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UTTARAKHAND DESTINATION

Mussoorie

Mussoorie is located in the Garhwal hills. Due to its immense natural beauty, Mussoorie is known as the queen of hill stations. In 1820 Captain Young from the British army was influenced by the beauty of this place and made this place his residence. This marked the foundation of a hill station called Mussoorie. 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 center of education, business, tourism and beauty.

Mussoorie is located at a height of 2,500 meters in the green Himalayan range. Due to its location and beauty Mussoorie is considered as the best hill station in the northern region. The modern bungalows, malls and well laid gardens which are located on the small hills around the area are enough to attract any tourist.

Mussoorie is an excellent respite for tourists and people who want relief from the hot sultry conditions of the plains. Nature has gifted Mussoorie everything which makes a place beautiful. With the onset of summers tourists start coming here.

As heat increases in the plains number of tourist inflow also increases proportionately. Mussoorie is very close to Delhi, its overnight journey and one can return in one day . So, some people come here to spend their week ends. Also, the major Hindu pilgrimages like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, Rishikesh are not far from this place.


How To Get There
The nearest Airport to Mussoorie is 60 kms away from the place. The airport is called Jollygrant Airport but there are no regular flights to this place. As such Mussoorie does not have a direct rail link. Dehradun Railway station serves for Mussoorie too. This station is linked which Superfast trains to other major cities in country.

From Dehradun one can hire a taxi or take a bus to Mussoorie. The queen of hill stations is well connected with roads with other major cities. There are regular bus services from various metros and other tourist destinations in Uttar Pradesh as well as from out side the state. Bus services are provided by State transports. There are conducted tours to Mussoorie too.

By Air : The nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, 60kms (Dehradun).
By Rail : Dehradun (34kms) is the nearest railhead. It is a Northern Railway terminus connected with all major cities such as Delhi, Howrah, Bombay, Amritsar, Lucknow and Varanasi.
By Road : Mussoorie is connected with Dehradun (34kms). Dehradun, in turn is connected with all major cities in India through direct motorable roads.

Diatances
Dehradun - 34 kms
Haridwar - 101 kms
Rishikesh - 76 kms
Yamunotri - 139 kms


Climate

Mussoorie is a hill station which has pleasant climate around the year. It is a very cool place with greenery at its full bloom during September to November. The best seasons to visit Mussoorie is between April to June and again during September to November.

When the plains of North India experience heat waves, Mussoorie provides a welcome break. September - November is spring time here. During this season Himalayas are clearly visible. It is better to avoid monsoons as the roads to Mussoorie are in bad shape. Same thing applies for the winter when roads are blocked due to snowfall.

Attractions -
Camel's Back Road: A pony ride or walk along this 3-km long road from Kulri Bazaar to Library Bazaar offers views of the mountains. On the way, visitors can step into an old British cemetery.

Christ Church: Within easy walking distance, above the Library end of The Mall is the imposing Gothic style church. Built in 1837, it is a notable landmark of Mussoorie. Stained glass windows are one of its attractive features.

Gun Hill: This is the second highest peak in Mussoorie from where you can get a picturesque view of the town as well as stunning views of snowcapped peaks in the distance. A ride in the cable-car between the lower station on The Mall and the upper station on Gun Hill is an enjoyable experience.

Lal Tibba: An invigorating 5-km walk from the Tourist Office takes you to Lal Tibba on the highest hill. You can get a panoramic view of the entire Doon Valley and the Shivalik Range from here. On a clear day you may even see the majestic Nanda Devi peak (25,640 ft).

Municipal Gardens: These gardens lie within the municipal limits and are popular with domestic tourists. They are easily accessible by car, pony or cycle-rickshaw. Visitors can picnic here and also take a boat ride on the artificial lake.

Mussoorie Lake: The Jheel (Mussoorie Lake) is 8 km on the road to Dehra Dun. It is an artificial pond where paddleboats are available on hire


Excursions from Mussoorie -

Dehradun
(29Km.)
The Doon Valley is situated between the two most important rivers of India. i.e. Ganga & Yamuna, is most picturesque having moderate climate, nestling a number of places of tourist interest. more..

Dhanaulti
(25Km.)
Dhanaulti, located amidst thick, virgin forests of deodar, rhododendron and oak has an atmosphere of perfect peace & tranquility. more..

Haridwar
Haridwar-- gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region, is located on the foot hills of Shivaliks.

Rishikesh
Rishikesh is just 24 Kms from Haridwar. Located in the laps of lower Himalayas, this place is considered to be the access point of three other pilgrim places of Badrinath - Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri the four great places which combine to make Chardham .

Sahastra Dhara Falls
Located 14 km from Dehradun is the famous picnic spot called as the Sahastra Dhara. Noted for their astounding beauty the medicinal sulphur waterfalls are a great attraction.

 

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