Travel Guide to Mussoorie: Weather, Attractions and Things to Do

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When outrageously fast-paced city life stops beckoning, it’s time to head to the hills.

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Mussoorie is  6 hours drive from Delhi (our hometown) so we decided to go for a road trip one rosy weekend.

Also called ‘the Queen of Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is perched in the Dehradun District of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. The hill station glitters with the sunrise and even night lights once the sun sets.

The nifty roads leading to Mussoorie took us through the rolling hills, quaint villages, striking lakes, knobbly forests, and beautiful gardens.

This Mussoorie travel guide will make it easy to plan your holiday to the hill station:

Route We Took

We purposely took the longer route as we wanted to visit Paonta Sahib Gurudwara first thing, early morning. This way we were able to avoid the traffic of Meerut and UP.

Things to Do in Mussoorie

1. Take a Dip in the Kempty Falls

Located on the Mussoorie-Dehradun highway is the gigantic fall that somersaults beautifully before reaching the bottom. It is one of the oldest tourist spots that has somehow been ruined in the name of improvement.

The three-tired Falls gush down from a height of about 12 meters and is a perfect spot to picnic or take a dip. Tourists are recommended a visit to Kempty Falls during the monsoon season as the flow of the cascading waterfall is in its full glory.

You must carry a fresh set of clothes if you wish to take a dip in the fall.

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Kempty Falls somersaulting before hitting the bottom

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Aerial view of Kempty Falls and the lake set on the foothill

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A street vendor selling corncob – you can find many of them

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2. Head to the Mall Road

The Mall is a famous promenade in Mussoorie that is lined with benches and lampposts as well as modern shops, restaurants and a skating rink.

It is a colonial relic that starts from Library Point and goes up to the Picture Palace; the stretch is 2kms approximately. You will experience various spices of life within this short stretch itself.

In one corner, you will see a group of horses being taken from Camel Back Road to Lal Tibba, and in another corner, you will find a woman selling wooden handicrafts, at the same time, she teaches her kid. Hands-on with great bargaining skills? Well you can strike a great deal at the garment kiosks.

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Mussoorie Library at the Mall Road

Getting some sunshine at the benches on Mussoorie Mall Road
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Cutesy souvenirs to take home

3.  Enter the Adventure Zone

Mussoorie hills are also inviting for the sheer range of adventurous activities it offers to tourists, including zip lining, paragliding, and roller skating.

Kiss the skies as you enjoy zip line adventure by getting harnessed on a rope connected to pulley as you slide at the speed of 50km/h. Mussoorie Lake is the right place to go to for paragliding adventure. Depending on your body strength, choose to paraglide from one of the spots in Mussoorie.

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Mussoorie hills are perfect for some thrilling adventures

4. Sightseeing from the Gun Hill

Gun Hill is the second highest peak of Mussoorie that offers spectacular views of Himalayan ranges such as Gangotri, Bunderpunch, Pithwara and the Doon Valley.

A cable car ride from Jhulaghat to Gun Hill is most desired by tourists visiting Mussoorie. For sightseeing experience with a difference, book yourself a ride in a cable car. This thrilling 400m Ropeway ride from the misty peak will get imprinted on your mind for a long time.

Operating Hours: 10am – 7pm (winters); 8am -10pm (summers)

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A cable car ride is a must to take in the views of the valley

5. Go for a Romantic Boating Date

A romantic boating break is all a couple can desire when holidaying in the cute hill station – Mussoorie. It is just about a perfect idea to slow down and get onboard a beautiful boat to spend some quality time with the loved ones.

With enchanting valleys forming the backdrop and good Mussoorie weather, boating would just be the perfect way to enjoy a good day. 

Add a visit to the Lake Mist to your Mussoorie travel guide – a lake which is about 5kms before the Kempty Falls and is a newly developed picnic destination.

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Boating is, of course, a nice option to chill and relax

6. Live in a Jungle Resort

Wilderness calls should always be answered. And we answered them on our trip to Mussoorie. So we booked ourselves for two days at The Sal Woods Resort and Spa that is a luxurious jungle resort, 18kms away from Mussoorie.

With all the luxurious amenities, minus space, the resort was exuding charm amidst the jungle atmosphere.

We loved sitting in the gazebos and seeing the sunsets from there while relishing scrumptious North Indian delicacies. The resort also boasts of some amazing adventure and sightseeing activities.

With all the luxurious amenities, minus space, the resort was exuding charm amidst the jungle atmosphere. We loved sitting in the gazebos and seeing the sunsets from there while relishing scrumptious North Indian delicacies. The resort also boasts of some amazing adventure and sightseeing activities.

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The Sal Woods Jungle Resort, Mussoorie

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Beautiful view from the canopy

7. Take a Detour to Dehradun

Your trip to Mussoorie can easily be clubbed with a one-day stay in Dehradun. Also the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is most renowned for the marvelous views of Doon Valley and attractions like Robber’s Cave and Rajaji National Park.

Robber’s Cave is about 8 km away from Dehradun and is 600m long. The river runs through a cave-like natural formation.

Sit by the Riverside, set your picnic, and enjoy the peaceful setting. Maggi lovers can order Maggi, which they cook with a bit twist.

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Robber’s Cave – attraction of Dehradun

Posing by the riverside at Robber’s Cave

8. Time for Religious Intervention

India is a land of spirituality and practically its impossible to do away without some religious intervention here. So two of the gorgeous religious sites that make to our Mussoorie travel guide are Paonta Sahib Gurudwara and Prakasheshwar Shiva Temple.

While Paonta Sahib Gurudwara is about 44kms (1.30 hours drive) from Dehradun, Prakasheshwar Shiva Temple is 12kms from Dehradun (on Dehradun-Mussoorie road).

From the temple, you can get a gorgeous bird’s eye view of Dehradun City.

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Into the divine at Poanta Sahib Gurudwara

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Entryway of Paonta Sahib Gurudwara

Gorgeous Prakasheshwar Shiva Temple where donation isn’t allowed

Have some more time to accommodate other Mussoorie attractions? You may:

  • Make a short visit to the Happy Valley, the spot where Tibetans first arrived in India after fleeing from Lhasa in 1959 under the leadership of Dalai Lama.
  • A visit to Sir George Everest’s House can also be added into your Mussoorie travel guide as it is an ancient house built in 1832 by the famous surveyor, Sir George Everest.
    World’s highest peak has been named after him and he made his dwelling in Mussoorie for almost 30 years. This house is 6km away from Library Bazaar and can be easily reached by car.
  • Another significant attraction that you can add to your travel itinerary is a visit to the Camel’s Back Road.
    This road is named after a rock having the formation of that of a camel’s hump. It is about 3-4 kilometers from the Library Chowk in Mussoorie. You can get some stunning photography shots surrounding the valley from this road.

Places to Eat In Mussoorie

India never disappoints you when it comes to food. So no doubt, you get to eat tasty delicacies in this part of the country too. No, there aren’t quirky cafes or luxe restaurants, but eating in small food joints and little hideouts have their own flavor.

1. Kalsang Friends Corner: This two-floor restaurant with more tables than it can accommodate is really popular one in Mussoorie. Head to this restaurant for scrumptious Tibetan and Asian food!

Address: Mall Road, Survey Colony, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248179

2. Lovely Omelette Centre: An eggie lovers paradise, Lovely Omelette Corner is a must visit for some tasty cheese omelets.

Address: Mall Road | Kulri, Mussoorie 248179, India

3. Wood Brick Cafe: For sumptous Italian food, you can visit the Wood Brick Cafe. Amazing pasta and pizzas topped with nice ambiance will make for a good time!

Address: Karma Vilas, Mussoorie 248179, India

4. The Mud Cup: Italian, American or fast food, this kitschy cafe is most renowned for its coffee. Apple Strudel and fresh banana muffins are other must-try delicacies.

Address: Clairmount Estate, Mullingar, Mussoorie 248179

5. Mom’s Kitchen: Home food cravings? Mom’s Kitchen is your calling. You’ll get just the nicest kind of food having a homely feel. Rice with vegetable curries and macaroni at this place and you are sorted!

Address: Vikas Near Dominos Mall Road Mussoorie

Mussoorie Weather: Best Time to Visit

Mussoorie is set an altitude of 1826m and is one of the choicest summer retreats in India. While summers are ideal for trekking and camping, the winters are usually spine-chilling cold.

The hill station remains pleasant round through the year and can be visited at any time, but those looking forward to some adventure should plan a vacation post-monsoon, preferably September or November.

Summers: March – June (temperature is average 37°C, indeed good for sightseeing)

Winters: October – February ( not a good time to travel as its raining and the chances for landslides are high)

Monsoons: Mid-September (Days are foggy and at night the temperature can drop to 1°C.

Do let us know your favorite things to do in the below comment box.

Planning a visit to Uttarakhand? Read all our posts on the state.

Author: Prerna

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21 Comments

  • Reply Ishu December 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Wow, you covered it so well. Even some of the things are new for a regular mussoorie visitor like me. Gliding, St. Everest old house etc. are new to me even.

    Appreciate your efforts, way of capturing experience and after-all Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply admin December 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks a ton 🙂 So glad you enjoyed our guide. We’r not surprised you keep going back to Mussoorie – it’s perfect for some quiet time with family. 🙂

  • Reply Nathan December 27, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Perfect timing– I’m considering a trip to India in March so I’ll bookmark this. Great photos! There’s a lot of useful information here.

  • Reply Stephanie Fox December 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Wow there sounds so much to do in Missoorie! Top of my list would be the cable cars and staying in the resort, that sounds beautiful but I would definitely want to wander along the Mall road too to see the crafts and try a corn!

  • Reply Iuliana Marchian December 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    You post it very good information for travelers. I will definitely look for those places if I ever go to Mussoorie. Very nice photos too.

  • Reply Vany December 27, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    This looks like such an adventure filled and culture rich place to visit. I hope I can go there one day!

  • Reply JK December 27, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    great pictures and description of a great traveler; loved to see the colorful cable car rides! Looks like a lot of fun!

  • Reply Vicki Louise December 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

    What an adventure you guys had, and I love you took the longer route (both for avoiding the traffic and the extra sights!) The cable car and resort look fabulous too!

  • Reply Nicki December 28, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I was thinking of coming to India in March. I have never heard of this city – but you sold me on visiting. It looks like a lovely retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  • Reply ArtByHeart December 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I have visited Mussoorie on my way to the Himalayas and although it was just a short stop on the way, I fell in love with the place and always wanted to return to take a closer look. This article with its gorgeous pictures has made me determined to do so next time I will spend time in meditation and yoga retreat on the Himalayas.

  • Reply Hra December 29, 2016 at 11:24 am

    What a great and useful guide!! Its so informative . i pin it for sure… Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  • Reply Chris January 1, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Some great suggestions, but the highlights for me were the dining options at the end.

    Yum!

  • Reply Bella WW January 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    You have written a comprehensive guide to a beautiful destination that I would love to visit. I am glad that there is a waterfall near as waterfalls are among my favorite destinations. I would like to ride the cable car from Jhulaghat to Gun Hill.

  • Reply Brown Gal Trekker January 1, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    6 hours from Delhi? I didn’t know you’re that close to nature. When I was there, it was rather overwhelming. Nice to know about this area to go to for some zen.

  • Reply Andrea January 2, 2017 at 2:42 am

    This is super helpful, I’m definitely saving it for future reference! Paragliding is right up my alley, I’ll totally have to try it there!

  • Reply The Travel Ninjas January 2, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Mussoorie looks like a fun place to visit. The mountains are so gorgeous. We’d love to enter the adventure zone in that beautiful scenery and do some para gliding.

  • Reply neha January 2, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Mussoorie is one beautiful place that is high on our list. Let’s see when it invites us 🙂 Your list of things to do seem perfect for a relaxing holiday, have made a note of it.

  • Reply Punita Malhotra January 2, 2017 at 6:27 am

    As kids, we used to go to Mussoorie often with our cousins in a big group. I think the little town hasn’t changed much since then, except for the increased shops and population. A lot of people are now going to Landour too, which was unheard of back in those days. Personally, I would choose off-season to enjoy Mussoorie’s real atmosphere.

  • Reply Angie (FeetDoTravel) January 2, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I confess I have never heard of Mussoorie until now but what a fabulous place it appears to be! I would definitely stay in a jungle resort and take a dip in Kempty Falls, I would also be interested to visit Happy Valley after reading the Dalai Lama’s Autobiography. Pinned for future reference!

  • Reply Mar Pages January 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Mussoorie definitely is a break from the bustling Delhi. It looks like you guys did so much there, so many exhilarating activities. I’d love to parasail or zipline at the foot of those gorgeous mountains!

  • Reply Maria January 2, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Great post with detailed and relevant information . Your useful tips and appealing photos will surely help future visitors. Have a great 2017!

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