Mussoorie, also known as Queen of the Hills, is among the most popular hill stations of the country. A Britisher, Captain Frederick Young, accompanied by an official named FJ Shore, had climbed up the hill from the Doon valley in 1827 and found this ridge offering great views and a salubrious climate. This visit laid the foundation for this grand hill station.
A captivating paradise for leisure travellers and honeymooners, it is a perfect summer resort. Located on a 15-km-long horseshoe ridge with the grand Himalayas as a backdrop, Mussoorie spreads across at a height of 2,000 m above sea level. From this vantage point, it offers scenic views of Himalayas peaks in Western Garhwal.
Many famous personalities have made Mussoorie their home – most notable being authors Ruskin Bond and Bill Aitken. Filmstar Victor Banerjee resides in Mussoorie while deceased filmstar Tom Alter was born and brought up here. In the 1960s filmstar Prem Nath had his house here while the son of Dev Anand studied in Woodstock school. Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are frequent visitors to this hill resort.
Erupting with verdant views of the Doon and Shivalik ranges on one side, and glorious snow-capped Himalayan ranges on the other, Mussoorie’s scintillating charm makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Not only does Mussoorie cater to the nature lovers, it also calls to religious travellers. The hill station is a gateway to popular Hindu shrines, such as the Gangotri and Yamunotri, and also to the entire Garhwal region of the Himalayas.
While long walks around the town’s streets in itself will give you immense pleasure, some places you must visit include:
With a height of over 7,500 ft, Lal Tibba is the highest point of Mussoorie, which is at an average altitude of approximately 6,600 ft. A leisurely walk through Landour Bazar gets you to this spot which offers the most enchanting view of peaks like Nanda Devi and Sri Kanta.
Also known as mini-Tibet, Happy Valley is known for its Tibetan temples, beautiful municipal gardens and housing for the IAS academy. Atop a cliff, the Shedup Choephelling temple is the highest point of the valley and is a huge tourist attraction. The temple is a stunning symbol of Tibetan architecture, while the meditation hall is carved with gorgeous paintings everywhere. The historical significance of the shrine, the breathtaking view of Benog Hill and the quaint atmosphere make Happy Valley a delightful destination.
Located approximately 15KM from Mussoorie, Kempty Falls offers a charming picnic spot with a beautiful backdrop of gushing water. This is an ideal place to relax amidst beautiful natural surroundings. You could even take a shower under the falls, or enjoy a quick dip in the man-made swimming pool right next to it.
If your idea of the perfect getaway is to shop for local goodies, the famous Mall Road is for you. Buzzing with tourists and locals, this bustling street is every shopper’s delight. Paintings, local handicrafts, woollens or shoes, you name it and you’ll find the most tasteful things here at a bargain.
Beyond walks and treks, there are a number of outdoor activities which you can enjoy during your visit here. While skating and rock climbing are very popular activities here, the following activities are highly recommended.
Enjoy a ride in a cable car from Jhulagarh to Gun Hill, especially during sunset, and experience a panoramic view of the entire landscape of this gorgeous hill station. Gun Hill is the second highest peak of Mussoorie, which provides an enthralling view of the Himalayan ranges.
Unleash yourself into the boundless blue sky at the Mussoorie Lake and experience the most amazing rush while paragliding. With great detail to all safety measures, and under the guidance of an instructor, you are set to explore an unmatched view of your magical surroundings.
With so much to do, a trip this summer to Mussoorie will be the perfect getaway from the mundane city-life.