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Mussoorie India

MussoorieNestled in the Garhwal Hills, Mussoorie is an idyllic hill station with stimulating views of the valleys below, snow-capped mountains, a skating rink, a Mall set amongst the foggy mists and clouds. Its immense natural beauty with lush greenery consisting mainly of 'Mussoorie' plants, so charmed Captain Young from the British army in 1827 that he made this place his residence and thus laid the foundations of a hustling-bustling tourist destination of Mussoorie, which soon grew into a center of education, business, tourism and beauty. Dotted with the modern bungalows, shopping malls and landscaped gardens, Mussoorie is an excellent respite for tourists who rush to Mussoorie to escape scorching summers of the plains.

Location: 34 km uphill of Dehra Dun, Mussoorie is placed at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level, amidst the Garhwal hills. It is 259 km from Delhi and is spread on a 15 km-long saw-toothed ridge, which offers a breathtaking view of the extensive Himalayan snow ranges in the northeast.
Significance: Queen Of Hill Stations.
Climate: It is spring in Mussoorie from September to November. In summers, Mussoorie is a welcome break for those who come here to escape from the heat waves of the plains but winters are chilly with temperature ranging between 1oC and 7oC and roads are often blocked due to snowfall. Monsoons in Mussoorie are not so pleasant too.

Shopping Attractions
The best buys are oakwood walking sticks, hand-knit cardigans and sweaters and Tibetan Prayer wheels and vases from the Tibetan Street Market and woodcarvings, brass statues, ceramic vases and semi-precious and precious stones from the shops along the Mall. The tourists love to have photographs clicked while dresses in traditional Garhwali dresses that can be rented from the shops here. The other popular items to shop for are pure Ladakhi Shawls and antique Jamawar Shawls that are expensive but are worth their price. One can also buy machine-knit duplicates of these shawls that are cheaper.

Prime Attractions

Gun Hill
Gun Hill is the second highest point in Mussoorie. It offers outstanding views of the town of Mussoorie, the beautiful Doon Valley and the Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara and Gangotri group of the Himalayas. One may opt for the invigorating ropeway ride from the Mall to this hill or trek across a pathway, which forks off from the Mall Road near Kutchery for about 20 minutes to reach the top.

Kempty Falls
13 km from Mussoorie, Kempty Falls on the Yamunotri Road are one of the biggest attractions of the place. John Mekinan developed this beautiful place as a tourist destination after 1835 as it had a breathtaking waterfall, which falls from an altitude of 4,500 feet and then splits further into five cascades.

Lal Tibba
The highest point in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is situated in the Landhour area, which is the oldest colony of Mussoorie. The tourist love to take a horse ride or trek to the Childer's Lodge, the highest peak here, which is worth the scenic view that it offers to its visitors.

Camel's Back Road
Another place worth taking a horse ride is this 3 km long stretch, which has been so named as the road stretching from Kulri Bazaar near the Rink Hall to Library Bazaar is shaped just like the humpy back of a camel. At sunset, especially, the sheer beauty of the place in the backdrop of the setting sun and reddish-yellow skies combined with the thrilling experience of the horse ride on this humpy road is divine.

Jwalaji Temple
About 9 km from the town of Mussoorie, this temple is perched on top of the Benog Hill and offers an excellent viewpoint. Meant for those who are fit, temple is surrounded by thick woods and lush green forests. The first 7 km can be covered on vehicle by road but the remaining 2 km have to be covered on foot, though, one does not regret the pains, which is entirely compensated by the natural beauty that abounds in the area.

How To Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is 59 km away and that too doesn't have daily flights. Indian Airlines has five flights a week from Delhi to the Jolly Grant Airport.
By Train: Dehra Dun is the nearest railway station to Mussoorie, 34 km away from the city. It is connected to major cities with super-fast trains such as the Shatabdi Express, Mussoorie Express, the Bombay Doon Express, Calcutta Howrah Doon Express and Gorakhpur Doon Express.
By Road: Mussorie is well connected by roads to Dehra Dun and Delhi. One can get both private and government buses daily from Delhi, Saharanpur, Nainital, Tehri, Gangotri, Uttarkashi and Dehra Dun to Mussoorie. Mussoorie has three bus stands - the Library, Masonic Lodge and Tehri Bus Stand.
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