Places of interest in Mussoorie

There are a couple of temples one could visit in Mussoorie. One of these temples is dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will find this temple on Cart Mackenjee road which leads to Dehradun. It is an ancient temple called the Nag Devta Temple. Another temple sits on the peak of Benog Hill hemmed in by a dense forest. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and it is situated at a height of 2104 meters above sea level. It is called the Jwalaji Temple. Besides these you could also visit Bhadraj Temple, which is dedicated to Sri Krishna’s brother, Lord Balbhadra. The first Tibetan temple built in India is at Happy Valley. It was constructed by Tibetan refugees in the year 1960.

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Mussoorie’s delightful nature walk is known as Camel’s Back Road. It gets its name because of the shape of a rock here, which reminds you of a sitting camel. It is a pleasant place for walking and horse-riding. An electric trolley will take you there.

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Close to Lal Tibba is the highest crest of Mussoorie. Horses can be hired to get here unless you prefer to take a walk. The mountains covered in snow are a sight to behold. A powerful telescope has been set up over here.

You could also opt to go on a picnic or a trek to Park Estate, where Sir George Everest built a laboratory. Mount Everest has been named after him. It is 6 kilometers from Gandhi Chowk from where one can go by car. This place provides one with a magical view of the Doon Valley.

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Taking a trip to Gun Hill is worth one’s time. Situated on the second highest peak in Mussoorie, it was built to store cannons for Mussoorie’s defense. A gun had been mounted here prior to independence, which was fired at noon. It is a 20 minute climb on the ropeway, which can be accessed from the Mall. You will enjoy an unforgettable ride here. Being at such a height one can catch a glimpse of the Doon Valley and Mussoorie town. The Himalayan ranges, Nanda Devi, Sri Kantha, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Bunder poonch stand proud and high for all to see.

The largest roller skating rink in India has been built in Mussoorie. Mussoorie is also credited with the construction of the first Christian church in the Himalayan region.

A British major constructed a bungalow deep in the heart of a dense deodar forest in the year 1938. This was one of the first four edifices, which has been transformed into a hotel. This place is called Cloud End.

A small place has been developed where one can catch sight of some exquisite animals and birds such as the Himalayan peacock, the Kakar, Ghurar, Monal and so on. This is a park on the Tehri bypass road that has been remodeled as a picnic spot. This place is called the Van Chetna Kendra.

The Mountain Quail had last been spotted in the year 1876 at an old sanctuary, which is sprawled out on an area of 339 hectares. It can be located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Library Point.

About Mussoorie

It is said that Mussoorie got its name from a plant called Mansoor, which is found in this region. Moreover, the locals cite it as Mansoori.  Mussoorie is at a distance of 34 kilometers from Dehradun in Uttarakhand. This hill station known as the queen of the hills is situated in the lap of the Himalayan Ranges. The townships of Jharipani, Barlowganj and Landour too are part of greater Mussorie. In fact one can still enjoy the old world charm in Landour. Based at a height of almost 2000 meters, it is a charming hill resort speckled with a variety of flora and fauna.  The hilltops covered in lush greenery sparkle like emeralds. In the winter the same stalwart emerald peaks are covered with a dazzling blanket of snow.

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To the south one can spot the Shiwalik and Doon Valley. The visitors here get the feeling of being transported to a fairyland. It is a haven for those who seek some relief from the sun in the summer months. The splendor of Doon Valley and Dehradun city is visible from Mussoorie. The languages spoken here are English, Hindi and Garhwali. The cool climate of Mussoorie attracts the honeymooning couples and holidaymakers. Mussoorie is a vibrant and cheerful place to visit. It is the first stop on the way to Gangotri and Yamunotri. The two rivers Ganga and Jamuna originate at these spots. They are regarded as sacred sites.

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Mussoorie was discovered by Captain Young in the year 1823 and it has been very popular ever since. While it can be extremely crowded in the peak season, it could be rather peaceful in the off season. Being fond of hunting, Captain Young built a shooting lodge here. Interestingly, even Colonel Everest constructed a home in Mussoorie in the year 1832. Initially Mussoorie was only accessible by road from a distance of 93 kilometers all the way from Saharanpur, but with the advent of the railways into Dehradun it is now  accessible by road from a mere distance of 34 kilometers. Mussoorie is well connected to the major cities of India. Taxis and buses to Mussoorie are available quite frequently. The peak season in Mussoorie is from March to June and from September to November.

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Loads of history is attached with Mussoorie. Mussoorie too has a main esplanade called the Mall just as the other hill stations do. On the one end of the Mall you will find the Public Library and at the other end is the Picture Palace. We are all aware of the expression ‘Indians and Dogs not allowed’ used during the British rule quite frequently. This expression was also found on a signboard at the Mall. Jawahar Lal Nehru’s father Mr. Motilal Nehru intentionally routinely broke this rule when he visited Mussoorie. Since he could get away with a mere fine, he got away with it by paying the fine for breaking the rule. Indira Gandhi too was a frequent visitor to Mussoorie in the early 1900s. Today the Dalai Lama and the headquarters of Government of Tibet in exile are based in Dharamsala, but originally the Dalai Lama fled the Chinese occupation and set up headquarters in Mussoorie in April of 1959. Some of the Tibetans still live in Mussoorie.

Map of Ranikhet

Below is the map of Ranikhet, in Uttarakhand. Move the scroller towards “+” to zoom in and “-” to zoom out.
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Map of Nainital

Below is the map of Nainital, in Uttarakhand. Use the scroller to zoom as per your preference.
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Videos of Ranikhet

Scenery

Scenery at Ranikhet.

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Snowfall

Snowfall in Ranikhet.

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Chinyanaula

This place is near Ranikhet.

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Snow peak of Himalayans

View of snow peaks of Himalayana range from Ranikhet in Uttarakhand in the month of October from Hotel Parvati Inn.

Forest

Short video of forest check post at Ranikhet.

Videos Of Nainital

Cable Car View:

Look how this couple captures the beauty of Nainital on this video.

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Nainital to Raniket:

If roads snaking left and right doesn’t make you cringe, watch this video how the drive is from Naini to Raniket. You can also listen to the famous Hindi song “Piya Basanti” if you have your speakers turned on!

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Most beautiful place in the world:

Nainital Tourism calls Nainital the most beautiful place in the world. While they’re biased (obviously), you just can’t help admiring the beauty of this hill station as this video shows pics powerpoint style. Sorry guys, no music / audio in this video! Them folks ought to learn creating videos…

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Boating in Nainital Lake:

Self explanatory subject. Sorry again, folks, no sound again :(

Almora to Nainital:

Video taken from within the car of the tourists shooting it. Nice Hindi song you can listen to, too! Can you guess which one? “Musafir hoon yaroon… na ghar hai na thikana…”

Will add some more shortly…

Tourist spots in and around Ranikhet

Here’s a great place for the aficionado of golf. The golf links at Upat are a godsend for the golf aficionado, and the beautiful weather and panorama are a bonus that adds to the charm. The private orchards in the area only serve to enhance the splendor with a charming snow capped peak for a backdrop. A famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is in Kalika, which is 5.6 kilometers from Upat. You could pick up some wonderful plants at the forest nursery.

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If you travel 13 kilometers down the road that leads to Almora, you will come across some of the most enchanting and divine landscapes. The view of the snowy mountains is overwhelming. You will find an agricultural farm run by the U.P Government here.

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Going out ten kilometers from Ranikhet will take you to a place called Chaubatia. You will be welcomed here by four fruit gardens and a Fruit Research Center run by the Government, where you could purchase some of the choicest fruit. Additionally, there’s a cafeteria to serve you refreshments.

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Every year in the month of September, a fair is held here called the Nanda Devi Mela to venerate the Goddesses Nanda and Sunanda. This fair began in the 16th Century in all the states of the Kumaon region, under the sovereignty of King Kalyan Chand. Besides Ranikhet hill station, this fair is also held in Munsyari, Almora, Dandidhara, Nauti and Nainital. Amongst these places, the Roopkund and Almora fairs are most popular.

The water supply of this town comes from the Bhalu Dam. This is at a distance of 3.2 kilometers from Chaubatia. This is also a great place for fishing.

Like we mentioned earlier, when you visit Ranikhet hill station, you could combine it with a visit to some of the other places too. You could visit Khairna, which is 22 kilometers away, Tarikhet is 8 kilometers away and there’s a small hut here where Gandhiji once stayed. It is called Gandhi Kuti. There’s a modest temple here dedicated to Golla Devta. Then you could visit Sitalkhet which is at a distance of 35 kilometers from Ranikhet.

For those who like ancient sculptures, they should visit Dwarahat. The Katyuri monarchs once ruled here. It is 38 kilometers out of Ranikhet.

For some mind-blowing sights of the Himalayan ranges and recuperation, the best place to visit would be Almora. This is only 50 kilometers away from Ranikhet.

More places around Nainital

Closer to Nainital is Khupratal. It is positioned at a height of 1635 meters and it is only 12 kilometers away from Nainital. The water over here is crystal clear swarming with fishes. It is a treasure trove for an angler. You can also leg it here by taking a short cut.

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Traveling another 4 kilometers from Bhimtal will take you to an enigmatic lake that has nine corners. This place is at an altitude of 1218 meters above sea level. There is a feeling of being in harmony with nature over here, as the thick woodlands here seem to isolate you from the rest of the world.

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Kilbury is 2528 meters high, at a distance of 12 kilometers from Nainital. This place is a good spot for picnics. Nature seems to have worked overtime with a paintbrush and lovingly filled it with birds, animals and trees of all kinds. The Himalayas, Tarai and Bhabhar in the background are beyond description.

Jim Corbett National Park is paradise for the animal lovers and nature enthusiasts. Dhikala, which is the major allure, is situated on the banks of the Ram Ganga river, at 120 kilometers from Nainital. Jim Corbett had set up India’s first National park spread over 525 kilometers of land. More than 500 species of animals inhabit this sanctuary besides the reptiles, fishes and animals here. Some of the most exotic species of wildlife such as the Himalyan black bears, thars, snow leopards, bharals and brown bears can be spotted here. The most fascinating animal of all, the tiger, has made a home for itself in these forests. Fishes such as hill trout, mahaseer and conch swarm the river. One could go on a jeep safari or ride an elephant to venture the Park. The elephant ride is an adventure in itself.

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Kasauni is a picturesque town, which is dubbed the Switzerland of India. It is 120 kilometers away from Nainital. A captivating view of the sun rising over the Himalayas awaits you over here. This experience will certainly stay with you all your life.

Only 63 kilometers away from Nainital is a hill resort called Ranikhet. It is situated at a height of 1829 meters. This town has some beautiful temples and orchards. Modernization hasn’t touched this town. All these places can be visited by road from Nainital.

Visiting Ranikhet

Looking for a divine place to visit in the state of Uttarakhand?  You should head for the Almora district until you get a hill station known as Ranikhet, which is also a cantonment town. The cantonment spans over two ridges. One of the ridges is called Ranikhet ridge, which is situated at a height of 5983 feet while the second was called Chaubattia ridge, which is situated at a height of 6942 feet. The Indian army maintains the Naga Regiment and Kumaon Regiment here. The British had set up the center of operations of the Kumaon Regiment here in the year 1869. They used the center as a sanctuary from the heat of the summers in India. There was a time when there was talk of replacing Shimla with Ranikhet as the summer headquarters of the Government of India. It is perched high up in the Kumaon hills at a height of 1869 meters with a commanding view of the Himalayan peaks.

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In Hindi, Ranikhet actually means the Queen’s meadow. As the legend goes, king Sudhardev wooed his sweetheart Queen Padmini at this place and won her love. Later she opted to dwell in this territory. That’s how it got its name Ranikhet. However no palace exists in this region. English, Hindi and Kumaoni are spoken here.

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During the summers the weather is quite moderate and on the other hand the winters can be pretty chilly. The best season to visit Ranikhet hill station is from October to March. Ranikhet receives snow through the winter season, this is generally in the months of December, January and February. The tranquil surroundings and the mystical aura of Ranikhet hillstation lure holiday makers throughout the year. The wholesome air and clement winds here waft in from the snow topped Himalyan peaks. Ranikhet’s weather could be described in one word, ‘Alpine’.

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The distance by road from Delhi to Ranikhet is 279 kilometers. This distance can be covered by road or by railway. The closest railway station is Kathgodam, which is at a distance of about 80 kilometers from Ranikhet. You can visit more than one hill station if you visit Ranikhet as Almora and Nainital hill stations are as close as 50 kilometers and 60 kilometers respectively.

There is only one place for shopping in Ranikhet hill station and it is called Sadar Bazaar. You will find shops, restaurants and hotels in this portion of the town. It can be pretty crowded here.

Visiting places around Nainital

Approximately 23 kilometers away from Nainital is a group of lakes clustered together. There are seven lakes in all and they are called Sattal. The word Sattal actually means seven lakes. To get there one must climb up to an altitude of 1370 meters above sea level. The unspoiled charm of the place still exists as it did in the past, for modernization hasn’t got round to defiling it as yet.

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The largest lake in the vicinity of Nainital is Bhimtal. This lake could be likened to a jewel or pearl enfolded by an adorable and immaculate valley. At an altitude of 1371 meters, it is only 22 kilometers away from Nainital. The sapphire blue sparkling body of water encircles a tiny island, which makes it even more charming.

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Neem Karoli Baba, a saint from the twentieth century instituted a modern pilgrimage centre at Kainchi. Located at a height of 1400 meters, 20 kilometers from Nainital, devotees and tourists alike, arrive in masses to visit Kainchi.

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Situated in the Kumaon hills, approximately 36 kilometers from Almora in Uttar Pradesh, is a town full of temples called Jageshwar Dham. This place stands at a height of 1900 meters above sea level and is home to 200 large and small temples. The place is acknowledged for its fragrant sandalwood and deodar trees, which appeals to the senses of the visiting tourists.

At a distance of 67 kilometers to the east of Nainital is a town called Almora. Almora is positioned at an altitude of 1646 meters above sea level. This town has a rich heritage of culture and history. The town is shaped like a saddle positioned on the back of a horse. This town is an infusion of an old worldly charm and contemporary opulence.