Mussoorie – The Queen of Hills
Mussorie is a hill station located at a distance of 35 kms from Dehradun, in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India. Mussorrie is situated at the foothills of the Himalayan belt, popularly known as the “Queen of the Hills”. It is situated at a height of approximately 2005 mts. above the sea level.
Mussoorie spreads over 15kms along a serrated ridge, the most representative among the spots and rightly known as “The Queen of Hills”. Many have claimed for the honor but it was ultimately the flavor and simple charm of this small hill station that ultimately won the heart of its visitors.
Christened after Mansur (a herb found in the region) Mussoorie at an altitude of 2400m, it also offers its travelers the glimpses of the majestic Himalayas. In addition to that, its the proximity of mussoorie with the National Capital (at a distance from Delhi of 300kms) and state capital Dehradun (at a distance of 32.5kms) has made it a much celebrated weekend getaway. As a result the noise and throng now adds to the city.
It all started with the Colonial Raj. Mussoorie has much to do with the existence of the tale of two cities, Landour and Mussoorie. When the Birtishers provide solace to the Tehri King from the Ghorkha War in 1814. The East India Company in return received Mussoorie as a war gift.
The nostalgia of a home-away-from-away brought the Brits in. The credits for the Discovery of Mussorie goes to Captain Young. The small hamlet soon became a typical Victorian Resort, centering on a long promenade – The Mall- and the boasting angelic church, library and clubs. Mussoorie since then have gradually come of age from a historical hill town to a bright spot on Tourism Map of India. The rest as they say is history.
The most apt description of Mussoorie comes from the pen of her beloved son Ruskin Bond.
“Mussoorie has always remained a poor cousin of Shimla , which had it’s viceroy. Nainital had it’s governor from the united provinces. Mussoorie remained unofficial – for affairs of the heart”
Why Visit Mussoorie?
Mussoorie has been a darling holiday destination both for the elites and the commoners alike . Its cool zephyrs, scenic beauty, gay social life and entertainment. The excellent climate makes it an attractive holiday resort. In addition to that an ideal place to unwind and let the nature has its way.
Mussoorie vibrates with gaiety and merry making in the season time. The peak of which lies between Mid April to the end of June. The Tiaras, the devil-horns, the selfie sticks, popcorn and the nightlights all come together to create an ambiance which other hill stations can only envy.
The place is considered as a place of panoramic beauty and charming points all around. The swirling roads is a daunting experience for those weak at stomach. The vistas of the Doon valley and Shivalik hills have divine effect on the soul. The city has many points some natural other madeup that can quinch the thirst of a wandering traveler. A little bit of everything would be an apt tag line for Mussoorie Tourism.
Bollywood has a special liking for Mussoorie. Countless movies have been shot here. For many honeymooners couples who come here. Mussoorie perhaps is the ultimate extension of a filmy experience, for the only time in their lives, in the leading role. You may wander across the town rather aimlessly only to encounter beauty which in inherent to it.
Places To Visit in Mussoorie
Mussoorie is a modern hill station that meets the requirements of the modern travelers. From nature of Kempty Falls to the heritage in Sir George Everest House. Some of the important places to visit in Mussoorie without which your tour of the hillstation won’t be complete are Gun Hill, Soham Heritage Art Centre, Camel Back Road, and The Mall.
You can always stroll aimlessly, which is probably the best way to visit a hillstation Like the famous quote of Gallib “Mussoorie ki hawa hi nahi paani me bhi nasha hai (Not only the air but even the water of Mussoorie is intoxicating)”.
What is the best time to visit Mussoorie?
Well it depends on what you are looking for, if you are some one who is excited by snow and love to wear jackets. It will be in winters which begins with December and ends with March. If you are looking for respite from the scorching summer heat of the plain you might well come in the summers which is April to May.
The summer season in also notoriously called the peak season, when there are a lot of tourists around, and you might have to book your hotel in advance. especially in weekends. The September and October is called the Bengali Season in this reason, the rooms are available at cheaper rates. The weather is just perfect.
Advice to the Bag-packers-
There is almost a way around most things. Mussoorie has everything for everyone. If you are travelling in a low budget to Mussoorie don’t get too disheartened. You just have to prepare yourself to having long walks in the hills. The distance of 5kms might look daunting in the plains, but for in the hills with the greenery and trees, you will definitely enjoy your walk. This is cut down on your need to hire a taxi. If you go deep,away from the Mall and the market, there are many guesthouses or small hotels which will charge you significantly less than their counterparts in the lime light.
How to reach Mussoorie?
Mussoorie is easily accessible for all the travelers in all seasons. The government, espacially after creation of Uttarakhand, have done a tremendous job in making sure that the condition of roads and proper transportation are in place to make Mussoorie a word class hillstation
By Railways: The nearest railhead is Dehradun which is at a distance of 30kms (1hr). The railway station is located at the heart of the city.
By Roadways: Regular buses leave from Kashmere Gate ISBT to Mussoorie from 6 Am to 10 Pm . Try (utc.uk.gov.in) for online reservations and timings of respective buses.
By Air: The nearest airport is at Dehradun which is about 58km from Mussoorie.
What are some places to visit near Mussooorie?
Mussoorie sits in the famous Dehradun- Mussoorie- Rishikesh – Haridwar Circuit. Atart from the big four there are many places near Mussoorie which are worth a try. It maybe the small hamlet of Dhanaulti which is gathering much demand among the nature lovers.
The Rajaji National Park where wild cats and elephants are a common sight is not be missed when you are around Mussoorie. Similarly the adventure sports of Rishikesh which includes bungee jumping and white water river rafting must be checked off from your list.
Haridwar on the other hand provides the spritual touch to journey. Taking a dip in the holy Ganges is an experience for believers and non- believers alike. Here is the distance chart of all the places that you can go from Musssoorie.
Where to stay in Mussoorie?
Mussoorie provides a variety of options for its travelers. From the heritage buildings to the various guest houses available. You can book your hotel using variety of the apps if you are travelling on weekends or peak season. You will be able to get a better rate when you are not going around. There are option of camping and Homestays available in satellite tows of Mussoorie which includes Dhanulti, Landour and Kanatal.