Famous as weekend getaway and honeymoon destination
Gateway to Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines
Lush green hills, varied flora and fauna
Winterline, a rare natural phenomenon, visible from here
Home to authors, actors and other celebrities
What to know
Mussoorie, also known as Queen of the Hills, is among the most popular hill stations of the country. A Britisher, Captain Frederick Young, accompanied by an official named FJ Shore, had climbed up the hill from the Doon valley in 1827 and found this ridge offering great views and a salubrious climate. This visit laid the foundation for this grand hill station.
A captivating paradise for leisure travellers and honeymooners, it is a perfect summer resort. Located on a 15-km-long horseshoe ridge with the grand Himalayas as a backdrop, Mussoorie spreads across at a height of 2,000 m above sea level. From this vantage point, it offers scenic views of Himalayas peaks in Western Garhwal.
Many famous personalities have made Mussoorie their home – most notable being authors Ruskin Bond and Bill Aitken. Filmstar Victor Banerjee resides in Mussoorie while deceased filmstar Tom Alter was born and brought up here. In the 1960s filmstar Prem Nath had his house here while the son of Dev Anand studied in Woodstock school. Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are frequent visitors to this hill resort.
Best time to go
The best time to visit Mussoorie is during summers, as it offers respite from the scorching summer heat. However, if you are looking for a secluded holiday, come here during winters to witness the snowfall.
Mussoorie weekend trip
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Distance: Approx 600 km (From Delhi)
For family and groups
Budget: Approx Rs 5,000 per person
There are several trekking and hiking trails in and around this picturesque town. The Hathipaon trail will take you through the forest as you come across a variety of flora and fauna.
Here, you have a lot of opportunities for trout angling. In this, you release the fish after it has been caught. Take prior permission from the forest officials before angling.
Visit Mussoorie Adventure Park to try hands at some of the best adventures like zip-lining, rock climbing etc.
This is an amazing natural phenomenon that is visible from only a few places in the world one of which being Mussoorie. During evening as the sun goes down below the Shivalik ranges the western horizon, visible from Mussoorie, is a filled with various shades of yellow, red and orange above a grey, and mauve coloured strip. This grey and mauve coloured strip appears like a false horizon and is referred to as the ‘winterline.’ Visible from mid-October to mid-January tourists especially flock to the hill station to witness the winterline.
How to reach
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun (82 km). Taxis are available from the airport.