Travelling is all about experiencing new things, emotions and places. In today’s hectic lifestyle, travelling has become all the more important for mental growth, awareness and internal happiness. People prefer to choose serene places, away from their hometowns, to gain exposure and awareness and enjoy quality time either with themselves or their family & friends.
For all the people in Northern India, hill stations are a soothing getaway to ditch the mundane and monotonous routine of one’s life. There are many prominent hill stations in Northern India, each one rich in beauty and serenity. Mussoorie, prominently known as ‘the Queen of Hills’, is a traveller’s delight and known for its serene and enchanting surroundings. The hill station is set against the backdrop of the magnificent Himalayan range and is breathtakingly beautiful.
5 Prominent Places That One Must Visit In Mussoorie
Nestled amidst the scenic beauty of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the grand Garhwal Himalayan range and offers mesmerising and breathtakingly beautiful views of the Himalayan range and valley. The picturesque hill station is stationed comfortably near Dehradun and offers a world of natural serenity. Getting to Mussoorie is quite easy as it is connected to all major cities by road. Mussoorie is only an hour away from Dehradun and about 7 hours away from Delhi. The closest railway station is Dehradun and Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport.
Let’s see some of the prominent places in Mussoorie to visit.
- Kempty Falls
This is one of the most famous attractions in Mussoorie. It won’t be wrong to say that Mussoorie is synonymous with Kempty Falls. Kempty waterfall is a great place to relax, unwind and indulge in fun. Located nearly 1,364 meters above sea level, these falls are truly a mesmerising and enjoyable site for all.
It is located in a picturesque setting surrounded by lush greenery and offers a refreshing respite from the hustle and bustle of life. The best time to visit Kempty Falls is during the summer months from March to June. This is when the weather is pleasant and the water is crystal clear, making it an ideal time to enjoy a dip in the falls. The name “Kempty” is derived from the English word “camp-tea,” which refers to the British era when the falls were a popular spot for British tea parties and picnics. Kempty Falls is believed to have been discovered by a British officer named John Mekinan in the 1830s. It soon became a popular tourist spot and was visited by British officials and their families.
Over the years, Kempty Falls has undergone several changes and development to cater to the needs of tourists. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist places in Mussoorie and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Location: Yamunotri Road
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
Entry Fees: Free
- Camel Back’s Road
Mussoorie offers a host of attractions for sightseeing. Mussoorie has a nature walk known as “Camel Back’s Road”. This road takes its name from a rocky outcrop shaped like a camel’s hump. This famous five-kilometre stretch in Mussoorie is known for its scenic splendour and tranquillity. You can take this walk alone or with your family and enjoy the mesmerising beauty Mussoorie has to offer. You can also rent bicycles on Camel Back’s Road.
Located in the heart of Mussoorie, Camel Back’s Road is not only known for its natural beauty, but also for its historical significance. During the British colonial era, the road was a popular spot for horse riding and leisurely walks for British officials and their families. The road was built in 1845 and was named after the Camel’s Back Rock formation by the Britishers. The best time to visit Camel Back’s Road is during the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is not too harsh and the views are at their best. If you’re looking for a more active experience, you can rent a bicycle and ride along the road. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and the scenic beauty in one of the best places to visit in Mussoorie.
Location: 3 km stretch from Kulri bazaar to the Library Chowk, Mussoorie
Timings: 9 am to 7 pm
Entry Fees: Free
- Sir George Everest’s House
Mussoorie has always been a famous choice amongst famous personalities, thinkers, writers, businessmen, and authors to settle down or reside. Amongst those, Sir George, a geographer and British surveyor serving as the Surveyor General of India, has been a prominent one and has made a very significant contribution. This is the place that pays respect to his great work and can leave a remarkable mark on young minds. The view from there is also spectacular and impressive. On the one side, you can see the plunging Doon valley, and on the other, you can enjoy the great Himalayan peaks covered in snow. Catch a view of the sunset in this calming space.
Sir George Everest’s House is a beautiful place in Mussoorie for history buffs and those interested in geology and surveying. The house was built in 1832 and was the residence of Sir George Everest, who was the Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843. The house is located on the edge of a cliff, providing breathtaking views of the Doon Valley and the Himalayas. The house is now in ruins, but visitors can still explore the site and learn about Sir George Everest’s contributions to the field of surveying.
Location: Park Estate, 6 km from Gandhi Chowk.
Timing: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fees: Indian nationals: 25 per person
Foreign nationals: 200 per person
- Library Bazaar
The famous Library Bazaar is situated at one end of Mall Road in Mussoorie. It is a good place to watch the hustle and bustle of the market and has most of the cafes, restaurants and sweet shops. The place got its name from a large Library, a Victorian building, established in the year 1843. It is not open to the general public but is a prominent place in Mussoorie. It houses a treasure of books from earlier times that are lined up in antique bookcases with interiors representative of ancient charm and elegance. Accessed only by members, there are reading rooms for them. This place carries an old-world charm to itself which should be experienced by visitors.
This tourist place in Mussoorie is also known for its vibrant atmosphere, with vendors selling their wares and customers haggling for the best deals. The best time to visit Library Bazaar is during the evening when the streets are bustling with activity and the shops are all lit up. In addition to shopping, Library Bazaar is also an ideal place to learn more about the history and culture of Mussoorie. The place is surrounded by colonial-era buildings and architecture, which offer a glimpse into the town’s rich past. If you are a book lover, then Library Bazaar is a must-visit place for you. The Library has a vast collection of rare books, and visitors can spend hours browsing through them.
Location: End of Mall Road, Mussoorie.
Timing: 10 am to 5 pm
Entry Fees: Free
- Jwala Devi Temple
Jwala Devi Temple is one of the oldest temples in the Shivalik range and is one of the most beautiful places in Mussoorie. There is an eternal flame burning at this temple which is a representation of Jwala Devi, a form of Goddess Durga. This place is beautiful and is surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Shivaliks and the Yamuna Valley.
Jwala Devi Temple has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. According to legends, the temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya during the 8th century. It is believed that the temple was constructed on the same spot where Goddess Durga’s tongue fell after Lord Vishnu had cut it off. This is the reason why the temple is also known as Jwala Ji Temple. The temple has been renovated and rebuilt many times over the centuries and is now a popular pilgrimage site for devotees.
Location: Jwala Devi Temple, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248179
Timing: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Entry Fees: Free
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