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“Mussoorie” – The Queen of Hills

Mussoorie, known as the Queen of Hills, a hill station is located in the Dehradun district of the state of Uttarakhand. It is located at an elevation of about 2000 meters above sea level at the foothills of the great Himalayan Mountains. This hill station offers spectacular views of the Doon Valley and the Shivalik ranges. This place is also considered the gateway to the religious centers of Yamunotri and Gangotri.

Mussoorie is derived from the name Mansoor, It is a type of shrub that was once found in abundance in the region. Many people also call this place “Mansoori”. This beautiful hill station is popular for the ancient temples, hills, waterfalls, valleys, wildlife sanctuaries, and educational institutions located here. Jwala Devi Temple, Nag Devta Temple, Bhadraj Temple, and Surkanda Devi Temple are some of the famous religious places in and around Mussoorie.

Apart from being a beautiful tourist destination, Mussoorie is also famous for its educational institutions. There are many schools that were established during the British rule and are still continuing, among these institutions some of the best and oldest boarding schools of Mussoorie are Oak Grove School, St. George College, Wynberg Allen School, and Woodstock School.

Places To Visit In Mussoorie

Kempty Falls

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Kempty Falls has been synonymous with Mussoorie for many years. It is the most prominent attraction of Mussoorie that takes you closest to nature. This waterfall leaves a different impression on every tourist and gives a glimpse of the beauty overlooked by nature. Kempty Fall is just 15 kilometers from Mussoorie on the way to Chakrata. It is also famous as the landmark of Mussoorie. There is a cistern at the bottom of this waterfall, whose water is quite cold and tourists also come here to take a dip in the water. It is very pleasant to sit here and watch the water falling from the fall, listen to its voice, feel the greenery.

Lal Tibba

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Lal Tibba is the highest point of Mussoorie. This place is located at an elevation of 2275 meters above sea level in the Landour area of Mussoorie, The Lal Tibba is also known as Depot Hill because of its former use as a military depot. One can have an amazing view of sunrise and sunset from this point. A Japanese telescope was installed by the municipality here in 1967 with a view to providing tourists with more spectacular and enchanting views of the Himalayan peaks. With the help of this telescope, tourists can see other nearby places like – Kedarnath, Bandarpoonch, Badrinath, and other Himalayan ranges. Apart from this, tourists can also see the old houses and buildings representing the British architecture style here.

Happy Valley

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Happy Valley is located to the west of the library point. The valley is famous for its IAS Academy, Company Garden, Estates, and Tibetan Temple located here. Tourists can enjoy a walk from Happy Valley to the Hathipaon estate. Happy Valley is the place where Tibetans first came to India. In 1959, when the spiritual leader, Guru Dalai Lama went to live in Dharamshala, some Tibetans fled Lhasa and came to Mussoorie here. The majority of Tibetans in Mussoorie lives in this area. This place is decorated in a very beautiful way. There is a lot of houses and various types of food stalls.

Camel’s Back Road

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Camel’s back road is named after a natural cluster of rocks that are shaped like a camel’s hump. It is a 4-kilometer long stretch that connects two major locations of Mussoorie. Starting at Library Point and running up to Kulri Bazar. The slope adjacent to the road includes a colonial cemetery dating back to the mid-19th century. It is ideal for morning and late evening walks, with beautiful views of the surrounding hills at sunset and sunrise this place gives you a spectacular view. One can enjoy horse rides and rickshaw rides at the camelback road.

Gun hill

gun hill mussoorie

Situated at an elevation of 2122 meters Gun Hill is a famous tourist destination of Mussoorie. It is the second-highest peak of Mussoorie which has great historical significance. Before Independence, the cannon used to fire from this hill to help local people to know the time. This hill gives a beautiful view of the magnificent ranges of the Himalayan Mountains as well as a mall road which is a famous shopping center of Mussoorie. It is easily accessible by cable car from Mall Road and one can reach here in 5 min by cable car. There is another option available to reach a gun hill which is trekking, you can start your trek from mall road and reach the gun hill.

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Mussoorie Lake

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Developed by the City Board and the Mussoorie – Dehradun Development Authority the Mussoorie Lake is one of the best picnic spots in Mussoorie. Tourists can visit here and enjoy boating in the lake. Located on the Mussoorie – Dehradun road, this place provides a wonderful view of the Doon Valley and the surrounding village. Apart from boating one can indulge themselves with other adventure sports like Paragliding, Rope Ride, Zipline, Water Zorbing, etc.

Christ Church

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Built by the Britishers in the year 1836 Christ Church is considered to be the oldest church in the Himalayan ranges. In 1906, the Princess of Wales (who later became Queen Mary of England) visited this church. She planted a cedar tree in the courtyard of this church and this tree is still here. The church is built in the Gothic architecture style and depicts the life of Jesus Christ in glass windows very beautifully. The church altar also depicts Jesus Christ hanging on the cross. The interior of the church is very beautifully decorated. It attracts a large number of tourists and devotees to pray and admire the beautiful architecture of the place throughout the year.

Jwalaji Temple

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Dedicated to Goddess Durga, Jwalaji temple invites devotees from all over the region. The temple has a Statue of Jwala Devi, which is believed to bless and grant all the wishes of her devotees. This temple is surrounded by lush green forest and from here one can see amazing and panoramic views of Shivalik ranges, Yamuna River, and Doon Valley. The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during the Navratras (a sacred nine-day festival) as it is considered especially auspicious to pray and do penance for sins.

The Mall Road

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It is also called Mall Road. This is the market of Mussoorie, where everything is found. There are many hotels here too, and all kinds of shops are also present here. Taxis are easily available from here so that you can go to distant places in Mussoorie.

Company Garden

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Company Garden is one of the best picnic spots in Mussoorie and is also one of the major attractions for tourists in the hill town of Mussoorie. The vibrant garden is a beautiful place to spend the whole day with your family and friends with lush greenery and beautiful flowers. You can see people sitting or walking or taking pictures on the lawn of the garden. The garden has a pond for boating with a man-made waterfall which is a beautiful sight to visit.

Surkhanda Devi

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Surkanda Devi Temple is devoted to Goddess Parvati. It is an aspect of the well-known Devi Darshan triplet which incorporates Chandrabadani and Kunjapuri. Situated at an elevation of around 3030 meters, Surkanda Devi Temple offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayas, the Doon Valley and some other nearby areas. The temple offers an extensive view of the snow-capped ranges and an exclusive experience that cannot be forgotten.  The temple is famous for its architectural wonders. It is surrounded by dense forest and offers picturesque beauty of the surrounding area.

Nag Devta Temple

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Dedicated to Lord Shiva, The Nag Devta Temple is a famous religious center which is about 6 km from Mussoorie. At the entrance of the temple, one is greeted by the beautiful and scenic view of the Doon Valley. Every year a large number of devotees visit this temple to worship the Nag Devta. This temple is most crowded during the Nag Panchami festival.

Lake Mist

lake mist mussoorie

This place in Mussoorie is ideal for spending quality time with your friends or family. One of the most beautiful places in Mussoorie is the ancient lake “Lake Mist”. The emerald water is covered with lush green forest areas which gives a spectacular image to the entire landscape. It lies on the way to Kempty Falls. It is about 10 km from Mussoorie and is one of the most beautiful places to visit near Mussoorie. Another plus point is that this place is less crowded so that you can enjoy peace in the lap of nature.

Sir George Everest’s House

sir george everest house

Sir George Everest’s house, which is a popular tourist hotspot in Mussoorie is about 5 km from Mussoorie. Perched on the edge of a cliff providing you with the view of the picturesque Doon Valley, Sir George Everest House near Mussoorie, is the most serene place to visit. George Everest, also known as ‘The Park Estate, is a previous home, observatory, and lab of Sir George, Surveyor General of India.

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Cloud End

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Cloud End as the name suggests this place is the end of Mussoorie. It is a famous tourist spot which is about 6 km from the library, Mussoorie. This place offers you a spectacular view of nature and tourists have to pass through dense forests to reach Cloud’s End. On this route, there is the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary where various species of birds, animals, and plants can be seen. You can hire a cab to reach here from the main city or you can also start your trek from Hathipaon road to reach this place.

A heritage building established by the British in 1838 is a major attraction of the Cloud End, it is one of the oldest buildings in Mussoorie. Recovering the original architecture and other relics, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel (Cloud & Forest Resort). Tourists can spend some tranquil time during their stay, as well as take part in activities such as hiking, hill climbing, and nature walking tours organized by the hotel upon request



Dhanaulti is a small town in Uttarakhand, situated at a distance of 45 km from Mussoorie. It is an offbeat tourist destination situated at an elevation of about 2200 meters above sea level. Known for its serene and picturesque environment, this place falls on the way from Chamba to Mussoorie. Dhanaulti is such a tourist place where people experience a different peace of mind after coming and this place gives people a pleasant experience by bringing them away from the crowded world. There is a lot to see in Uttarakhand and tourists from different parts of the country visit here. Dhanaulti offers beautiful nature with religious temples, lakes, and rocks, which also makes this place a must-visit place near Mussoorie.

Bhadraj Temple

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Bhadraj Temple is about 15 km from Mussoorie, The temple is dedicated to Lord Bal Bhadra (also known as Balram), the younger brother of Lord Krishna. Located on the hilltop at an elevation of about 2200 meters above sea level, this place is perfect for trekking. From here the Chakrata Range and the area of ​​Jaunsar Babar can also be seen comfortably. This place offers you spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges and the nearby areas.

Places To Stay In Mussoorie

Hotels In Mussoorie

  • Rokeby Manor
  • The Silverton Mussoorie
  • Hotel Savoy
  • Royal Orchid Fort Resort
  • Country Inn Mussoorie
  • Hotel Walnut Grove
  • Hotel Mall Palace
  • Hotel Queen Plaza
  • Mussoorie Gateway
  • Hotel Sun Grace

View deals on TripadvisorHome Stays In Mussoorie

  • Mountain Glory Home Stay
  • Oak Cottage
  • Sizzling View Home Stay
  • Jaberkhet Home Stay
  • Modern Home Stay
  • Luxurious Valley View
  • Devdar Cottage
  • Vibrant 1 BHK Apartment
  • What A View Home Stay
  • Mount Devdar

View deals on TripadvisorCamp Stay In Mussoorie

  • Yao base camp – camp in Mussoorie
  • TMC™ Camps
  • Abhinandan Camps
  • Camp Dhanaulti Magic
  • Bamboo Tent Resort
  • Northern Adventure Camp Mussoorie

View deals on TripadvisorThings To Do In Mussoorie

Trekking, Cable Car, Nature Walks, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Camping, Paragliding, Rafting, and Shopping

Best Time To Visit Mussoorie

The climate of Mussoorie is extremely pleasant throughout the year, which draws in countless tourists consistently. This hill station can be visited in any month of the year. In any case, the ideal months to visit Mussoorie is between March to June and September to November.

How to reach Mussoorie

Mussoorie is easily accessible from other parts of India by air, rail, and road. The nearest airport to this destination is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. The distance of this airport from Mussoorie is about 60 km. The Dehradun railway station is the nearest railhead to the destination. You can also hire a cab or use public transport buses, which are easily available from almost every part of the country.

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