The Queen of Hills “Mussoorie”, is a hill station in India that anybody would like to travel again and again. Because of its extremely beautiful locations, pleasant and wonderful weather it is also called PAHADO KI RANI or QUEEN OF HILL STATIONS.
Mussoorie is situated in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand on the foothills of Himalaya. It is about 35 km away from Dehradun.
Altitude from sea level- 1880 meter.
The highest point is “Lal Tibba”, at a height of about 7,500 feet or 2,290 metres. Although the name Lal Tibba is now also used to describe a lovely lookout point, a short distance from the peak.
Brief History :
Mussoorie name came from the plant of mussoorie or shrub mansoor. History of this hill station starts from 1825 when British military officer Frederick Young constructed a shooting lodge here. In 1832 It was the intended terminus of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India that began at the southern tip of India.
Why Visit :
A tremendous greenish view, fantastic weather and beautiful view of Himalayas are the main reason to visit Mussoorie. It is also famous education hub of India. Lal bahadur Shastri national academy of administration where IAS and IPS officers are trained, also an important feature of this hill station.
Places To Visit In Mussoorie :
CAMEL BACK ROAD:
Camel’s back is a street that connects with the mall road at one end. early morning walk in this area is a must. The beautiful garhwal mountain ranges are visible around with the chirping of the birds.
LAKE MIST :
Lake mist comes on the way of kempty falls. It is a good picnic spot with accommodation and restaurant facilities boating is available. With the Kempty river flowing through it, Lake Mist has many small waterfalls made by the river, surrounded by green forest.
LAL TIBBA :
Lal Tibba is the highest hill of Mussoorie about 2290 meter high. It is famous for the travelers who wish the large view of mountain trails. Kedarnath, Badrinath and many other beautiful places can be spotted via telescope from Lal Tibba.
Lal Tibba is the highest point from where you can have a wonderful view of Himalayan. While peacefully sitting here looking at Himalayan peak you will realize that why this place is Mussoorie is crowned as Queen of Hills. Sometimes this place is surrounded with clouds which affects the visibility. This is one of the top attractions in Mussoorie.
KEMPTY FALLS :
The Kempty Falls are 15 km from Mussoorie on the Chakrata Road. This place is nearly 1,360 meter above sea level. Kempty Falls is a beautiful cascade of water that falls to the ground from an altitude of 40 feet. Surrounded by high mountain cliffs. This is a beautiful fall situated at a valley near Mussoorie.
Water coming from 60-70 feet height forms a place for water play among young couples and children. Though swim costumes are available on rent. Ride of cable car to reach kempty fall and come back is also available.
MUSSOORIE LAKE :
This beautiful lake is recently made by city board Located at 6 km before mussoorie in Dehradun – Mussoorie road. You may enjoy paddled boating here and a beautiful view of Dehradun valley can be seen from here.
GUN HILL :
Gun hill is the second highest peak of mussoorie after Lal tibba. Its height is about 2025 meters.
The ride of cable car to to reach the top of the Gun hill is a major attractions. While enjoying the view of the Doon valley, Mussoorie town, Himalayan hills with a cup of tea is amazing and will not let you leave. You can dress up here with different color costumes and take photo with this beautiful background and have some game.
ROBBER'S CAVE :
Robbers Cave locally known as Guchhu Pani is a large cave filled with water. This is a major attraction for adventure and fun lovers. Continuous increase in darkness and water while moving inside will thrill you definitely. You must visit this place while visiting Mussoorie or Dehradun.
Shahastrea Dhara situated near Dehradun is an ideal picnic spot. The significance of this place is due to sulphur spring where visitors often take bath and it is said that its water cure skin infections and diseases. Though swim costumes are available on rent.
Best Time To Visit :
Throughout the year. But more tourist traffic occur during summer.
December to January is the best time to visit Mussoorie for honeymoon and Snowfall.
September to November are most popular time for Water Rafting.
Peak Season in Mussoorie is April to June though you can visit throughout the year.
How To Reach :
It is only 35 km from Dehradun. Dehradun is 290 km from Delhi.
Nearby railway station:
Dehradun railway station.
Jolly grant airport– 22km from Dehradun and 57 km from Mussoorie.