The queen of hill stations Mussoorie is about 89 km from Haridwar and the salubrious
climate and deep woods make it an ideal hill station. The name, Mussoorie,
derives its name from plants of 'Mussoorie', found in abundance here.
After its discovery, Mussoorie gradually developed as a center of
education, business, tourism and beauty.
The hill station of Mussoorie came into being around the 1830s. What began
as a small settlement grew into a large station to turn into a hill
station of today overlooking the sprawling Doon valley and the city of
Dehradun. Mussoorie was not named after a place in England. The British
were content to follow the name given by the hill-folk. Mussoorie, at a
height of around 7000 ft above the sea level, straddles a ridge in the
Garhwal Himalayas, developing into a major tourism destination Mussoorie.
The closest airport from Mussoorie is the Jolly Grant but it does not have regular
The closest railway station is Dehra Dun which is 36 kms from Mussoorie.
Dehra Dun is connected by rail to all the metropolitan cities. From Dehra
Dun to Mussoorie one can go by bus or taxis.
Tourism Departments of various states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi etc.
operate tourist buses to Mussoorie.
Sight Seeing Places Mussoorie:
The Mall Mussoorie:
The Mall besides the series of shops offers wondrous vistas of the
surrounding hills and the Doon Valley below. You must be at the Mall while
in Mussoorie especially as the evening falls. The tourists come together
to enjoy the spectacular sunset. The sunset is followed by the view of the
twinkling lights that shine one by one in the valley below. You just can't
skip the Kulri Bazaar and the Library Chowk of the Mall. The Kulri Bazaar
Mussoorie offers several items of Indian fare.
Gun Hill Mussoorie:
From the Mall you may take a ropeway and visit the Gun Hill. The Gun Hill
derives its name from the fact that in the old days a gun was kept atop
the hill and was fired at mid-day to denote the time to mussoorie town. From the Gun Hill
you can experience the magical view of the great Himalayan peaks and a
bird's eye view of Mussoorie.
Camel's back road Mussoorie:
Then you must check out the Camel's back Road in Mussoorie. The road owes
its name to its shape that is curved like the back of the ship of the
desert. On the road you will rest spot of Hawa Ghar. While holidaying in
Mussoorie you may picnic at the Lal Tibba.
The Municipal Garden Mussoorie:
The Municipal Garden or the Company Bagh and the Cloud End are the other
sites worth visiting in Mussoorie. The hill resort of Mussoorie is
renowned for its academic institutes too. The Lal Bahadur Shastri National
Academy of Administration Mussoorie, Waverley Convent, Wynberg Allen School, Saint
George's, Woodstock, Hampton Court, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Academy and
the Defense Institute of Work Studies are few of the institutional
landmarks in Mussoorie.
Options to unpack
In order to make the summer travel tour to Mussoorie even more joyful you
need to choose just the right kind of accommodation for you and your
family or friends in Mussoorie. The various hotels packages in Mussoorie
offer the best of facilities. You may take your pick from a range of
luxury and budget hotels and lodges in Mussoorie besides the star
categorized accommodation hotels around the landmarks of Mussoorie offer
excellent view of the landmarks through their suites. Most of the places
to stay in Mussoorie are strategically located in the tourist centers.