Established in 1820, Mussoorie is a hill station located at a distance of about 35 kilometres (22 mi) from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km (180 mi) north of the national capital of New Delhi. Also known as the Queen of Hills, the place stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year. It is one of the most popular and beautiful hill stations in the country.
With a backdrop of Shivalik range of the Himalayas and doon valley, it is a hub for tourists, nature lovers, fun enthusiasts and people who want to explore something in their life.The name Mussoorie is often attributed to a derivation of mansūr, a shrub which is indigenous to the area. Picturesque mountains in the backdrop, twinkling cityscape during the night and a waterfall perfect to fend off your summer blues welcome you to the beautiful land of Mussoorie.
Whether it is boating on Mussoorie Lake or trekking to Gun Hill Point, this hilly retreat offers something for everyone. Even if you have visited the place already, there’s a chance you will find a new scenic trail or a secluded viewpoint on your next trip. The evergreen hills, waterfalls, exotic gardens, majestic view of the mountain ranges along with the diverse flora and fauna will have a deep impression on you.
There are many places of interest in and around Mussoorie. Here we present you our list of top places that one should visit while he/she is in Mussoorie.
1.THE MALL ROAD
The Mall Road is a boulevard place in Mussoorie and the central hub of the hill station with a valley view in one side. It offers all that is expected from a typical Indian hill station. There are restaurants, cafes, videogame parlours which are another source of attraction on Mall Road.
The road offers a pleasant view of verdant hills and valleys on almost every corner. There are two opposite ends of the Mall Road, named as Library and Picture Palace sides by locals.
Gun Hill is the second-highest point in Mussoorie, situated at an altitude of 2024 meters. The scene from the top of the hill is a beautiful panoramic view of Doon valley, The Himalayan ranges and full view of the hill station.
During the British rule, a canon, placed at the top of the hill was used to fire in the afternoon to let people know what time of the day it was. This is why the place is named as Gun Hill. Gun Hill is a popular attraction amongst photographers and nature lovers.
3.GEORGE EVEREST PEAK
Situated about 6kms from Gandhi Chowk, Mussoorie, George Everest Peak is one of the major tourist attractions of the hill station. The place offers spectacular panoramic views of the snow-covered Himalayan ranges and Doon valley.
The place is named after a famous Welsh Surveyor Sir George Everest. The beautiful peak is covered with hundreds of colourful prayer flags on the top and plenty of vegetation from all the sides, which makes it a perfect place for tourists, nature lovers and photographer. People visit this place throughout the year.
4.DALAI HILLS (Happy valley of Mussoorie)
Dalai Hills is an extension mountain peak of the Tibetan Buddhist Temple of Mussoorie in the Happy Valley. There is a short trek of about 400 meters from the temple to reach a picturesque view of Dalai Hills.
The place is decorated with Buddhist prayer flags and has a statue of Lord Buddha constructed by the 20th regional Tibetan Youth Congress. The area of the valley leads to Cloud’s End, a place where the geographical borders of Mussoorie end.
Char Dukan is a small place which is near St. Paul’s Church. Four shops were set up in a row for coffee and snacks, that’s why the place is known as Char Dukan. These four shops serve great food and have an unbeatable view of the Himalayas.
People say if you have not visited Char Dukan while travelling in Mussoorie you have not seen the real Mussoorie. It is one of the coolest places to hangout in Mussoorie either you are with your family or friends.
The Bhatta falls is a famous picnic spot and a popular tourist attraction in Mussoorie. It is located at a distance of about 10.5kms from the Mussoorie Library bus stand. It is one of the best waterfalls in Mussoorie.
Its name is derived from the Bhatta village where it is located. Bhatta Falls is still untouched by commercialization and has a natural stream of water flowing down the hills. Also, there is a ropeway owned by a Chandigarh based company, which connects Bhatta village to the mesmerizing Bhatta Falls.
Located at Kempty road, at a distance of 3kms away from the city, Company Garden is a major picnic spot in Mussoorie. With natural as well as artificial beauty it is a popular place for sightseeing in Mussoorie.
Company Garden is a well-maintained exhibition of natural beauty which offers good opportunities for photography with fountains and flowers. The vibrant garden is a lovely place to spend an entire day out with your family and friends. There is also an artificial pond for boating with manmade waterfalls.
Located in Ram Gaon at a distance of 15kms from Mussoorie, Kempty falls is a popular picnic spot and waterfall. The area around Kempty Falls is surrounded by high mountain ranges. There is a stream of water running throughout the year.
The pond formed at the bottom of the falls makes an excellent spot for swimming and bathing. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction and picnic spot in Mussoorie. People visit this place especially during summers to get relief from the scorching sun.
Famous tourist attraction Lal Tibba is located at a distance of 4.5km from Mussoorie city. It is a popular viewpoint, located on the top of the depot in Landour. Lal Tibba translates to mean the Red Hill and refers to the highest point in Mussoorie.
All the broadcasting stations of AIR(All India Radio) and Doordarshan are situated here. The peak gives a divine view of the mountains which house the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath which can be seen through the Japanese Telescope placed at the edge of the cliff.