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History of Mussoorie
This verdant hill station with a spectacular view of the Himalayan range is located near Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand. Known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, the city was established in 1823 and became a popular holiday resort for the rich and famous during the erstwhile British Raj. The British have long left the country, but the city continues to be a favoured destination with tourists thronging to enjoy Mussoorie attractions. At one point, it was the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration, which has since then been shifted to Dharamshala.
People and Culture of Mussoorie
The local language is Garhwali, but Hindi, Punjabi, and English are also understood by a majority of the people. Hindus and various ethnic groups make up the population alongside some Muslims and Christians. The city is dotted with shrines of all these religions and some are on the list of Mussoorie places to visit. Uttarani, Basant Panchami, Phooldeli, Bikhauti, and Hariyali are some of the local festivals celebrated with gaiety.
Things To Do in Mussoorie
Nature’s bounty is plentiful in this hill station and thus, outdoor activities are popular with those on a Mussoorie tour. The spectacular Kempty Falls which cascade down about 40 ft. from an altitude of 4,500 ft. tops the list of places to see in Mussoorie. A leisurely stroll along The Mall will transport you to an era when life was much simpler. The highest point in the city is Lal Tibba which affords a breath-taking view of the Himalayan peaks and is one of the best picnic spots in Mussoorie. Gun Point, Municipal garden Library Bazaar, Cloud’s End, and Bhatta Falls are some other places to visit in Mussoorie.
Food and Shopping in Mussoorie
Sampling some authentic Garhwali cuisine should be one of the things to do in Mussoorie. Rice and lentils are a staple with the locals. Some dishes to try include Aloo ke Gutke, Jhanghora Ki Kheer, Bal Mithai, and Gul Gula. Tibetan cuisine is also easily available in the restaurants in Mussoorie with Momos and Thupkas being the most popular items on the menu preferred by visitors on a trip to Mussoorie.
Mussoorie is known for the wide variety of handicrafts manufactured here. Wood carvings, jewellery, candles, paintings, and garments are some of the souvenirs that visitors on Mussoorie sightseeing can take home. Shops on Mall Road and Kulri Bazaar are a good place to find exquisite garments.
Accommodation in Mussoorie
As regards how to reach Mussoorie, the closest airport is Jolly Grant which is Dehradun’s chief airport. From the airport, it is about a distance of 30 kms by road. The closest railway station is also situated in Dehradun which is well-connected to various other major cities. The many Mussoorie tourist places can also be accessed by road from cities such as Delhi and Meerut through taxis and private or public buses. Accommodations are available at a variety of hotels and resorts in Mussoorie. A popular destination for honeymooners and families during summer vacations, there is a place to suit every budget when on sightseeing in Mussoorie. From heritage properties to bed and breakfast places, Mussoorie has something for every traveller.
There is so much to see in Mussoorie.
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