An Ultimate Guide Of Best Places To Visit In Mussoorie
Known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, Mussoorie is the perfect spot for a quick getaway. Whether you’re just tired of the great indoors or are looking for a staycation at a scenic place, this tiny Hill Station has a lot to offer. Here are the list of best places to visit in Mussoorie.
How to Get There:
- Air: The nearest airport is the Jollygrant Airport in Dehradun.
- Rail: The Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest.
- Road: Many Government and Private buses run from nearby big cities to Mussoorie. You can also book a taxi or private vehicle.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit Mussoorie is during the Summer (March to June). At this time, the flowers are in full bloom, and the weather is pleasant. While the Monsoons bring lush greenery to the place, the area is prone to landslides. If you want to see snow and take part in sports like Skiing, you have to visit Mussoorie during the Winter months (October to February)
Tip: Book your hotel/ homestay in advance with your digibank by DBS debit card. You’ll be able to avail exclusive discounts and not have to worry about searching for a place when you get there.
Places to Visit in Mussoorie:
1. Kempty Falls
What started initially as a fantastic location for tea parties is now a unique picnic spot. Falling from a height of 1,364 metres, the Kempty Falls look spectacular, just like the view around it.
Tip: Carry a change of clothes along when visiting the waterfall. Taking a dip in the water is pretty tempting.
2. Lal Tibba
At an altitude of over 2,290 meters above sea level, Lal Tibba is the highest peak in Mussoorie. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of Kedarnath and Badrinath. To make the view even more breath-taking, a Japanese Telescope has been installed.
3. Happy Valley
The Happy Valley is at the centre of the Tibetan settlement in Mussoorie. The place offers a calm atmosphere with its monasteries. You can also visit the little cafeterias while admiring the massive Oaks and Deodars that line the place.
4. Mussoorie Lake
One of the most well-known attractions, Mussoorie Lake, is a human-made lake. There are lots to do here, from boating to zorbing to spotting ducks. Those who are not faint at heart can visit the nearby Haunted House.
5. Robber’s Cave
Robber’s Cave is a (not so) little known hideout. It’s a tiny, knee-deep creek located between giant rocks. A steady stream feeds the creek and leads to a 10-meter-long waterfall.
6. Upper Chakkar
While most of the list entries are famous Mussoorie tourist places, this hill station is also home to some lesser-known attractions like the Upper Chakkar Road in Landor. Shaped as the ‘number 8’, this road is almost like a Mini-Map of the places to see in Mussoorie with its signs & poems. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a rare bird or two.
7. Ruskin Bond’s House
If you’re a fan of the author, Ruskin Bond’s House is one of the must-visit places near Mussoorie. It’s a quaint little cottage, and some lucky people have had the opportunity of meeting the author himself!
8. Sir George Everest’s House
While on the topic of visiting famous people’s homes, take a trip to Sir George Everest’s House. (In case you’re wondering where you’ve heard the name, Mount Everest is named after him). Built-in 1892, the place served as a home, lab and observatory.
9. Gun Hill
The second highest peak in Mussoorie, Gun Hill, has an interesting story behind its name. During the British era, there would be shots fired from the mountain to tell the colonisers the time. To reach the top, you can either trek up or avail of the cable car ropeway ride.
Things to Do in Mussoorie
1. Go Trekking
Thanks to its hilly terrain, there are many trekking trails in Mussoorie. Some popular locations include Lal Tibba Peak, Gun Hill Point, Jharipani Falls, etc.
2. Shop till You Drop
Take a trip to The Mall — the most happening place in the hill station. From bustling bakeries to elegant souvenir shops, the entire stretch of the road has something that’ll tempt even the stingiest to loosen their purse strings.
3. Gorge on the Delightful Cuisine
The plethora of restaurants, cafes and food stalls will delight any foodie. Some local must-try dishes are Aloo ke Gutke, Kafuli, Chainsoo, Garhwal ka Fannah, Bhang Ki Chutney, Kebabs and Momos.
4. Go on an Adventure
For thrill-seekers, there are tons of things to do. During the summers, you can go river-rafting, camping, paragliding and rappelling. The hills open up for skiing during the winters.
5. Take Heart-Worthy Selfies
With its scenic beauty, Mussoorie is an incredible place for photography & selfies. Just find a spot (with not too many tourists in the background) and start clicking.
We hope that our guide has helped plan your next trip to Mussoorie. So, have you started packing?