The visitors who come to Mussoorie will be startled by the travel attractions the hill station has. In this inviting hill station of Uttarakhand, you will find relaxed atmosphere and fine specimens of British colonial architecture.
Mussoorie, the Queen of Hills, still has old bungalows lurking down quiet lanes and the Mall, the main promenade in the town retains the ambience that captivated the British who retreated here to escape the heat of the crowded plains.
Established in 1823 by the British, Mussoorie is known for fantastic flower-filled walks.
The oldest church in Mussoorie, Christ Church was built in 1836. Also known as the Lord's Church, the church is a prominent landmark of the city. St Paul's Church is another church which draws a lot of visitors and is famous for its stained glass windows and architecture.
St Peter's church, also known as the Church of Jesus and Mary, and Union Church are the other churches in Mussoorie. Located in the Landour area, St Peter's Church was built in 1845, Union Church was built in 1874. Another well-known church is the Kellogg Memorial Church built in 1903.
Children’s Lodge is a famous vantage point of Mussoorie, which offers unmatched views of the snow capped mountains.
Located at an altitude of 2530m, Gun Hill is the second highest point in Mussoorie. From this point one can have the amazing view of the surroundings and the snow covered mountains in the north. You can reach this viewpoint by a cable car or steep path.
8km from Mussoorie, Jharipani Fall is one of the many waterfalls that are located this wonderful hill station. It attracts picnickers in good numbers.
6 Km from the centre of Mussoorie, Jheel is a beautiful picnic spot located on the Dehradun-Mussoorie Road. It offers a panoramic view of Doon Valley.
6 Km from the centre of Mussoorie, Municipal Garden is a popular picnic spot with a beautiful garden.
Located on the Cart Road, Nag Devta Temple is about 6 km from Mussoorie and offers a panoramic view of the Mussoorie and Doon Valley.
Sitting on the top of the Benog Hill at an elevation of 2104 m, it is nestled in the wooded forests and offers a stunning view of the peaks, Doon valley and Yamuna valley.
The other places of interest are Bhatta Fall, Lal Tibba, Mossey Fall and Mussoorie Lake.
Dedicated to Lord Balbhadra, brother of Shri Krishna, this temple is located 15 km from Mussoorie on the extreme western region of Mussoorie.
40 km from Mussoorie and 8 km from Dhanolti, the temple of Surkanda Devi is located at an altitude of 3, 030 m. In order to reach the temple, one can go to Kaddu Khal (Devasthali) by bus or car. From Kaddu Khal, the Surkanda Devi shrine is a 2km trek.
20 km from Mussoorie on the way to Dehradun road, Parkasheshji temple enshrines Lord Shiva.
76 km from Mussoorie, Rishikesh is one of the most spiritual towns in the country. Home to several temples, ashrams, yoga and meditation training centres, bathing ghats, and deep green valley, Rishikesh is the starting point for the Char Dham yatra. Gateway to the Himalayas, Rishikesh, also known as the "Yoga capital of the world", stands at an elevation of 372 m (1,220 ft). International Yoga Week is held during February-March in Rishikesh to promote the science of Yoga. Today Rishikesh has also become a hot-spot for adventure activities which make it a world-class destination.
30 km from Mussoorie, Dehradun is the base which can be used by the tourists to visit Mussoorie. Located in the Doon valley in the north west of the state, Dehradun is a niche tourism town Tradition has it that Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana did penance here for killing Ravana.
Dehradun is also surrounded by some of the best hiking, mountain biking, rifer rafting opportunities in India. Dehradun is home to an array of tourist attractions like Tapkeshwar temple, Sahastradhara, Forest Research Institute, Botanical Survey of India Indian Military Academy IMA, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Zoological Survey of India Wildlife Institute of India, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Instrument Research and Development Establishment (IRDE) and National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH).
101km from Mussoorie is located the sacred city of Haridwar which lies on the banks of river Ganga which enters the plains for the first time here. One of the saptapuris, or the seven sacred cities of India that grant moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death, Haridwar hosts the Kumbh Mela, the largest congregation of humanity anywhere in the world, every 12 years. Legend has it that Haridwar, also called Hardwar, was one of the four sites where a drop of Amrita (nectar) from the Kumbh (pot), carried by Vishnu, fell. It is therefore one of the four venues where the Kumbh Mela. Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain are the other three.
In addition to being a major pilgrimage centre, today Haridwar (Dwar of Hari or “Gateway to God”) is a fast developing city. Har-Ki-Pauri, Bharat Mata Mandir, Mansa Devi temple, Chandi Devi, Maya Devi Temple and Bhimgoda Tank are the important places of attration in Haridwar.
139 km from Mussoorie, Yamunotri is a Hindu sacred site of the first order, and its central temple, the shrine of Yamunotri, is an obligatory stop on the Chota four Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The Yamunotri Temple, situated at an elevation of about 3,235 amidst stunning natural beauty in the forms of lofty snow-capped peaks, glaciers, thermal springs, gushing cascades, turquoise lakes and lush meadows, is a place of religious significance for the Hindus.
As Mussoorie is a top attraction of tourist importance, finding accommodation here is not a problem. The hill station brims with hotels catering to the needs of everyone. Jaypee Residency Manor and Country Inn are top-end hotels. Hotel Ashoka Continental, Hotel Shiva Continental, Hotel Solitaire Plaza, Avalon Resorts, Nabha Palace and Hotel Connaught Castle are other well-known hotels in Mussoorie.
By Air: The nearest airport to Mussoorie is Jolly Grant at Dehradun which is 61 km from Mussoorie. However, Delhi, 269 km away, is the most convenient airport.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Dehradun, connected by rail with major cities and towns of India. You can find taxis and buses which will take you to Mussoorie.
By Road: Good motorable roads connect Mussoorie with different cities, towns and places in India. Some of the cities and towns connected with Mussoorie by road are Dehradun (34 km), Rishikesh (76 km), Tehri (77 km), Haridwar (101 km), Hanuman Chatti (132 km), Yamunotri (139 km), Gangotri (256 km), Kedarnath (259 km), Delhi (269 km), Shimla (284 km), Badrinath (329 km) and Nainital (355 km).