Commanding a wonderful view of extensive Himalayan snow ranges to the northeast, and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Haridwar to the south, the town presents a fairyland atmosphere. Towering over the Doon valley is the Queen of Hill Stations, Mussoorie. Mountain mist, old architecture, the riot of flowers and streams transport you to an era of romance from long, long ago. It is famous for its scenic beauty. Enchanting view of pine covered hill slopes and snow capped mountains leave an indelible impression on one's mind. There are also some interesting walks around Mussoorie and other attractions here are the Ropeway ride to Gun Hill - the second largest peak here; Kempty Falls - the biggest and prettiest waterfall located in a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains. Mussoorie is conveniently connected by road to Delhi and other major cities of India.
Mussoorie is famous for wooden decorative and gift items. But one can also bargain brass statues and ceramic vases. Some good showrooms are located on the Mall where one can look for wooden boxes, brass statues, Tibetan Prayer wheels and vases. The hand carved oakwood walking stick are also popular among tourists. In the markets, photographs can be clicked wearing a dazzling Garhwali Dress. To be photographed in Garhwali garb against a painted Himalayan range makes a wonderful picture.
The climate in Mussoorie remains pleasant throughout the year. Summers are comparatively warmer with temperatures ranging from 12`C to 19`C making it necessary to carry light woolens. Winters are much colder with temperatures dropiing to as low as 4`C. Hence, one must carry heavy woolens while visiting this enchanting hill station during this season.
One of the brightest spots of Tehri Garhwal, t 1676 mts, Chamba is just 60 kms from Mussoorie. This quaint town offers one of the most sepectacular views of snow capped Himalayas and the enchanting Bhagirathi vally. Being the center point of routes to Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Tehri & New Tehri, Chamba is fast changing into the ideal interlude.
Dhanaulti, located amidst thick, virgin forest of Deodar, Rhododendron and Oak, has an atmosphere of the long wooded slopes, relaxed outdoors, cool caressing breeze, warm and hospitable inhabitants, lovely weather and fabulous view of snow covered mountains makes it an ideal retreat for a relaxed holiday. Situated on the Mussoorie - Chamba route, Dhanaulti is 24 kms. from Chamba. For accommodation, Tourist Rest House, Forest Rest House, Hotel Drive-in Dhanolti and a couple of guest houses are available.
For those who are interested in trekkiing and adventure, Nagtibba, at an altitude of 3048 mts. offers one of the most captivating view of the majestic Himalayas as well as Mussoorie, Doon Valley and surrounding areas. The area is full of dense fortest and natural beauty. Nagtibba is the most unspoilt wonder round the year.
To reach Nagtibba, one has to come to Pantwari via Nainbagh from Mussoorie or Vikas Nagar by direct bus service. Pantwari is the base camp for visiting the place,from there, it is 8kms. trek to Nagtibba, through dense forest. There is no accomodation at Nagtibba and one has to carry tents or come back to the picturesque village of Pantwari-gay with life and presenting the culture of Jaunpur.
View of Mussoorie
Kempty Fall: 15kms. from Mussoorie on the Yamunotri road having an altitude of 1215mts. It has the distinction of being the biggest and prettiest water fall located in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by high mountains. A bath at the foot of the fall is refreshing and enjoyable for children and adults alike.
Kaudiyala: It is 37 kms. from Rishikesh on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway at an altitude of 389 mts. Here, the mighty water of Ganga is ideal for white water rafting.GMVN conducts river rafting courses at Kaudiyala. They provide rafts, river side camping items and trained guides who make the sport a pleasure. Safety precautions are also stressed on. There is ample opportunity ti view wildlife in its natural habitat.
New Tehri: This newly established township is the district headquarter of Tehri Gaehwal. It is situated at an elevation between 1550 to 1950 mts. above sea leval. A morden and well planned town, only 11 kms. from Chamba & 24 kms. from Old Tehri, it overlooks a massive artificial lake and a Dam. It was soon become an important centre of attraction on the completion of tha dam.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Mussoorie
Gun Hill: Enjoy a ropeway ride to Gun Hill, the second highest peak of Mussoorie. It can also be negotiated by bridle path which forks off the Mall road near Kutchey and takes about 20 minutes to reach. The Ropeway distance is only 400 metres and the sheer thrill of the ride is memorable.
Municipal Garden: A picnic spot having a beautiful garden and an artificial mini lake with boating facilities. It is located at a distance of 4 kms by pony or by car and only 2 kms by foot.
Kempty Fall: 15 kms from Mussoorie on the Yamuna off road having an altitude of 4500 feet, it has the distinction of being the biggest and the most magnificient waterfall located in a beautiful valley surrounded by high mountains. Bath at the foot of the falls is refreshing and enjoyable for children and adults alike.
Childer's Lodge: Highest peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba. It is about 5 kms from the tourist office and one can go on horse back or foot. Snow view from this point is exhilarating.
Mussoorie Lake: A newly developed picnic spot situated on Mussoorie - Dehradun road, 6 kms from Mussoorie. It is a delightful spot. Pedal boats are available. It commands an enchanting view of the Doon Valley and nearby villages.
Jwalaji Temple (Benog Hill): 9 kms to the west of Mussoorie and at an altitude of 2104 meters, is the Jwalaji Temple. It is situated on the top of Benog hill and has an idol of Durga Mata in it. The temple is surrounded by thick forests and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas, Doon Valley and Yamuna Valley.
Camel's Back Road: It starts from Kulri Bazar near Rink hall and ends at Library Bazar covering a total distance of about 3 kms. The main charm of this road is horse riding and walking. Camel's rock with a life like resemblance can be seen from the spot near Mussoorie School
How to Reach Mussoorie
The nearest airport is a little away from Dehradun and is situated 24 kms away from Mussoorie. One can hire a taxi or board one of the buses that ply regularly from Dehradun to the hill station.
By Rail The nearest railwayhead is situated in Dehradun 25 kms away from Mussoorie. Again, one can hire a taxi or travel by the buses available there.
One can follow this route to reach Mussoorie from Delhi. Delhi - Meerut - Khatauli - Muzzafarnagar - Roorkee - Dehradun - Mussoorie