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  • Wondering about the best time to visit Mussoorie? Well, it is indeed anytime. The charm of the “Queen of hills” is forever spellbinding making it a frequented destination all through the year. Be it the misty-monsoons or the striking-summers all you need is your bunch of people to savor the bounties of this place.With appealing places like the Lake Mist, Tibetian Buddhist temple, Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Kempty falls, Bhatta falls, Mussoorie Lake and various other places, here you can find every little thing.

    As the monsoon sets the realm of the destination hikes up making the environs lush green with contrasting floral blooms. Apart from these, if you are a snow lover then you can visit the spot in peak winters and witness the snow-covered uplands blended amazing snow falls. This place is truly a paradise on earth with a plethora of panoramic landscapes and eye-opening beauties of nature’s wonders.

    Here are the best Seasons to Mussoorie:

  • 01Mussoorie in Summer

    The allure of this splendid hill station is indeed magnetizing even when the sun is emitting the stinging heat. Holding a sub-tropical climate “The Queen of Hills” is traversed by the revelers all through the summers. From the months of March to June this destination stays a little warmer in the days but the nights are indeed cooler, making it just perfect weather for vacationers. While you witness the upland in these months you can soak in the exquisite features of the spot with your friends and family. The realm of the resorts and hotels hikes up in these months and the best part is you can embrace the scenic splendors from your window panes while you sit back and relax. So, stop looking for destinations and make an escape to Mussoorie with your loved ones as a holiday at this place will never leave in you with any regrets.

    Months:

    The months from March to June you can witness the summer season in Mussorie.

    Why you should visit at this time:

    Indeed the best time to visit Mussoorie is in summers, as at this time you can not only embrace the spectacular vistas but can also enjoy them to the fullest. Missing out on the adventures is just out of question, here you can experience an umpteen number of enthralling adventures in the laps of nature like the trekking trails, zip lining, and several others.

    Places to Visit and Activities to do:

    As the sun starts radiating its glares, the packed ice starts descending which in turn multiplies the charm of the hill station. In these months the temperatures might rise to a maximum of 30 degrees but at nights it drops down to 15 degrees. When the ice starts melting the destination becomes even more apt for marking the footprints at its bewildering trekking trails. Also, this is the best time to visit Mussoorie if you love hiking up the mountains.

    What can be better than hitting out to Nag Tibba trek with your folks and creating everlasting memories. With an abundance of places, where you can visit Lal Tibba, Lake Mist, Mall road, and several other spots which are worth-touring in the months from March to June it is a true paradise.

    Is serenity your poison? Then you are in the right place as this place is always brimming with it. Escape to the surreal waterfalls Mussorie has to offer. Be it the fresh cold water of the Kempty falls or the crystal clear water of Jharipani, both of them will definitely put you under a spell with its beauty. Apart from this, the Mossy falls in its vicinity also comes in full force with striking summers.

    With the onset of summers the environs start getting green, water starts melting and the beautiful wildlife revies. You can witness the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary which holds an exclusive array of flora and fauna. Here you can spot bear, leopards, Himalayan goat and various other distinct species roaming around. Also, this place is a haven for the bird watchers as here you can see several unique birds which are the migrants like the red-billed blue magpie, mountain quails, and countless others

    Average Temperature:

    Day: 30 degrees Celsius

    Night: 15 degrees Celsius

  • 02Mussoorie in Monsoon

    With the onset of monsoons, the beauty of Mussoorie surpasses one’s imagination. Marking the months from July to September the region gets misty and the dews extend a specular display with a literal appearance like that of heaven.

    If you wish to embark a trip in the Himalayan region then what can be better than the peak season, though the realm is awe-inspiring all through the year, still why not embrace it in at the best time. The weather gets amazing in the monsoons with a minimum of 10 degrees to a maximum of 27 degrees in the days.

    Months:

    The months from July to September you can witness the monsoon season in Mussorie.

    Why you should visit at this time:

    If you are a photographer, then elope to this place with your partner as this place will not disappoint you and has an abundance of picture-perfect spots. Ever witnessed a man-made lake? No right! Make a visit to the Mussoorie lake where you can enjoy boating, and various adventures right next to it.

    From here you can gaze at the setting sun display its crimson hues blended with the clear azure. This beauty is indeed the one to which you can surrender yourself as it is just exceptional.

    Places to Visit and Activities to do:

    This place is well-suited for the rainy season as it encircles multitudes of waterfalls which are just perfect to witness in this kind of weather. With Kempty falls, Jharipani, Mossy falls, and several others it is worth-visiting with your bunch of people. Apart from these, the Bhatta falls is another natural marvel which lies right on the way leading to the Queen of hills. These places extend spectacular backdrops with lush green environs and breathtaking hillocks.

    Heard about the perennial beauty of Mussoorie, don’t you dare miss out on this place as it is of utmost importance and showcases the gushing waters accompanied by misty aura. Here you can enjoy boating and various other activities which are undoubtedly a plus for your memorable trip.

    Who doesn't love to take a glimpse of the natures wonders from atop? Here you can enjoy this while you ride the cable car to the Gunhill point, being the highest and most prominent spot of Mussoorie its charm increases with the onset of monsoon. Be it the mind-blowing greenery or the scintillating lakes here you can find all of it in monsoons. Something which you can find just in monsoon is the mauvish influence on the sky and the breathtaking view of clouds kissing the peaks of hills.

    Though, if you start looking for adventures it can get a little difficult as most of the operators shut down in the monsoons as it gets almost impossible to experience them, but if you are lucky enough then you can find some of them near the Mussoorie lake. In addition to the soothing cool temperatures, you can enjoy boating, horse riding, and various other activities at this place. If you are a shopaholic then you can wander in the streets of mall road and take back home unique souvenirs of the amazing vacation and cherish them for the rest of your life.

    Average Temperature:

    Day: 10 degrees Celsius

    Night: 27 degrees Celsius

  • 03Mussoorie in Winter

    Winters at Mussoorie is a treat to the eyes and weather is a Total Bliss! Covered with meadows and scenic uplands it is a must-visit destination. Regularly toured by the honeymooners this place has gained popularity since the colonial period. The winters are pretty cooler and the mercury even reaches the freezing point. Increasing the beauty to two-folds the splendor of this Himalayan element is just one-of-its-kind.

    Are you more like a person who likes just relaxing back at comfortable stays? Then you will be in awe with the place as it just fits in your requirements well. You can take a look at the shimmering icy mountains from your hotel windows which extend picturesque vistas of nature. Here you will always fall short of time and not of places as it holds a wide array of exciting yet impressive places. You can always feel close to the natural bounties as this place is packed with them all over.

    Months:

    The months from November to February you can witness the winter season in Mussorie.

    Why you should visit at this time:

    Undeniably the best time to visit Mussoorie is winters if snow attracts you. Else you may tour the destination anytime as the splendors never decease. Stop thinking and quickly make a plan to the wonderous hillock and admire the awe-inspiring pictures of nature away from the hustle of the cities.

    Places to Visit and Activities to do:

    Wherever you turn your eyeballs all you can see is sparkling white snow, covering the marvels of the hillock. Here the temperatures can get spine-chilling and stoops down to sub-zero levels at the nights but at the day time the sun comes in action and raises the bar to 13 degrees. Sometimes the travelers face inconvenience due to the blocked roads but with the placidity of the region, the tourism keeps of going.

    Are you a solace seeker? Then this is your place to be and you will fall in love with the place, with shiny snow sprawling all over and slight fog, the views are just perfect for relaxing. If you wish to cuddle your book or you wish to pump up your adrenaline rush then you can delve in the enthralling adventures. With places like Lal Tibba, Lake Mist and various other natural and man-made marvels of Mussoorie tops the destination wishlist of many travelers.

    Looking for trying something offbeat in here? How about flying in the sky and glancing at the scenic wonders from high above the sky! Here you enjoy Parasailing right in the heart of the hilltop with the adventure operators. Apart from this, here you can also mark your impressions at the trekking trails in its vicinity.

    Average Temperature:

    Day:
      13 degrees Celsius

    Night: 1 degree Celsius

Adventure in Mussoorie

Attractions in Mussoorie

Trekking in Mussoorie

Day outs in Mussoorie

Nature and wildlife in Mussoorie

Camping in Mussoorie

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Lal Tibba

In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit.

Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.

Highlights: Lal Tibba is even famous as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.


Best Time: The best and the most ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is the summer months of March and June. Avoid travel during the monsoon months as there maybe leeches here.
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Mussoorie

Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

Distance from Delhi: 270km

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits

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Camel's Back Road

Camel's Back Road is one of the most visit locations in Mussoorie. A peaceful and calm walk in the lap of nature will assure absolute peace and calmness. It is a 3 km long road and is called as the Camel Back Road because of the presence of the natural layout of the rocks that are in the shape of the camel humps.

Location: The Camel Back Road starts from the Library Point and goes up to the Kulri Bazaar. Dehradun railway station is 34 km from here and the Jolly Grant airport is 56 km from here.

Highlights: From the Camel Back Road the visitors can enjoy the romantic sunrise and sunset with some snacks and the amazing backdrop of the Doon Valley.


Best Time: You can visit the Camel’s Back road anytime but keep in mind during the summer months the road is extremely crowded especially during morning or evening.

Cost: Admission to the road is free.
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Kempty Falls

Kempty Falls is said to be one of the most prominent waterfalls in Uttarakhand. The falls are encircled by high mountain cliff. Since the water falls from a great height, it is believed that this water further divides in 5 different streams. Being present on the Mussoorie-Dehradun Highway, the Kempty Falls attracts a number of tourists from across the country.

Location: Kempty Falls is located about 15 km from Mussoorie and lies at an altitude of about 4500 feet above the sea level. The sacred River Yamuna is about 12 kms from here.

Highlights: Kempty Falls was initiated as a picnic spot in 1835 by the British officer John Mekinan. It has a perennial waterfall making it an interesting picnic spot for all. You can even take a bath under the fresh waters of the waterfall.


Best Time to Visit: Summer months of March and June are ideal since the weather is pleasant.
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Mussoorie Heritage Centre

Mussoorie Heritage Centre was commenced in the November 2013 with the idea of preserving and showcasing the Heritage of Mussoorie and the adjoining areas.

Location: Mussoorie Heritage Centre is located at a distance of about 3 km from Library Bus Stand. This is a private enterprise that is situated on the Chamunda Peeth Temple Road in Mussoorie.

Highlights: The Soham Heritage and Art Centre displays the tradition as well as the culture of the Himalayas by way of paintings on canvasses, sculptures, frescoes, murals and scrap art. Housing a collection of local heritage artifacts – clothes, musical instruments, vessels, jewelry among, other things, this heritage center is truly a must visit for all. Bird watching is an interesting activity to carry out here.

Best Time: Mussoorie Heritage Centre is open on all days except Sunday. The visiting hours for the centre are 9 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM.
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Shedup Choepelling Temple

Shedup Choepelling Temple is often referred to as the Tibetan Buddhist Temple. It is today one of the most popular shrines in the region. The temple is established by the Tibetan community of Mussoorie and is a true exemplary of the Tibetan architecture. Clay lamps, surrounding blooming flowers, bright interior walls and the prayer flags amplify the beauty of the shrine.

Location: The Shedup Choepelling Temple is nestled in the beautiful Happy Valley. To reach the Shedup Choepelling Temple follow the address, Happy Valley Road, Near IAS Academy, Mussoorie, Dehradun, 248179, Uttarakhand.

Highlights: The Tibetan Buddhist Temple offers a beautiful view of the majestic snow-capped mountains and green valleys of Mussoorie.

Price: There is no entrance fee levied.

Best Time: The Shedup Choepelling Temple is open on all days but the best time to visit the temple is between 05:00 am – 12:00 pm and 04:00 pm – 09:00 pm.
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Benog Tibba

Housed inside the Benog Mountan Quail Sanctuary in Mussoorie, the trek on Benog Hill is off the beaten track. Ridden with steep slopes, the mountainous terrain is also dotted with camping sites. So, if bonfire with friends is on your mind, the Benog Tibba trek will leave you spellbound. The adventure trail also passes in the vicinity of Kempty Falls, one of Mussoorie’s better-known waterfalls. The northern face of Benog Tibba is home to ‘Ghoral’—a rare mountain goat on the verge of extinction. The forest grows denser with ascent, and offers stunning panoramic vistas. The trails running across pose sufficient challenges, with difficulty levels ranging from easy to moderate. The months between October and April are pleasant, with the snowfall over pines adding a mystical touch.

Distance from Delhi: 300 Kilometers approximately
Nearest Railhead: Balawala Railway Station Junction

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Gun Hill

Gun Hill is one of the most prominent tourist attractions for the tourists who visit Mussoorie. It is the second highest peak in Mussoorie. Irrespective of the time of the month, do carry woolen clothes with you. Views from the top of the Gun Hill peak are bound to leave you spell bound.

Location: Gun Hill is situated at a small distance from the Mall Road.

Highlights: Cable car ropeway that is one of the key adventure sports here. Other attraction is the balloon shooting which is great for people who wish to test their shooting skills.



Best Time: The best time to visit Gun Hill is during the summer months of March and June. Avoid taking the ropeway between the time of 4:00pm and 6:00pm since this is the peak time for tourists.
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Library Bazaar

Library Bazaar is the focal taxi and the bus terminal points to enter the township of Mussoorie. Popularly known as the KitaabGhar, the Library Bazaar is so called library found in the 1843 that is present on the first floor of the fantastic building. This is also one of the few libraries found in India.

Location: The Library Bazaar is beautifully tucked between the Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Gurudwara Singh Sabha, the Amania mosque and the Christ church. It stretches up to the Mall road and is popular for its vegetarian and non-vegetarian serving restaurant, luxury and budget hotels, fancy showrooms, gift shops, dhabas, and the small shops to cater to the daily needs of the consumers. 

Highlights: The architecture of the library bazaar speaks volumes about the colonial association of the building.

Best Time: The library is open on all days between 09:00 am – 08:00 pm.

Price: There is no entry fee.
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Bhadraj Hill

Besides the regular fare of extremely picturesque mountain-views, the Bhadraj trekking trail leads you into contrasting landscapes. While the northern slopes are carpeted with dense forests, vast grasslands are characteristic of the southern slopes. The Milkman’s Trail is highly used by trekking enthusiasts, and the best season to visit is post-monsoon—although it’s open throughout the year. Bhadraj Hill provides much-needed respite from Delhi’s insolent summer sun, and is of moderate difficulty.

Distance from Delhi: 332 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Happy Valley

Happy Valley is exceptionally popular for housing the Municipal Garden, IAS Academy and the Tibetan temples. It is very popular for the estates, temples and the gardens. The tourists who visit this place can also take a walk to the Kala School from Happy Valley that leads to the Hathipaon Park Estate.

Location: Happy Valley is situated on the western side of the Library Point. From there on it leads to the Cloud’s End which is a place where the geographical borders of Mussoorie cease.

Highlights: Some key facilities available at the Happy Valley include the bathroom facilities, lockers or storage facility and more. Length of your journey to the Happy Valley can be about 1 to 2 hours.

Best Time: The most ideal time to visit the Happy Valley is during the month of March and June. Choose to explore the Happy Valley during the day hours.
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The Mall road

The Mall road is the central hub of the Mussoorie and is definitely a must visit on your trip to the city. It has a bunch of places, couple of things and plenty of activities to do when on a vacation to the Mall Road.

Location: The Mall road is located at a distance of some 15 km from the Kempty Falls.

Highlights: The visit to the Mall road is enough to give you greater insight to the city. There are a bunch of restaurants, shops and other establishments located here. Some of the hotels found here include Hotel Silver Rock, Hotel Hamers, Honeymoon Inn, Hotel Drive Inn, Tulip Inn Green Castle, Hotel Mall palace, Howard International and more. The restaurants that you can try include the Kalsang, The Rice Bowl, Udupi restaurant. You can try out a range of dishes from all parts of the country here.



Best Time: Can be visited at any hour of the day.
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George Everest's House

George Everest's House is set at the Mall Road and has long been the home to the much popular Welsh surveyor and geographer, Sir George Everest. The geographer just couldn’t stay untouched by the scenic beauty of the Mussoorie and hence planned to live here for thirty years. His house is today one of the most popular tourist spots.

Location: The George Everest's House is situated about 6 km from Library Bazaar and can be reached easily via cars or rented taxi. On one side of the Sir George Everest House lies the verdant Aglar River valley and on the other end lies the snow-capped Himalayas.

Highlights: The George Everest's House was built in the year 1832 and this building showcases some of the most interesting facts about the life and the personality of Sir George Everest.

Best Time: It is open all days of the week from 10 AM to 6 PM.
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Mussoorie Lake

Mussoorie Lake is the freshly developed tourist spot developed by the City Board. It is an ideal destination or boating or a day out for picnic. This is regarded as the A one lake and is visited by a number of visitors all round the year. There are some shops that sell eateries here.

Location: The Mussoorie Lake is located just 6 km before Mussoorie in the Dehradun- Mussoorie road. It is in close proximity to the Dehradun Railway Station (28 km) and Jolly Grant Airport (50 kms).

Highlights: The Mussoorie Lake allows you to steal some quiet and romantic moments with your loved one.

Best Time: It is open all round the year. Ideal time to carry out boating in the lake is from 8 in the morning to 7 in the evening. Place looks even more beautiful during the rainy season.

Price: Entry to the Mussoorie lake is paid at INR 15 per person.
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Bhatta falls

Bhatta falls is a recently developed picnic spot located close to Mussoorie. It has today become a great tourist attraction for anyone who visits the city. The picturesque beauty that envelopes this place is bound to leave the visitors spell bound.

Location: It is Located about 7 km from Mussoorie and lies on the Mussoorie-Dehradun Road. The Bhatta falls is 27 km from the Dehradun railway station and 50 km from the Jolly Grant Airport.

Highlights: The Bhatta falls is a trekkers' paradise as you’ll have to walk some kms in order to reach the place. After you reach here, there are plenty of things that you can do to recreate yourself in the lush greenery and the beauty of the place. You can even splash in the freshwater of the Bhatta Falls. It has some small eateries where visitors can enjoy the delicious noodles, boiled eggs, soup, tea or coffee.

Cost: Entry is free here.
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Jharipani Falls

The enchanting Jharipani Fall offers a splendid view of the Shivalik Range, shrubs, creepers and the species of wild flowers. On the other end of the waterfall lies the beautiful Doon Valley and step farming fields that amplify the beauty of the place. 

Location: Jharipani Falls is located near the Jharipani village and is about 7 km away from Mussoorie.

Highlights: The Jharipani Falls is an ideal place for practicing some adventure sports and picnicking. It is definitely a must visit for all. With the backdrop of the scenic waterfalls, forested hills and the tranquility of the nature, make it a sight to capture in photographs.

Best Time: This Jharipani Falls is open on all days from sunrise to the sunset. However, the morning hours when the climate is a little cool can be the best suited time for visit.

Cost: There is no entry fee levied for exploring the Jharipani Fall.

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