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Mussoorie

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"The queen of hill-stations"

Mussoorie Tourism

Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations located at a distance of 290 km from Delhi in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. With a backdrop of Shivalik range of Himalayas and doon valley, Mussoorie, also known as Queen of The Hills, stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year. Once the British summer capital, Mussoorie is a popular getaway for honeymooners and families.

The fact that it was a popular holiday destination during the British era can be seen from British remnants in the city, such as the archaic architecture of the hotels and churches. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mussoorie is The Mall (also known as the Mall Road), which is a slightly steep boulevard with eateries and other shops lining its entire stretch. From the little houses spread around the area to the architecture of even the lamp posts, The Mall gives off a distinct colonial vibe.

Another major highlight of Mussoorie is the Ropeway to Gun Hill. Gun Hill is the second highest peak in Mussoorie, and tourists can avail of the cable car ropeway ride to Gun Hill, which offers an enchanting view of the entire city as well as the surrounding Himalayan mountains.

The adjoining little hill station of Landour, along with Mussoorie, Barlowganj and Jharipani together form the greater Mussoorie. Affording a mind-stirring view of the snow-dusted Himalayas, Mussoorie beckons trekkers, climbers and adventure sports enthusiasts.

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What Makes Mussoorie An Amazing Tourist Destination

Adventure Activities: When it comes to adventure activities, Mussoorie is gradually gaining a name for itself. The Mussoorie Adventure Park offers a plethora of adrenaline-pumping activities such as the skywalk, zip swings and zip lines, rappelling, skiing and paragliding. If camping and trekking is more your idea of an adventure, the park has facilities to arrange that too. River rafting is also a viral tourist activity in Mussoorie, where you can raft through challenging rapids along the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers.

Vinification: Mussoorie also boasts of winemaking activity for tourists! Known as vinification, Mussoorie has several such workshops in the city where tourists are taught the process of making wine from scratch. The best part is that all of these workshops end with special wine tasting sessions!

Shopping: Mussoorie is often called a shopper’s paradise, and it has every reason to be. The main areas where you can shop in Mussoorie are Kulri Bazaar, Landour Bazaar and the Library, with shops selling everything from curious to antiques to jewellery to plush and stylish sweaters and shawls.

Walking on the Mall Road 

Mussoorie is a place that should be explored by walking. Having wide beautiful roads, it offers a magnificent view of the valley on one side, shops on the other and fountains and trees with wooden benches in between. Walk by all the shops which offers unique wooden handicraft, accessories, woollens and much more. Also at constant intervals there small vendors who sell delicious corns, momos, sweet corn, Maggie, coffee, eggs and much more. The weather there is pleasant throughout the day which makes walking along the Mussoorie Mall Road a wonderful experience.

History of Mussoorie

The name ‘Mussoorie’ is derived from the word ‘Mansoor’, name of a shrub that is commonly found in the area. In 1803, Gurkhas under the influence of Umer Singh Thapa fortified the region and incorporated the boundary of Mussoorie in their territory. During the time, East India Company was also dominant on the provinces and thus instigated combat in 1814.

Till 1819, they captured Saharanpur district and included it in their empire. During the same time, Dehradun was discovered by British Soldiers as a holiday spot for downtime. The place was kept under secrecy but not until the word of mouth spread among others and British officers came to know about it. In 1827, Mussoorie became popular as an ideal destination for summer vacation.

Meeting Ruskin Bond!

Also known as Indian ‘William Wordsworth’, Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent who is an icon in the history of Indian Literature. He is considered to be among the top Indian Writers and Novelists. Since 1963, he resides in Landour, a town in the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand. Acting as a freelance writer, his readers very often interact and seek his wisdom by meeting him in his hometown. People visiting Mussoorie often get a chance to meet this honourable writer during the weekends as every Saturday Mr Bond visits the Cambridge Book Depot, Mall Road from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. A plethora of followers garner at the bookshop and wait for interaction and often get their books signed by him.

Restaurants and Local Food in Mussoorie

Mussoorie, being a popular tourist destination, has a platter from numerous cuisines to offer. Other than local cuisines, there are many other interesting highlights to the cuisine here. One finds Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Thai, Moroccan, Italian, Goan and global cuisines in the town. Do indulge in the cakes, muffins as well as the many cafes and a few hookah bars here.

The Tibetan food is said to be the most mouth-watering and gets much limelight, so be sure to not miss the Momos here. The local cuisine of Uttarakhand that you might find here consists of Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag (a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke (a Kumauni potato dish), Rus (a preparation of many dals) and much more.
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What are the places near Mussoorie?

The top places near to Mussoorie are Rishikesh which is 44 km from Mussoorie, Dehradun which is located 15 km from Mussoorie, Haridwar which is located 57 km from Mussoorie, Shimla which is located 112 km from Mussoorie, Kanatal which is located 26 km from Mussoorie

Who should visit Mussoorie?

The place is meant for all age groups. Be it senior citizens looking for a quiet and beautiful stay or a couple looking for a romantic time or friends looking for having a good time together. The Maggi points in between are great to get hot Maggii and for taking pictures.

What is the best time to visit Mussoorie?

September to June is the best time to visit Mussoorie to enjoy the pleasant summer weather. Monsoons should be avoided to keep landslides from disrupting your plans. Mussoorie is a place which proves to be a delight no matter the season. So, while visiting this beautiful place, keep in mind the climate that will be most suited for you as well as what view you are looking forward to.
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What is the local food in Mussoorie?

Mussoorie, being a popular tourist destination has a platter from numerous cuisines to offer. Given the large number of choices and places, you will never run out of options for delicious food in the town. Other than local cuisines, there are many other interesting highlights to the cuisine here. One finds Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Thai, Moroccan, Italian, Goan and global cuisines in the town. Do indulge in the cakes, muffins as well as the many cafes and a few hookah bars here.
The Tibetan food is said to be the most mouth-watering and gets much limelight, so be sure to not miss the Momos here. The local cuisine of Uttarakhand that you might find here consists of Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Rus ( a preparation of many dals) and much more.
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What is not so good about Mussoorie?

The place gets crowded during its peak season. Specially reaching there can get tiresome as the roads get jammed with cars.

What are the top hotels in Mussoorie?

There are 238 in Mussoorie which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Mussoorie are Beechwood Holiday Apartments, Seegreen Lodges, The Dolina, Pinewood Cottage - Your Home Amidst Nature, Skyline 3BHK Homestay near Picture Palace Mussoorie, Rooms Near Mall road. You can see all the hotels in Mussoorie here

How much does a package cost for Mussoorie?

The packages for Mussoorie start at INR 8499 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best way to reach Mussoorie?

Buses connect Mussorie to Dehradun train station. However, depending on the exact destination, you should opt for the appropriate bus. Alternately, you can also rent taxis or share them with other passengers heading the same way.
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What is famous about Mussoorie?

Famous as 'Queen of Hills' the place is truly mesmerising. Mussoorie is very well known for amazing views and the most delicious variety of Maggie.

What are the things to do in Mussoorie?

The top things to do in Mussoorie are Lal Tibba, Lake Mist, Kempty Falls, Cloud's End, Gun Hill, Mussoorie Mall Road. You can see all the places to visit in Mussoorie here

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Sanjeev Rai 1 year ago
About 300 Km away, a perfect weekend gateway from Delhi. You can enjoy lush green nature, various water falls, summer trekking, winter trekking. Pilgrimage, Yoga and water sports may be enjoyed at Haridwar and Mussoorie on the way. You have it all .. Good hotels, good food and relaxation ..Chill!
manikesh srivastav 1 year ago
Mussoorie is the best place for couple. Awesome weather. Safe place. You can walk late night with partner in mall road.
manikesh srivastav 1 year ago
Mussoorie is excellent place for masti. Best time December-January. Chilled weather. Best place for new couple. No pollution. Hotel pioneer is best in mall road near pizza hut
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