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Dehradun road. Access by car or bus upto Balta village from where the fall is 3kms by car or foot. An ideal spot for bathing anf picnics.

Kempty Fall: 15 kms from Mussoorie on the Yamunotri Road having an altitude of 4500 ft. It has the distinction of being the biggest and prettiest waterfall located in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by high mountains. Bath at the foot of the falls is refreshing and enjoyable for children and adults alike.

Nag Devta Temple: An ancient temple situated on Cart Mackenjie Road and is about 6 kms from Mussoorie. Vehicles can go right upto the spot. It provides a charming view of Doon Valley as well as of Mussoorie.

Mussoorie Lake: A newly developed picnic spot, situated on Mussoorie-Dehradun road and is about 6 kms from Mussoorie. It is a delightful spot. Pedal boats are available. It commands an enchanting view of Doon Valley and nearby villages.

Van Chetna Kendra: At a distance of about 2 kms on Tehri bye pass road, this place is developed as a picnic spot and has a park surrounded with pine forest and flowering shrubs, and is approachable by foot or taxi/car. The main attraction is the wildlife of the park like Ghurar, Kanankar, Himalayan Peacock, Monal etc.

Sir George Everest House: 6kms The Park Estate of sir George Everest, First Surveyor General of India, Who had his office and residence here, is approachable by road. The highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, is named after him.

Jwalaji Temple (Benog Hill): 9 kms 6to the west of Mussoorie and at an altitude of 2104 mtrs. Is the Jwalaji Temple. It is situated on the top of the Benog Hill and has an idol of Mata Durga in it. The temple is surrounded by thick forests and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon valley and Yamuna valley.

Clouds End: The bungalow built in 1838 by a British Major was one of the First Four buildings of Mussoorie. The bungalow has since then been converted into a hotel called Clouds End, and is situated at the extreme west of Mussoorie Hill, 8 kms from Library. The resort is surrounded by thick forest, offers a wide variety of flora and fauna besides a panoramic view of snow clad Himalayas, and Yamuna river. The most ideally suited resort for foreigners and honeymoon couples.

SUBURBAN EXCURSION SPOTS:

Yamuna bridge: About 27 kms from Mussoorie on Chakrata Barkot Road and is an ideal spot for fishing. Permits for fishing can be obtained

Dhanolti:
Located on Mussoorie- Tehri Road at a distance of about 25 kms from Mussoorie. On the way, Buranskhanda offers a captivating view of the Himalayas amidst pine and deodar forest. Dhanolti is an ideal place for a quiet weekend. A Tourist Bungalow is available .

Surkhanda Devi: situated on Mussoorie - Tehri Road and is about 33 kms from Mussoorie and 8 kms from Dhanolti. Visitors can go up to Kaddu Khal (Devass - thali) by Bus or by car from where the temple is about 2 kms on foot. The temple is situated at an altitude of 10,000 ft. above sea level and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas. A visit to this top is an experience one can never forget.

Chamba (Tehri): About 31 kms from Dhanotli. The drive is excellent as the road passes through the fruit orchards. During season, apples are available in abundance all along the routs . In springs, one can capture on camera Rhododendron and various other fruit trees which are a feast to the eyes when in full bloom. In the backdrop are the magnificent Himalayas.

Lakha Mandal: Past Kempty Falls, Lakha- Mandal is 75 kms on Mussoorie- Yamunotri Road. One can drive upto KUWA about 71 kms and from there river Yamuna is to be crossed by a motorable bridge. There are hundreds of idols of archaeological importance which have been preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India. Legend has it that the Kauravas made a shellac house and conspired to burn the Pandavas alive here.

WALKS AROUND MUSSOORIE
There are a number of walks around Mussoorie which are excellent for providing the best of nature and complete tranquility.

1. Camel's Back Road: Starting from Library Bazar, it terminates at Kulri Rink and the Mall.

2. Charleville Road: Starting from Library, Gandhi Chowk, L.B.S. National Academy to Municipal Garden.

3. Tehri Road : starting from Mullinagar, Landour, Woodstock School.

4. Sister Bazar Road: This starts from the St. Paul's Church, Landour Cantt, Sister Bazar-Lal Tibba.

5. Spring Road : starting from Library Bazar/Gandhi Chowk, Going past Vincent Hill, Municipal Garden and Gandhi Chowk.

TREKKING

Mussoorie-Nagtibba
Nagtibba offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks. One can return via Panthwari Nainbagh and Kempty covering a total distance of 62 kms.

Mussoorie-Bhadraj
about 15 kms. From Mussoorie, it is an ideal spot for trekking via Park Toll-Clouds End, Dudhli. Situated on the extreme western region of Mussoorie town, Bhadraj offers a commanding view of the Doon Valley, Chakrata ranges and the Jaunsar Bawar area of Garhwal Himalayas. Bhadraj temple dedicated to Lord Bal Bhadra, brother of Lord Krishna, is situated on top of the hill. An annual fair is organised in the third week of August (Shravan Sankranti) every year.

Mussoorie-Dhanolti
On this trek which is about 26 kms, one comes across some breath taking views of the Himalayan peaks and the valley. Mussoorie-suwakholi-Sahastradhara : One can drive upto Suwakholi, 11 kms. From Mussoorie and from there one can trek down to Sahastradhara and take a bus for Dehradun.

ACCESSIBILITY
RAIL: Nearest Railhead is Dhradun 35 kms. Connected with Delhi, Varanasi, Howrah, Amritsar, Saharanpur, Rishikesh and Haridwar. For transport to Mussoorie taxies and buses are available out side the Railway station.


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