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Think hill stations, think Mussoorie. One of the oldest hill stations recognized by the Britishers, Mussoorie is very admired with tourists for its foggy hills and cool winds. positioned in the Garhwal hills at an altitude of 2,000 m, Mussoorie is spread on a 15 km-long saw-toothed crest 34 km north (and uphill) of Dehra Dun. It commands a breathtaking view of the all-embracing Himalayan snow ranges in the north-east and the Doon dale in the south.
Places of Ineterest
Gun Hill: Gun Hill is the instant highest point in Mussoorie and offers the best view of the valley below. The ropeway ride beginning the Mall to this hill (Rs 25) is sheer excitement.
Kempty Falls: On the Yamunotri Road, 18 km from Mussoorie town, Kempty Falls is one of the most frequented spots.
Municipal Garden: About 3 km from Mussoorie, this is a beautiful picnic spot. The lake here also has boating facilities.
Camel's Back Road: Shaped like the back of a camel, the road stretches from Kulri Bazaar near the Rink Hall to Library Bazaar. A 3 km horse ride on this road, especially at sunset, is an experience in itself.
Van Chetna Kendra: Situated 4 km from Mussoorie, tourists throng this place mainly for its diverse wildlife, including the Ghural, kanakar, Himalayan peacock, and monal.
Cloud's End: 18 km away from Mussoorie, this is the most appropriate place for honeymooners. Originally a bungalow built in 1838 by a British Major, Cloud's End has now been converted into a hotel.
Nag Devta Temple: About 7 km from Mussoorie, this is an ancient temple on the Cart Mackenzie Road. It also offers a pleasant view of the Doon Valley and Mussoorie.
Jwalaji Temple (Elenog Hill): About 9 km from Mussoorie, this temple is on top of the Benog Hill. Another excellent viewpoint, the temple is surrounded by thick forests. You can do the first 7 km by road, but the remaining 2 km have to be covered on foot.
Childer's Lodge: Take a horse to the highest peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba. Only about 5 km from Mussoorie, you could even take a leisurely walk up to the top. The breath-taking view from up here is worth the climb.
The best time to visit
Mussoorie is between April and June and from September to November.
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