Mussoorie Hill Station

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Introduction
Mussoorie is just 38 kms from Dehradun a major hill station situated in the slopes of Himalayas. Mussoorie is known as the Queen of Hill Stations on account of its unique beauty emanating from the beautiful ridges, tumbling waterfalls, changing colors of the mountain slopes, the green conifer forests, and the glorious mountain views.

History
The foundation of Mussourie was laid in 1827 when the adventurous military officer named Captain Young discovered this beautiful and scenic spot. This entire region along with the Doon Valley formed an integral part of the Garhwal Kingdom in the ancient past. Rohillas and Gorkhas also briefly ruled this region intermittently and left their imprints.

How to reach

By road
Mussoorie is well-connected to all the major cities nearby, like Delhi (281 kms), Meerut, Hardwar (91 kms), and Dehradun (36 kms). The roads are good and the journey from Dehradun to Mussoorie is splendid through winding mountain roads. Government operated buses of the Uttaranchal State Transport Corporation regularly shuttle between Delhi and Mussoorie because of the continuous influx of tourists from Delhi.

By rail
Dehradun is a major and the nearest railhead located at around 34 kms from Mussoorie and has trains connecting it to all major cities of India.

By air
Jolly Grant Airport is the closest airport to Mussoorie, situated about 24 kms away from Dehradun. Almost all major domestic airlines connect it with the other major Indian cities and Air India and Deccan Airways have daily flights. From the airport there are plenty of buses and hired cabs available for the 34 kms drive to Mussoorie.

Places to see
Lake Mist, Municipal Garden, and Mussoorie Lake with boating facilities, Childer’s Lodge or Nakata Estate, Sir George Everest's House with historic importance are places to be visited in Mussoorie. There are some very beautiful fresh water mountain springs gushing down the slopes such as Kempty Falls, Bhatta Falls, Jharipani Falls, and Mossy Falls. For the tourists with religious interest Mussoorie has to offer Nag Devta Temple and Jwalaji Temple, situated on the Benog Hill. Even the hotel called Cloud End, which is quite picturesque with its surrounding thick deodar forests is a tourist destination. Gun Hill is the second highest point of Mussoorie and is an important tourist attraction. A similar exquisite hill station called Dhanaulti is just 38 kms away from Mussoorie and can be easily be visited in a day trip.

Shopping
Mussoorie has a busy Mall selling a wide variety of items. Tourists love shopping for woolens from the Tibetans, who also sell imported winter clothes at reasonable prices. Shawls, sweaters, jackets, apart from various wood carved items like baskets, walking sticks, bowls, metal wares, and decorative items such as handcrafted wall hangings are available and frequently bought by tourists.

Places to stay
Cystal Palace Mussoorie, Surbee Resorts Mussoorie, Kasmanda Palace, Green Castle Mussoorie, Green Breeze Resorts, Avalon Resorts, Claridges Nabha Mussoorie, Ilbert Manor Mussoorie, Camps Carnival Mussoorie, Hotel Silver Rock, Hotel Connaught Castle Mussoorie, Hotel Padmini Niwas Mussoorie, Country Inn Mussoorie, Hotel Drive Inn, Shiva Continental, Jaypee Residency Manor, Sterling Resort Mussoorie, and Fort Resorts are some premier hotels and resorts in Mussoorie providing comfortable accommodation to tourists both Indian and foreigners.

Best time to visit
The months of April and June as well as September and October are the best time to visit Mussoorie.

Climate
Mussoorie, being a hill station and located at around 2005 meters above sea level, has mild summers with maximum temperature not exceeding 31 degrees Celsius. But winters are quite chilly with temperatures dropping to as low as 1 degree Celsius.