Mussoorie, a winsome hill station snuggled in the foothills of the Himalayas is one of the most visited places in Uttarakhand. The unique name of this hill station has been derived from a shrub called ‘Mansoor’ which was once found in abundance here. This picturesque hill station has taken its seat in the Garhwal Himalayas and is only 35 km away from Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand.
Tucked at 2,005 metres above sea level, ‘The Queen of Hills’ Mussoorie experiences a salubrious weather throughout the year. It sprawls over 65 square km area and is nestled on a 15 km horseshoe ridge with the imposing Himalayas at the backdrop. This quaint hill station is a medley of sensations as it lures the adventure enthusiasts, trekkers, nature lovers, honeymooners, weekenders to visit here.
Why you should plan a Dehradun to Mussoorie trip?
Cradled in the lap of Himalayas, Mussoorie is an epitome of beauty ornamented by the diverse Himalayan flora and fauna. Blanketed by the thick foliage of nature, the tinsel town of Mussoorie exhibits an unparallel beauty of the dusty mountains, the chirpy Himalayan birds, tattered colonial houses, old taverns, cosy cafes, estates, lavish British bungalows and the bustling markets. This hill station is also famous for its English schools that date back to the British Era and for Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration where officers are trained for Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service.
Best Time to Visit Mussoorie
If you want to see the nature in full swing then you should visit Mussoorie between the months of March to June and September to November. During summers can you also enjoy trekking, rock climbing and camping here.
Places to Visit in Mussoorie
Mussoorie is a popular weekend getaway for the busy bees as it is located at a favourable distance from Delhi. Some of the tourist attractions of Mussoorie include the Kempty Falls, the Company Garden, Sir George Everest House, Cloud’s End and the Happy Valley. From here, you can relish a beautiful spectacle of the Shiwalik ranges and the luscious Doon Valley. If you are on a long vacation then you can plan a short trip to some of the nearby hill stations such as Kanatal, Dhanaulti and Chamba. Have a luxurious stay at some of the stately hotels of Mussoorie, go for sightseeing to Lal Tibba, the highest vantage point of Mussoorie or have an excursion to Landour. Sip a hot cup of tea at Char Dukan or admire a gorgeous vista from the Gun Hill.
Mussoorie is located in Dehradun district and is situated about 279 km from Delhi and only 35 km from Dehradun. Private buses to Mussoorie are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. Buses and taxis to Mussoorie are available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar etc. Dehradun railway station at 34 km away is the nearest railhead to Mussoorie. Local transport to Mussoorie is available from the railway station. Jolly Grant airport at 61 km away is the closest air connectivity to the hill station. Taxis to Mussoorie can be taken from this airport.