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Mussoorie

One of India's original queens of the hills, Mussoorie is every generation's favourite holiday destination not just for the splendid weather and fascinating landscape but the huge colonial aftermath that follows you down every lane here. Irrespective of crowded peak seasons, Mussoorie is a definite welcome away from the smog of the city. Long walks with panoramic views make a perfect distraction to packed Mall Road that connects to the bustling markets of Gandhi Chowk and Kulri Bazaar.Mussoorie Lake and the Municipal Gardens do have a fairly large number of tourists, so head over to the Buddhist Temple on Happy Valley Road and trek to LalTibba, the region's highest peak. Take the ropeway to Gun Hill for spectacular views of the mighty Himalayas. Un[miss]able, however, is the mandatory day trip to Ruskin Bond's Landour and Dhanaulti and a visit to Sir George Everest's home, if you're un[travel]ingMussoorie.

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Things to do

Sightseeing Mussoorie - The original "Queen of Hills" has still got some moves. While in Mussoorie, there's always something to do. A whole day devoted to this fascinating hill-town, head towards Kempty Falls 14 kilometres away from Mussoorie. This iconic waterfall is best visited earlier in the day, before tourists throng the area.

Dhanaulti - A little over 30 kilometres away from Mussoorie is the quaint town of Dhanaulti. Fascinating little hamlets dot the area with amazing views through winding roads up to Dhanaulti at 2286 metres above msl. The most alluring part of Dhanaulti, besides the amazing views of the valleys and the mountains, is its lovely Eco Park.

Chakrata - 80 kilometres north of Mussoorieis the small cantonment area of Chakrata. A 2-1/2-hour drive from your hotel, through picturesque winding roads, would take you to the quiet haven of Chakrata, past one of India's highest direct waterfalls (about 20 kilometres away). Take a dip here or spend some time at Tiger falls before heading to Deoban.

Dehradun Mussoorie Trek - It's always a pleasant drive, but nothing beats a good long hike from Dehradun to Mussoorie. Drive down to Rajpur, where your hike begins. Our local expert will lead the way, unless of course you'd like to explore ahead. The trail is clear and leads you through small settlements. Pass curious gazes of little village children and friendly villagers before the view clears up for Doon valley in all its glory. Small shrubs and cacti give way to tall trees as you move higher.

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Best time to visit October to April

The best time to visit is from October to March. The rain recedes by September and the mountains are a lovely shade of green. The flora comes alive and you can catch a glimpse of the snow clad mountains as the haze disappears.

The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February. It does get pretty cold and it snows at higher elevations. The skies remain clear and you can get a good view of the snow-clad peaks.

Clear skies stay on through March till the haze sets in by mid-April. You need to be lucky to get a view of the peaks during this time. But this is the best time to witness some wildlife action, especially the tiger.

The rains arrive by mid-June and it's officially monsoon time. Everywhere you see, you'll come across the brightest shade of green. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.

How to reach

Air

  • Jolly Grant Airport (DED) is the nearest airport situated 60 kilometre away from Mussoorie. There are many flights from Air India, Jet Airways, Spicejet and Indigo connect Dehradun to Delhi. You will find many connecting flights from different cities in India including Mumbai, Lucknow, Srinagar, and Jammu. You have to take cab from Mussoorie to reach airport or vice versa.

Rail

  • Dehradun Railway station (DDN) is the major railway station nearest to Mussoorie. It is located 34 kilometre from Mussoorie. You will find cabs and buses out side of railway station which will take you to Mussoorie. Dehradun Railway station is last station of Northern railway network so it act as a major terminus in Uttarakhand. You will . Dehradun Railway station is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kolkata, Gorakhpur, Amritsar, and many more. You will find frequent trains from Delhi to Dehradun.

Road

  • Speak of roads, Mussoorie has a well-established road network. You can take bus from any major destination in Uttarakhand heading towards Mussoorie. While traveling through bus or cab you will come across many beautiful valleys, small waterfalls, and astonishing natures' beauty. Mussoorie is connected to National Highway 72 which makes it more easily accessible.