Mussoorie – The Queen or as they say…

 

Mussoorie, also known as Masuri is a beautiful hill station located about 34 kms. from Dehradun in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. It is popularly known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, with the same signboard welcoming the tourists in this dreamy town. There is another adjoining small town of Landour, which also houses a military cantontment. Landour is also popularly known as ‘Greater Mussoorie’, as are the small townships of Jharipani and Barlowganj.
Mussoorie is your typical hill station – with loads of shops and markets selling every kind of goods one can possibly think of. Situated at an altitude of 6,600 feet, it has beautiful green hills all around it which provides a wonderful view of the snow-clad mountains situated far towards the north-eastern side of the city of Mussoorie. If you want to have a look at the beautiful mountains that encompass Mussoorie all around, then do visit ‘Lal Tibba’, which is officially the highest point of Mussoorie.
The place is really worth a visit if you like the atmosphere of a very ‘run of the mill’ hill station. Not that the place is bad or anything; it is, on the contrary worth visiting atleast once. It’s just that this place has lost it’s charm in the hordes of hotels, and shops that have sprung around in literally every corner of this wonderful town. There are many places worth visiting in Mussoorie. However, I would mention here the places which I visited during my 2-day stay at this lovely place:
1. Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration – It is the premier institute for the training of the personnel who are selected for the higher civil services (the IAS, IPS, etc.) This institute is situated at about a couple of kilometres from the main ‘Gandhi Chowk’. Although public entry is prohibited, but the beauty of the architecture (of the building) leaves one mesmerized. It is really beautiful.
2. Camel’s Back Road – This ‘road’ is named thus for the supposed shape that it has. It is a beautiful nature walk which takes one through some beautiful vistas. there is also the ‘Gun Hill’ located near-by where cannons are kept for the Mussoorie defense (Army, etc.).
3. Kempty Falls – This is perhaps one of the most important reasons why tourists come to visit Mussoorie. Situated just outside Mussoorie, this falls, every year attracts scores of tourists. Now, it has been developed fully as a picnic spot more than anything else, which has killed the beauty of this place. It is worth a visit only for the sake of it; else you are better off totally skipping this place. Save yourself sometime and visit the other places!
4. Cloud End – ‘Cloud’s End’ is a resort that is surrounded by thick deodar forest. The bungalow built in 1838 by a British major was one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie has now been converted into a hotel. The place provides peace and calm and is full of flora and fauna.
5. Mussoorie lake – It is rather a very newly developed picnic spot build by the local Government. Located about 6 km away on Mussoorie-Dehradun road, it has a facility of pedaled boats which the tourists can ofcourse use to pedal around merrily in and around the river. It offers a enchanting view of Doon Valley and nearby villages. Of special mention here is the view during the night of the whole valley, which is absolutely marvelous.
6. Bhatta Falls – Seven kms. from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Dehradun Road, and located near the Bhatta village is the ‘Bhatta Falls. Accessible by car or bus up to Bhatta from where the fall is 3 km by foot, it has a fall with different ponds for bathing and water amusements, ideal place for picnic.
Well, these were some of the places that I could visit because of my very limited time-frame. However, I am pretty sure if you have time (and interest), you will find many more places to go and visit in and around Mussoorie.
Mussoorie can be easily reached by road from Delhi. The roads are smooth, the drive is quiet pleasant, but once you reach Mussoorie, you would know you have reached the place because of all the hotels and the personnel trying to woo you into their hotel. Please don’t be bothered by these people and choose a hotel according to your own requirements and budget.
Trains and flights are also available to reach Mussoorie, but those do not really interet me much. And moreover, since I haven’t gone to Mussoorie through any other way except the road-way, I do not have much idea about the same. Please check on your end, if you do want to take any other mode of transport. But, if you frankly ask me, I would rather ask you to take the road and save some money, and ofcourse enjoy the whole trip!
Mussoorie
Mussoorie, also known as Masuri is a beautiful hill station located about 34 kms. from Dehradun in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. It is popularly known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, with the same signboard welcoming the tourists in this dreamy town. There is another adjoining small town of Landour, which also houses a military cantontment. Landour is also popularly known as ‘Greater Mussoorie’, as are the small townships of Jharipani and Barlowganj.
Mussoorie is your typical hill station – with loads of shops and markets selling every kind of goods one can possibly think of. Situated at an altitude of 6,600 feet, it has beautiful green hills all around it which provides a wonderful view of the snow-clad mountains situated far towards the north-eastern side of the city of Mussoorie. If you want to have a look at the beautiful mountains that encompass Mussoorie all around, then do visit ‘Lal Tibba’, which is officially the highest point of Mussoorie.
Mussoorie

Mussoorie

The place is really worth a visit if you like the atmosphere of a very ‘run of the mill’ hill station. Not that the place is bad or anything; it is, on the contrary worth visiting atleast once. It’s just that this place has lost it’s charm in the hordes of hotels, and shops that have sprung around in literally every corner of this wonderful town. There are many places worth visiting in Mussoorie. However, I would mention here the places which I visited during my 2-day stay at this lovely place:
1. Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration – It is the premier institute for the training of the personnel who are selected for the higher civil services (the IAS, IPS, etc.) This institute is situated at about a couple of kilometres from the main ‘Gandhi Chowk’. Although public entry is prohibited, but the beauty of the architecture (of the building) leaves one mesmerized. It is really beautiful.
2. Camel’s Back Road – This ‘road’ is named thus for the supposed shape that it has. It is a beautiful nature walk which takes one through some beautiful vistas. there is also the ‘Gun Hill’ located near-by where cannons are kept for the Mussoorie defense (Army, etc.).
3. Kempty Falls – This is perhaps one of the most important reasons why tourists come to visit Mussoorie. Situated just outside Mussoorie, this falls, every year attracts scores of tourists. Now, it has been developed fully as a picnic spot more than anything else, which has killed the beauty of this place. It is worth a visit only for the sake of it; else you are better off totally skipping this place. Save yourself sometime and visit the other places!
4. Cloud End – ‘Cloud’s End’ is a resort that is surrounded by thick
Kempty Falls

Kempty Falls

deodar forest. The bungalow built in 1838 by a British major was one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie has now been converted into a hotel. The place provides peace and calm and is full of flora and fauna.

5. Mussoorie lake – It is rather a very newly developed picnic spot build by the local Government. Located about 6 km away on Mussoorie-Dehradun road, it has a facility of pedaled boats which the tourists can ofcourse use to pedal around merrily in and around the river. It offers a enchanting view of Doon Valley and nearby villages. Of special mention here is the view during the night of the whole valley, which is absolutely marvelous.
6. Bhatta Falls – Seven kms. from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Dehradun Road, and located near the Bhatta village is the ‘Bhatta Falls. Accessible by car or bus up to Bhatta from where the fall is 3 km by foot, it has a fall with different ponds for bathing and water amusements, ideal place for picnic.
Well, these were some of the places that I could visit because of my very limited time-frame. However, I am pretty sure if you have time (and interest), you will find many more places to go and visit in and around Mussoorie.
Mussoorie can be easily reached by road from Delhi. The roads are smooth, the drive is quiet pleasant, but once you reach Mussoorie, you would know you have reached the place because of all the hotels and the personnel trying to woo you into their hotel. Please don’t be bothered by these people and choose a hotel according to your own requirements and budget.
Trains and flights are also available to reach Mussoorie, but those do not really interet me much. And moreover, since I haven’t gone to
The huge Shiv Murti in Mussoorie

The huge Shiv Murti in Mussoorie

Mussoorie through any other way except the road-way, I do not have much idea about the same. Please check on your end, if you do want to take any other mode of transport. But, if you frankly ask me, I would rather ask you to take the road and save some money, and ofcourse enjoy the whole trip!

At the end I would like to mention that there are many better, calm, serene places to visit than Mussoorie, but they don’t call it the ‘Queen of Hills’ for no reason. It has a different kind of beauty associated with it. The kind of beauty that you need to experience to appreciate. Ofcourse in the recent years, the influx of tourists and the scores of markets, shops, restataurants, etc. have somewhat marred the actual beauty of the place but even know, one visit to the place will surely leave it etched on your memory for the times to come.

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