The climate of Mussoorie is mild and entirely comfortable in summers, temperature wavering below 30º C, winters are very cold, and temperature falls drastically.
The best and first thing that strikes one’s fascination is 34 km uphill drive from Dehradun to Mussoorie. The one hour drive let one love the exciting road routes, which are full of sharp turns and diversions. Activities, such as horse riding, sightseeing places like lake, temple and beautiful peaks, and nature walk keep travelers engaged in viewing the natural beauty of its milieu.
Places of Visit
Surkhunda Devi Temple - Surkhanda Devi Temple is the Highest point in the area located at a height of 3021 mt on the top of the hill. It is situated around 35 kms from Mussoorie and 11 kms from Dhanaulti. It is an important pilgrimage centre and is very famous around the locals and people residing in nearby cities. The temple offers extensive view of the snow ranges and exclusive experience one can never forget.
Dhanaulti - If you walk past the clock tower in Mussoorie and look between the plains and the rising slopes of Landour you will see a road to the green meadows and deodar forests of Dhanaulti. A perfect holiday destination with a new Eco Park which you will surely enjoy. It’s an actual hill forest village environment with Himalayan breeze and is a delightful place to spend a day.
Tehri Dam – One should not forget to see the 42 kms lake next to the Tehri Dam, 60 kms from Mussoorie and favorite for a day trip.
Lal Tibba - Lal Tibba (2438.4 m) is the highest point of Mussoorie. There is a high power binocular kept here which provides a close and magnificent view of snow covered Gangotri, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Sri Kanta peaks. A television tower, which is at Lal Tibba, has been relaying television programmes from Delhi since 12th August 1979.
Children lodge - One of the high peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba, it is situated at 5 Kms. from the Mall road and one can go on horse back or on foot. The view of snow-clad mountains is exhilarating.
Chaar Dukaan – The four shops are actually famous here. You get a wide variety of home made snacks and cheese, not to forget even maggi noodles or a pan cake or waffles for that matter. This area is an elite area and people spend days just wandering around. Celebes like Sachin Tendulkar, Prannoy Roy, Ruskin Bond, Sanjay Narang, Tom Alter etc have their homes here.
Mussoorie lake - A newly developed picnic spot build by City Board & Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority, is situated at 6 Kms on Mussoorie-Dehradun road having a facility of pedaled boats. It offers a enchanting view of Doon Valley and nearby villages. View during Night is marvelous.
Nag devta temple - An ancient temple dedicated to Snake God Lord Shiva and is situated on Cart Mackenjee road is about 6 kms from Mussoorie on way to Dehradun. Vehicles can go right up to the temple. Place provides a enchanting view of Mussoorie & Doon valley.
Mosey fall - The fall is surrounded by a dense forest and is 7 kms. from Mussoorie. One can go there via Barlowganj or Balahisar. Trekking will be fun.
Jharipani fall - Located at 8.5 Kms from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Jharipani road. One can go by local bus or car upto Jharipani from where the fall is about 1.5 Kms on foot. A natural must try adventure trip.
Bhatta falls - 7 Kms. from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Dehradun Road near Bhatta Village. Accessible by car or bus upto Bhatta from where the fall is 3 kms by foot. The place is ideal for bathing and having picnic. A fall with different ponds for bathing and water amusements, ideal place for picnic. A picnic spot with a difference.
Cloud End - The resort eight kilometers from Mussoorie is surrounded by thick deodar forest and amazing valley view, ideally suited for foreigners and honeymooners. The bungalow built in 1838 by a British major was one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie has now been converted into a resort. The place provides peace and calm and is full of flora and fauna. The echo point near the bunglow is worth giving a call to and do not forget to be with your loved one to romance on the treks in the jungle.
Sir George Everest House - The place called Park Estate where building & laboratory of first Surveyor General of India Sir George Everest after whom worlds highest peak Mt. Everest is named stills stands. It is 6 kms from Mussoorie and vehicle can go right upto the place. The place provides an enchanting view of Doon Valley on one side and view of Yamuna Valley & snow bound himalayan ranges on the other. An ideal place for picnic and trekking.
Jwalaji Temple - This famous Hindu temple is located at a distance of 9 km from Mussoorie. Dedicated to Goddess 'Durga', this temple is situated atop the Benog Hill, at a height of 2100 m. Enveloped by thick forests from all sides; the temple poses a striking picture. Moreover, one can have breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon Valley and the Yamuna valley from this site.
Benog mountain quail sanctuary - 11 kms to the south of Mussoorie lies an old sanctuary established in 1993 and covering an area of 339 hectares. It is famous for the extinct bird species Mountain Quail(Pahari Bater), which was last spotted in 1876.
Van chetna Kendra - At a distance of about 2 kms on Tehri byepass road, this place is developed as picnic spot and has a park surrounded with pine forest and flowering shrubs, and is approachable by foot or taxi/car. The main attraction is the wildlife of the park like Ghurar, Kakar, Himalayan peacock, Monal etc
Municipal Garden / Company Garden - It is a picnic spot having a beautiful garden, huge green lawns and an artificial mini lake with paddled boating facility. A modern amusement children park with exclusive artificial high water falls and water bodies has recently been developed. It is located at a distance of 4 kms. From the mall road and can be approached by rickshaw cycles, pony or by a car.
Lake mist - About 5kms before Kempty fall on Mussoorie-Kempty road it is a newly developed good picnic spot with restaurant facilities, boating is also available.
Kempty falls - Located at 13 Kms from Mussoorie on way to Yamunotri . It has a distinction of being the biggest and prettiest waterfall located in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by high mountains. Bath at the foot of the fall is enjoyable and unforgettable experience during summer days.
Lakhamandal - Lakhamandal is on the Yamnotri road past the Kempty falls. There are hundreds of idols of archaeological importance which have been preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India, according to the legend the Kauravas made a shellac house and conspired to burn the Pandavas alive here.
Yamuna Bridge – Just 30 kms from Mussoorie, a unique place to see the Yamuna with a huge bridge next to it, Good for water sports,fishing and fish lovers.
Tibetan Temple – This temple is situated in Happy Valley area of Mussoorie. It is located one kilometer from the famous Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy. The Tibetan temple is evidence to rich Tibetan cultural heritage.
Gun Hill - This is the second highest peak in Mussoorie, offering an astounding view of the Himalayas, a bird's eye view of Mussoorie and of course the entire Doon Valley. This spot as it may be called a table top may be reached through a Ropeway ride or a 20-minute trudge up a bridle path. The thrill of the cable car ride is memorable and offers beautiful mind boggling views. During pre-independence days a gun mounted on this top used to be fired heralding mid-day to enable people to adjust their watches and hence this name.
Camel's back road - This is a 3 km stretch, enjoyable for walking and horse ridding. One can get a spectacular view of the sunset in the Himalayas from here. The road passes through an old British graveyard and is named after a rock resembling the back of a sitting camel. Horse riding and walking during evening is a memorable experience as it offers a sunset view in the Himalayas.
Jawahar Aquarium – A new place of public interest just on the mall has much to offer as its name. A unique concept in the hills and a thrill for children and as well as tourists having a stroll on the mall with modern restaurant and latest water bodies on one floor.
The Mall - The mall is the main shopping area in Mussoorie. The mall road connects the two bazaars, the Kulri Bazaar and the Library Bazaar. It is the heart of the town. It offers once in a lifetime views of valleys, the hills and a unique local market one of the best in its way amongst all hill stations. Horses, Cycle rickshaws are available on the mall for amusement, not to forget the local fruits sold at every point.
Landour - Landour is actually the Mussoorie, it was here where first establishments were made and is situated at the east endof the town. Landour is a typical Indian style old bazaar.
Barlowganj - Barlowganj is a quiet location, and if you happen to pass or go to this area, you can go on long walks. You will come across little and big bungalows, including some that are old colonial structures. Don’t miss going to the grand old St George’s College campus in the vicinity steep climb and superb views (their football court overlooks the green valley!) – make you envy those who study here.
Trekking - Trekking can also be undertaken trom Mussoorie to Nag Tibba, Hari-Ki-Doon, Chakrata and even to Yamnotri-Dodital.