Places To Visit In Mussoorie
Mussoorie is a hill station in the Dehradun District of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Situated at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range, Mussoorie is about 35 km from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north of the national capital of New Delhi. At an average altitude of 6,170 ft, this hill-station has derived its name from a shrub ‘mansoor’, which is found abundantly in this area. The town is often referred to as ‘Mansoori’ by most Indians. The adjoining town of Landour, which includes a military cantonment, is considered part of ‘greater Mussoorie’, as are the townships of Barlowganj and Jharipani.
This locale is said to have a ‘fairyland’ atmosphere as tourists can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of magnificent snow ranges to the northeast and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Shivalik ranges in the south. Of course today, this hill-station has got more commercialized with plenty of hotels, lodges and arrangements for tourists. Excellent climate makes it an attractive holiday resort. The Badrinath, Kedarnath, Bandar-poonch, Sri Kantha and Nanda Devi peaks can be seen from here. Mussoorie is a preferred tourism destination as it is the nearest hill station to Delhi. However, it is not only famous for its scenic beauty but has also developed into an important centre for education and business.
Climate in Mussoorie
Mussourie has a fairly typical subtropical highland climate for the mid-altitude Himalaya. Summers are warm and very wet for the Himalayas but still much cooler by city standards . The pre-monsoon seasons in April and May is warm to very warm and generally dry and clear, giving way to heavy rainfall from mid-June. This transforms the ‘Queen of Hills’ which gets lovingly enveloped with heavy mist and the entire landscape turns a heavenly green after being washed squeaky clean. Little wonder then that Mussoorie is also considered as one of the best monsoon destinations in India. Whilst the post-monsoon season is also dry and clear, it is much more chilling. In winter, rainfall is a little more frequent than in the pre-and post-monsoon seasons, and the general weather is very cool and partly cloudy. Although Mussoorie is usually too low in altitude for snowfalls, one does witness snow in winter months from December to mid-February.
How to reach Mussoorie :
Mussoorie is conveniently connected by road to Delhi and major cities. It is called the “Gateway” to Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines of Northern India. The closest rail station is Dehradun. Taxis are easily available for Mussorie as are buses at regular intervals. AbhiBus too offers bus service from Delhi to Mussoorie.
Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie :
Tourists can enjoy various sights and excursions in this beautiful hill-station, some of which are described below:
The Mall :
Located in the heart of Mussoorie, the lifeline of this hill resort is undoubtedly the Mall. It extends from Cloud’s End in the west to Rockville in the east and gives you a feeling of old world charm with its benches and lamp-posts which is heightened with the Municipal Garden, Tibetan School and Home and the National Academy of Administration. Besides the series of shops, it also offers wondrous vistas of the surrounding hills and the Doon Valley below. Tourists come together to enjoy the spectacular sunset here.
Lal Tibba :
Located upwards of main Mussoorie, in the cantonment area of Landour, Lal Tibba is famous for travellers who wish to enjoy the large view of mountain trails. Kedarnath, Baderpunch, Badrinath and many other beautiful places can be spotted via telescope from Lal Tibba. It gives you great memories with mesmerizing views of Tibet border. The place is relaxing and has remains of British Architecture. The clear view it offers is soothing to eyes and one can enjoy the blue sky and lush green terrains come together in front of our eyes.
Kempty Falls :
Kempty Falls, located 15 kms from Mussoorie is the biggest attraction of the place. With the water falling from an altitude of 40 feet, Kempty Falls in Uttarakhand, offers a mesmerizing panoramic view. The pond formed at the bottom of the falls make an excellent spot for swimming, fishing, and bathing. A flight of stairs leads to the pond where one can soak in the fun with friends and family. Very famous among the tourists as a picnic spot, this perennial waterfall is crowded almost throughout the year. It is a perfect place to take a short swim or fish.
Gun Hill :
Gun Hill is the second highest peak of Mussoorie and one of the most famous destinations of the hill station. Gun Hill offers an enchanting view of some of the highest Himalayan ranges namely Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara and the Gangotri group, along with a picturesque view of the Mussoorie town and the Doon Valley. One of the most exciting features of this place is a 400 m thrilling Ropeway ride to land on this exceptionally beautiful, misty peak from The Mall.
Cloud’s End :
Denoting the geographical end of Mussoorie, the point is a great vantage point for the sights this hill station has to offer. 6 km west off the Library, Cloud’s End is covered by thick jungles and tracks 2 km up to the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary. It offers a lovely walking track. This place offers a great view of Aglar River Valley.
Benog Wildlife Sanctuary :
Snow-shrouded peaks like Chaukhamba and Banderpoonch and Pine forests make a natural home for its famous and almost-extinct mountain quails, deer, leopards and red-billed blue magpie. The Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is well known to house rare species of birds and offers an excellent trail of pine-clad slopes surrounded by Himalayan peaks for a refreshing walk.
Lake Mist :
Just 5 Km before reaching Kempty Falls, tourists can enjoy at Lake Mist in Mussoorie. The pristine lake is among the most beautiful destinations in the Queen of Hills.The emerald waters are covered by green forest cover on the sides giving the whole scenario a resplendent image.
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