Mussoorie | India
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Mussoorie is a hill station in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.


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Planning a Trip

By bus Buses leave from Dehradun train station. There are two buses which go to opposite ends of the Mussoorie Mall, Library and Picture Palace. It is quite a hike from one to the other, so make sure you catch the right one. To reach Kempty Falls directly from Dehra Dun catch a bus from the Dehra Dun Railway station Hill Bus Services Section or take a taxi. You should look for buses heading for destinations like Barkot, Nainbagh, Yamunotri, and Purola (Caution:sometimes Purola buses go via Vikas nagar which may take you off the route completely so be careful). You can also take a bus to the Library end of Mussoorie and walk to the Kempty Bus stop and take a bus or taxi or a milkvan or even hitch a ride with a tourist going in that direction!! Bus fee for Library end or Kulri end (from Dehradun) is ₹47. Toll Tax is payable on entering Kempty Village per bus/taxi/car/scooter. Bus fare from library end to kempty is around ₹15. By taxi It is possible to hire a taxi for the trip up to Mussoorie. Rates are ₹610 per taxi and ₹50 extra for the night charges but you can pay per seat as well in a shared taxi which normally accommodates up to five passengers. Shared or chartered taxis too are available near the same Hill Section Bus terminal and the rates are controlled by the taxi union. These rates are generally displayed on a board outside their office. Mussoorie is just 38 km from Dehradun and you can reach here by taxis and buses. It takes approximately one and a half hour and ₹47 for the regular buses to reach Mussoorie. From the Dehradun railway station, taxis charge around ₹610. Shared taxis charging a little over ₹100 per person are also available.


Getting Around

30°27′31″N 78°4′25″EMap of Mussoorie Once in Mussoorie, the affordable and effective way to get around the city is to opt for bus system or cycle rickshaws. Cycle rickshaws for traveling within city may cost approximately ₹20. However, it may get crowded, especially during peak hours. For most part you will want to get around on foot. The Mall is closed to most vehicles. By rickshaw A relatively flat section of the Mall allows a fleet of rickshaws to ply their trade. You can catch a ride from the Library end of the Mall to about the midpoint. A full day of Mussoorie sightseeing by rickshaw is less costly compared to private cabs or taxis. But it is time consuming. So taxis are preferable if you are in a hurry and are prepared to pay the extra money. By taxi Taxis are not a useful form of transport within Mussoorie. If you are heading up to Landour with your luggage, it would be wise to catch a ride. They can also be hired for outings to places such as Kempty Falls or Happy Valley. There are taxi stands at both ends of the Mall. Many locals offer 'taxi' services, and if you are staying longer you will likely find these (slightly cheaper) alternatives. But all the taxis are under a union, so the rates will not vary and one has to hire them through the union office at library end, mall road, kempty bus stand etc. You can also rent a private car which will be a little costly but less time consuming. A complete day of sightseeing around the city by taxi including Dhanoltri and Kempty Falls costs more than ₹1800.


Top Attractions

Kempty Falls Misty Eco Park 1 30.43893378.0743891 Bhatta falls. On the way back to Dehradun from Mussoorie take the opportunity to see Bhatta Falls. 2-km trek, 3 km away from Mussoorie. Mussoorie Lake is also another site to relax that is located on the same route. Boating is available there.  30.48814678.0370152 Camty Fall (Kempty Falls), Mussorie road teen pani. About 15 km from Mussoorie, this now over-built spot is a popular tourist destination. Catch a taxi or a bus from the Library stand.  30.45851178.073723 Company Garden. It is a government initiative, a man made beautiful park with artificial falls and fun rides. From Gun Hill Point rickshaws are available. It costs 100/- fixed rate per person round trip.  30.45918478.0733024 Gun Hill Point. You can enjoy the trolley ride to Gun Hill to view the splendid view of all the city and ice capped Himalaya. Trolley charge is ₹55/- round trip. Lots of photographic opportunities available as traditional dress being worn by populace is common. Up there, it is like a small fair with lots of stalls for games, snacks and nick-knacks.  30.47288778.0452215 Happy Valley. A couple kilometres from the Library end of the Mall, Happy Valley is a 5,000 strong Tibetan settlement. This is a beautiful spot for a short hike. Taxis and possibly bicycle rickshaws ply this route.  [dead link] Himalayan Weavers (below the Himalayan Guest house), ☎ +91 135-2115282, +91 9759009830. An interesting place on the way to Dhanaulti which uses natural dyes to produce hand-woven shawls, scarves and throws from wool, eri silk and pashmina. They have a shop 8 km from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Dhanaulti Road.  30.45772278.0744136 Jawahar Aquarium. Located on Mall Road, Jawahar Aquarium has a very nice collection of fish. Entry ticket is only ₹15.  30.45851178.073727 Jhari Pani Falls. It is 5 km away from the library bus stand. From Dehradun to Mussoorie, for Jharipani one has to take a right turn 11 km before Mussoorie. Motorable roads are nicely maintained by the govt. To reach the falls from main road. It's a 2-km trek.  30.45851178.073728 Lake Mist. About 5 km before Kempty Falls on the Mussoorie-Kempty road is a good picnic spot with accommodation and restaurant facilities; boating is also available. With the Kempty river flowing through it, Lake Mist has many small waterfalls made by the river.  30.46674378.0950539 Lal Tibba. A scenic 5 km uphill walk from Picture Palace to the highest point in Mussoorie. Passes through Landour Bazaar.Old light house is the nice thing to see there. It's a long walk to Lal Tibba from Picture Palace, about 2 to 3 hours.  30.45851178.0737210 Tibetan Buddhist Temple (Shedup Choepelling temple). It is located on the Happy Valley road close to the IAS Academy. The temple can be visited between 07:00 to 17:00. Mussoorie was the Dalai Lama’s first place of refuge when he fled Tibet, before he was granted land in Dharamshala by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.  30.45489378.0837811 The Mall road. The mall road is long stretch of road surrounded by shops, restaurants, motels and hotels. it is open for the whole 24 hours and is one of the main tourist attractions. Also a spot of outing for boarding school kids such as The Woodstock School kids. The side heading towards the Mussoorie international school or Kempty falls, is spot of finding more Tibetans and Indians and is a spot of more hotels.