Located about 35kms away from Dehradun, Mussoorie is an idyllic hill station in Uttaranchal at about 2000mts above sea level. Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, it is also known as the Queen of the Hills.
Mussoorie gets its name from the plants of Mussoorie or shrub mansoor which thrive in this region. The history of Mussoorie dates all the way back to 1825 when a shooting lodge was constructed jointly by Mr Shore the Superintendent of Revenues at Dehradun and Captain Young, an adventurous British military officer.
Mussoorie Hill Station
The nearest railway station is Dehradunand the nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. Mussoorie is also known as the gateway to Yamunotri & Gangotri.
The varied flora and fauna, lush green hills and the majestic view of the Shivalik ranges as well as the Doon Valley attract hundreds of tourists, both international and domestic to Mussoorie each year. Mussoorie has several interesting tourist places like The Mall which extends from Rockville in the east to Cloud's End in the west. This area 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 so on... Mussoorie is also famous for the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration where officers are trained for the Indian Police Service and the Indian Administrative Service. Mussoorie, therefore, is famous not only for its scenic beauty but it has also developed into an important center of education and business.
You can take time out to enjoy the ropeway on Gun Hill, the second highest peak of Mussoorie. You can get a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges from the Gun Hill. It also gives a bird's eye view of the town and the famous Doon school.
The awesome 4km stretch from Kurli Bazaar to Library Point called the Camel's Back Rock is a memorable experience whether you travel on horse-back or simply walk. About 6 kms from Mussoorie is the beautiful Jharipani Falls, on the Mussoorie- Jharipani Road. While you can get an exhilarating view of the snow-clad Himalayas from Lal Tibba , the highest point in Mussoorie, Childer's Lodge is the highest peak there. Cloud End is another ideal resort built in 1838 by a British major; surrounded by thick deodar forests, honeymooners and foreigners visit this place often. Another must-visit place while in Mussoorie is Kempty Falls, which is 15kms from Mussoorie on way to Yamunotri, at an altitude of 4500ft.
Places To See
At 2122 mts above sea level, one can enjoy a thrilling ropeway ride to Gun Hill, the second highest peak of Mussoorie. The peak offers a panoramic view of the scenic Himalayan ranges.
Kempty Falls is located in a beautiful valley of Mussoorie, at a distance of 15 kms on the Yamunotri Road is the most fascinating and the biggest water fall.
Mussourie Lake is a newly developed picnic spot situated on Mussoorie-Dehradun road, at a distance of 6 km from Mussourie. The lake has a facility of pedaled boats and offers an enchanting view of Doon Valley and nearby villages. The view during night time is particularly marvelous.
This tourist attraction gets its name thanks to having a life like resemblance of a sitting camel. The place offers a charming view of the sunset and one can also enjoy long walks and horse-riding here.
How To ReachBY ROAD:
From Dehradun one can take a bus or hire a taxi to Mussoorie. The queen of hill stations is well connected via roads to other major cities. There is regular bus service from various metros and other tourist destinations in Uttaranchal as well as from outside the state. Bus services are provided by State transport corporations.BY TRAIN:
Although Mussoorie does not have a direct rail link, Dehradun Railway station serves for Mussoorie too. This station is connected which Superfast trains to most major cities in country.BY AIR:
The nearest Airport to Mussoorie is Dehradun, which is 60-kms away from the place.
Weather & Climate
Mussoorie enjoys is cool and pleasant all through the year, making it is a popular cool summer retreat in India.
Annual Rainfall : 180 cm
Winter Temperature : Minimum - 1oC, Maximum - 10oC
Summer Temperature : Minimum - 10oC, Maximum - 30oC .
Snowfall in Mussoorie: End of December to Mid February.
Summers (April to June): are very favorable. Because of the high altitude, the hill resort escapes the extreme heat during the summer season. The temperature rises to a maximum of 30oC and a minimum of 10oC during this time. Light woolens are suitable during this season.
Generally winters (late October to mid-February): are quite cold and spine-chilling. The mercury may dip to a minimum of 1oC during the nights. While days remain slightly foggy, with the sun being elusive, temperatures during the daytime reaches to a maximum of 10oC. Sometimes, occasional snowfall might lead to road-blocks during winters.
Monsoons: The hill-station experiences heavy downpour during the monsoon season (July to September). Roads often become unsuitable for trekking and driving and the sky dons a mauvish tinge as mountains remain covered with sheets of mist.
With the onset of the spring season by end-September, the place reaches its pinnacle of beauty.
Best Time to Visit
Best season to visit Mussoorie is from March to June and September to November. Summers are the best time to go trekking, camping and rock climbing.