A short travel guide to the enchanting hill station of Mussoorie

At a distance of about 278 km from Delhi, the national capital, Mussoorie is a popular hill station within the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. After places like Shimla, Kullu, and Manali, this is one of the most popular hill stations to visit in North India. It takes a 6 hours drive from New Delhi, but you can also rent Dehradun to Mussoorie taxi.

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Mussoorie is perched at the top of the horseshoe-shaped Garhwal mountain range, at an average altitude of more than 1800 meters. The hill station offers mesmerizing views of the Doon Valley lying below, and the magnificent Himalayan ranges above. The highest point in the region, at over 2,275 meters, is at Lal Tibba in Landour. Mussoorie is often called the path that leads to Yamunotri and Gangotri, the two sacred places are known to be the origin of Yamuna and Ganga rivers respectively.

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Reaching Mussoorie is not a difficult task. At the Jolly Grant Airport, which is about 60 km from Mussoorie, you can easily find flights from New Delhi to Dehradun. The nearest railway station is also situated in Dehradun, about 34 km from Mussoorie. From there you can find trains from Delhi, Saharanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Amritsar, and other leading destinations nearby. Mussoorie also has two bus stations, the Library Bus Stand to find inter-state buses, and Picture Palace Bus Station to visit local spots in the neighboring region. It takes a 6 hours drive from New Delhi, but you can also rent a Dehradun to Mussoorie taxi to reach the destination.

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It was the Mansoor plant, which grows in abundance in the area, that Mussoorie got its name from. In 1820, it was established by Captain Young of the British army, as a retreat for the officials from the scorching heat of the summer. During the 1959 dispute between Tibet and China, it was Mussoorie where the first Central Tibetan Administration of 14th Dalai Lama was established. A year following that, the hill station also saw the establishment of the first Tibetan School. The Tibetan seat of administration was later transferred to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

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The regal view of the Himalayas, the diverse flora, and fauna, and the verdant green hills bring thousands of tourists, both national and international, to Mussoorie each year. There are several fascinating places to visit around Mussoorie like the Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Camels Back Stone, Jharipani Falls, Mall Road, Bhatta Falls and Childers Lodge. Mussoorie additionally offers some shopping and adventure sports opportunities to the tourists. Tourists can enjoy a leisurely walk or horse riding on the Camels Back Road, and even try the ropeway ride to the top of Gun Hills, where several food and game stalls are installed.

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Mussoorie has a pleasant climate throughout the year. During the spring season, the town looks beautiful with flowers blooming all around the area, and the trees looking lush and green. The best season to visit Mussoorie is between April to June and again from September to November.

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