MUSSOORIE TOURISM AT A GLANCE –“THE QUEEN OF HILL-STATIONS"
MUSSOORIE is a popular hill station famous for its colonial heritage and its religious sites. It is situated at an altitude of 6000 ft. In MUSSOORIE, you will find both nature at work with beautiful waterfalls and sceneries as well as architectural marvel of colonial structures. MUSSOORIE has only grown into a popular hill-station to provide you an escape into the wave of activity surrounding the scenic views and lush green flora. The Mall is the centre point of MUSSOORIE with its two ends- Library and Picture Palace spread some distance away.
The lush green hills the varied flora and fauna and the majestic view of the SHIVALIK ranges and the DOON valley attracts thousands of tourists both domestic and international to MUSSORIE each year. MUSSOORIE is famous not only for its scenic beauty but it has also developed as an important centre of education and business. MUSSOORIE offers superb scenic view of peaks of the Himalayas in western GARHWAL. MUSSOORIE boasts of some of the most spectacular views of the Himalayas. Hill ridges, irregular in shape and partly wooded, form layer after layer to the horizon, where Snow Capped mountain peaks are visible as though you can touch them. From West to East, the mighty peaks of Bandar POONCH, SRIKANTHA, the GANGOTRI group and the CHAUKHAMBA present a mesmerizing panorama. 34 km from Dehradun, MUSSOORIE overlooks the majestic Doon valley to its south and the impressive Himalayas up north. The mountains beckon climbers, trekkers and adventure sport enthusiasts. Trekkers begin their journey into the popular trekking area of HARI-KI-DOON with its Snows Capes and verdant-forested slopes from MUSSOORIE. The holy River Ganga is visible from one end of the ridge and Yamuna from the other, a stretch of around 20 km in all, from Cloud's end in the west to JABARKHET in the east. MUSSOORIE is famous for LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI national academy of administration where officers are trained for the Indian administrative services.
1. Gun Hill –
Gun Hill is the second highest peak of MUSSOORIE. The Mall is the starting point for the cable car towards the summit of Gun Hill. The thrill of the ride is memorable and offers beautiful views of the Himalayan Ranges.
2. THE MALL -
The Mall Road connects the two bazaars, KULRI and Library. It is the heart of the town. Alongside the Mall is the tourist office, rows of Tibetan trinket and sweater vendors and shops selling walking sticks and cane items. Cycle rickshaws can be seen here, plying down the Mall. The Mall is the starting point for the cable car towards the summit of Gun Hill, 2142 m above sea level. On clear days, the peaks of KEDARNATH, BADRINATH and Nanda Devi can be seen from this hill clearly. The Mall is the main shopping area in MUSSOORIE.
3. MUSSOORIE LAKE -
The artificial MUSSOORIE Lake is situated about 6 km short of MUSSOORIE on the way from Dehradun. The MUSSOORIE Lake is a delightful spot where paddle-boats are available. It commands an enchanting view of Doon valley and nearby villages
4. LANDOUR -
LANDOUR is situated at the east end of town, situated at an altitude of 2270 m above sea level. LANDOUR is an Indian style bazaar. Woodstock School, an international school which has a sister school in KODAIKKANAL in South India, is also located here. The Convent Hill and Happy Valley are also situated here where the Tibetan refugees have settled.
5. SIR GEORGE EVEREST HOUSE -
The George Everest House is the estate of Sir George, the surveyor General of India. Sir George had his office and residence here. The Mount Everest, the highest peak of the Himalayas was named after Sir George.
6. JWALAJI TEMPLE -
The temple is surrounded by the thick forests and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon valley and Yamuna valley. The JWALAJI Temple is situated on the top of the BENOG Hill and has an idol of Mata DURGA.
7. MUNICIPAL GARDENS OR COMPANY BAGH -
The Municipal Gardens or the Company BAGH was previously (before independence) known as Botanical gardens of MUSSOORIE.
8. LAKE MIST -
This place is 7 km on way to KEMPTY Falls. There is provision for accommodation as well. . Lake Mist offers a perfect resting place for tired and weary tourists. One has to pay INR 25 to enter Lake Mist.
9. LAKHA MANDAL -
There are hundreds of idols of archaeological importance that have been preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India. According to the legend, the KAURAVAS made a shellac house and conspired to burn the PANDAVAS alive here. LAKHA MANDAL is on the YAMUNOTRI road, past KEMPTY Falls.
By Air: Taxis are available from the airport. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun (82 km).
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Dehradun (68 km).
By Road: Take the TEHRI bypass from MUSSOORIE and drive down the MUSSOORIE-CHAMBA road. Dehradun is well connected by roads.