Amongst so many hills stations of India, Mussoorie is rated as one of the busiest tourist destinations. Well, if you read about Mussoorie and do not give a visit, it would be a huge shame. Even if it stays busy in the season period, nature and its aura say millions of expressions, because of which not only tourists from the neighboring states and all across the country but also Dehradun locals tend to visit Mussoorie on a regular basis. It is probably one of the very few hill stations in the world, which gives a complete view of the City valley on which the mountain range banks.
Located in the Uttarakhand state, Mussoorie is situated at an elevated height of 2005 meters/6580 feet. The station boasts of rich flora and fauna, incredible scenic and panoramic views of Dehradun Valley from the face of Mussoorie and surrounding snowcapped Himalayan peaks from the backside.
Many would love to go out, in the midst of fresh air and hike through the trails of the hills. Mussoorie does not disappoint in this department either. Local people tend to travel by foot or even hike/trek through to reach different spots of this popular place. With the tag ‘Queen of the Hills’, comes a huge responsibility. This comes in the shape of retaining the number of tourists every year. If you are planning to visit Mussoorie on your own or plan a guided tour, there are some places you might want to study or research about. So, let us go through some of the breathtaking spots in and around Mussoorie that have made it a place to be there on every individual’s bucket list.
Ever Visited Kempty Falls?
It has to be one of the best and most touristy spots of Mussoorie. If you have not been to Kempty Falls, then you have not visited this hill station. The fall for which this spot is famous flows down the face of the giant rock that is more than 12 meters high. While you stand on the foot of the rock, all you can do is admire and appreciate our mother nature.
On the foot of the rock where the fall ends is a small space where the water strikes and collects. You will see a lot of people from all around the country bathing and enjoying the cold, sizzling essence of the waterfall, while some might be seen swimming. You would be astonished to know the number of visitors this spot receives annually – a staggering number of more than 1 million.
Kempty Fall is about 15 kilometers from Mussoorie. If you do now have your own vehicle, do not hesitate in hiring a can for yourself.
Experience Serene Views From Gun Hill
The hill got its name from the colonial times, when a gun used to be mounted on top of the hill. Every day at noon, the gun was fired to make people set their watches to the correct time. In modern times you will not find the gun but can experience the breathtaking 360 degree views of the Garhwal Himalayas and the ever-so-beautiful Doon valley. You can either take a ropeway to reach this point or can simply trek. This might take some time but that’s what adventure is all about, because you know what views are waiting for you at the top of the mountain.
When you are traveling to Mussoorie, make sure the next morning or the same day itself, if you arrive on time, you sit in the rope car and set yourself all the way up with your loved ones to enjoy the hot tea and pristine views. At over 2024 meters/6640 feet, Gunhill is the second highest point of Mussoorie. This also allows you to take 360 degree shots from your camera.
The cable car runs between 10 AM to 6 PM every day. In most of the busy seasons, you might encounter long queues, but if you plan on visiting early, you might get lucky with your number.
Home to Birds & Wildlife - Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
Being a part of the Rajaji National Park, Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is known for quite many varieties of indigenous and rare bird species. It is home to endangered, the red-billed blue magpie, mountain quails and white-capped water redstart. Surprised much already? Well, it is a perfect place to visit if you are someone who likes to stay within or near nature, birds and some wildlife.
If you plan on exploring this sanctuary, you have to get involved in some hiking, trekking and walking for the best experience. If you are starting from the Library, Mussoorie, it will be a 4-hours walk for you. So once you reach the sanctuary, and if you are lucky enough, you might spot goats, deer and even Himalayan bears, panthers and leopards in their natural habitat.
Don’t Forget: The sanctuary operates between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day.
What is the Best Time To Visit Mussoorie?
Well, obviously during the months of summer (April to June) when the plains are too hot to handle. During this period of the year, you will experience the best weather.
Another set of months in which you can plan your time to Mussoorie is in late December and early January, when the temperature is cold, windy. Do you want to miss out on the first snowfall of the season? Of course the answer would be a big NO. But, you might have to pack woolens in these winter months.
How to Get to Mussoorie?
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Mussoorie, which is located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The airport is around 19 miles away from the capital, Dehradun. So, if you are planning to travel to Dehradun by cab, you will get a lot of taxis at the airport itself.
You would be glad to know that there are direct flights for Dehradun from Delhi. And last but not the least, there are ample of amazing hotels in Mussoorie for you to choose from.
The railway station of Dehradun is the closest train station to Mussoorie. You can reach the station from Delhi through the Delhi-Dehradun trains like Jan Shatabdi, Shatabdi, Nanda Devi and Mussoorie Express. While the timings will depend on your convenience and preferences, it is important for you to know that all these trains are really comfortable. All you have to do is, expect to spend around five to six hours of travelling.
The bus services from Dehradun to Mussoorie and Mussoorie to Delhi are really good. When you reach the railway station, you will get the bus to Mussoorie easily. If you are one of the travelers who is looking to go to Kempty Falls directly, you can look for the buses that are heading towards Barkot, Nainbagh or Yamunotri. The Mall road and the bus station of Mussoorie are well connected, so you won’t face any problems while walking all the way up there. The mere cost of your bus ticket from Dehradun to Mussoorie will be around INR 50, less than a dollar
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