Tourist Attractions in Mussoorie
Mussoorie has a beautiful nature walk known as ‘Camel's Back Road’. This road takes its name from mountain outcrop in the shape of a camel's hump. Along the camel back, a beautiful cemetery is located about mid-way on the loop. There is also ‘Gun Hill’ where cannons were kept for the defense of Mussoorie. Gun Hill is accessible by the cable car on the Mall road. The oldest Christian church in the Himalayas, St Mary's, is situated above Mall Road, and is about 100-year-old. Kempty falls is a nice picnic spot. Company Garden is popular tourist destination. During season, the Company Garden has beautiful
collection of flowers and plants. Happy Valley has a small Tibetan temple. This was the first Tibetan temple built in India.
The temple was constructed in 1960 by the Tibetan refugees. Lal Tibba is another tourist spot of Mussoorie. Beautiful Dhanaulti is about 24 kilometers from Mussorie. Mussoorie also had India's largest roller skating rink.
A 34 km winding drive from Dehradun takes you to its lap. Located on the Garhwal Hills, the hill resort juts out like a little paradise from a hilltop. The place seems like a unique mosaic of antiquity, mysticism and various hues. With a picturesque backdrop and bracing environs, the place is home to numerous tourist attractions. The local guides and service provides arrange for sight-seeing tours.
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
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.
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. This is a pleasant 20-minute walk by a bridle path that forks of from Mall Road near Kutchery.
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. The water cascading down from an altitude of 4,500 feet and splitting further into five cascades, the water falls from a height of 40 feet giving the appearance of water jumping and playing on the rocks before falling down. This place was developed as a tourist destination by John Mekinan, after 1835. The name Kempty is derived from 'Camp-tea', as the Britishers would organise their tea parties here. Past Kempty Falls, and post 12-km downhill, on crossing the Aglar River, one reaches the legendary Yamuna River. Trout are in abundance here, and fishing permits can be obtained form the Divisional Forest Officer, Mussoorie. Kempty Falls are closed for visitors during monsoon and winters. It is open from March to July. For those seeking the thrill of the gigantic falls for more than just a quick trip, there are arrangements for accommodation in huts in the areas around Kempty.
Lake Mist is located 5 km before Kempty Falls and 10 kms from Mussoorie. Lake Mist is a newly developed scenic spot with accomodation and restaurant facilities available. You can also enjoy boating on this lake.
Located about 3 km from Mussoorie, 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
Sir George Everest House is the park estate of Sir Everest who was the First Surveyor General of India. The world's highest peak Mt Everest is named after Sir George Everest. It is situated 6 km from Gandhi Chowk and vehicle can go right up to the place. The place provides an enchanting view of Doon valley on one side and view is Yamuna valley and Himalayan range on the other side.
Jharipani Falls and Bhatta Falls
The Jharipani and the Bhatta Falls are two major waterfalls of Mussoorie. Jharipani Fall is located 8.5 m from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Jharipani Road and can be reached by a vehicle, up to a distance of 7 km. The rest of the journey (1.5 km) has to be covered on foot. Bhatta village is accessible by motorable roads from where an easy trek of 3 km commences to stimulating Bhatta Falls. It has different ponds and small lakes, ideal for bating and water amusements and is an ideal place for picnic.
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.
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.
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.
24 Kms from Mussoorie, Dhanolti provides a breath-taking view of the valleys and the Himalayan peaks. The long-wooded slopes, lazy outings, cool caressing breeze, warm and hospitable inhabitants, lovely weather and fabulous view of snow-capped mountains makes it an ideal retreat for a relaxed holiday.
34 kms from Mussoorie one reaches Thatyur. 7 Kms further is Devalsari and14 kms further trek to Nagtibba is an ideal spot for trekking.
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 two 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.
About 15 kms from Mussoorie, it is an ideal spot for trekking via Park Toll-Clods end, Dudhi. Situated on the extreme western region of Mussoorie town, Bhadraj offers a commanding view of the Doon Valley. Chakrata ranges and Jaunsar Bawar areas can be viewed from here. Bhadraj Temple is dedicated to Lord Bal Bhadra, brother of Lord Krishna.
About 27 kms from Mussoorie on Chakrata-Barkot road, is an ideal spot for fishing.
Sitatued eight kms from the library, Cloud End is located at the extreme west end of Mussoorie Hill. The bungalow of Cloud End was built in 1838 by a British major. Cloud End was one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie and has now been converted into a hotel called Clouds End. The place provides peaceful and calm environment because of its verdant surroundings. The resort offers an excellent view of snow-capped colossal Himalayan range and of the Yamuna river. The spot is frequented by foreigners and honeymooners in large numbers.
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 sticks are also popular among tourists. The Mussoorie mall offers an excellent collection of imported articles like the Tibetian metal works, antique items, decorated walking sticks, handicrafts, books, baskets made of cane and other wonderful items. Do pick up some of the most exotic ornaments (Tibetan, Nepali, Naga, et al), handicrafts and curios at the local shops.