- Uttar Pradesh
at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level, mussoorie, is sprawled
over a horse - shoe shaped ridge. Easily accessible from Delhi,
mussoorie is one of the prime hill resorts of the country.
It offers some breathtaking views of the snowclad Himalayan
peaks of western Garhwal, as well as of the Dehradun valley
below. It was in the 1820s, that the area was 'discovered'
by Captain Young. It grew in popularity amongst the British
officials, who craved for some respite from the heat and grime
of the plains. By the mid - 19th century, mussoorie became
a flourishing resort, with its famous Mall, a long promenade,
that was the hub of the town's activity.
What to See
The Mall, the nerve - centre
of mussoorie, faces Dehradun, and distant snowclad peaks can
be spotted from the summit of Gun Hill,
2142 m above sea level. A 400 m ' Ropeway' cable - car ride
links Gun Hill with the Mall. Another tourist attraction is
the Childers Lodge, the highest vantage point in the vicinity,
5 km east of the Mall. Lal Tibba,
is the highest point in mussoorie at 2,438 m, five km from
the centre of the town. 15 kms from mussoorie, along the Chakrata
road are the famous Kempty Falls,
which are a popular tourist site. The stretch of land from
the Falls to the Yamuna gorge, which houses gorals (mountain
goats), a few leopards, and a teeming avianfauna population,
is being called a sanctuary.
The Mossey Falls, (6 kms), and
the Bhatta Falls (12 kms) are
the other places worth seeing around mussoorie. 24 kms away
from the resort, on the Tehri road, is Dhanoulti,
a picturesque spot, beyond which is the Sukhanda
Devi temple, perched at an altitude of 3021 m, the
highest point in the outlying area. 45 km away from mussoorie,
the shrine is reached, after a dramatic 3 km climb to the
summit, which offers a fantastic panoramic view of neverending
stretches of pristine snow.
How to Get There
By air: The nearest airport is
at Bhuntar (50 km).
Rail: The nearest railhead is
at Dehradun, which has trains plying to and from Delhi, Mumbai
Road: UP Roadways operates regular
bus - trips from Simla, Haridwar and Delhi to Dehradun; from
Dehradun to mussoorie.