In the ‘Land of Gods’ resides the ‘Queen of Hills’ Mussorie. Flaring up with emerald views of Shivalik and Doon, with serene snow-clothed ranges Mussorie’s exhilarating charm is an invitation to nature lovers and religious pilgrims alike.
Queen of Hills Awaits Wonders
There is Pari Tibba or Witch’s Hill and then there is Lal Tibba or Red Hill in Mussorie. Away from the crowd, one can enjoy a silent peaceful trek in these hills. Lal Tibba is the highest peak in Mussorie. The Kempty Falls and the tranquillizing hills will hold you in their presence hoping to never let go. It is an ideal picnic spot and also you can enjoy a quick dip in the brushing waters. Naag Tibba and Har ki Dun are popular hiking destinations away from the hustle-bustle of life. To embrace your eyes climb atop ‘Cloud’s End’, a popular geographical site offering a panoramic view of the Mussoorie hidden beneath the dense cotton clouds gliding over a must places to visit in Mussoorie.
Thrill with the Majestic View
For adventure lovers to quench their thrill, there are activities like paragliding and sky-sliding. The most thunderous of all is white-river rafting in the rapid currents of Mussorie rivers. And that cable-car rides Jhulaghat to Gun Hill for an exotic and exciting steer over the hills and lakes with the cool breeze brushing past. Turning into a white paradise during winters with cold bliss falling from the sky, Mussorie has India’s largest ice-skating rink. Lake in Nainital, a group of seven lakes called ‘Sattal’ gives an opportunity for a beautiful boat ride over the sapphire waters.
Wildlife and Exotic Escapade
One of the sanctuaries of Rajaji National Park, Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is a places to visit in Mussoorie to explore the varied flora and fauna of the land Himalayan goat, panther, leopard, deer and bear. Popular exotic species are red-billed blue magpie, mountain quails, and White Capped Water Redstart are exciting spots for bird watchers.
Through the Lanes making Memories
One of the major tourist attractions, Mall Road is embedded with shops and fine eateries, just an extraordinary place to be. It also has India’s oldest Christian church, St. Mary’s. Landour Bazar, after the name of the first merchant settlers, will get you into a shopping spree with varied items of clothing, souvenirs and whatnot. You can unleash your inner shopaholic at Sister’s Bazaar which has every traditional and modern goods. A beautiful walk on Camel’s Back Road, shaped like a hump of the camel, to Gun’s Hill where cannons were kept, Mussorie is a place worth exploring.
A Heaven at any Time of the Year
Mussorie is an amusement throughout the year. With soothing weather during summers, it is a pleasant retreat in the arms of nature. With the snow-fall and breathtaking scenery, it turns into a different wonderland during winters. Situated just 35 kilometres away from Uttrakhand, it is easy to reach via rail or road. Any route you take, you will be awe-struck.
A Taste of Tibet
Happy Valley, also known as mini Tibet, is a gem of a places to visit in Mussoorie . Monks in their attires and monasteries with beautiful Buddha statues are a sight. Laced with beautiful Tibetan temples, flower gardens, the highest point at the hill Shedup Choephelling temple, this place is a tourist haven. The essence of Buddhism is preserved in the temples and beautifully exaggerated in the paintings sending one to a tranquil inner space.
History Meets the Curious Souls
There is a Library Bazaar founded in 1843, a landmark site, which has various book shops. One of the geographers George Everest who was so mesmerised by the Himalayas stayed in Mussoorie for thirty years and his house ‘George Everest’s House’ is now a tourist site. Then there is this daring adventure to the 117-year-old haunted house ‘Haunted Savoy House’ amidst the grandeur revolving around the murder mystery of Lady Garnett-Omer. The Mall is a historical promenade of Mussoorie and the place where during the British Raj read the sign “Indians and Dogs Not Allowed”.
Place to Relax and Eateries
Club Mahindra Mussoorie lodge, tucked cozily amid incredible hills, offering nice weather. Have a blissful meal under the blanket of the stars at the finest restaurant, The Tavern Restaurant, in Mussoorie. You can enjoy the picturesque of beauteous Himalayas while sipping your cocktails. Trout House Grill and Bar has an extensive menu including Chinese, Thai, Italian, and continental food. And an elaborate set of desserts you can get tired to choose from.
Home to beloved writer Ruskin Bond, who enlivened the place with his enchanting stories, Mussoorie is every bit scintillating and then some more. Each place and lane in Mussoorie are worth the visit, sometimes a quiet walk and other times echoing laughter with dear ones.