Just a stone throw away from
hill station is also known as the Queen of Hills. A lot of commercialization and
it's proximity to Delhi has really changed things, mostly for the worse but
still it remains a favourite haunt of many capital dwellers, the ban on
new construction has really helped in improving the greenery of Mussoorie in
last few years.
Climate : Cold in
winter, snow sometimes. Cool in summer.
time : April-June, Sep-November
Take the route to Dehradun as suggested in page Dehradun.
From Doon it is just 30km away on winding and hilly road where you transcend
from the temperate climate of planes to the cooler hills in no time at all. The
drive is steep with lot of jalebi (hairpins will be an understatement) turns and
watch out for lot of traffic coming from the oppposite side as the road is quite
busy. On the way you can stop at Malsi deer park
or at a temple almost midway, if you want to cool off or your car does.
to Mussoorie you can choose to reach at two points of the city- Library (or
Gandhi Chowk) or Picture Palace depending on your destination, if you have to
search for a hotel both will do.
railway head is Dehradun from where you can hire a taxi or take a bus to
Closest airport is Jolly Grant near Dehradun.
What to see
The Mall All hill stations
probably have a mall and Mussoorie is no different. The mall extends from
Library at one end to Clock tower at the other. The present day is full of
shops of various varieties along with vendors selling their wares. You can also
enjoy horse riding through the crowded road.
TIP Private vehicles are allowed on the Mall after paying a small fee. You can
also hire a pram for your child. The mall though is best enjoyed walking with an
occasional halt to take in the view or buy some fruits or peanuts from the
roadside vendor. There is also a playground for children offering many games and
rides for the along with hordes of photographers to click you in various
traditional Indian attires. From the Mall you can also ride
Ropeway which takes you to Gun hill 400m away.
The second highest peak of Mussoorie, can also be reached by foot by a 2km walk
gives excellent views of the city, Doon valley and various mountain ranges like
Bunder poonch, Gangotri, Srikanta etc.
Other Walks In Mussoorie (you may
have Ruskin Bond, the famous author for company)
* Camel's Back Road -
Start at Kulri Bazaar near Rink hall, and have a lovely view of the Himalayas
all along this quiet stretch of 3 km.
* Lal Tibba,
* Walk to the Gun hill
instead of taking the ropeway, take a fork road from Kacheheri on the Mall to
reach in about 20 mins.
* Walk to the Municipal
Garden, a beautiful landscaped green stretch with a mini lake and boating
facilities is just 2 km from the Mall. Also reachable by car.
* Walk to Landour, the
old city still living in turn of the century era starts from Clock tower.
Includes the cantonment area and the Sister Bazaar further down the way.
Mussoorie Lake Situated on the Dehradoon-Mussoorie
road this is a comparatively new addition with boating faciltiy and some water
rides. It is also the site for Parasailing provided by a private company.
Kempty Falls 15 km
away on the Yamunotri road it is a favourite destination for most tourists
resulting in traffic snarlups specially in peak season. One has to walk for
about half an hour down to the falls and another 45 min back up. Lots of shops
selling souvenirs etc. all the way. Plasitic bags on the way are a big eye sore.
The mela one finds at the bottom resembles a fish market.
you want some solitude go up the falls from the road, but be careful on the moss
laden steps. You can also catch a Cable car for to and fro journey to the
bottom of the Falls.
Yamuna bridge Go
along the road to Kempty for about 10 km to Yamuna pul the place where
Yamuna cuts across the mountains to provide a very scenic picnic spot (could be
better if developed well) along with angling opportunities (provided you get a
Where to stay
Chamba is yet another of those
destinations which still stand oblivious to most tourists and therefore unspoilt
and fresh like a daisy for the lucky few who venture out seeking new places to
explore and enjoy. Equidistant from Mussorie and and Rishikesh and cradled in
the lap of Himalayas at 7000ft it provides one with a opportunity to unwind in
total peace and pollution free environs. Providing excellent views of the
Himalayas with proximity to Dhanolti, Mussorie, Rishikesh and Tehri Dam fits it
into an ideal place to hang out for 2-3
While coming from
Mussorie it is 25 km beyand Dhanolti. While coming from Rishikesh it is 45 km
via Narendra nagar (290 km from Delhi).
Where to Stay Classic