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Mussoorie, also known as Queen of the Hills, is among the most popular hill stations of the country. A Britisher, Captain Frederick Young, accompanied by an official named FJ Shore, had climbed up the hill from the Doon valley in 1827 and found this ridge offering great views and a salubrious climate. This visit laid the foundation for this grand hill station.
A captivating paradise for leisure travellers and honeymooners, it is a perfect summer resort. Located on a 15-km-long horseshoe ridge with the grand Himalayas as a backdrop, Mussoorie spreads across at a height of 2,000 m above sea level. From this vantage point, it offers scenic views of Himalayas peaks in Western Garhwal. Many famous personalities have made Mussoorie their home – most notable being authors Ruskin Bond and Bill Aitken. Filmstar Victor Banerjee resides in Mussoorie while deceased filmstar Tom Alter was born and brought up here. In the 1960s filmstar Prem Nath had his house here while the son of Dev Anand studied in Woodstock school. Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are frequent visitors to this hill resort.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Mussoorie is during summers, as it offers respite from the scorching summer heat. However, if you are looking for a secluded holiday, come here during winters to witness the snowfall.
Places To Visit
Surkanda Devi Temple
Surkanda Devi Temple can be reached after a 2 km trek from the village Kaddukhal. A trekker's paradise, the view from the temple is mesmeric. According to local legends, when Lord Vishnu was destroying the physical self of Sati while Lord Shiva did tandav, Sati's head fell on this place, hence the temple is called the Shri Surkanda Devi Temple. These places (51 sites) are called Shakti Peeths. The temple is one of the most popular Shakti Peeths of India.
Situated at the east end of town, Landour is a British-era cantonment named after Llanddowror, a remote village in southwest Wales. But not just its name, the pretty town has several links to the UK: many houses in Landour are inspired by Scottish author Sir Walter Scott’s novels, with names such as Kenilworth, Ivanhoe, Waverly and Woodstock (now a famous school). Landour was home to several Indian royal families as well, before Independence. The Landour Bazaar is a very popular shopping area.
George Everest House
At Park Estate are the remains of the building and laboratory of Sir George Everest, the Surveyor-General of India from 1830 to 1843. It is after George Everest that the world's highest peak Mt Everest is named. It is 6 km from Gandhi Chowk and a scenic walk from Library Bazaar, although accessible by road transport to at least Haathi Paon. The place provides a view of Doon Valley on one side and a panoramic view of the Aglar River valley and the peaks of the Himalayan ranges on the other. The tourism department is developing this house as a museum.
Bhatta Falls is beautiful and natural and is set amidst a serene environment. Located about 8 km from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Dehradun road, it has different ponds for bathing.
Located about 15 km on the Yamunotri road, Kempty Falls is a popular and picturesque waterfall, located in the beautiful valley surrounded by high mountains.
Located about 9 km from Mussoorie, you need to cover the last 1.5 km on foot to reach Jharipani Falls. It is also a great place for picnicking.
Known as Botanical gardens of Mussoorie in pre-Independence era, the Municipal Gardens or the Company Bagh has a variety of beautiful flowers and an amusement park too.
Built in 1836, it is considered to be among the oldest churches in the Himalayan ranges built by Britishers. There is a Deodar (Cedrus deodara) tree in this church garden that was planted by the Princess of Wales – who later became Queen Mary - upon her visit to Mussoorie.
Situated at an altitude of 2,438 m above sea level, Lal Tibba is the highest hill in Mussoorie. The view to the north and the snow-capped peaks is stunning and best at sunrise.
The artificial lake developed recently about 6 km on the way from Mussoorie, on Dehradun road watch ducks swimming, ride a paddle boat and enjoy amazing views of Doon Valley.
How To Reach
The nearest airport for Mussoorie is Jolly Grant airport. Jolly Grant airport is situated 60kms from Mussoorie.
The nearest railway station to Mussoorie is Dehradun railway station at a distance of 36kms.
Mussoorie is well connected by motorable roads. Luxury and normal buses to Mussoorie are easily available from ISBT kashmiri gate.
Switzerland of india.yes this was remarked by gandhiji. He was spell bound by its eternal nature beayty! If there heaven exit in world is kausani.small hill station situated inuttrakhand in almora district.? Where live seized.people there are very sweet .and famous poet sumitranandan pant born land.and also famous for its tea garden all our india
Kausani is a hill station situated in Bageshwar district in the State of Uttarakhand, India. This beauteous hill queen is perched at an elevation of 1890 metres. It is advised to viist this place in winters to witness snowfall. Also Kausani is famous among tourist as Hill Station and Peace full Surroundings. Kausani is recommended destination for newly married couples. The pack season starts from late March till end of June, temperature drops to 2°C during winters. This place is transformed into snowy during the winters months of October to February. Visit this place during this period if you enjoy snow fall & cold climate.