What to know
Mussoorie, also known as Queen of the Hills, is among the most popular hill stations of the country. A Britisher, Captain Frederick Young, accompanied by an official named FJ Shore, had climbed up the hill from the Doon valley in 1827 and found this ridge offering great views and a salubrious climate. This visit laid the foundation for this grand hill station.
A captivating paradise for leisure travellers and honeymooners, it is a perfect summer resort. Located on a 15-km-long horseshoe ridge with the grand Himalayas as a backdrop, Mussoorie spreads across at a height of 2,000 m above sea level. From this vantage point, it offers scenic views of Himalayas peaks in Western Garhwal.
Many famous personalities have made Mussoorie their home – most notable being authors Ruskin Bond and Bill Aitken. Filmstar Victor Banerjee resides in Mussoorie while deceased filmstar Tom Alter was born and brought up here. In the 1960s filmstar Prem Nath had his house here while the son of Dev Anand studied in Woodstock school. Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are frequent visitors to this hill resort.
Best time to go
The best time to visit Mussoorie is during summers, as it offers respite from the scorching summer heat. However, if you are looking for a secluded holiday, come here during winters to witness the snowfall.
It is the main shopping area in Mussoorie. Located in the heart of the town, Mall Road connects the two bazaars, Kulri bazaar and Library Chowk. You will find various shops selling everything from winter wears and toys to gift items and souvenirs.
This is the highest point on the Mall road, you need to take a cable car ride to reach the summit of Gun Hill. The thrill of the ride is memorable, and the peak offers majestic views of the surroundings. A gun was installed atop this hill by the British in 1865, which used to be fired daily at noon to indicate the time and hence the name “Gun-hill”.
Camel's Back Road
It is suitable for walking and offers beautiful sunset views of the Himalayas. A superb rock formation, with a life-like resemblance to a sitting camel, can be seen from this spot.
George Everest House
At Park Estate are the remains of the building and laboratory of Sir George Everest, the Surveyor-General of India from 1830 to 1843. It is after George Everest that the world's highest peak Mt Everest is named. It is 6 km from Gandhi Chowk and a scenic walk from Library Bazaar, although accessible by road transport to at least Haathi Paon. The place provides a view of Doon Valley on one side and a panoramic view of the Aglar River valley and the peaks of the Himalayan ranges on the other. The tourism department is developing this house as a museum.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun (55 km). Taxis are available from the airport.
The nearest railhead is Dehradun (35 km).
Dehradun is well connected by roads. Take the Tehri bypass from Mussoorie and drive down the Mussoorie-Chamba road.