Mussoorie Travel Guide– One of my favorite destination for you to travel is Mussoorie. It is a pleasing hill station in Dehradun in Uttrakhand, India. Mussoorie is 290 km from Delhi and 200 km from Chandigarh. Mussoorie is best place for a small trip with friends and couples. It is also safe for “all girls” and solo trips.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS MUSSOORIE TRAVEL GUIDE:
- Why Mussoorie: Queen of Hills
- Why visit Mussoorie
- Quick History of Mussoorie
- How to Reach Mussoorie
- How Long to Visit Mussoorie
- Places to visit in Mussoorie
- Good Mussoorie Hostels/Hotels
- People and Food in Mussoorie
- Public Transportation
- What’s Good and Not so Good
- Best Time to Visit
- Summary and Conclusion
WHY MUSSOORIE: QUEEN OF HILLS
Dehradun is situated under the feet of Himalayas. Mussoorie is the heart of Dehradun. From the diamond cut roads to the captivating beauty of mountain ranges to the green lush delights, Mussoorie at an average altitude of 1,880 m is also known as Queen of Hills.
WHY VISIT MUSSOORIE:
Mussoorie is the most visited hill station in Uttrakhand. The romantic weather of Mussoorie attracts tourists not only from India but all around the world. The mystic air and serene coolness of the place make it the loveliest hill station of Uttrakhand. It is also famous for destination weddings. Many celebrities have done their weddings and pre-wedding photo shoots in Mussoorie.
QUICK HISTORY OF MUSSOORIE:
A long time ago even before British, there were only shepherds in the area whose animals would graze on the ‘mansoor’ shrub; a type of lentil indigenous to the area which gives the town its name. The town is in fact often referred to as ‘Mansoori‘ by locals.
Mussoorie was founded by Lt. Frederick Young of East India Company. He came to the hills for the purpose of shooting games. The first house made on the ridge of Mussoorie was a small hut built on the Camel’s back as a shooting box.
HOW TO REACH MUSSOORIE:
There are several ways to reach Mussoorie. It is only 30 km from Dehradun. Being the capital of Uttrakhand, Dehradun is well connected by trains, airways, and roads. I went to Mussoorie with my friends and family. There is no direct bus or train to reach Mussoorie. I have visited Mussoorie twice.
Once we visited Mussoorie by hiring one private cab and another time I booked an AC sleeper bus from Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Rs 1200/person.
It took 7 hours to reach Dehradun bus stand. We walked nearby to Dehradun Railway Station and took a local bus from there for Rs 20/person to reach Mussoorie bus stand i.e. Library Chawk. Check out my full travelogue and story from Delhi to Mussoorie for all your detail
HOW LONG TO VISIT MUSSOORIE: 2 DAYS
Mussoorie is a small hill station so it takes only 2 days to cover the major sights of the place. I suggest 2 days are enough to roam around Mussoorie. You could spend more time to do some adventurous activities which can take your whole day.
PLACES TO VISIT IN MUSSOORIE:
I will guide you with the five best places to visit in two days. There are many more good places but I consider the best if you are visiting only for 2 days. These places would definitely take your heart away with their stupendous views.
1. KEMPTY FALLS AND ROPEWAY
It is a perfect picnic spot for enjoying a gala time. It has milky streams of water falling from 41 ft. There are a lot of stairs which lead to the actual spot where the water collects. The water is extremely cold and can give you chills. Besides it, a number of shops are available to provide you swimming clothes, floaters and can safely keep your valuables at lockers for a nominal charge.
Nearby to it, there is a ropeway to explore the panorama view of Dehradun-Mussoorie trail and enjoy the elevated lush green mountains, valleys and terrains. It costs Rs 80/person for such a beautiful ride.
2. CLOUD’S END
As the name suggest, Cloud’s End is the geographical end of Mussoorie hill station. It is at a distance of 6 km from Mussoorie Mall Road and you can reach there by a local taxi available. It is a peaceful small trek with the breathtaking views of Aglar River Valley. During monsoon, it is often covered with clouds and fog. You can actually feel the picturesque Cloud’s End. You can also witness various photo shoots of pre-wedding here like I did when I went.
3. MALL ROAD
The heart of Mussoorie has Mall road in it. Mall Road has a plethora of shops selling different items. From hats to socks, a scarf to bracelets and a video game parlor to delicious food, everything is available in Mall Road. There are antique lampposts and benches for having good photographs.
You may witness novel writer, Ruskin Bond in some bookstore as Mussoorie is his favorite hill station too. Some mouth-watering street food and tea are also the charm of Mall Road. Balloon shooting with a gun, the best time pass game for me, is available very cheap in Mall Road. There is also a multiplex where we watched a movie at night.
4. COMPANY GARDEN
Company Garden is a well-liked tourist attraction in Mussoorie city. It is about 3 km from Mall Road. The lush greenery of company garden with more than 850 types of flowering plants, a fountain in the lawn and a greenhouse nursery attracts tourists to this place.
Also, there is an artificial mini-lake with paddle boats for people. It has its own food court serving mouth-watering food and snacks. People come here to stroll and sit in the garden and have a telescopic view of Himalayan Mountain at a cost of Rs 10 only.
5. BENONG WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
The benong Wildlife Sanctuary is about 11 km from Library Point and is a part of Rajaji National Park. This place seeks great attention of tourists for its rare species of birds, almost-extinct mountain quails, The White Capped Water Redstart, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Leopard, Panther or Himalayan goats.
It is ideal for a refreshing walk for nature lovers as it hosts old-cedar trees, pine trees, and other medicinal plants.
GOOD MUSSOORIE HOTELS/HOSTELS:
There are many good hotels/hostels in Mussoorie which are less expensive. The hotels can be booked in the range of Rs 1500-3000/night for two people. The hostel can be a book under Rs 600/person for one night. I have been to below hotels/hostels.
- OYO 14158 The Kempty Fall Resort Hotel
- OYO 13655 Hotel Benog Breeze
- Bunkotel Hostel
- Sterling Hotel and Resort
Check out best stays in Mussoorie, I am sure you will find the best one. I recommend staying in the property which has a rating of more than 8/10 in the booking.com
PEOPLE AND FOOD IN MUSSOORIE:
People of Mussoorie are very grounded. They live a simple life. Tourism is the main occupation for them. If you talk to the drivers or people at the restaurant about themselves, you would find them friendly and interesting.
Food is made in a simple style in all the restaurants here like less spicy. Either you go to Mall Road or other places in Mussoorie you would find less expensive and delicious food unless you are going to JW Marriot :P
Public Bus is available from Dehradun to Mussoorie and back with a frequency of around 1 hour. You can always have an option to book a shared or private taxi from the Taxi Stand at some fixed rate written there. You can also hire a private cab for the whole day for site-seeing for Rs 1000-2000. Cycle Rickshaws are also one option for roaming around the Mall Road.
WHAT’S GOOD AND NOT SO GOOD
To be very honest, I would say there are a number of many more places to visit in Mussoorie but the above said are the best ones. You would enjoy your trip to Mussoorie if you better go in your vehicle. Or you can take a bike or scooty on rent from there.
Otherwise, you have to hire a taxi which sometimes charges a lot. Book your hotels before you go to Mussoorie. Moreover, always check the weather before going. You can go through the government website for more information Uttrakhand Tourism .
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit Mussoorie for pleasant weather is from April to June. If you want to enjoy winter or snow fall, December to February is the best time. July and August are the monsoon months and it is not recommended to visit Mussoorie. Always check the weather of the place before planning the trip.
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
Mussoorie is one of the loveliest hill stations to visit. This is my travel guide on how to enjoy the trip to Mussoorie. Now it’s the time for you to enjoy the place and let me also know in the comment section when you visit.
Visit here again when I shall be back with more happening places in our country.
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