Map of Mussoorie

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

Kempty Falls

A short video of Kempty Falls, Mussoorie.

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Kempty Falls

Another Kempty Falls video, with more closeup scenes..

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Paragliding:

A group of friends trying out paragliding for the first time in Mussoorie. The paragliding sport is followed by a visit to a Temple and boating in the lake.

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Mussoorie Town:

A video of Mussoorie, with its green hills. The snow capped mountain ranges to the north-east, and views of the Doon Valley & Shiwalik ranges in the south and cool climate, the town is a tourist attraction. Switch on your speakers and enjoy the music.

Around Mussoorie

This video features Kempty Falls, tibetian settlement, Santura Devi Temple and a holiday resort on the hill slope which has 1,2 or 3 room suites complete with a kitchen and cooking utensils, fridge etc.

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Shopping and picnic spots in Mussoorie

Landour Bazaar is approximately 4 kilometers away from the Mall. The British had built a rejuvenation center here to enjoy the environmental surroundings as they believed the pure air could provide relief from stress and diseases rapidly.

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The best place to shop would be the Library Market. This Bazaar is also known as the Gandhi Chowk after the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which is at one end of the bazaar. There are several shops here for you to shop till you drop.

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A Bazaar was named after the nuns who served here as nurses during the British Raj. This is called the Sisters Bazaar. Although there aren’t many shops here and it is more of a residential area, it is still a delightful place to visit. Some famous personalities such as Tom Alter, Victor Banerjee and Dev Anand own cottages in this area. A confectionery shop over here is worth visiting.

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There are several lakes in Mussoorie. An artificial lake has been created with a beautiful garden around it. This is a good picnic spot. Paddle boats can be rented here. One could commute to the Municipal garden by way of pony, motor vehicles and rickshaw cycles too. It is only 4 kilometers away. If you wish to take a walk you could get there through the Waverly Convent School, which would cut the distance by 2 kilometers. Yet another picnic spot has been developed recently. It falls on the route to Kempty Falls. Boating facilities are available over here too. A fascinating picnic spot has been developed by the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority recently. This is at a distance of 6 kilometers on the Mussoorie Dehradun road. Here too one can avail of paddle boats. The bird’s eye view of the Doon Valley and villages from here is exceptional. The vista is even prettier in the night. It appears like an assortment of gems laid in a basket.

For the water babies, there are falls in Mussoorie that one could visit. There is the Mosey Falls, the Jharipani Falls and the Bhatta Falls. At a height of 4500 feet above sea level is Kempty Falls, which is on the Yamunotri Road, about 15 kilometers away from Mussoorie.

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.