Located at an altitude of 6000ft (2000m) in the state of Uttarakhand, Mussoorie is well known as the Queen of Hills. Due to the presence of lush green hills and a variety of flora and fauna, Mussoorie is considered as the topmost honeymoon destination by couples all over the India.
You can get yourself relieved from the heat of plains here. The town is also called as paradise of India by some locals as the place is famous for its spectacular beauty & chaotic life. Tourism in Mussoorie is the main stream of income for locals & government here.
Time Zone: IST (UTC+5:30)
Area: 2385 sq. ft.
Local languages: Garhwali, Hindi, Kumauni, Gorkhali, English
Telephone Code: 013563
Altitude: 1876 meters
How to reach
Mussoorie is situated at a distance of 29km from Dehradun and 267.7 km from Delhi.
- By Air: The nearest national airport to Mussoorie is Jollygrant Airport which is just 24kms far away from Dehradun. Indira Gandhi International airport, New Delhi is the nearest International airport. However, there are no direct flights from New Delhi to Mussoorie. You can take a connecting flight from Delhi to Jollygrant airport. From there, taxis are available.
- By Train: There is no direct train from Delhi to Mussoorie but there are a great number of trains from Delhi to Dehradun like Jan Shatabdi Express & Shatabdi Express, the Mussoorie Express. It takes 5.5 hours approx. to reach from Delhi to Dehradun. From Dehradun Railway station, you will get taxis and buses directly to Mussoorie.
- By Road: Mussoorie is well connected with major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Haridwar via bus service because of its popularity as a famous hill station. You can get a bus directly from Delhi to Mussoorie or from Delhi to Dehradun, then Dehradun to Mussoorie. Most of the bus services are provided by the state transport. You can also hire private tour operators to get you there.
Best Time to visit Mussoorie
According to the changing climatic conditions in the town, best time to visit here is from September to June. In winters (October to February), you can also experience mild snowfalls with freezing weather. Sometimes, the highways also get blocked because of the heavy snowfall. So, be prepared with all the warm clothes in your backpack. In summers (March to June), climate is a bit warm (37°C approx.). You can experience some great adventurous activities in summer. In monsoons (July to August), travel to the town is less preferable because of the frequent landslides and roads blockage makes it difficult for travelers.
Famous picnic spots
Kempty Falls: It is one of the most fascinating and the biggest water falls in the town. Selected as one of the most enjoyable spot by tourists, Kempty falls will make your trip worth each penny.
Lake Mist: Located 5kms before Kempty falls, it has a variety of adventure sports like boating, trekking. You can get easy accommodations here.
Nagtibba: Located about 34 km away from Mussoorie one reaches Thatyur. Moving 7 Kms further, you will reach Devalsari & then a 14km breathtaking trek is awaiting for you.
Vinog Mountain Quail Sanctuary: This sanctuary was entrenched in 1993 & it covers a wide area of 339 hectares. You can see a variety of bird species, Mountain Quail(Pahari Bater) & many other animals.
Cable ride: Experience the cable ride to the second highest peak in Mussoorie. The views from the top are astonishing.
Jwala Ji Temple: Located at the top of Benog hill with the presence of deity of Mata Durga(Indian Goddess). At one hand, you can have spiritual experience in the temple and on another hand, temple offers you stunning views of mother nature.