When you are wacked with the old daily routines and depraved of the environment of the same air conditioned office,trying to escape the heat at all the times of the day, a tweak is much needed. The gateway to the northern hills of India is the best choice to energize your soul. While there are several hill destinations within driving distance from Delhi, there are few which come close to the beauty of Mussoorie. Mussoorie is a hill station and a municipal board in the Dehradun District of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is about 35 kilometres (22 mi) from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km (180 mi) north of the national capital of New Delhi.Mussorie is a picture perfect destination that is not only veneratedby Indians but also by foreign tourists from decades, the serenity of the hills and the beauty of it’s nature will take you over. To make your next trip to Mussoorie truly striking and unique, we’ve compiled a list of places you should go to and things you should see to enjoy your time off.
SUNRISE AT MOSSY FALLS.
The Mossy Falls is one of the prettiest places in Mussoorie. Facing a jungle on one side, this place is the ideal getaway for a quiet day out. The best time to visit is in the morning. That is when you can clearly hear birds singing. If you are lucky, you can even spot a few exotic birds.
Sometimes, there are adventure sports such as rock climbing held here. The road to the falls can be a little difficult to get to, but the ride is worth it as the falls are majestic.
SUNSET AT LAL TIBBA.
LalTibba is located on the top of Depot Hill in Landour, approximately 6 kilometres from Mussoorie. Being the highest point in the area, LalTibba is one of the most stunning viewpoints you would have experienced in your life. Sunsets can be magical, and one of the places that lets you see the sun go down in all its glory is LalTibba in Mussoorie. LalTibba is the picture-perfect place to fulfil your sightseeing desires. The telescopes installed here are priceless, and aid in cherishing the beautiful unfettering panoramas of the Nilkantha peak (6,596 meters) in Badrinath, Kedarnath peak (6,940 meters), Banderpoonch range of three peaks with the highest rising to 6,316 meters can all be viewed on a cloudless day.
There are only a handful of places that offer such exhilarating views and being in Mussoorie, it is somewhat necessary to tick this off your must-visit list. There are few things better than being surrounded by a thick verdant forest cover, a tiny little picturesque hill station within eyeshot and the horizon studded with snow-clad mountains.
CABLE CAR FROM JHULAGHAT TO GUN HILL.
Gun Hill is the second highest point of Mussoorie, located at an altitude of 2024m. It is accessible by a cable car, and it offers an enthralling view that one shouldn’t miss! The 400m ropeway ride is fun and all through the travel, you will get to enjoy a panoramic view of this scenic hill station. A land of nature’s treasure, indeed!The picturesque valleys in Mussoorie are surrounded by magnificent mountains of the Garhwal Himalayan region. Situated in the foothills of these ranges are the many wonders of nature like lakes, gardens, nature hiking trails, waterfalls, gorgeous flora and fauna, and many more to keep a travellerenticed.The best way to experience the surge of beauty that Mussoorie offers is via cable car rides and sky bridges that give you a birds-eye view of the expanse of beauty and attractions of the place. There are plenty of attractions in Mussoorie like the Kempty falls, Happy Valley, Gun Hill, Mussoorie Lake, Mall Road, Jwalaji temple etc. which will appeal to all members of your family.
ENJOY THE MIND-BLOWING SKY WALK.
Open for public, first time in the world, Skywalk is one of the most fun things todo in Mussoorie. Fancy walking on a 360 ft long single wire rope at a height of 120 ft with free hands, feels excited and bloating in stomach. Safety is ensured as you are attached to a supporting wire with the help of a harness. While on a Zipline adventure, you are harnessed on wire rope with the help of pulley at the higher end and then made to slide with speed of 50 km per hour to the lower end of a 330 ft long vertical. Zip Swings is a mix of Zipline and Giant Swing at the height of 80 ft. Harnessed with wire rope, you first go by zipping on the rope till the middle and then swing high at 80 ft. These three make up for the most fun things to do in MussoorieUttarakhand for families with kids and even couples.Imagine walking on a rope high up in the air. But it’s also an experience that you can brag about forever. Skywalk in Mussoorie offers this opportunity of a lifetime where you can walk a rope while being securely strapped to a harness. Located in the Snow Adventure Zone, you can also try crossing the Sky Bridge, which is a rope bridge, and ziplining in the same place.
Experience the thrill of paragliding in Mussoorie with your friend
s and family and enjoy the excitement of this activity.Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders%3A lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure.The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells.Wing shape is maintained by the suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing, and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.
River Rafting in Mussoorie is one of the most offbeat things to do in Mussoorie. Swift-moving rivers offer a thrilling experience for white water rafters. These rivers flow through deep forests, rocky terrains, mountains and sometimes even along snowy slopes. Stretches along Alaknanda, Dhauliganga and Kali rivers have several challenging rapids. One can opt for a simple half-day tour and can raft from Barkot to Lakhamandal and Damta to Yamuna Bridge, near Mussoorie.
EAT THE BEST OMELETTE EVER.
This is probably the most famous eatery in Mussoorie but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at it. Lovely Omelette always has lines of people waiting for a taste of their trademark omelette. The people who’ve tried it say it’s the best omelette in the world. Cheese oozes out of it and, with a dash of onions and spices, it is the perfect meal for any time of the day. But reach well ahead of time or you may land up waiting a long time for your omelette.
WILDLIFE IN MUSSORIE.
Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve is an ideal gateway for anyone who relishes a walk in the lap of the nature. It is adventurous and fun.
Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve is spread over a land of 100 acres on the MussoorieDhanolti road close to Jabarkhet. The reserve lies at a distance of 15-km via taxi ride from the heart of the hill-station of Picture Palace.
It boasts of some half a dozen, 3-4 km well marked hiking trails that are used for the guided nature walks, bird watching along with trail maps and pocket field nature guides.
Do carry your own eatables and lots of water since there are no tea stalls for you to refresh yourself. There are no tents, hotels or premises for you to rest.The entry fee to the Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve is very nominal. There are annual membership plans to ensure that there is no uninvited walk-ins.
MALL ROAD IN MUSSORIE.
The mall road here you will find many good stuff related to clothing , fashion ,hotels, resturant,boutiqes, etc you should visit the tibetan market , gunhill point, jhulaghar, kulri , and then go for Chhardukaaanlaaltibaa they are the must visit places. Every hill station is famous for one ‘mall road’ that it has; a slightly steep road lined by eateries and shops selling local food and local artefacts. If you want to observe the culture and practices, you should visit the mall road with a keen and open eye for detail. The mall road at Mussoorie has colonial style street furniture and architecture, from lamp posts, to little houses. An evening walk in the mall road makes your gratification all-embracing.
FOR BOOK LOVERS.
Ruskin Bond is one of India's most loved children's writer. In a writing career spanning over six decades, he has written over 500 short stories and novels including the much-acclaimed 'Room on the Roof', and 'Vagrants in the Valley'. His stories 'The Blue Umbrella', 'A Flight of Pigeons' and 'Susanna's Seven Husbands' have also been adapted into successful Bollywood films. He received the SahityaAkademi Award in 1993, the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.For anyone who has grown up with Ruskin Bond’s books bytheir side, this is an opportunity to cherish. The author, who stays near Mussoorie, meets readers and signs books every Saturday at the Cambridge Book Depot. You never know, you might even get a picture with the legend.