The main promenade in Mussoorie is called, the Mall. In Mussoorie, the Mall stretches from Picture Palace at its eastern end to the Public Library at its western end. During the British Raj, signs on the Mall expressly stated: "Indians and Dogs Not Allowed"; racist signs of this type were commonplace in hill stations, which were founded 'by and for' the British. Motilal Nehru, father of Jawaharlal Nehru, deliberately broke this rule every day whenever he was in Mussoorie, and would pay the fine. The Nehru family, including Nehru's daughter Indira (later Indira Gandhi) were frequent visitors to Mussoorie in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, and stayed at the Savoy Hotel. They also spent much time in nearby Dehradun, where Nehru's sister Vijayalakshmi Pandit ultimately settled full-time. One can find innumerable options for dining, shopping and other entertainment activities at Mall Road at all time of the day. Evenings spent at Mall road ensure carefree and leisurely stroll without the hustle-bustle of traffic while enjoying a picturesque view of the Doon Valley. Best Time: 5:00 PM to 11 P.M.
Lying on the eastern end of the Mall Road, is a lively market place. At Kulri Bazaar, you will find a host of eateries offering cuisine that ranges from Tibetan and Chinese to Mughlai and continental. This is a well stocked market where you will find whhatever you seek - Jackets, Shawls, Branded Clothes, Audio and Video CDs and so on. There is an interesting landmark here, Picture Palace. Best Time: All day long.
An epitome of the royal zest for movies, stands a not be missed landmark of Mussoorie, The Picture Palace. It was once the biggest cinema in India, but is now renovated to a 5D cinema experience, a scary house and a fun gaming zone. The 5D movie shows are mostly 15-20 minutes enthralling experience to irk your nerves being played at a cinema screen all day long at regular intervals. Best Time: All day long.
Enjoy a ropeway ride to the second highest peak of Mussoorie, at an altitude of 2024m. It can also be negotiated by a bridle path which forks off from Mall Road near kutchery and takes twenty minutes. The ropeway distance is about 400mtrs and the sheath thrill of the ride is memorable. Gun Hill offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges namely Bandarpuch, Srikantha, Pithwara, Gangorti group etc. And a bird’s eye view of Mussoorie town and Doon Valley. During pre-independence, a gun mounted on this top was fired to herald mid-day. This enabled people to keep update of time and hence the name. Best Time: 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
A window to the sea…. A joint venture project of City Board, Mussoorie and Durga Agros & Forestry Pvt.Ltd., the aquarium is a state of the art presentation of public aquaria with aqua scalping and a cafeteria for the need of tourists. Conveniently located on the main Mall Road. Best Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
A Victorian-style Library, built in the mid-19th century, stands proud towards the end of the Mall. This Library permits access only to members and it may not be possible to gain entry inside. Remnants of the town’s past are present in the form of a Band Stand, which used to play music all night. The entire day was spent in socializing away to glory, and all lived a life of content and leisure. One can shop to your heart’s content in this area, with lots of shops arranged in a circle and towards the Mall Road.. This bazaar is also referred to as Gandhi Chowk symbolic of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which stands in one corner of the bazaar. Best Time: All day long.
Mussoorie has a nature walk known as "Camel's Back Road". This road takes its name from a rocky outcrop in the shape of a camel's hump. Along the road, a cemetery is located about mid-way on the loop. A life like resemblance of a camel’s back can be seen from a particular spot near Mussoorie Public School. The quiet road starts from Kulri Bazar and ends at Library Bazar or viceversa, covering a total distance of about 4 kms. Stretching parallel almost as long as the Mall Road which faces the Doon valley, Camels back road faces the Himalayan ranges in the North Valley. The main charm of this road is horse riding, calm morning or evening walks and sunset view of the Himalayas. Best Time: Morning and evening.
A rejuvenated company garden with excellent lawns, a beautiful looking cascade, multiple fountains add to the beauty of the garden. An artificial mini-lake for boating and rides for children with a multicuisine food court within, make this place an excellent entrainment area. The garden, 3kms, is easily approachable by cycle rickshaw, horse-back, car, taxi or by foot. Best Time: 9:00 am till sunset.
Set up by the Tibetan population in Mussoorie, the Tibetan Buddhist temple is also known as Shedup Choepelling temple and is located on the Happy Valley road close to the IAS Academy. Dalai Lama took refuge in Mussoorie after he fled Tibet and was granted land in Dharamshala by the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
The Tibetan Buddhist temple has a divine atmosphere, and those seeking solace and peace of mind must make it a point to visit here. To add to the serenity are the clay lamps in the lamp house and the prayer flags.Best Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The vast stretch of Happy Valley road houses the IAS Academy, Tibetan temples and the Municipal Gardens. The Happy Valley area lies on the western side of Library Point and leads to the far end of Mussoorie, that is, the Cloud’s End.The Happy Valley area indeed promises a happy feeling with so many places of interest to explore, be it estates, gardens or temples. Almost every tourist spot in Mussoorie passes through the Happy Valley area. A walk past the Kala School from Happy Valley, which forks past the police station, can take you to the Hathipaon Park Estate. Best Time: All day long.
Park Estate is where one can find 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 / Library Bazaar and is accessible by vehicle, although the road is very rough beyond Haathi Paon. The Shell of it still stands and the water cisterns beneath can be still seen. It is surrounded by large awe inspiring meadows. Ta the top of the hill are Tibetan prayer flags and an amazing view of the entire Mussoorie area from Dehradun to Kempty village. The place provides an enchanting view of Doon Valley on one side and a panoramic view of the Aglar River valley and the snow peaks of the Himalayan ranges on the other. It is a wonderful walk from Library Bazaar and a picnic spot. Best Time: Daylight
Enroute Sir George Everset House, one comes across a wishing well on the keft side of the road. It is believed that the well grants a wish by dropping a one rupee coin turning backwards and hence the name of the well. Best Time: Daylight
A bungalow, built in 1838 by British major, was one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie. The property now converted into a hotel situated at the extreme west of Mussorie is 9 kms. The place is surrounded by thick forest and offers a wide variety of flora and fauna besides a view of the snow clad Himalayas and Yamuna river. Recently various adventure activities like sky-ride, run down etc are started at the resort to titillate the adventurist nerves. Best Time: Daylight
Landour, ‘the tiara’ of the ‘Queen of Hills’, Mussoorie, is an idyliic town, dotted with old country homes reminiscent of the days gone by. Drawing its anme from Llanddowror, a village in Carmarthenshrine in southwest Wales, Landour is located at an altitude of 6,600 to 7,800 ft and offers striking views of the Garhwal Himalaya with a wide vista of up to 200 km (125 miles) visible on a clear day. The visible massifs and peaks include (West to East) Swargarohini, Bandarpunch, Yamnotri, Jaonli, Gangotri, srikanta, Kedarnath, Satopanth, Chaukhamba (Badrinath) and even Nanda Devi. The area has long winding roads that are lined on one side by majestic deodar and pine groves. Here the air is nippier compared to lower hill, and cleaner too as it is far away from shops and vehicular traffic.
Heading up from the Clock Tower to the top of the hill, a stiff climb takes you to Landour. The once cobbled street of this tiny bazaar have now been tarred. One can take a break from all that huffing and puffing by browsing in the antique shops lining the road. The Castle Hill Estate wher the Survey of India office is now, was the place where Sir George Everest mapped the Garhwal region. Also located in the serene environs of Landour is Woodstock School which was set up in 1854. Best Time: All day long
On your way to Lal Tibba, Char Dukan has developed a new charm for its lip-smacking oriental maggi and other junk food as the place is deeply influenced by foreign individuals. Sister’s Bazaar acquired its name from the nursing sisters who live nearby the hospital. Shop for hime-made jams and cheeses or relax at Char Dukan, a cluster of shops and shacks that sell tea and light snacks, specially Maggi over there. Landour was also one of the first places in India where an American classic such as peanut butter was made commercially. Best Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Also known as "Nahata Estate" is a huge property of more than 300 acres (1.2 km2), owned by the Harakh Chand Nahata family, is also the highest peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba, The highest peak of Mussoorie is about 5kms from our hotel and one can go on horse-back, on foot or by car to the place. The exhilarating view of the snow capped Himalayas from this peak is an exhilarating experience. Initially, in the British period a very powerful telescope was here to view the mighty Himalayas and keep an eye on the Indo-Tibetian China border. Best Time: Daylight
A newly developed picnic spot, situated on Mussoorie-Dehradun road is about 8kms. Approachable by car, taxi or bus, the place provides pedal boats for boating and an enchanting view of the Doon Valley and nearby villages. Best Time: All day long
7kms from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Dehradun highway, Bhattafalls is accessible by car, taxi and reachable till Bhatta village by bus from where the fall is 3kms. An ideal place for picnics as the fall is second largest in the region. Best Time: Daylight
Situated on the eastern flank of Mussoorie, the modest height of Pari Tibba, the ‘Hill of the Fairies’, is compensated by its girdle of thick oak and deodar forest. Walking this circuit in April is particularly special, with rhododendrons in bloom and the oak in purple new leaf. From October onwards, you get a front seat view of the spectacular Mussoorie winter line. Fern addicts should note this area has a fabulous 120 species, ranging from the red-bearded Christmas to the light green Bible. Their investigation, however, involves the serious risk of leech bites in the rains. Carry a large water bottle, a stout stick, unobtrusive clothes, sun hat, torch, umbrella (if it’s the rainy season) and notebook. Best Time: Strictly before sunset
Situated 8.5kms Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Dehradun-Jharipani road, visitors can go by bus,taxi or from car uptill Jharipani from where the fall is 1.5kms on foot. An ideally located fall in the wilderness. Best Time: Daylight
The fall is surrounded by a dense forest and is 7 km from Mussoorie. One can go there via Barlowganj or Balahisar. Best time: Daylight
An ancient temple situated on Cart Mckinsey road about 6kms. Vehicles can drive straight up to the temple from where it provides a charming view of the Doon Valley and the entire Mussoorie. The temple is decorated beautifully during the Hindi month of ‘ SAWAN’ usually in july/August Best Time: Daylight