A picture-perfect destination located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Mussoorie is surrounded by the imposing snow-capped Shivalik range and the lush Doon Valley. The story of Mussoorie dates back to 1815, when Captain Fredrick Young of the Gorkha regiment, tried to grow potatoes at his station but with little success. Following the advice of locals, Young shifted the cultivation to the mountains. Enamoured by the lush forests, Young forgot all about potatoes and built a hunting lodge instead! Around 1817, he built a cottage and others from the plains followed suit. Thus Landour was born, which grew into Mussoorie.
While the old world charm of the British Raj lingers on in the architecture of the churches, libraries, hotels and summer palaces, Mussoorie is also a favourite destination for those who love adventure activities such as river rafting, paragliding and fishing. Mussoorie is still the place for fun and frolic, just the way when the British first discovered it.
Destination Type: Hill Station
Destinations Nearby: Dehradun 34 km, Shimla 258 km, New Delhi 284 km
Languages: Garhwali , Gorkhali, Kumaoni, Hindi and English
Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Dehradun
Summer: March to June. Pleasant with an average temperature of around 37°C.
Monsoon: July to mid-September. Rainfall is moderate.
Winter: October to February with chilly weather conditions and snow. Night temperature can drop down to sub-zero levels.
A picturesque waterfall near Mussoorie, Kempty Falls is a treat for the eyes! Known to be a favourite amongst the British gentry, the beauty of the falls is ethereal.
Mussoorie is home to Ruskin Bond. At Cambridge Book Depot, a nondescript bookstore on Mall Road, you’ll find everything about what inspired this prolific author of children's literature, and a chance to meet him!
Kandi Lodge and Punishment Point are completely off the tourist beat. Just a short walk away from Sterling Mussoorie, these places hold dark secrets of the British Raj.
The climb up to Mussoorie's highest peak, Lal Tibba, is a quiet walk past cemeteries, churches, old cottages and thickets of pine.
A charming place with a quirky history, Gun Hill is just a short hike from the Mall road. It has a carnival-like atmosphere where Mussoorie comes out in all its glory.
Landour is the original British settlement, which expanded into Mussoorie. Charming stone cottages, old churches and schools are still in good shape as is the spirit of the place.
A haunted mine where you can supposedly hear the cries of 50,000 dead mine workers. Defintely not for the faint-hearted.