Mussorie is known as The Queen of Hill-Stations. It is a perfect getaway destination to enjoy tranquil hills, untouched nature and get an experience that is unadulterated in the truest sense of the term. Mussoorie is on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level and has a serene, comfortable climate during the year. The pristine charm of Mussoorie makes it a very popular option of vacation for people of all age groups. The city provides a perfect retreat from the hot and humid weather of the plains.
Mussorie has a lot of British influence which can be seen in its architecture of hotels and churches. With its lamp posts spread all across the mall road, the city gives off a distinct colonial vibe.
Some must-do things in Mussorie include:
Lal Tibba is approximately 6 kilometres away from Mussorie and it is completely untouched by commercialisation. Lal Tibba has an amazing view. The name Lal Tibba means Red Hill. There are telescopes installed here with the help of which you can enjoy the view of the beautiful Nilkantha peak, Kedarnath peak and Banderpoonch range.
The Lake Mist is one of the most beautiful and pristine destinations in Mussorie. Emerald water surrounded by lush green forest terrain accounts for a mesmerising view and truly a treat for the eye. Lake Mist is on the way to the Kempty Falls. The place is not very crowded and you are sure to enjoy the calm and serene beauty of nature.
Kempty Falls is located on the way between Mussorie and Dehradun road. It is a water-fall where the water-falls from an altitude of 40 feet. Kempty Falls is surrounded by mountain cliffs from all sides. This is a picnic spot where you can enjoy captivating beauty. The name Kempty Falls was developed based on Camp And Tea. You can enjoy swimming in the pond formed by the waterfall. This place is quite famous among the tourists due to which it is crowded throughout the year.
Various activities happen at the Kempty Falls which you can try. A step of stairs heads up to the exact place where the falls are located. There are a lot of small stores located all along the way to keep you engaged while reaching there. You can buy all kinds of souvenirs from these appealing shops. Changing rooms and washrooms are available at Kempty Falls for people to switch into something comfy for their time in the falls.
The main hub of activity at the Kempty Falls is the pond where the water settles from the falls. The fun part is that the water of the falls is extremely cold. But there are small shops that sell piping hot snacks which will help you beat the cold.
Gun Hill is an extinct volcano. It is the second-highest point in Mussoorie. It is at a height of 2024 meters of altitude. The scenic beauty of this place is just out of the world. It gives a great panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges as well as the skyline of the city of Mussorie. Gun Hill is very famous among nature lovers and photographers.
As the Gun Hill is located 400 ft higher than the Mall Road it is accessible by cable cars. The round trip of the ropeway cable car costs INR 75 per person and unquestionably gives a pictorial scene throughout the climb of the distant hills and green landscapes.
The timing for ropeway is as follows:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (January to December),
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM (May to July and October),
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (August to September and late November to April)
Mussoorie Mall Road
Located in the heart of Mussoorie, the Mall is a colonial vestige with tables and lampposts. It is loaded with trendy shops, video game stations and skating arenas.
There would be a lot of local vendors around involving photographers who can click impressive photographs for you. Do try out a photograph in local traditional attire.