Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Mussoorie is a popular hill station in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. Known as the ‘Queen of Hills’ the quaint town is located at an average altitude of 1,880 meters above sea level. Mussoorie is known for its scenic views, its lush green hills, amazing views of the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges on the south.
History of Mussoorie
The name Mussoorie is derived from the word ‘Mansoor’, which is a shrub that grows in the area. Before the Tibetan Rebellion in 1959, the Central Tibetan Administration of the 14th Dalai Lama was established in the hill station. After the rebellion, it moved to Dharamsala where it is presently located.
Conveniently connected by road to Delhi and major cities, Mussoorie is called the gateway to the Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines of Northern India. Due to its pleasant weather, which remains comfortable even in the middle of summer, the town is an ideal holiday getaway during the summers.
Things to do in Mussoorie
Trekking is a major activity in this hill station and there are quite a few trails, which are ideal for nature walks and is one of the highlights of Mussoorie tourism. Tourists can enjoy horse riding or a leisurely walk across Camel’s Back Road and watch the sunrise from here. The Jharipani Falls, Bhatta Falls, and Kempty Falls are the three well-known waterfalls in Mussoorie. Mussoorie holiday packages cover some of the must-see sights of the hill station.
A ropeway ride to the top of Gun Hills, which is the highest peak of Mussoorie is one of the main attractions of the town. This 400-meter ride offers a view of the Himalayan ranges including Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara and Gangotri group and provides views of Mussoorie town and Doon Valley.
Mussoorie has several European schools, which started during the colonial period. Some of the oldest and best boarding schools in the country are located here.
Food & Shopping in Mussoorie
Mussoorie has a few things to offer when it comes to food and shopping. The Mall is home to many small cafes, restaurants as well as handicrafts shops selling curios, woolens and souvenirs. Tourists can try the small restaurants that offer momos, parathas, locally made ice creams and sweets as well as international cuisine.
Travelling to Mussoorie
The weather is the main attraction of Mussoorie tourism as even during the summer months the weather remains cool and pleasant. During spring, the town looks beautiful with blossoming flowers all around and the trees looking lush and green.
The best time to visit Mussoorie is between the months of April to June and again during the months of September to November. Winter too has its own charm and many people, especially those living in warmer parts of the country, reach Mussoorie to experience the winter chill and see the snow-capped mountains.
Accommodation options in Mussoorie
Popular hotels in Mussoorie include budget hotels, resorts and heritage hotels among others; many of them located on The Mall.