Queen of the Hills: Mussoorie is also known as “Queen of the Hills” is situated in Dehradun district and in state Uttarakhand which is about 30 km away from Dehradun. It is in the foothills of the Garhwal range and is situated at a height of 2005 meters above sea level.
The place Mussoorie is one of the most wonderful, charming, and popular hill stations in India. There is a scenic route from Dehradun to Mussoorie. It is surrounded by colonial charm, beautiful churches, and picturesque. Landour is the next town of Mussoorie which is a military Cantonment.
September to June is the best time to visit Mussoorie to enjoy the best and awesome weather. Many tourists visit here every year during summer and winter. In December, January and February are the months when it receives snowfall and tourist from every corner of the world comes and enjoy the season. Winters in Mussoorie are frosty and are ruled by snowfall and is most populated during this time.
Best Places in Mussoorie
Some of the best place in Mussoorie which attracts tourists includes:
Here tourists enjoy a ropeway ride to the second highest peak of Mussoorie. The distance of the ropeway is only 400 meters.
This garden is a picnic spot and it has a beautiful garden with an artificial mini lake. It has boating facilities also.
This lodge is the highest peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba.
Camels Back Road
It starts from Kulri Bazar near Rink Hall and ends at Library Bazaar. The total distance is about 3 kms.
It is 8.5 kms from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Jharipani Road. Tourists can go up to 7 kms by bus or car.
It is 7 km from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Dehradun road. It is a famous spot for picnics and bathing.
The fall is 15 km from Mussoorie on the Yamunotri Road. This fall has an altitude of 4500 ft.
Nag Devta Temple
The temple is an ancient temple which is situated on Cart Mackenjie Road which is about 6 km from Mussoorie which provides a charming view of Mussoorie as well as Doon Valley.
The lake is about 6 km from Mussoorie and situated on Mussoorie – Dehradun road. It is a newly developed picnic spot. It is a delightful spot. Pedal boats are also available.
Besides these spots, there are many beautiful spots for the tourists to visit.
Mall Road, Colonel Sir George Everest House, Library Point, Happy Valley, Cloud End, Maggi Point, Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Mossy Fall, Company Garden, and many more.
Due to tourist destinations and honeymoon destinations, many Hotels along with 5-star Hotels are available for travelers looking to stay with the best packages.
There are many things that are famous in Mussoorie, like decorative items made up of wood, Shawls, Tibetan Prayer wheels, handicrafts, handmade jewelry, and woolen clothes which always attract tourists and they buy.
History of Mussoorie
Mussoorie was founded by Frederick Young, the Irish Army officer in 1823. He was lieutenant in the East India Company who also founded Landour, the next town of Mussoorie. The word ‘MUSSOORIE’ is derived from the word ‘Mansoor’, which is a shrub and indigenous to the area.
This place is the second foreigner’s home in Bharat as many foreigners reside here. Many celebrities also reside here. From history, Mussoorie has always been associated with literary activities. Many famous and renowned writers and novelists are from this place.
- Ruskin Bond– renowned writer Ruskin Bond is living here since 1963.
- Anita Desai– renowned Indian novelist.
- Thomas Beach Alter (Tom Alter)– an Indian actor of American descent.
- Stephen Alter– an American, and author of non-fiction and fiction.
the other celebrities like:
- Sachin Tendulkar– a famous Indian cricketer, has a house in Mussoorie where he spends his holiday with his family.
- Saira Bano– Bollywood actress, and wife of Dilip Kumar, the veteran Bollywood actor.
In combination, Mussoorie has an excellent climate, scenic beauty, and entertainment makes it an attractive holiday tourist place. Being the most visited hill station in the country, Mussoorie is no doubt one of the most beautiful hill stations in India.