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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 centre of education, business, tourism and beauty. In 1820, Captain Young of the British army was influenced by the beauty of this place and made it his residence. Mussoorie is one the beautiful hill stations in India and the most frequently visited. Mussoorie, popularly known as the Queen of Hills, this charming hill station, 34 kms from Dehradun is located at an elevation of 2003 mts in the Garhwal hills above sea-level. It provides outstanding respite to people who want relief from the hot sultry conditions of the plains, especially since it is close enough to the capital to make just weekend journey. Also, major Hindu pilgrimage sites like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, and Rishikesh are not far from this place.

Mussoorie is a hill station which has pleasant climate around the year. It is a very cold place with greenery at its full blossom during September to November. Gun Hill offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges that is Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara and Gangotri group etc. and a bird's eye view of Mussoorie town and Doon Valley. Throughout pre-independence days a gun mounted on this top used to be fired heralding mid-day to enable people to adjust their watches and hence this name.

Best Time to Visit:

April-June and September-October.

Places of Interest:

Kempty Falls: 15 kms on the Chakrata road, from Mussoorie is Kempty Falls. At an elevation of 4300 ft located in a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains, it is the main and C prettiest. Children as well as adults like bathing at the foot of the falls. It is also a very popular picnic spot.

Gun Hill: Gun Hiii is me second highest peak of Mussoorie. There is a 400m ropeway ride to it or one can reach it by bridle path starting from the Kutchery on The Mall. It takes about twenty minutes. The view of the snow capped peaks of Bunderpunch, Skrikantha, Pithwara & Gangotri Group etc. is stunning and C best at sunrise. It also offers a birds' eye view of Mussoorie town & Doon Valley. The Gun Hill is called so because prior to independence, a midway gun fire enabled residents to adjust their watches.

Camels Back Road: It starts from Kulri and ends at the library covering a total distance of about 3 kms. It is a pleasant walk or horse ride with a camel’s rock Enroute (a life like resemblance). Sunset view of the Himalayas is superb.

Mussoorie Lake: 6 kms from Mussoorie this is a recently developed picnic spot on Dehradun Mussoorie road. It is a delightful spot. Paddle boats are easy to get to. It commands an enchanting view of Doon Valley & the nearby villages.

Clouds End: The bunglow built in 1838 by a British Major was one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie. The bunglow has since then been converted into a hotel called Clouds End, and is situated at the extreme west of Mussoorie Hill, 8 kms from library. The resort is surrounded by thick forest, offers a wide variety of flora and fauna as well a panoramic view of snow clad Himalayas & Yarnuna River.

Jharipani Fall: 8.5 kms from Mussoorie on Mussoorie- Jharipani Road. Visitors can go by bus / by car up to 7 kms to Jharipani from where the fall is 1.5 kms, on base.

Bhatta Fall: 7 kms from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Dehradun road. Access by car or bus upto Balta village from where the fall is 3 kms by car or foot. An ideal spot for bathing and picnics.

Kempty Fall: 15 kms from Mussoorie on the Yamunotri Road having an altitude of 4500 ft. It has the distinction of being the biggest and prettiest waterfall located in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by high mountains. Bath at the foot of the falls is refreshing and enjoyable for children and adults alike.

Nag Devta Temple: An ancient temple situated on Cart Mackenjie Road and is about 6 kms from Mussoorie. Vehicles can go right up to the spot. It Privies a charming view of Doon Valley as well as of Mussoorie.

Sir George Everest House: 6 kms The Park Estate of sir George Everest, First Surveyor General of India, Who had his office and residence here, is approachable by road. The highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, is named after him.

Van Chetna Kendra: At a distance of about 2 kms on Tehri bye pass road, this place is developed as a picnic spot and has a park surrounded with pine forest and flowering shrubs, and is approachable by foot or taxi/car. The main attraction is the wildilife of the park like Ghurar, Kanankar, Himalayan Peacock, Monal etc.


By Air: The nearby airport to reach Mussoorie is the Jolly Grant Airport, 24 kms from Dehradun.

By Rail: Nearby railhead in Dehradun, 34 kms from Mussoorie.

By Road: Delhi: 269 kms, Dehradun: 34 kms, Rishikesh: 77 kms and Haridwar: 90 kms.

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