Popularly known as the queen of hill stations, this charming town, 34 km from Dehradun
, is at an altitude of 2500 m above sea-level. Mussoorie is located in the middle of the Himalayas
, known as the Shivalik
mountain range in northern India. Breathtaking views of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks of western
, and the Dehradun valley
below charm the tourists visiting Mussoorie. The pine covered hill slopes and snow capped mountains feast the eye. Mussoorie is a haven for nature lovers. It is a big town with many new buildings, dhabas and a resort for weekend revelers. The small hills are dotted with modern bungalows, mall and well laid out gardens.
The old road to Mussoorie passes through Rajpur. Rajpur is connected to Mussoorie by a bridle path. It is a delightful walk of about four hours at a leisurely pace. A cable car ferries tourists atop the hill in large numbers.
With the onset of summer (May-June), tourists start coming to Mussoorie. An exciting feature of the town is the ropeway from the mall to Gun Hill. Kulri Bazar, Lal Tibba, Municipal Gardens, and Kempty Falls are interesting tourist locations. Attractions also include Bunderpunch, Kedarnath, Sri Kantha, Chaukhamba Viewpoint and Nanda Devi temple. Noteworthy places nearby are Dehradun, Haridwar and Nag Tibba.
Mussoorie houses a number of academic institutions such as The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Waverley Convent, Wynberg-Allen School, Woodstock, Hampton Court, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Academy and the Defense Institute of Work Studies.
Mussoorie is famous for wooden decorative and gift items, brass statues, ceramic vases, Tibetan prayer wheels, and pure Ladakhi Shawls.
The nearest airport to Mussoorie is Jolly Grant Airport, 60 km away. Dehradun Railway station is the nearest railway station.