resort of Mussoorie is often referred to as the "Queen of the Hills".
Any tourist who experiences the magic of the hill resort will but agree
with the sobriquet. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Mussoorie
gets its name from the Mansur shrub that is commonly seen in the hill
Mussoorie - Location
The marvelous hill resort of Mussoorie is located in the foothills of
Mussoorie - Past
Mussoorie has been the summer refugee since the British ruled India.
Since 1820's people have flocked to the hill resort of Mussoorie in the
summer months, year after year.
Mussoorie - Sites to Visit
The lifeline of the hill resort of Mussoorie is undoubted ably the Mall.
The Mall besides the series of shops offers wondrous vistas of the
surrounding hills and the Doon Valley below. You must be at the Mall
while in Mussoorie especially as the evening falls. The tourists come
together to enjoy the spectacular sunset. The sunset is followed by the
view of the twinkling lights that shine one by one in the valley below.
You just can't skip the Kulri Bazaar and the Library Chowk of the Mall.
The Kulri Bazaar offers several items of Indian fare.
Gun Hill Mussoorie From the Mall you may take a ropeway and visit the
Gun Hill. The Gun Hill derives its name from the fact that in the old
days a gun was kept atop the hill and was fired at mid-day to denote the
time. From the Gun Hill you can experience the magical view of the great
Himalayan peaks and a bird's eye view of Mussoorie.
Then you must check out the Camel's back Road in Mussoorie. The road
owes its name to its shape that is curved like the back of the ship of
the desert. On the road you will rest spot of Hawa Ghar. While
holidaying in Mussoorie you may picnic at the Lal Tibba.
The Municipal Garden or the Company Bagh and the Cloud End are the other
sites worth visiting in Mussoorie. The hill resort of Mussoorie is
renowned for its academic institutes too. The Lal Bahadur Shastri
National Academy of Administration, Waverley Convent, Wynberg Allen
School, Saint George's, Woodstock, Hampton Court, Indo-Tibetan Border
Police Academy and the Defense Institute of Work Studies are few of the
institutional landmarks in Mussoorie.
Mussoorie - Sites Near By
While at Mussoorie you may move ahead and visit the renowned Kempty
Falls that are at a distance of just half an hour. The falls happens to
be a favorite with the Indian film industry. The backdrop of the water
falling and further getting divided into five waterfalls is simply
Around Mussoorie you may visit the famous Surkhanda Devi Temple. The
temple is at an amazing height of 10,000 feet. You need a stiff two-km
climb to reach the temple.
Then there is Nag Tibba at a distance of 41 km from Mussoorie. You may
trek to Nag Tibba at an altitude of 10,000 feet amidst pine forests,
mountain brooks and slate-roofed villages.
Not far but away from the madding crowds of Mussoorie are the picture
perfect pine-clad slopes of Dhanaulti. You may even enjoy pedal boating
at the artificial Lake near Mussoorie.
Mussoorie - What to Buy
The Mall of Mussoorie offers several items. Right from the imported
goods and Tibetan metal ware, books, antiques, hand-carved walking
sticks, cane baskets, embroidered wall hangings, dry pinecones, hill
jewelry, garments, knick-knacks and curios you may take your pick.
Mussoorie - Adventure Sports
Happy Valley Mussoorie
Mussoorie is the place to be checked out by the adventure seekers as
much as by the nature lovers. There are several roller skating rinks
that attract youngsters. Then you may even opt for the long walks, which
are the best bets to explore the treasure of nature in and around
Mussoorie. You may check out the scenic walk towards Charleville and the
Tibetan settlement of Happy Valley. For the more adventurous tourists,
there are walks to the to Benog Hill and the Lal Tibba.
Mussoorie also happens to be a comfortable base for the trekkers. You
may check out the Gangotri, Yamunotri, the Black Peak, Har-ki-Doon and
other treks in the Garhwal Himalayas and into nearby Himachal Pradesh.
Further ahead from Mussoorie you may reach the Aglar River and the
Yamuna River. Both the Rivers offer ample opportunities for trout
fishing. You may seek permits from the Divisional Forest Officer of
Mussoorie in advance.
Mussoorie - How to Reach
The Jolly Grant airport caters to the air transport to Mussoorie. There
are regular flights that link Mussoorie with Delhi. Further from Jolly
grant you may reach Mussoorie through taxis and buses.
The railhead at Mussoorie caters to the rail transport to the hill
resort. The Mussoorie Express links Delhi to Mussoorie. Mussoorie also
boasts of excellent road network. There are direct buses from Delhi to
Mussoorie, along with private taxis. Regular buses ply between Dehradun
and Mussoorie. Private taxis and shared taxis are also available for
transportation. For transportation in and around Mussoorie you have hand
pulled rickshaws, taxis and cars available.