Tourist Spots in Mussoorie
Popularly known as the Queen of Hills, this charming hill station, 34 kms from Dehradun is situated at an altitude of 2003 mts in the Garhwal hills. above sea-level. Mussoorie is one the beautiful hill stations in India and the most frequently visited. It provides excellent respite to people who want relief from the hot sultry conditions of the plains, especially since it is close enough to the capital to make just weekend trip. Also, major Hindu pilgrimage sites like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, Rishikesh are not far from this place.

In 1820, Captain Young of the British army was influenced by the beauty of this place and made it his residence. The name, Mussoorie is derived from plants of 'Mussoorie' which were found in abundance here. After its discovery, this hill station gradually developed as a centre of education, business, tourism and beauty.


Lal Tibba (Depot Hill)
The highest point in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba gives you splendid view of the landscape around. Located in Landour, it is the oldest inhabited area of the place. Old British architectures adorn the place and impart it an antique charm. From here, one can have clear views of the snow capped Himalayan peaks and places like Badrinath and Kedarnath dotting the horizon.


Camel's Back Point / Camel's Back Road
Road The road borrows its name from a large rock here that looks like a camel's back. One can see the rock from the 'Mussoorie Public School'. The road starts from Kurli Bazaar and goes up to the Library Bazaar. Thick deodar trees girdle this 3 km long stretch. The atmosphere is very serene and ideal for pony-riding and watching the sun playing 'hide and seek' in the Himalayas.

Gun Hill via Ropeway
At a height of 2122 m, this is the second highest peak of the town. During the colonial era, a gun was placed atop the hill and fired exactly at mid-day to announce the time. Thus, the place derived its name as 'Gun Hill'. One can have stunning views of the landscape and other Himalayan Ranges from the place. A 400 m ropeway connects the Mall to this place. Walking is another alternative.

Kempty falls
It is the biggest water fall here. Kempty is located about 15 kms away from the main town towards Yamunotri. It has an altitude of 1370 meters and is surrounded by mountains. Located 15 km from Mussoorie, the Kempty Falls lie amidst a mass of hills. Sparkling water gushes down from a height of 4,500 ft and further segregates into five different falls (40 ft each) at this place. Originally, the British conducted tea-parties here. Thus, the colloquial name 'Camp-Tea' earned it the name 'Kempty'. The falls remain open to public from March to July.

Company Bagh / Municipal Garden
This beautiful picnic spot is easily accessible by a pony, rickshaw or car. Housed amidst bamboo and deodar trees, it was earlier known as the 'Company Garden'. The place has an artificial lake that provides boating facilities. Varieties of exotic flowers are also found in the gardens. One can also reach the place on foot, via Waverly Convent Road.

Sir George Everest House & Wishing Well (Hathipoan and Park Estate):
The place is also known as the Park Estate. It was the laboratory of the first surveyor general in India, Sir George Everest. Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world is named after him. The snow clad ranges of the Himalayas and the Doon valley present a captivating sight.

Hathipaon and the Park Estate is a beautiful place for picnic and trekking activities. Park Estate is a former office and house of Sir George Everest, the first Surveyor General of India. The name of the highest peak in India, Mount Everest, was named after him. The remnains of fireplaces and the wooden beams are the prime attractions of the colonial bungalow and the observatory. Surrounded by lush green mountains, the estate offers a beautiful view of the Doon Valley. Tourists can also spot various species of Himalayan wildlife in this area.


Mussoorie Lake
This newly made lake is situated on the Dehradun road, at a distance of 6 km from Mussoorie. Developed by the city board and the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority, this lake is a famous picnic spot of the place. With a beautiful backdrop, the place is also famous for its pedal-boating facilities. The lake also offers enchanting view of Doon Valley and the surrounding places.


Happy Valley, Buddhist Temple & Tibetan School
Happy Valley is famous for housing IAS Academy, Tibetan temples and the Municipal Garden. The area of the valley lies on the western side of Library Point and leads to the Cloud's End, a place where geographical borders of Mussoorie end. The place is also famous for its gardens, estates and temples. Apart from this, tourists can also take walk to the Kala School from Happy Valley, which leads to Hathipaon Park Estate.

Shedup Choepelling temple
Shedup Choepelling Temple, also known as Tibetan Buddhist Temple, is one of the famous Tibetan temples located in the destination. Situated on the Happy Valley Road, close to the IAS Academy, the temple is surrounded by snow capped mountains. It is believed that Dalai Lama took refuge in Mussoorie after fleeing from Tibet. Since then, this land was granted to him as Dharamshala by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. Housing many Tibetan literature and books, the temple is beautifully adorned by clay lamps in the lamp house and the prayer flags.


Jwalaji Temple
This famous Hindu temple is located at a distance of 9 km from Mussoorie. Dedicated to Goddess 'Durga', this temple is situated atop the Benog Hill, at a height of 2100 m. Enveloped by thick forests from all sides; the temple poses a striking picture. Moreover, one can have breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon Valley and the Yamuna valley from this site.

Children’s lodge
It is sited on the highest peak of Mussoorie, about 5 kilometers away from the tourist office. It provides a mesmerizing view of the snow clad ranges. The hill on which Childers' Lodge sits is the highest point in Mussoorie. Along the top is a military cantonment area that presumably goes back to the Raj and now belongs to the Indian Army.

Bhadraj Temple Trek (8 Km one side)
The Bhadraj temple is dedicated to Lord Bhadraj. It is a historic temple worth visiting for its view of the Doon Valley and the Chakrata Range. After 30 minutes of difficult travel from Mussoorie in a vehicle, one reaches the end of the road at Village Doodhli. From here, it is trek of 5 kilometres to reach the top where the temple is situated at 7,000 feet above sea level. A large annual fair is organized each year in month of July-Aug.

Nag Devta Temple
An ancient temple situated on Cart Mackenjie Road and is about 6 kms from Mussoorie. Vehicles can go right upto the spot. It Provies a charming view of Doon Valley as well as of Mussoorie.

SOME MORE POINT OF INTEREST

Jharipani falls:
Located about 8 kms away from the main town, it is one of the many beautiful water falls in Mussoorie.

Bhatta falls:
One of the major tourist attractions of Mussoorie is Bhatta falls. It is located 7 kms away from the hill resort.

Van Chetna Kendra
Covered with a thicket of undulating pine trees and varicolored shrubs, Van Chetna Kendra is a popular picnic spot of the place. It is located at a distance of about 3 km from Mussoorie, on the Tehri Road (by-pass). Thus, it is easily accessible from Mussoorie by a vehicle or even on foot. The place is also popular for exotic wildlife delights like Ghurar, Kankar and Himalayan Peacock.

Landour Bazaar
Landour Bazaar is one of the famous shopping locations in the destination, which is situated on the steep slope few kilometres up the hill from the Mall. The bazaar is known for its handwritten signs, which are nailed on the trees. The bazaar houses a rejuvenation centre, which was developed by Britishers during their ruling period. In addition to this, the place also has residence of Captain Young, who discovered Mussoorie. His house is renowned as Mullingar Estate and is thronged by travellers to see the architectural styles of that period. The popular Woodstock School is one of the famous landmarks of the bazaar. Dotted with deodar and pine groves roads, Char Dukan is a famous cluster of shops, located in the area. These small shops on the side of the roads sell tea and light snacks to the visitors. The market offers a vast collection of ceramic crockery, woollens and antiques. Apart from this, the place has many beautiful cottages, which represent the original British architecture to the visitors. St. Paul's Church, Cemetery of soldiers and Landour Language School are the other prime locations situated in the bazaar.

Sister Baazar & Char Dukan
Sisters Bazaar is a market place dotted with pine, oak and deodar trees. The bazaar is named after the nuns, who served as nurses in the British dormitory housed in this area. The area is a residential colony with many old cottages and a few shops spread across.

Christ Church
Christ Church was constructed in 1836 and is believed to be the oldest existing church in the Himalayan ranges. It is also believed that the church was built by the British community, who once resided in the destination. Located near a heritage hotel, the church was once visited by Princess of Wales, who later became Queen Mary of England. She visited Mussoorie in 1906, and when she visited the Church, she planted a deodar tree in its courtyard. The deodar is still standing in the courtyard of the Church. Possessing Gothic design and architectural styles, the stained glass windows in the Church represent the events in the life of Jesus Christ. Apart from this, the high altar in the Church presents the sufferings of Jesus Christ. The walls and interiors of the church are beautifully decorated to grab attention of visitors. The ancient William Hill organ present in the church is about hundred years old.


MUSSOORIE EXCURSIONS

Surkanda Devi (Excursion)
Situated at an elevation of 3030 mts above sea level near village Kaddukhal the temple of Surkanda Devi is 33 kms from Kaddukhal and one has to trek about 2 kms. The temple of Surkanda Devi is situated on the top of the mountain and is of great religious significance. A fair is held every year on "Ganga Dussehra" during May-June in which thousands of people participate.

Naga Tibba Trek (3 Days)
About 55km, an ideal spot for trekking. Naga Tibba is the highest peak around Mussoorie at 10,000 feet and is covered by thick forests.

Dhanolti
On Mussoorie-Tehri Road 25km away, it has deodhar forests and mountainscapes.

Lakha Mandal
80 km away on the Mussoorie-Yamunotri Road. Linked with the Mahabharata with idols of archaeological importance.

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