Mussoorie Must Visiting Places, Temperature, Hotels – A Complete Guide For A Road Trip From Delhi
A Soothing Solace to Mussoorie- ‘The Queen of Hills’
The northern hills of India have an ecstatic breeze, soothing aura, and unwinding magic to relax your mind and soul. Travails of your travel to Uttarakhand are definitely worth it. One such place, situated at 6,580 feet above sea level is Mussoorie. Our journey to Mussoorie was a worthwhile one.
Popularly known as ‘The Queen of Hills’, Mussoorie boasts of rich flora and fauna diversity and eye-catching panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The diamond-cut roads, the mystic air, the serene coolness- Mussoorie owes it all. Hop on the journey of words with us, till you make your plans for personal experience.
Mussoorie is situated in the state of Uttarakhand and falls under the district of Dehradun. Anyone who loves getting out in nature, going hiking, and taking some freshness off the stunning mountain views, like us, will definitely fall in love with the surreal experience of the city in no time.
This small and obscure hill station draws thousands of tourists across the globe. A must-go place in the bucket list of most of the mountain fanatics, Mussoorie is quiet, peaceful, and sits above the clouds. Once you visit Mussoorie, you actually realize the solemnity of the rightly said ‘Queen.’ Looking at the Mussoorie weather, it is pleasant throughout the year for the tourists.
World-famous writer Ruskin Bond adopted Mussoorie as his home. His family adopted him and he settled in Landour, Mussoorie. Interestingly, the city is known to be the ‘Gateway’ to the two major shrines of Northern India – Yamunotri and Gangotri.
Mussoorie temperature remains at 25 to 35 degrees Celsius for the months of March to June. For the summer haters, the Mussoorie temperature of 25 to 35 degrees is the right time to visit the place and to spend some quality time with your loved ones away from the city’s scorching heat. In winter, the Mussoorie temperature may fall below zero degrees Celsius. However, a lot of tourists visit Mussoorie in winter as well just to enjoy the snowfall. It is always advisable to check Mussorrie temperature before heading for your holidays to get the taste of the weather as per your liking.
How to reach Mussoorie from Delhi or Dehradun
We headed Mussoorie from the National Capital Region in our personal car. The almost 300-kilometer drive took about half a dozen hours in the hairpin curves northwards as we glazed through the awes of hills and landscapes. However, you have other economical options as well depending on your convenience.
Mussoorie is well connected to major cities of north India via road route with a decent bus flow. It is the most utilized mode of transit. You can self-drive with a bunch of friends, family, or with your special one to Mussoorie. Likewise, you can make a choice between AC Volvo, AC Deluxe, or government buses according to your budget.
If you are heading to Mussoorie via Indian Railways, book your tickets to the capital of the state- Dehradun where you can board a bus or Taxi for your destination. If you’re planning to fly, it might get you some extra hassle as the nearest airport is Jolly Grant which sits near Dehradun. From here, you will need to get a taxi or bus up to Mussoorie, which is 60 Kilometers away.
On the way up to Mussoorie from Dehradun, the best part is the deer parks where you can spot deers at regular intervals, or if you’re lucky you might even face a caged cheetah.
Places to Visit in or Near Mussoorie
Mussoorie attracts a number of tourists and travelers like us from different parts of the globe, seeking adventure and beauty. Interestingly, it fails on no parameters for thrill and chill. There are many avenues, where we feasted our eyes and souls. Let me tell you about them in brisk and brief:
1. Kempty Falls- The first must-visit place in Mussoorie is Kempty Falls. No trip to Mussoorie is complete without a trip to Kempty Falls,, just 15 kilometers from the center of town. The waterfalls are absolutely spectacular with crystal clear water, flowing down the rock-face from twelve meters above. You can just stand and admire mother nature at work or can literally dive right in, as we did. Oh yeah, do not forget an extra pair of clothes in your bag.
2. Gun Hill- Do not fall for the name. It’s basically the second highest peak of the Mussoorie and another must-visit place. Adventure seekers can have the exhilarating experience of reaching by foot, almost a 40-minute walk. It offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Doon Valley and the Garhwal Himalayas. It is worth a watch.
An interesting story that we learned: This hilltop gets its name from a gun that used to be mounted on top which was fired at noon every day during colonial times, so people could set their watches to the right time.
3. Mall Road- As per my personal experience, you would hardly find a hill station, which does not host a mall road. Mussoorie follows the suit. Love shopping or not, just walk through the road to cherish the beautiful architecture, old buildings, tourist hush, mouth-watering street delicacies. Mussoorie gives a colonial feel from the British era. Oh yeah, do not forget to buy some affordable winter wear- Cozy and Cost-effective.
4. Camel’s Back Road- It has got its name as it resembles a camels’ hump. A beautiful place to walk, jog or even loiter with your love interest. Unfortunately, we gave it a skip. But if you have thoughts about this long walk, do not miss seeing the beautiful Himalayas, forests and the famous camel rock.
5. Benog Wildlife Sanctuary- This sanctuary is a well-known home for many very rare and native aerial species. You can sight endangered mountain quails, the red-billed blue magpie, and the white-capped water redstart. Unlike us, If you are lucky enough your eyes can spot Himalayan bears, leopards, and panthers. It is a part of Rajaji National Park.
The sanctuary also offers spectacular views of the snowcapped Chaukhamba and Bandarpunch peaks which makes it a popular spot in the area for watching the sunrise. Unfortunately, you can not witness the sunset from here, as the gates close by five in the evening. Perhaps, guards might escort you to the gate. period!
6. Lake Mist- The serene Lake Mist is located about 10 kilometers away from Mussoorie on the road to Kempty Falls. The emerald green beauty gives a switch off from noisy life to have a decent picnic. Ensure you have necessary arrangements if you wish to spare some time for a family or friendly outing.
7. Happy Valley- A famous Tibetan-style Buddhist temple, you can learn more about the culture of Tibet. It is home for many Tibetans, giving some peculiar details about their culture.
A ‘Boring’ Bibliography on Bapu for bookworms: It was the first home for the Dalai Lama when exiled from the mainland. Happy Valley has another claim to fame as it was also a temporary home for Mahatma Gandhi.
On the Mountains
Being a hill station, the options for hiking and trekking are numerous and vary from short walks and one-day treks to multi-day overnight treks. Ensure your arrangements for your own food, water, and equipment before you head to hills so that you don’t fall short of supplies.
1. Nag Tibba Hike- Nag Tibba or ‘Serpent’s Peak’, at 3,022 meters, is the highest peak in the area. This gorgeous trek usually takes two days to complete. Public transport and shared jeeps are available to the base. Start early to reach on time.
2. Hathi Paon Trail- A personal favorite. It is an easy trail to hike which takes you to the George Everest House and back to the starting point at Hathi Paon or you can continue on to Cloud’s End. Easy walk during a clear night.
3. Robber’s Cave River Trail- If you do not mind splashes of water, you can walk through the Robbers cave. Sparsely explored 8-kilometer stretch, Robber’s Cave is a must for those looking for unique thrills at Mussoorie. Oh, keep a spare pair of clothing.
We pre-planned our trip inclusive of trekking on Hathi Paon Trail as Robbers’ cave would have made us wet and Nag Tibba was an overnight task, taking some toll on travel plans.
If you want some gush through your gut, then Mussoorie will not disappoint. From mountain biking to bungy jumping, zip-lining to rock climbing, paragliding to paintballing; you’ll surely find an activity for yourself, just as we did.
Personal Tip: Plan your trip accordingly, else you may fall short of time in sightseeing. You may not be able to cover all the treks and activities if you are planning a short trip. Remember, the purpose of traveling is to relax. Over occupancy in activities will add nuisance. Make your trip a souvenir, not stressful.
Where to Stay in Mussoorie?
The city offers a wide variety of accommodation, ranging from luxurious hotels to budget rooms; homestays to hostels. Choose wisely according to the depth of your pockets. We, the bunch of buddies, opted for a decent hotel but flamboyant surroundings added sparks to the stay.
If you’re headed in the off-season, you may get good hotels at decent prices. You may find some of them on a few trusted mobile apps as well.
Caution: Do not judge the book by its cover.
Best Season to Visit Mussoorie?
Mussoorie weather lures people throughout the calendar. However, the best time to head to Mussoorie would be the months of March to June or perhaps July. The average temperature between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius, this time of the year offers the best conditions to enjoy all the outdoor adventures and sights.
October to February is the season for chilling winters, where perhaps, night temperature can fall below zero degree Celsius. So if you are a real Braveheart seeking to enjoy snowfall, do not forget some extra woolens. Despite difficulty during the season, we’re sure the snowfall would add to the natural beauty of the area.
If possible, avoid your plans during July to September as travel can get a bit troublesome due to the onset of the torrential rains and unwarranted landslides. Also, self-driven trips can be more vexing in these months. Our pick- say yes in the summer holidays.
Mussoorie is a treasure chest of wonders that fills the heart with a love for nature and architecture. It makes you believe that life is a simpler equation than the complex and unsolved puzzle of cities.