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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 the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. With a backdrop of the 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. With a cool and pleasant climate throughout the year, Mussoorie was once the British summer capital.

The British remnants can be seen in the city in 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.  With a lot of waterfalls, the town of Dhanaulti in the vicinity and the remains of colonial architecture, Mussoorie has everything to make a memorable vacation.

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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.

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.

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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Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Mussoorie - Situated at an average elevation of about 1,300 meters
Mussoorie is a hill station and also a municipal board at Dehradun district
Kempty Falls - Waterfall in Ram Gaon located 1364 meters above the sea level

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FAQs on Mussoorie

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 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.

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 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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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 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

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

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

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Q. Which are the best treks from Mussoorie?

Kumar Kislay

4 years ago
The Nag Tibba Trek is a good trek to take from Mussoorie, ideal for two days. You can also trek to Surkanda Devi, which is a day trek from Mussoorie and relatively easier.
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Q. Which is better place to visit mussoorie or nainital

Vivek Sahu

4 years ago
Nainital, I believe, because you have more options to move around than to mussorie. Rather mussorie too have options like, kempty fall, dhanaulti, nag tibba and more around nainital you have options (Read More)like kausani, mukteshwar, binsar and more where you can stay and enjoy the serenity these are less crowded places comparatively to nainital and mussorie.
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Q. Should we go in mid Oct.or suggest a place near Delhi to get good weather and ice and ? snow


4 years ago
Yes, if you want to visit the place for snow the best time to visit it is during September -June.
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Dev Thapa

on George Everest's House 3 years ago
Must visit place. !! The first word i uttered was- "amazing"!! From that point i can see the whole city. What city was doing, peoples doing all are in right front of my eyes.from guest house you have (Read More) to trek to reach at peak took almost 1 hour. You don't have to be specialist. But once you reach , your hard would paid off. ! See in pics!!

manikesh srivastav

3 years ago
Mussoorie is the best place for couple. Awesome weather. Safe place. You can walk late night with partner in mall road.

Rohit Shroff

4 years ago
- Just 33km from Dehradun and around 7 hours from Delhi makes Mussoorie one of the easiest accessible hill town. Mall road is the most happening area here and you can easily spend a day or two shoppi (Read More)ng and eating at cafes. However, it also gets crowded on long weekends and could be a turn off for those looking for peace and calm up in the mountains.
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