Sightseeing in Mussoorie
Mussoorie is a picturesque hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The hill station is located at the foothills of the Garhawal Himalayan ranges, and is also known by its nickname “The Queen Of Hills”. The place is also known as the gateway to the “Gangotri and “Yamunotri” shrines. The best time to visit the place is between mid-March to mid-November as the rains during monsoons and cold during the winters make it pretty inaccessible.
Kempty Falls are situated about 15 km from the hotel. One can easily get a tourist bus from Mussoorie bust stand or a taxi till the fall, Kempty Falls is a beautiful location to take a dip in the water falling from an altitude of 6000 feet. It is a perfect place to take a short swim. Kempty Falls, one of the most renowned waterfalls in Uttarakhand, offers a mesmerizing panoramic view as the water falls from a great height. The pond formed at the bottom of the falls make an excellent spot for swimming, fishing, and bathing. A flight of stairs leads to the pond where one can soak in the fun with friends and family. Quite famous among the tourists as a picnic spot, this perennial waterfall is crowded almost throughout the year.
By Road - Located 10 kms from the hotel on the Mussoorie- Kempty Road, the lake is well- connected by roads.
About 3 kilometres from the hotel, the Municipal Garden is a beautiful picnic spot with a lake and a waterfall inside it. Initially known as the Company Bagh, the Municipal Garden is the ideal place to spend some time in solitude or go on a picnic with family and loved ones. There is also a wax museum recently opened.
Clouds End is situated at a distance of around 6 km from the hotel. The name of the site is derived from its location, lying on one of the ends of Mussoorie. Tourists visiting this place can witness beautiful views and pleasant atmosphere. The path to reach this place is covered by thick and dense forests. Further, a 2 km path from this place takes tourists to the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary. Tourists can witness variety of species of flora and fauna, while following the path to reach the attraction.The site can be reached on foot by travelling through the Hathipaon Road from Happy Valley. Further, tourists can also hire cars that are available from the city centre.
Library Bazar/Gandhi Chowk
Library Bazaar, also known as Gandhi Chowk, is located in close vicinity of old library, which exhibits history and heritage. The name of the bazaar is derived from the Victorian-style Library, which was constructed in mid-19th century. One of the prominent attractions of the place is the Band Stand, where tourists can enjoy song of the historic colonial days. Offering beautiful views of the entire destination, the Gandhi Chowk is famous for housing a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the corner of the bazaar. Dotted with numerous shops and stalls, the bazaar is arranged in a small circular path.
Landour Bazaar is one of the famous shopping locations in the destination, which is situated on the steep slope few kilometres up the hill from the Mall. The bazaar is known for its handwritten signs, which are nailed on the trees. The bazaar houses a rejuvenation centre, which was developed by Britishers during their ruling period. In addition to this, the place also has residence of Captain Young, who discovered Mussoorie. His house is renowned as Mullingar Estate and is thronged by travellers to see the architectural styles of that period. The popular Woodstock School is one of the famous landmarks of the bazaar. Dotted with deodar and pine groves roads, Char Dukan is a famous cluster of shops, located in the area. These small shops on the side of the roads sell tea and light snacks to the visitors. The market offers a vast collection of ceramic crockery, woollens and antiques. Apart from this, the place has many beautiful cottages, which represent the original British architecture to the visitors. St. Paul’s Church, Cemetery of soldiers and Landour Language School are the other prime locations situated in the bazaar.
Dhanaulti is fast emerging as a gem among the major travel destinations in Uttarakhand. It is on Mussoorie - Chamba road, at an altitude of 2,250 m.It comes as a pleasant surprise for the enthusiastic weekend travelers, who find it peaceful, relaxed and laid-back. It's a different experience altogether. Dhanaulti is away from the crowds, busy market places and pollution. Set amidst thick virgin forests of Deodars, Oaks and Rhododendrons, it is an ideal location that ensures absolute peace of mind and soul. The green meadows, towering trees, breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks, make Dhanaulti an enticing hideaway for tourists. Dhanaulti is the base point for numerous treks into the snow-capped Himalayas, especially to the Tehri region of Garhwal. The most popular treks are through the dense alpine forests that take you to Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri, the sacred three Shaktipeeths of the holy Devi Darshan triangle.Best time to visit Dhanaulti is between March and June.
Surkunda Devi Temple
Surkanada Devi temple is at a distance of8 kms from Dhanaulti. This temple is dedicated to the famous Parvati Devi who is revered in the region by the locals. This temple is located at a height of about 10,000 feet and requires a trek of about 1.5 kms from the base of the hill. Tourists can also reach the temple by walking along an 8 kms trek path amidst the forest from Dhanaulti or can take the road from Dhanaulti towards Chamba. This temple is a part of the Devi Darshan triangle, which also includes Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri. Atop the hill where Surkanda Devi temple is located, the tourists can get a 360 degree view of the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, the Dehradun valley and other peaks. Tourists usually trek along the route to the temple, but, those who cannot; there are ponies and horse rides available.
Lal Tibba/Sister Bazar/Char Dukan
Lal Tibba, the highest point in Mussoorie is situated in Landour area, which is the oldest populated place in the destination. The site was also referred to as a Depot Hill, due to the presence of depot in the region. The hill houses a camp of The Indian Military services and Broadcasting stations or towers of All India Radio and Doordarshan. The beautiful views of sunrise and sunset from this vantage point can also be seen by travellers visiting Lal Tibba. In 1967, a Japanese telescope was placed at the tower on a cliff by municipality to offer beautiful views of adjoining places to the travellers. Tourists can have beautiful views of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch and other Himalyan ranges from this telescope. Apart from this, tourists can have a glimpse of some old buildings and houses, which are constructed in British architectural style.
Gun Hill is the second highest peak of Mussoorie and one of the most famous destinations of the hill station. Gun Hill offers an enchanting view of some of the highest Himalayan ranges namely Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara and the Gangotri group, along with a picturesque view of the Mussoorie town and the Doon Valley. One of the most exciting features of this place is a 400 m thrilling Ropeway ride to land from this exceptionally beautiful, misty peak.
The Mall Road
The Mall is one of the prominent shopping locations situated at the centre of the destination. Dotted with benches and lampposts lined up at the sides of roads, the Mall offers architectural styles of colonial period. The prime attractions of the area include 1980s style video game parlours, the Methodist Church and skating rinks. Tibetans can also be seen in the market place, who sells woollens, fabric wall hangings, imported goods, Tibetan metal ware and a collection of wooden items. Apart from this, walking sticks, bowls, trays, cane baskets and jewellery are the other prominent articles available at the Mall.
George Everest House
Built in 1832, the house is known today as Sir George Everest's House and Laboratory, or Park House. Recent new fencing, tree planting and the construction of a ticket booth (as of late 2015) indicate that at some point it will cost to enter the property. The inside has signs of renovation several years ago, such as ceramic floor tiles in the kitchen and electrical switch boxes. Conservation architects at the Indian National Trust are vying for this project. The house is secured by steel grills and cannot be entered. Now that this property is better known and the access road has been improved, the walls are covered with graffiti and then periodically whitewashed clean.
Camel’s Back Road
Camel's Back Road is a stretch of 3 km long natural display of rocks. The name of this road is derived from its rocks placement and its shape like camel’s hump. Serving as a connecting link between two prominent locations of the destination, the road begins from Library point and leads towards Kulri Bazaar. Apart from this, tourists can also have a glimpse of this road from the Mussoorie Public School. Offering a beautiful view of sunset, sunrise and snowcapped mountains, the road is ideally used by locals for carrying out morning and evening walks. Surrounded by rocky mountains and lush green surroundings, the road is known for its natural beauty.