Mussoorie - Places To See

| June 26, 2012
Tags: hill station, Himalays, honeymoon, Mussoorie, Queen of the hills, Uttarakhand

Landour: A small cantonment town contiguous with Mussoorie is about 35 km from the city of Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Landour is located in the Lower Western Himalayas and it is 1,500 ft above Mussoorie. The twin towns of Mussoorie and Landour, together are a well-known British Raj-era hill station in northern India. Landour is a pollution-free zone, and with fresh pure air to breathe, recovery from any stress or disease is superbly fast here. During old times, the Britishers set up a rejuvenation centre to enjoy the nature at its best. During the Raj, it was common to give nostalgic English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish names to one's home, reflecting one's ethnicity. Landour Bazaar is located on a steep slope about 4 km up the hill from the Mall. Landour bazaar is 150 years old and sprang up to serve the needs of British soldiers who were sent to the Landour convalescent depot to recover. Today, it continues to be loyal to its locals rather than pandering to the needs of tourists as much of the other markets do. Silversmiths and Shoemakers ply their wares alongside second-hand clothes vendors. Landour is also home to the acclaimed Woodstock School, a residential school spread over 250 acres of forest region.

Gun Hill: Gun Hill which is supposed to be the second highest peak in Mussoorie got its name so because prior to independence, a midway gun fire enabled residents to adjust their watches at 12 noon. You can reach Gun Hill by a rope car which is about 400m long or by bridle path which takes atleast 40 minutes starting from the Kutchery on The Mall. From Gun Hill one can get a beautiful view of the Doon valley and splendor view of the Himalayan range. Lal Tibba: Lal Tibba is the highest point in Mussoorie and certainly one of the most stunning places you can ever visit. Lal Tibba or the Red Hill, as it literally means in local language, was also referred to as Depot Hill due to the presence of the convalescent depot. The Indian Military services are stationed at Lal Tibba that makes access to the hill restricted. Broadcasting stations or towers of All India Radio and Doordarshan are situated atop Lal Tibba. There is an old Japanese telescope on a 20 m tall tower standing on the edge of the cliff through which you can have breath taking views of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch and other Himalayan mountain peaks. It is best advised not to travel to this hill during the rains/monsoons to avoid being infested with leeches.

Happy Valley: About 2-kilometer (1.24 mile) from Library bus terminal, Happy Valley or 'mini-Tibet' stretches out in the outskirts of Mussoorie, and is home to about 5000 Tibetan refugees. It was in Mussoorie where the Dalai Lama established the Tibetan government-in-exile after fleeing from the Chinese authorities in Tibet in 1959. Later the government-in-exile moved to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh but left behind a strong community of Tibetans who have today become an integral part of the life and culture of Mussoorie. The Buddhist Temple and Tibetans Homes Foundation only testify the Tibetan struggle, and their beautiful culture. These sites are visited by art & culture enthusiasts round the world.

Jwalaji Temple (Benog Hill): On the top of Benog hills close to Benog Wildlife Sanctuary 9 km to the west of Mussoorie and at an altitude of 2104 mts. is the Jwala Devi Temple. The hill top temple is known to bless and grant wishes of the devotees who come to seek the true blessings and has an idol of Mata Durga in it. Jwala Devi temple is situated within the verdant lush forest that also offers classic views of entire Mussoorie, Doon Valley, River Yamuna, Yamuna Bridge and other things. The temple is surrounded by thick forests and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon valley and Yamuna valley.

Cloud’s End: The bungalow built in 1838 by a British Major was one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie. The bungalow has since then been converted into a hotel called Clouds End, and is situated at the extreme west of Mussoorie Hill, 8 km from library. The resort is surrounded by thick forest, offers a wide variety of flora & fauna besides a panoramic view of snow clad Himalayas & Yamuna River. The most ideally suited resort for foreigners and honeymoon couples.

Mussoorie Lake: 6 km from Mussoorie on way to Dehradun. The Mussoorie Lake has been recently developed for tourists and lies on Dehradun-Mussoorie road. One can enjoy boating as there are many paddle boats available here for taking a round of the lake.

Company or Municipal Garden: 2 km from Mussoorie. Designed by the famous geologist, Dr. H. Fackner, the garden is a lovely picnic spot. Not only can you relax in the beautiful gardens, you can also enjoy boating in the artificial lake nearby.

Camel's Back Road: The Camel’s back road covers a total distance of about 3 km starting from Kulri and ends at the library. Resembling sitting camel, this place offers exhilarating view of sunset. One can enjoy peace and calmness here as well as go for long walks and horse riding.

Nag Devta Temple: An ancient temple situated on Cart Mackenjie Road and is about 6 km from Mussoorie. Vehicles can go right up to the spot. It provides a charming view of Doon Valley as well as of Mussoorie.

Childer's Lodge: Offers an exciting view of snow capped mountains through telescope.

Lake Mist: 7 km from Mussoorie on way to Kempty falls. The lake offers a prefect resting place for tired and weary tourists.

Mall Road: The Mall road connects the two bazaars, Kulri and Library. It is the heart of the town and the main shopping area in Mussoorie.

Mossey Falls: 7 km from Mussoorie. Beautiful picnic spot surrounded by dense forest.

Jharipani Fall: 7 km from Mussoorie + 1.5 by foot. An ideal picnic spot.

Kempty Fall: 18 km from Mussoorie. Beautiful picnic spot with bathing under water fall and boating in a nearby pond.