Mussoorie is a hill station and municipal board in a Dehradun district of the Uttarakhand state of INDIA. It is around 290 kilometers from national capital Delhi and 35 kilometers from capital of uttrakhand. Mussoorie is an at average altitude of 2,005 metres (6,578 ft).Mussoorie is covered with full of mountains and that’s reason it’s known as “Queen Of Hills”. The place is usually known for two thing; about it’s hills valley and education of Lbsnaa.
History Of Mussoorie
The town is often referred to as Musuri by most Indians. The name Mussoorie is often attributed of mansur.A shurb which is indegenous to the area.Mussoorie was established in 1803. On 1 November 1814, a war broke out between the Gorkhas and the British. Dehradun and Mussoorie were evacuated by the Gorkhas by the year 1815 and were annexed by 1819. In 1825 Mussoorie as a resort was developed by Captain Young. A British Military officer.In 1832, Mussoorie was the intended terminus of the Freat Trigonometric Survey of India that began at the southern tip of the country.
During British Rule Mussoorie was a convalescent centre for soldiers and was established at Landour, the two towns soon merged. Many substantial homes appeared, precariously situated on the mountainside, some belonging to Maharajas and others belonging to more humble residents. By 1842 the town consisted of 42 houses, a hotel and five barracks. The clientele for the new resort came from far and wide and it was soon dubbed ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’ due to its spectacular and varied mountain scenery.
By 1901 Mussoorie’s population had grown to 6,461, rising to 15,000 in the summer. Mussoorie was never an official summer capital unlike Shimla -a hill station in the state of Himachal pradesh. which was the summer capital of the British Indian government-and even unlike Nainital -the summer capital of the united provinces government in British India. Mussoorie always remained unofficial – for the affairs of the heart. It has always been a gossipy place – with an air of informality and a tradition of romance – The Honeymoon capital of India.
Geography and climate
Mussoorie has an average elevation of about 2,005 metres (6,578 ft).The highest point is “Lal Tibba”, at a height of about 2,275 m (7,464 ft). Although,the name Lal Tibba is now also used to describe a lookout point, a short distance from the peak.For the mild-altitude Himalaya,mussoorie has a fairly typical subtropical highland climate.Summers are warm and very wet. Whereas July and August averaging approximately 660 millimetres of rain per month.The pre-monsoon seasons in April and May is warm to very warm and generally dry and clear. oops, you felt hotness around you, don’t worry. Giving way to heavy rainfall from mid-June, while the post-monsoon season is also dry and clear but substantially cooler.In winter, rainfall is a little more frequent than in the pre-and post-monsoon seasons.Generally weather cool and partly cloudy which is never failed while impressing you.In December, January and February you can feel some spells of snowfall.
Culture and People
Mussoorie is an eclectic mix of various ethnic Kumaoni and Garhwali tribes (they lived here since time immemorial), Gurkhas, Nepalis, Tibetans, and migrants from the Indian plains who settled here decades ago. Although the town was established by a European country, it has a quintessential Indianness – of colorful, bustling and a perfect example of unity in diversity. Mussoorie celebrates tribal folk festivals, Tibetan holy days, Christmas, and of course the Hindu religious festivals with equal elan and enthusiasm.
Let’s Take A Tour
There are many places to explore in Mussoorie with friends and family. And if you love trekking then you are on right path,just take a deep breath and go! Let’s start with basic and will go to top.
1. Kempty Falls
No trip to Msssoorie is complete without visiting the much-famed Kempty Falls. The site was developed by a British officer in the 1830s for hosting tea parties and ever since, it has become a popular attraction in Msssoorie, especially for picnics.
Plunging from a height of almost 1,364 metres, these falls offer spectacular views of the valley around it. Bathe in the waters of the pool formed at the bottom of the fall, click some pictures, or sit by the side of the cascading fall and enjoy garma-garam Maggi with kadak chai.
2. Lal Tibba
The name of the viewpoint literally translates to Red Hill, which is a direct reference to the colour of the sky visible from here during the sunrise and sunset.Lal Tibba is one of the highest viewpoints in Mussoorie.
Just 6 km from the city centre, this vantage point rests at an altitude of 2,275 metres.So you can only imagine the views from up here.The telescopes installed at Lal Tibba let you soak in the beauty of it all from up close.
Let’s go at some higher point!
3. Gun Hill Point
The second highest peak in Mussoorie, Gun Hill Point is one of the most popular viewpoints in the area. Located at a distance of 1.7 km from the Mall Road, this viewpoint can be reached by a 20-minute uphill trek. Apart from a 360-degree view of the town and other parts of the Doon Valley, you will also be able to take in the views of Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Gangotri and Pithwara Himalayan ranges from here.
4. Cloud’s End
If solitude is what you are looking for on your next trip to Mussoorie, Cloud’s End is where you should be at. A scenic stretch of lush deodar and oak forests, this place is located 6 km from the Library Road and marks the geographical end of the hill town. You can reach Cloud’s End by trekking along the Hathipaon Road from the Happy Valley area.
Besides offering stunning views throughout the day, this place has the most surreal setting for watching the sun go up and down in the azure sky. Photographers find this place extremely beautiful, and you too might get your next Insta-story shot here.
5. Sir George Everest’s House
Located 6 km from Gandhi Chowk in Mussoorie, Sir George Everest’s House dates back to the year 1832. Better known as The Park Estate, this place once served as the home, laboratory and observatory of Sir George Everest. From measuring the highest mountains to scaling the distances between the mountains of the North, Sir Everest has done it all from this place.
Do visit the observatory to find some insightful information about his life and work. The views from the summit atop which the heritage building sits are strikingly beautiful especially when they are covered in mist. So, even if the history doesn’t interest you, the vistas definitely would.
This natural little hideout is a less-explored famous place in Mussoorie.This narrow creek is between two enormous rocks and a steady stream flows through. You can waddle about the stream and reach the waterfall at one end.
Education in Mussoorie
Certain experiences in life are challenging. But in order to achieve the bigger things you need to step out of your comfort zone.So, the dreams that you have seen for your child can and will be achieved given you take some early and tough decisions in their life.Mussoorie is famous for it’s education. It has number of boarding school which can help you to make bright future.
Apart from this The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration is a civil service training institute on public policy and public administration in India. The academy’s main purpose is to train civil servants of the IAS cadre and also conduct the Civil Service Foundation Programme of Group-A Central Civil Services. This is one of the attraction of the mussoorie and the place is famous for it.
Food In Mussoorie
Before you starting to explore food and eat something in this beautiful place. I will advice you to grab some hot,tangy bhutta and a stick of a cotton candy. Now you can explore some food here in Mussoorie Restaurants, cafes and street food stalls serve a variety of cuisines, catering to the palates of different tourists who visit the hill station. From Chinese to Indian food, and even European cuisine, you will find plenty of great food being served all over Mussoorie.
Tourists can savour a variety of cuisines in Mussoorie, but Kumaon and Garhwal food remains at the heart of the food scene. Prepared using local ingredients, Kumaon and Garhwal cuisine is commonly found in Mussoorie. Many restaurants and food stalls, especially near the market, specialise in this food.
Best Street Food in Mussoorie: Local Dishes
1. Aaloo ke Gutke
Aloo ke Gutke is an important dish in Mussoorie. It is prepared using roasted dry spices and boiled pahari potatoes. Mildly spiced, this dish is commonly eaten at festivals. However, it is served in restaurants as well. Aloo ke Gutke is best eaten with puris and Kheera ka Raita that is normally served with the dish.
Phaanu is a dish that actually originated in Garhwal, but to the migration of people, it made its way to Mussoorie. Delicious and tasty, the dish is made using lentils that include the Gahat dal. Normally eaten with rice, this dish can also be enjoyed with rotis.
3.Bhang Ki Chutney
Bhang Ki Chutney, yes you heard that right, this dish does have bhang in it and it is actually a delicacy in Mussoorie. Served as a side dish, Bhang Ki Chutney is also made with hemp seeds. The seeds add a fresh aroma and a delicious taste.
4.Garhwal ka Fannah
Garhwal ka Fannah is a heavenly staple dish which is renowned in Mussoorie. This dish as pleasing to your eyes as it is to your stomach. Garhwal ka Fannah is so delicious that it is a must for every restaurant in Mussoorie to have it on their menu. There are few dishes by which you are never satisfied, they leave you wanting for more.
Garhwal ka Fannah is one such dish that on tasting it you’ll surely ask for more. This sumptuous dish has become so popular over the years that it is on the menu card of every Pahadi wedding.
I know I know, your mouth is full of water now and you wanted to try this delicious dishes! But, I couldn’t help you with it. But as long as I can help to you is that I can help you to find a way to go mussoorie from your place!
So let’s find some way to explore mussoorie and feel this delightful and beautiful place.
Here I would like to attached some links for your reference how can you go to mussoorie from Gujarat, Maharastra, Tamilnadu, Assam. hope you will get some idea of travel.
From Ahmedabad(Gujarat) http://www.nivalink.com/how-to-reach/ahmedabad-to-mussoorie .
From Mumbai(Maharastra)https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Mumbai/Mussoorie .
From Assamhttps://www.rome2rio.com/s/Guwahati/Mussoorie .
What Should I pack?
Clothes to Pack for Mussoorie Trip
Carry warm clothes no matter what time of year you are traveling. Also, dress in layers so that you can put on or take off a layer when the temperature changes suddenly. In winter especially, thermal wear and heavy jackets are a must. Carry extra pairs of clean socks at all times. All mountain areas can experience sudden or continuous downpours at all times of the year, so carry an umbrella, poncho or windcheater. Mussoorie is best explored on foot, so sturdy, all terrain, all weather shoes are a basic requirement.
Some other things to carry for Mussoorie will include.
- Warm Caps.
- Pair of Waterproof Warm Gloves.
- Sunblock lotion with highest SPF that you can find (if visiting in Summer).
- Toilet Paper.
- Prescribed medicines if you are on medication.
- Head Phones/Earphones.
- Power Bank.
- Chargers for your electronic items.
- Umbrella or a Rain Poncho (if visiting during monsoon).
- Snow Boots if visiting in winter.
- Comfortable Lower if planning to go on trek as a jeans is not advisable for this purpose.
Hope you enjoy this virtual tour of mussoorie from your home and get some interesting information reagarding mussoorie. So make a plan and visit “Queens Of Hills”. So many exciting things are waiting for you! Happy and safe travelling! Will meet again with another new city!