The mountain is calling and I must go”- said John Muir, the famous naturalist and environmental philosopher. Mountains somehow have a thing about them. They attract the soul and feed the spirit in a way that is extremely profound and irresistible.
And if mountains are your first love, a visit to Mussoorie has to be part of the plan.
At 2006 mtrs. above sea level and 35 kms. from Dehradun, the proverbial queen of hill stations is very easily accessible. Once there however, picking what you want to do can be a tad tricky simply because there is a lot to choose from.
Keeping that in mind, here’s a quick list of places to visit in Mussoorie that might come handy for you in planning your trip:
The Mall is the most popular and not-to-be missed promenade that stretches from Cloud’s end in the west to Rockville in the east. No matter where one stays, given there is a range of option including some nice five star hotels in Mussoorie, the mall is very simple to reach by foot or cycle rickshaw. Stunning view of the Doon valley, colonial style houses, local food, skating rinks, old style video-game parlors and shopping options, the mall has it all.
15 kms from main Mussoorie, Kempty falls at a height of 4500 are the quintessential picnic spot. Originally developed by a British officer for tea parties, the falls are now a very popular amongst tourists and locals. With its milky streams of water and serene natural environment, these falls are a great spot to spend the day, with family and friends.
There are two ways to get to Gun Hill, a twenty-minute walk through the mall or via a cable car. The second highest peak in Mussoorie, Gun Hill offers panoramic views of the Himalayas as well as the Doon valley, reasons why the spot is very popular amongst photographers.
Fall: A haven for nature lovers, Jharipani falls is about 9 km’s away from the main town. Depending on which hotel in Mussoorie one is staying at, transport can be organized easily to get to the falls. Essentially a picnic spot like the Kempty falls, here too, one can spend a day in the water, basking in the glory of nature spending time alone or with company.
This one’s for the adventurists. Nag Tibba, means Serpants Peak and this is the highest peak in lower Himalayas of Garhwal region. Very attractive to trekkers, it’s located at an altitude of 3025 mts and offers beautiful views of Himalayan peaks such as Bandarpoonch, Gangotri and Kedarnath. Also a camping favorite, Nag Tibba is a popular and safe trekking destination for beginners.
Finally visiting Cloud’s End, the geographical end of Mussoorie, with its forest cover, beautiful climate and the heritage Clouds End Hotel is a great way to wrap up exploring the lovely old world charm of Mussoorie.
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