Altitude: 2500 m above sea level
Nearby Attractions: Lal Tibba, Gun
Hill, Kempty Falls
Excursions: Yamunotri Bridge, Nag Tibba,
located some 250 miles north of Delhi, is among the most popular
hill stations of India, and is called “the Queen of the hill
stations”. It overlooks the sprawling Doon valley and the city of
Dehradun, the gateway to Mussoorie and infact to the entire
Garhwal. Mussoorie, a hill resort at a height of around 7,000 ft
above the sea level, straddles a ridge in the Garhwal Himalayas -
a region that is fast developing into a major tourism destination
Although Mussoorie, as a hill station was established only as back
as in 1823, it has quite an intriguing past. Mussoorie was never
an official summer capital unlike Shimla - a hill station in the
state of Himachal Pradesh, which was the summer capital of the
British Indian Government and even unlike Nainital - the summer
capital of the united provinces government in British India.
Mussoorie always remained unofficial - for the affairs of heart.
It has always been a gossipy place - with an air of informality
and a tradition of romance - The Honeymoon Capital of India.
An idyllic stroll through any of the meandering mountain roads of
the town on a clear and sunny day will bring you to some of the
well known and not so well known spots - each having its own tales
to tell - Landour Bazaar, Chaar dukaan, Lal tibba, Gun hill, the
Camel Back Cemetery, the Mussoorie Library, and of course the
Hotel Savoy - an historical edifice in itself.
PRIME ATTRACTIONS OF MUSSOORIE
The Mall & Camel’s Back
Rickshaw rides down the Mall, and around the wooded road of
Camel's Back with its timeless views of the northern ranges of the
Himalayas, are a pleasure which is virtually unique to Mussoorie.
Younger, and younger-at-heart, people prefer to amble down the
Mall. And, in keeping with our informal atmosphere, it is
fashionable to eat roasted peanuts while you amble. These are
bought from barrows and little roadside vendors who keep them
around little terracotta Gharras - pots filled with glowing,
smoking, faggots. One of the barrows offers a bonus; it stands
beneath a hoarding depicting Mussoorie's attractions so that you
can get the lay of the land while you crack-crunch-relish.
This temple is located in Happy valley area of Mussoorie. Both
Company gardens and Tibetan temple can be seen in one day. They
are located one kilometer from Lal Bahadur Shastri National
Administrative Academy. The Tibetan temple is evidence to rich
Tibetan cultural heritage. This temple is sure to attract
attention of tourists.
This place is seven kilometers on way to Kempty. Lake mist offers
a perfect resting place for tired and weary tourists. There are
good accommodation facilities available here.
This lake is located some 7-kms on the highway to Dehradun. The
gateway of this lake appears to be welcoming tourists from
Dehradun. One can enjoy boating at this lake. One also gets a very
good view of the Dun Valley from this lake. The villages
surrounding Mussoorie can also be seen from here.
This place is highest point in Mussoorie. Lal Tibba is located in
Landour area which is the oldest inhabited place in Mussoorie.
This was the first hotel in Mussoorie. Charlieveli Hotel was the only
hotel in India which was under Queen Mary, who later became Queen
of Britain. Since the last century till independence this hotel
was very famous both in India and abroad.
A British major had a building constructed in 1838. This beautiful
building was converted into hotel and was named Cloud End. It got
the name because it appears that the clouds have ended here. From
this place one can have a good view of the valley. Cloud end is
located some 8-kms west of Mussoorie hills. Due to its location,
at the end of horizon, it is very popular among the Honeymooners
and foreign tourists. Good place to take break from crowd.
PLACES OF INTEREST AROUND MUSSOORIE
Another must-do thing in Mussoorie, apart from shopping, is a ride
in the 'Ropeway': the cable car that carries visitors from the
roundabouts and snackbars of the Childrens' Playground on the Mall
to the heights of Gun Hill. Around its flat top are snack stalls
and over a hundred photographers who snap visitors in glittering
'hilly girl' costumes, as brigands with ferocious mustaches and
turbans, and as country-and-western stars with guitars and
straw-hats. But quite apart from these 'souvenirs' of your
Mussoorie visit', Gun Hill also offers excellent all-round views
of Mussoorie, Dehra Dun, the eternal snows of the higher Himalayas
and the wooded slopes of the sister- town of Landour.
If you walk past the clock tower and look between the plains and
the rising slopes of Landour, you'll see a road that leads to the
green meadows and Deodar forests of Dhanolti, 24-kms away. There's
both a forest bungalow and a tourist bungalow and a tourist
bungalow at Dhanolti and its a delightfully lonely place to spend
a weekend from Mussoorie.
If you're not quite ready for such seclusion, take the western
trip out to Kempty Falls, a 15-km drive from Mussoorie. Also
served by regular buses and taxis this perennial cascade is a
mountain stream which has cut and sculpted its way through great
boulders and down rock faces offering a stimulating, drenching,
shower when it reaches a sandy basis before rushing on. Here there
is snack bar and bridge and, inevitably, a few photographers. The
journey down is a 20 minute stroll, the way up is a 30 minute
trudge, and you should allow half an hour or so at the base of the
55-kms from Mussoorie is very good place for trekking. Nag Tibba,
as it is called, is the highest place around Mussoorie. It is
surrounded by thick dense forests. The actual trekking for Nag
Tibba starts some 21-kms away from the place. The 34 kms journey
from Mussoorie is done on Taxi or Bus and the rest is covered on
SHOPPING IN MUSSOORIE
The main shopping centres in Mussoorie are Gandhi Chowk, the Mall,
Kulri Bazaar and Landour Bazaar. 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.
Pure Ladakhi Shawls are bit costly but are worth a good purchase
here. The antique Jamawar Shawls are expensive, but they are worth
having a look if not being purchased. Nowadays modern techniques
are being applied in weaving these shawls so buyers can get them
on a reasonable price.
Nirankari Cottage Industries, at the library end of The Mall, has
carved wooden boxes, brass statues of Hindu deities and Buddhas,
Tibetan prayer wheels, ceramic Chinese vases and hand-carved
wooden walking sticks made from oak. Queen Mary, the Princess
of Wales, took the last of these away with her as a souvenir of
her visit to Mussoorie.