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"The queen of hill-stations"

Mussoorie Tourism

Mussoorie, often referred to as the "Queen of the Hills," is a picturesque hill station located in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, India. Perched at an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) above sea level, Mussoorie offers breathtaking views of the Shivalik ranges and the Doon Valley. Just 35 kilometers from Dehradun, Mussoorie is a popular retreat for those seeking respite from the sweltering heat of the plains. The town's lush green hills, cascading waterfalls, and colonial-era architecture make it a charming destination for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike.

Mussoorie boasts a range of attractions and activities that cater to diverse interests. The Mall Road, a bustling promenade lined with shops, cafes, and eateries, is the heart of the town and perfect for leisurely strolls. Kempty Falls, a stunning waterfall located 15 kilometers from Mussoorie, is a must-visit for its scenic beauty and refreshing plunge pools. For adventure seekers, the Camel's Back Road offers a picturesque trekking route with panoramic views of the Himalayas. Additionally, Gun Hill, the second-highest peak in Mussoorie, can be accessed via a ropeway and provides a splendid vantage point for sunrise and sunset views. The town is also home to several renowned educational institutions and heritage buildings, reflecting its rich colonial past.

Mussoorie's pleasant weather, with cool summers and snowfall in winters, makes it an ideal year-round destination. Visitors can explore Lal Tibba, the highest point in Mussoorie, for an unobstructed view of the snow-clad peaks. The nearby Landour, a quaint cantonment town, offers a serene escape with its quiet lanes, old churches, and bakeries. For wildlife enthusiasts, the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary provides an opportunity to spot rare bird species and enjoy the region's diverse flora and fauna.

Mussoorie is easily accessible by road from Dehradun, which is well-connected by rail and air to major cities across India. The town's vibrant markets, offering everything from woollens to local handicrafts, and the delightful local cuisine, including Garhwali dishes like Aloo ke Gutke and Bal Mithai, add to the overall charm of the place. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or a cultural experience, Mussoorie promises a memorable and enriching getaway amidst the serene beauty of the Himalayas.

Must Know Before You Travel to Mussoorie

  • Pre-Booking: Pre-book activities like the cable car ride to Gun Hill and popular trekking tours to ensure availability.
  • Attraction Closures: Certain attractions like Kempty Falls might be closed or less accessible during the monsoon season (June to September).
  • Weather Impact: Heavy rainfall during the monsoon can lead to landslides, causing road closures. Best time to visit is from March to June and September to November.
  • Network Connectivity: Generally good, but remote areas may have patchy service. Major operators like Airtel and Jio provide the best coverage.
  • Local Transport: Taxis and rickshaws are common. Mall Road and other central areas are best explored on foot due to traffic restrictions.
  • Cash Dependency: Carry enough cash as ATMs might be scarce and card payments are not accepted everywhere.
  • Multi-Destination Stay: Consider combining your visit with nearby places like Dhanaulti and Landour for a richer experience.
  • Festival Impact: Planning your visit around local festivals like Summer Festival can enhance your cultural experience but may also affect accommodation availability.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 - 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 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

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 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 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 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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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 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 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.

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Q. Which are the best treks from Mussoorie?

Kumar Kislay

6 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

6 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


6 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 5 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

5 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

6 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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