Mussoorie is located in the Garhwal
hills. Due to its immense natural beauty, Mussoorie is known as
the queen of hill stations. In 1820 Captain Young from the British
army was influenced by the beauty of this place and made this
place his residence. This marked the foundation of a hill station
called Mussoorie. The name, Mussoorie, is derived from plants of 'Mussoorie'
which were found in abundance here. After its discovery, this hill
station gradually developed as a center of education, business,
tourism and beauty.
Mussoorie is located at a height of 2,500 meters in the green
Himalayan range. Due to its location and beauty Mussoorie is
considered as the best hill station in the northern region. The
modern bungalows, malls and well laid gardens which are located on
the small hills around the area are enough to attract any tourist.
Mussoorie is an excellent respite for tourists and people who want
relief from the hot sultry conditions of the plains. Nature has
gifted Mussoorie everything which makes a place beautiful. With
the onset of summers tourists start coming here. As heat increases
in the plains number of tourist inflow also increases
proportionately. Mussoorie is very close to Delhi, its overnight
journey and one can return in one day . So, some people come here
to spend their week ends. Also, the major Hindu pilgrimages like
Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, Rishikesh are
not far from this place.
PRIME ATTRACTIONS IN MUSSOORIE
Kempty Fall - Kempty falls is one of the most popular and
crowded tourist spots in Mussoorie. This is a perennial waterfall,
plunging its way down about 40 ft from a mountain. Kempty Falls is
the largest of the five cascades that emerge down from the
mountains to flow down various huge rocks into the plains.
A visit to these falls is incomplete without bathing under the
falls. Usually a crowded spot, you can escape the crowd and visit
a more secluded place by climbing the steps lined along the flow
of the stream, to find yourself in a rocky enclosure formed
naturally by the stream. Get a feel of the cool gushing waters on
your feet. The Falls is open to visitors from March to July. The
environment here is very romantic.
Mall Road -
The Mall is the heart
of Mussoorie. A walk through the mall throws glimpses of the
colonial period with the benches and lampposts lined up and is a
beautiful experience. Being in the center of the city, one has to
pass the Mall enroute to any place in the city. The 1980s style
video game parlors, skating rinks, the Methodist Church are all
attractions in this area. The skating rinks are popular among
children and adult alike, and are charged at Rs 80 per hour. Fans
of Ruskin Bond seeking his autograph should not miss the
opportunity to visit the Cambridge Bookstore, where he is often
Surkanda Devi Temple -
Situated at a distance of 8 kilometers away from Dhanaulti, the
Surkanda Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is
revered equally both by locals as well as tourists alike. Perched
at a height of about 10,000 feet, the Surkanda Devi Temple offers
a 360 degree view of the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, the
Dehradun valley along with snow-covered peaks that add to the
beauty of the temple.
Lal Tibba -
Situated in the Landour area at an altitude of 8000 meter above
the sea level, Lal Tibba is the highest point in Mussoorie. Lal
Tibba is the oldest populated place in Mussoorie and boasts of
scenic views of sunrise and sunset, which leave the visitors spell
Lal Tibba also referred as a Depot Hill owing to the presence of a
depot, also houses a camp of the Indian Military services, towers
of Doordarshan and All India Radio. A Japanese telescope was
placed at the 20 meters tall tower standing on the edge of the
cliff to offer scenic views of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch,
and other Himalayan ranges.
is the finest picnic spot located on the Dehradun-Mussoorie road,
Uttarakhand state of India. The Jheel is an artificial pond and
you can hire boats at this place. Tourists often visit this place
as it is very beautiful. The garden and the mountain water seen
inside this park look very attractive. The restaurants that you
find in this place offer a variety of snacks to the visitors.
Bhadraj is situated at the extreme western end region of Mussoorie.
The trekking trail of Bhadraj forest and temple leads you through
densely forested northern slopes and the southern slopes covered
with barren grasslands. You pass through extremely contrasting
terrains. On one side the majestic Himalaya treks overlooks the
trail, and on the other side Indian plains emerges.
The feature which makes this trek unique and extra- ordinary is
that there is a peculiar contrast between the northern slopes
which are thickly forested and the southern slopes having
grasslands which are completely exposed. It seems as if a straight
line is drawn down the dividing ridge. Though a little weird, the
contrasting shades of green give a beautiful scene. Here, the
geological and climatic factors are beautifully knitted together.
Jwala ji Temple
Jwala Devi Temple, situated
at an elevation of around 2100 m above sea level, is a popular
religious centre of Mussoorie. Positioned on top of the Benog
Hills, the path to this temple starts from the Cloudís End and
goes through thick pine and deodar forests. The temple which is
dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Durga contains a stone idol of the
deity. Devotees can also enjoy fascinating views of the beautiful
Yamuna Valley on one side and the Shivalik ranges on the other.
Set up by the Tibetan population in Mussoorie, the Tibetan
Buddhist temple is also known as Shedup Choepelling temple and is
located on the Happy Valley road close to the IAS Academy. The
temple can be visited between 7 am to 5 pm.