MUSSOORIE: THE MAGNIFICENT “QUEEN OF HILLS”
Mussoorie is one of the most stunning hill stations in the state of Uttarakhand in India. Placed about 35 km from the capital Dehradun and an estimated 290 km from New Delhi, Mussoorie is found on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan Range. The scenic region is home to some of the most beautiful flora and fauna in addition to plenty of greenery. This is among the many reasons people include Mussoorie in their itineraries when visiting northern India on cheap flights. A popular travel destination among honeymooners, families, and friends alike, Mussoorie offers tons of attractions for tourists to enjoy.
History of Mussoorie
Lieutenant Frederick Young of the East India Company founded Mussoorie when he went there for the sole purpose of bagging some game. He fell in so love with the beauty of the place that he decided to build a hunting lodge here in 1823. It is said that Mussoorie gets its name from the Mussoorie or ‘Mansoor’ plant which is known to grow in abundance here. Mussoorie holds the record for being the place where the first beer brewery was built in India in the year 1850. By the year 1892, there were about 22 beer breweries that came up in India following in the footsteps of Mussoorie. Also, the first Tibetan school came up in Mussoorie in 1960. With so many distinguished achievements, can a trip to the stunning hill station of Mussoorie be a disappointment?
Top attractions in Mussoorie
The number of attractions Mussoorie offers is countless indeed, leaving you no scope for boredom while vacationing here. There are things to do and places to see for travelers of all types and ages. Following are some of the most popular tourist attractions you can enjoy in Mussoorie.
- Nahata Estate
Owned by the Harakh Chand Nahata family, this estate was formerly known as “Childer’s Lodge” and is sprawled over a massive 350 acres. This is the highest peak near Lal Tibba and one can make it up there on foot or give horseback riding a try. Once you make it to the top, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surroundings.
- Mussoorie Lake
Offering exquisite views of the Doon Valley and its surrounding areas, Mussoorie Lake is a relatively new picnic spot which was built by the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority and the City Board. It is about 6 km on the Mussoorie-Dehradun road and offers the exciting opportunity to paddleboat.
- Kempty Falls
About 15 km from Mussoorie lie the Kempty Falls on the Chakrata Road. Placed on hilly tracks, they are located approximately 1300 plus meters above sea level. One of the most popular tourist spots in Mussoorie, don’t be surprised to find crowds already thronging the place when you visit.
- Happy Valley
This incredible Valley is known to house the IAS Academy, Municipal Gardens, and stunning Tibetan sanctuaries. The scenic locale and serene ambiance add charm to the remarkable Valley.
- Jwalaji Temple
One of the most famous temples in India, the Jwalaji Temple is an incredible place to visit in Mussoorie. Everything from the architecture of the temple to the legend it is known for will leave you fascinated.
There are scores of other tourist attractions you can explore in Mussoorie apart from the ones mentioned above such as Lake Mist, Gun Hill, Bhatta Falls, Mossy Falls, Nag Devta Temple and several others.
Where to stay in Mussoorie?
Mussoorie has accommodations to suit all types of budgets be it low range, mid-range, or luxury hotels. You can book rooms anywhere you like as per your requirements. Another great option you have is that you can book the elite Classic Heritage Hotel all for yourself.
You will find restaurants in Mussoorie that serve all types of cuisines covering anything and everything from South Indian and Chinese to Continental. In fact, the mall in Mussoorie will serve you all of the above. But the one dish you must try here is the special Mussoorie biryani which is made from the locally grown Basmati rice. So take a chance and come visit the delicate and elegant hill station of Mussoorie this vacation.