A 400-metre ropeway connects the Mall (main market) with Gun Hill, the second-highest peak in Mussoorie. It’s a thrilling ride with panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges of Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara, Gangotri, etc and a bird’s-eye view of Mussoorie town and Doon Valley.
Jharipani Falls is located in the Jharipani Estate, which is where Mussoorie’s famous boarding schools such as Oakgrove, Wynberg Allen, and St. George are located, in the midst of rhododendron, and deodar and horse-chestnut trees.
Situated at an altitude of 4,500 feet, the 40-foot Kempty Falls are the most popular falls in Mussoorie. The main waterfall splits into five distinct falls that appear to somersault before hitting the ground. Trout are in abundance here, and you can get fishing permits from the Divisional Forest Officer. Check locally for day and timings as the falls can be only be seen on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the summer; they are diverted for irrigation on other days of the week.
The pretty Bhatta Falls is another idyllic picnic spot. Two huge water tanks store water for supply to the Galogi Power station.
This man-made lake offers pedal boating and commands a great view of Doon Valley and neighbouring mountain villages.
BENOG WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
This fir and pine forest has rare Himalayan bird species such as the near-extinct mountain quail and red-billed blue magpie. Be alert and watch for animals such as deer and leopards that may appear out of nowhere and vanish again into the forest within seconds.
TIBETAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE
Set up by the Tibetans in Mussoorie, the Shedup Choepelling Buddhist temple is located in Happy Valley. Prayer flags and clay lamps create a sense of serenity and one inevitably comes away feeling calm and restored.
CAMEL’S BACK ROAD
Connecting Kulri Bazaar and Library Bazaar, this 3-km road offers great views of the Himalayas. Walking or horse-riding along this road are popular pastimes in Mussoori.
VAN CHETNA KENDRA
The lush green park surrounded by pine forests and flowering shrubs is a visual treat.
EXCURSIONS FROM MUSSOORIE:
25 km from Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is a resort hamlet at a height of 7,500 feet in the Tehri Garhwal district amidst alpine forests of deodar, oak, and rhododendron. Himalayan Weavers on the Mussoorie-Dhanaulti Road produces hand-woven shawls, stoles, scarves, and throws using only natural dyes on eri silk, pashmina and other wool.
SURKANDA DEVI TEMPLE
Located 8 km from Dhanaulti, the Surkanda Devi Temple is the highest point near Mussoorie at a height of 10,000 feet. The temple has been built on the site where the charred head of Goddess Sati or Parvati fell as Shiva carried her body after she immolated herself in a fire ceremony at her father’s place. The place offers stunning views of the Himalayas.
Chamba, 50 km from Mussoorie, is a mountainous district at elevations that vary between 2,000 and 21,000 feet. The Chamba valley is tranquil and picturesque, lying on the banks of river Ravi and between two principal Himalayan ranges, Dhauladhar and Pangi-Pir Panjal.
Dehradun is located 34 km from Mussoorie at an altitude of 2,200 feet. It is famous for its residential schools including Doon School and research institutes like the Forest Research Institute, which has six museums showcasing a wide variety of botanical species and animal life.