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Explore Mussoorie

Located at a distance of 35kms from Dehradun, Mussoorie is a wonderful hill station in Uttaranchal at a height of 2000mts above sea level. It is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and is known as the Queen of the Hills.
The lush green hills, the varied flora and fauna and the majestic view of the Shivalik ranges and the Doon Valley attracts hundreds of tourists both domestic and international to Mussoorie each year. Mussoorie is famous not only for its scenic beauty but it has also developed into an important center of education and business. Mussoorie is also famous for the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration where officers are trained for the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service.

Mussoorie has several interesting tourist places like The Mall which extends from Cloud’s End in the west to Rockville in the east. The Mall gives you a feeling of the old world charm which is heightened by the presence of the Municipal garden, the Tibetan School and Home, and the National Academy of Administration.

You can take time to enjoy the ropeway on the second highest peak of Mussoorie, the Gun Hill. It also gives a bird’s eye view of the town and the Doon school. You can get a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges from the Gun Hill. The wonderful 4km stretch from Kurli Bazaar to Library Point called the Came’s Back Rock is a superb experience whether you travel on horse back or simply walk. About 6 kms from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie- Jharipani Road is the beautiful Jharipani Falls. Childer’s Lodge is the highest peak of Mussoorie while the highest point is Lal Tibba from where you can get an exhilarating view of the snow-clad Himalayas. Surrounded by thick deodar forests, Cloud End is an ideal resort built in 1838 by a British major.
Honeymooners and foreigners visit this place often. While in Mussoorie, you ust visit Kempty Falls which is 15kms from Mussoorie on way to Yamunotri, at an altitude of 4500ft. 

Summer Temperature : Minimum - 10C, Maximum - 30oC

Winter Temperature : Minimum - 1oC, Maximum - 10oC

Annual Rainfall : 180 cm

Snowfall in Mussoorie : End of December to Mid February.

Summers (April to June) in Mussoorie : remain very favorable. Because of its high altitude, the hill resort escapes the extreme heat of summer season. The temperature rises to a maximum of 30oC and the minimum temperature is recorded at 10oC during this season. Light woolens are advisable during this season.

Generally winters (late October to mid- February) in Mussoorie : are very cold and spine-chilling. The mercury level may drop down to a minimum of 1oC during the nights. Days remain slightly foggy, with the sun being mild and placid. The temperature reaches to a maximum of 10oC during the daytime. Sometimes, occasional snowfall might lead to road-blocks in winters.

Monsoons in Mussoorie : The place experiences heavy downpour during the monsoon season (July to September). It makes the roads unsuitable for trekking and driving. The sky attains a mauvish tinge and mountains remain covered with sheets of mist. With the onset of the spring season in end-September, the place reaches its apogee of beauty.

Best Time to Visit : Best season to go Mussoorie is March to June and September to November. Summers are the best times to have trekking, rock climbing and camping.

 

Places of Visit

Surkhunda Devi Temple : Surkhanda Devi Temple is the Highest point in the area located at a height of 3021 mt on the top of the hill. It is situated around 35 kms from Mussoorie and 11 kms from Dhanaulti. It is an important pilgrimage centre and is very famous around the locals and people residing in nearby cities. The temple offers extensive view of the snow ranges and exclusive experience one can never forget.

 
Lal Tibba : Lal Tibba (2438.4 m) is the highest point of Mussoorie. There is a high power binocular kept here which provides a close and magnificent view of snow covered Gangotri, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Sri Kanta peaks. A television tower, which is at Lal Tibba, has been relaying television programmes from Delhi since 12th August 1979.  
Chaar Dukaan : The four shops are actually famous here. You get a wide variety of home made snacks and cheese, not to forget even maggi noodles or a pan cake or waffles for that matter. This area is an elite area and people spend days just wandering around. Celebes like Sachin Tendulkar, Prannoy Roy, Ruskin Bond, Sanjay Narang, Tom Alter etc have their homes here.  
Mussoorie lake : A newly developed picnic spot build by City Board & Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority, is situated at 6 Kms on Mussoorie-Dehradun road having a facility of pedaled boats. It offers a enchanting view of Doon Valley and nearby villages. View during Night is marvelous.  
Nag Devta Temple : An ancient temple dedicated to Snake God Lord Shiva and is situated on Cart Mackenjee road is about 6 kms from Mussoorie on way to Dehradun. Vehicles can go right up to the temple. Place provides a enchanting view of Mussoorie & Doon valley  
Bhatta falls : 7 Kms. from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Dehradun Road near Bhatta Village. Accessible by car or bus upto Bhatta from where the fall is 3 kms by foot. The place is ideal for bathing and having picnic. A fall with different ponds for bathing and water amusements, ideal place for picnic. A picnic spot with a difference.  
Cloud End : The resort eight kilometers from Mussoorie is surrounded by thick deodar forest and amazing valley view, ideally suited for foreigners and honeymooners. The bungalow built in 1838 by a British major was one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie has now been converted into a resort. The place provides peace and calm and is full of flora and fauna. The echo point near the bunglow is worth giving a call to and do not forget to be with your loved one to romance on the treks in the jungle.  
Sir George Everest House : The place called Park Estate where building & laboratory of first Surveyor General of India Sir George Everest after whom worlds highest peak Mt. Everest is named stills stands. It is 6 kms from Mussoorie and vehicle can go right upto the place. The place provides an enchanting view of Doon Valley on one side and view of Yamuna Valley & snow bound himalayan ranges on the other. An ideal place for picnic and trekking.  
Municipal Garden / Company Garden : It is a picnic spot having a beautiful garden, huge green lawns and an artificial mini lake with paddled boating facility. A modern amusement children park with exclusive artificial high water falls and water bodies has recently been developed. It is located at a distance of 4 kms. From the mall road and can be approached by rickshaw cycles, pony or by a car.  
Kempty falls : Located at 13 Kms from Mussoorie on way to Yamunotri . It has a distinction of being the biggest and prettiest waterfall located in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by high mountains. Bath at the foot of the fall is enjoyable and unforgettable experience during summer days.  
Tibetan Temple : This temple is situated in Happy Valley area of Mussoorie. It is located one kilometer from the famous Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy. The Tibetan temple is evidence to rich Tibetan cultural heritage.  
Gun Hill : This is the second highest peak in Mussoorie, offering an astounding view of the Himalayas, a bird's eye view of Mussoorie and of course the entire Doon Valley. This spot as it may be called a table top may be reached through a Ropeway ride or a 20-minute trudge up a bridle path. The thrill of the cable car ride is memorable and offers beautiful mind boggling views. During pre-independence days a gun mounted on this top used to be fired heralding mid-day to enable people to adjust their watches and hence this name.  
Jawahar Aquarium : A new place of public interest just on the mall has much to offer as its name. A unique concept in the hills and a thrill for children and as well as tourists having a stroll on the mall with modern restaurant and latest water bodies on one floor.  
The Mall : The mall is the main shopping area in Mussoorie. The mall road connects the two bazaars, the Kulri Bazaar and the Library Bazaar. It is the heart of the town. It offers once in a lifetime views of valleys, the hills and a unique local market one of the best in its way amongst all hill stations. Horses, Cycle rickshaws are available on the mall for amusement, not to forget the local fruits sold at every point.  
SUBURBAN EXCURSION SPOTS

Yamuna Bridge : About 27 kms from Mussoorie on Chakratra Barkot Road . It is an ideal place for fishing. Permits for fishing can be obtained from the Divisional Forest Officer, Mussoorie.

 
Dhanolti : Located on Mussoorie-Tehri road at a distance of about 25 Kms from Mussoorie. On the way, Buranskhanda offers a captivating view of the Himalayas amidst pine and deodar forests.  
Lakha Mandal : Post Kempty Fall, Lakha Mandal is 75 Kms on the Mussoorie-Yamnotri Road . One can drive up to KUWA (about 71 Kms) and from there you can cross the river Yamuna by a motorable bridge. There are hundreds of idols of archeological importance which have been preserved by the Archeological Survey of India. Legend has it that the Kauravas made a Shellac house and conspired to burn the Pandavas alive here.  
Chamba (Tehri) : About 31 Kms from Dhanolti. The drive is excellent as the road passes through the fruit orchards. During the season, apples are available in abundance all along the route.  
TREKKING & ADVENTURE TOURISM

There are plenty of Trekking Spots from Mussoorie to places such as Nagtibba, Bhadraj, Dhanolti. Necessary permits have to be obtained from Divisional Forests Officer, Mussoorie. One comes across some breathtaking views of the Himalayas peaks, Doon Valley and Garhwal Ranges .

Various adventure tourism activities such River Rafting, Rock Climbing and Para-gliding can also be enjoyed in Mussoorie. Himalayas Adventure Institute near Kempty falls offers various courses on Fun and Adventure Education, Adventure Picnic Nature Camp, Rock Climbing, Trekking etc.

 

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