Mussoorie Hil Station
Mussoorie hill station is a magnificent tourist destination in the state of Uttarakhand. It is a town where imagination flies high looking at the perfect picture painted by the creator of the universe. It is a major town in Dehradun district from tourism point of view. Its proximity to New Delhi (290 km) serves as a perfect weekend hideout. Its beauty owes to the Garhwal Himalayan ranges. Its height of 6,170 ft. above sea level is the main course for its climate being so cool. Its wooded hills, exotic flora and fauna, and green plains have hailed it as the queen of hill stations.
Mussorie came into light when a British official, Captain Young founded it in 1820. The captain was so arrested by the beauty of the land that he made it his residence. Thus, the fabulous hill station was born. British further enhanced its popularity as they often rushed from the city towards it whenever summer approached. Watching the snowcapped peaks, the colourful gardens dotting the valley, the unrestrained streams, and the breathtaking views of the town from any of the vantage points are mind blowing.
Places to See
Gun hill has an interesting history since its name is associated with the pre-independence period. During those days when there was no proper source to find the correct timing, a cannon placed here was fired every afternoon as a signal of the time. Hearing the fire, people used to know its noon and so the watches' timings were adjusted accordingly. The hill is further 400 ft. high from the mall. One can reach the top on foot or by taking a ropeway ride starting from the mall.
Kempty falls is extremely beautiful waterfall on the Chakrata Road, 15 km from Mussoorie. It is encircled with green and lofty mountains ranges at a height of 4500 ft. above sea level. It came into prominence in 1835 when John Mekinan, a British Officer discovered it. It is concluded that the name given to this falls is originated from combining two words 'camp' and 'tea' into one.
The waterfall flows continuously be it any season and never dries. Its origin is from the top of village lying to the southwest known as Bunglo ki kandi. From there, it meanders into the northwest and leaps down breaking it into five cascades. Among all the five cascades, the Kempty falls is the largest and falls down from a height of 40 ft.
Mussoorie Lake is a newly added attraction to boost tourism. It is an enchanting picnic spot located 6 km from the main town. It is well maintained and looked after both by the City Board and the Development Authority of Mussoorie. Boating facility is provided here at a nominal rate and is necessary to take. From here, tourists can also enjoy the stunning view of the nearby villages and the Doon valley.
Besides enjoying the nature, tourists always have intentions to reach the highest peak from where they can enjoy a bird's eye view of the valley. In Mussoorie, that aim can be fulfilled from the Lal Tibba since it is the highest point in Mussoorie. The view the point offers from here is beyond imagination. To help your eyes reach far places, a Japanese telescope has been installed on 20 metre tall tower that stands on the top of cliff from where you can see Badrinth, Banderpunch, Kedarnath and many Himalayan ranges.
Camel's Back Road
Enjoying a morning and evening walk in a hill station is always on the list to do things. This can be accomplished by taking a walk any time of the day on the Camel's Back Road. This is quite a road that starts from the Library point and marches ahead to the Kulri Bazaar. This spot is perfect to watch the sunrays awakening the snowcapped mountains. If you are wonder by it is so strangely named, your queries will be answered after looking at the rock formed naturally the shape of which is like a camel's hump back.
Cloud's End is the ending point of Mussoorie and hence the name. To reach here, one has to travel 6 km to the west of the Library. Visiting this place is very interesting because of the beautiful views and densely wooded path. After reaching here, a further journey of 2 km will take visitors to the Beng Wildlife Sanctuary.
Municipal Garden was formerly called the Company Bagh. It is rightly built in the most beautiful area of the town. It is also referred as Botanical Garden. Its maintenance work is done by the Garden Welfare Association. It is accessible by taking a walk or a taxi from the Library Point. It houses all kinds of flowers and birds. Nature lovers would love spending time here looking at the 800 species of lowers. Besides, a nursery in the park also offers exclusive saplings for sale. A lake and an artificial waterfall recently built have multiplied the beauty of the garden in a greater proportion.
Jwala Devi Temple
Jwala Devi Temple offer you place to seek spiritual energy and blessings. The temple is built on the top of the Benog Hills, which is closer to the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary. Besides praying and taking blessing of the goddess, devotees get to enjoy the view the Mussoorie town from the top. The Yamuna Bridge and Yamuna River is also visible from the temple.
How to Reach Mussoorie
The nearest airport is in the state capital Dehradun. The airport is 60 km from Mussoorie.
Tourists coming by trains have to get down at Dehradun Railway Station since there is no railway line in Mussoories. Like the Jolly Grant Airport, the railway station is also 60 km from the hill station.
Mussoorie is the queen of Uttarakhand and hence it is well connected to Delhi, Shimla, Srinagar, Nainital, Sharanpur, Rishikesh, and other cities.
Mussoorie hill station can also be enjoyed for paragliding and trekking. The mall in the heart of the town is also an important attraction to enjoy the old colonial charm. One can access other tourist places from the mall.
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