Mussorie Attractions and Accommodation

AttractionsThe true beauty of Mussorie and its neighbouring hills and of course the majestic Himalayas can be best viewed from Gun Hill. Being the second highest point, it offers one of the most panoramic views of the Shiwalik ranges from Mussorie. One can either hike on a trail to reach the Gun Hill or take the 400 metres long ropeway ride. The highest peak in Mussorie is called the Children Lodge. It is situated approximately 5 kilometres away and offers a breath taking view of the Shiwalik range. However, the best part about this peak is getting there. One can take a pony ride to this peak and enjoy the marvellous view on the way.Kempty falls is a massive waterfall located in a beautiful valley, approximately 15 kilometres from Mussorie. It is surrounded by beautiful hills making it a picture perfect sight. The water forms a small pool at the bottom of the Kempty fall and the experience of taking a dip in this natural pool with such beautiful surroundings is incomparable. Although in peak season this place gets too many tourists. Situated in Bhatta, which is approximately 7 kilometres off Mussorie, is the Bhatta Falls. One can either hire a taxi or take a bus till Bhatta and then cover the next 3 kilometres on foot. This falls not only has natural pools but also water amusements. Mussorie has ample places to trek. One such example is the Jharipani falls, located approximately 8 kilometres off Mussorie. The last 1.5 kilometre stretch to this falls has to be covered on foot. Mosey falls is another picturesque falls situated in a dense forest located approximately 7 kilometres off Mussorie.Approximately 5 kilometres off Mussorie is Lake Mist, which has boating facilities and makes a great picnic spot. The municipal garden situated 4 kilometres off Mussorie is also a great picnic spot. It has a well maintained garden and an artificial lake with boating facilities. The Mussorie Lake is another artificial lake, which has boating facilities. The highlight of this lake is the view that it offers. Situated approximately 6 kilometres from Mussorie, it offers a splendid view of the Doon valley. The view at night from here is spectacular.Mussorie is a laid back town where life moves at its own pace. One can just stroll around the town and one of the best places to take a stroll in Mussorie would be the Camel’s back road. This road is a 3 kilometre long road stretching from Kulri Bazaar to Library Bazaar. Mussorie still has reflections of its colonial past and the British graveyard near the Camel’s road is just one example of that. One can also take a horse ride on this road.Mussorie is a bird watchers’ paradise. Situated approximately 11 kilometres off the heart of the town is the Benog mountain quail sanctuary. This bird sanctuary is spread over 339 hectares and permission is required to visit this sanctuary. Van Chetna Kendra is a beautiful park covered with evergreens and pine tress. The highlight of this park is its bird sanctuary, which houses Himalayan peacock, Ghurar and many more species of Himalayan birds.The StayAlthough Mussorie is a popular hill station, it does not have many 5 star hotels. Jaypee Residency Manor, located approximately 5 kilometres away from Mussorie is a 5 star in Mussorie. The hotel is spread over an area of 9 acres and charges approximately Rs. 9500 to Rs.16000 per night. There are a lot of old British Bungalows, which have been transformed into heritage hotels. There are a lot of heritage hotels located in the mall area, such as Connaught Castle, Hotel Pine Retreat and Kasmanda Palace. These hotels cost approximately Rs 2500 per night.There are also a number of heritage hotels and resorts located in the outskirts of Mussorie. They offer a more serene ambience away from the crowd of the main town and panoramic views. These resorts are situated approximately 6 to 8 kilometres off the main town. The Cloud’s End resort, located approximately 8 kilometres off Mussorie and Claridges Nabha, located approximately 6 kilometres off Mussorie are very good heritage hotel options. Located in Jharipani is the Jharipani castle, originally a palace of the king of Patiala and now a unique tent resort. It offers tented accommodation at a cost of Rs 6000 to Rs11000, depending upon the kind of accommodation you choose.Apart from these Mussorie has a number of budget hotels. Some of the hotels in the Kulri Bazaar and the mall area are Avlon Resort, Garhwal Terrace, Honeymoon Inn and Mansarover. There are a number of hotels in the Library bazaar and the Gandhi Chowk area too, such as Raj Palace, Monark and Ratan. The Camel’s back road and Landour Bazaar has its own share of budget hotels and there are many to choose from. Apart from hotels and resorts there are paying guest options too available in Mussorie. These paying guests cost anywhere between Rs 150 to Rs 300.Mussorie, a scenic hill station in Uttaranchal is a perfect place to unwind and be one with nature. A laid back town nestled in the Shiwalik range with its colonial history reflecting in its present makes an ideal hill resort.

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