The Queen of the Hills offers you a pretty royal selection of things to do on your holiday. If you’re looking to relax amidst nature, then visit the many falls and lakes the region has to offer. If adventure is what you crave, then enjoy an adrenaline rush with a range of sporting activities.
There’s also a lot of culture and heritage to take in at Mussoorie. So, we’ve listed out some of the most popular places to visit in Mussoorie and things you can do when you visit.
Quick Facts about Mussoorie
Best time to visit: Mussoorie sees the bulk of tourists in the summer, while those interested in seeing snow stop by during the winter (December to February).
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun
Trip recommendations: A great place for the weekend or an entire week even, as it’s well developed, with many things to do for people of all ages.
Places to Visit in Mussoorie – Lakes & Falls
1. Kempty Falls
Kempty Falls, with its 40-foot waterfall and beautiful panoramic view of the mountain ranges, is a major tourist attraction in Mussoorie. Located 4500 feet above sea level, this is a popular spot for the whole family and you can take a dip in the pond or have a picnic by the water’s edge.
It is located 7km from Mussoorie and will take you under an hour to get here. However, it does get a little crowded, especially over the weekend. So head out early and splash around in the water with friends and family.
Location: Lakhwad, Kempty, Mussoorie
Best for: A leisurely picnic
2. Mussoorie Lake
A relatively new attraction but it’s already a hit with locals and tourists alike. This is a very well-designed man-made lake where you can enjoy boating as well as grab a bite at one of the eateries around. It’s a nice place to head to with the family, as there are quite a few activities for kids.
It’s especially nice to visit during the monsoon. If you’re here on holiday for a few days, elect to head over on a weekday, rather than the weekend, when the queues for boating are longer.
Location: Dhobi Ghat, Mussoorie
Best for: A romantic boat ride
3. Mossy Falls
Just 7 km away from the hill station on the Bala Hisar route see lush greenery like never before at the Mossy Falls. A beautiful getaway from the town, the attraction gets its name from the mossy growth, and has a peaceful, relaxing vibe.
It is an ideal picnic spot and isn’t too crowded (pick it over Kempty falls on the weekend if you like being on your own). If you’re looking to relax and unwind, this is the perfect place in Mussoorie for it.
Location: Barlowganj Road, Mussoorie
Best for: Family picnic
4. Lake Mist
One of Mussoorie’s most beautiful natural lakes is Lake Mist. Surrounded by natural waterfalls and bubbling streams, this pristine lake shows off the best mother nature has to offer. You can go boating on the waters, or simply enjoy a stroll by the bank.
There are a number of small eateries nearby (some of which will even set up a bonfire by the lake for you) where you can tuck into local delicacies. We recommend having lunch by the lake.
Location: Mussoorie-Kempty Road, Mussoorie
Best for: A fireside dinner
5. Bhatta Falls
These natural falls are just 7km away from the hill station but remain relatively untouched by commercialization, so the water and surroundings here are much cleaner than Kempty Falls. You could trek here with a guide or take a cab directly.
The lush greenery and nearby pond offer some good photo opportunities for tourists, and you may even see some wildlife. There’s also a small children’s park in the area with swings and other rides that the kids can check out. There are only a few eateries so it is recommended that you carry your own snacks.
Location: Bhatta Gaon, Mussoorie
Best for: Spotting wildlife
The Best Viewing Points in Mussoorie
6. Gun Hill
Gun Hill offers a fantastic view of the Himalayan ranges as well as picture-perfect views of the Doon valley and Mussoorie town, thanks to it being the second highest peak in the region. But, the view isn’t the only thing to look forward to.
There is a 10-minute cable-car ride that takes you from Jhula Ghar to Gun Hill and the view from above is truly breathtaking. Make sure to include this spot during your holiday.
Location: Above The Mall, Mussoorie
Best for: Catching the sunset from the cable cars
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
7. Cloud’s End
Usually engulfed by clouds, this stunning location gets its name from the fact that it lies at one of the ends of Mussoorie. Located 6km from the main area, it has a great walking path covered with trees and the view of Aglar River Valley is equally beautiful.
You can head here by foot through the Hathipaon Road from Happy Valley (another tourist attraction) and if you’re up for it, you can also visit the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, 2km further in. We recommend you rent a car or jeep to get here.
Location: Hathipaon Road, Mussoorie
Best for: A walk in the clouds
8. Lal Tibba
This is Mussoorie’s highest peak and a must visit during your stay here. It offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan range as well as the Tibet border. Although it is a popular tourist attraction, it remains largely untouched, letting you enjoy nature at its finest.
You can take a closer look at the peaks of Kedarnath, Baderpunch, Badrinath and more with the telescope there (so make sure to look out for it). There’s also some British architecture to be seen as you make your way up here.
Location: Landour Rd, Mussoorie
Best for: A view of the Himalayas
Best Cultural Places to Visit in Mussoorie
9. Sir George Everest’s House Museum: The Surveyor’s House
Built in 1832, the famous geographer and surveyor Sir George Everest’s home is a major tourist attraction. He was the Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843 and is best known for having Mount Everest named in his honour.
His house has been converted into a museum gives you a good insight into the Welshman’s life in India. You can also enjoy the view of the Aglar River Valley from here. Many people set up tents here for a while, enjoy a hot beverage and take in the view.
Location: Khanij Nagar, Mussoorie
Best for: A glimpse of mid-19th-century life in India
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
10. Soham Heritage Art Centre
If you want to learn about the culture and history of Mussoorie, add this to your list of places to see. This centre shows off the tradition and culture of the Himalayas through a number of canvasses, murals, installations and sculptures.
You can also learn about traditional tools, household goods use, jewellery and life in the region. The musical instrument section is especially interesting.
Location: Bala Hisar, Mussoorie
Best for: Art and culture enthusiasts
Timings: 9 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm
11. Tibetan Buddhist Temple
Thanks to the significant population from nearby Tibet, we get to see beautiful Tibetan culture in Mussoorie and the Tibetan Buddhist Temple is a prime example.
A major tourist attraction, the temple provides a panoramic view of the Benog Hill circuit. There is a peaceful atmosphere here that promotes a feeling of calm. Anyone can come here and seek blessings.
Location: Bala Hisar, Mussoorie
Timings: 7 am to 5 pm
12. Kellog Memorial Church
Built in 1903, the church was also home to the Landour Language School (which is still running today) where British people were taught Hindi during the Raj. It is of the oldest churches in Mussoorie, and is worth checking out for the architecture and structural heritage.
The stunning stained glass windows and gothic influences are some of the highlights. You can stop by on the way to Laal Tibba, if you are keen on visiting this peaceful church.
Location: Landour, Mussoorie
Timings: 10 am to 12.30 pm
13. K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum
Often called the Indian version of Tussauds, this wax museum is best grouped in with your trip to the Company Gardens, as it is located inside it. It is a popular tourist attraction and many stop by to take pictures with the figures.
A quick walk around will let you see famous personalities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and many more. There’s also a small gift shop to check out if you want to pick up some memorabilia.
Location: Company Garden, Mussoorie
Best for: Hollywood buffs
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
The Best Adventure Spots to Visit in Mussoorie
14. Ikya Island
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, then you must visit this adventure park that offers quite a few attractions. Some of the highlights of the place are its wall climbing and air cycling and the highly entertaining sumo wrestling and water zorbing are great if you’re going with a few friends.
There are a number of activities to make sure kids have a good time too. Prices are Rs200 to Rs.500 per activity but they also have some good package deals that you can check out.
Location: Near Mussoorie Lake
Best for: Adventure sports
Entry: Rs 200 onwards
Timing: 9.30 am to 7.30 pm
15. Snow Adventure Zone
A great outdoor adventure destination, this park offers you the backdrop of the mountains and a host of fun activities. You can choose from three packages that include a mix of sports like paintball, skywalking, zip lining, rock climbing and a lot more, all amid the beautiful alpine forests and apple orchards. This is ideal for a large group of friends.
Location: Mussoorie-Dhanaulti Road
Best for: Team sports
Entry: Rs 1000 onwards
16. Nag Tibba Trek
Situated near Mussoorie, Nag Tibba is a relatively unknown but a very exciting trekking trail. Also referred to as Serpent’s Peak, this trek offers an easy adventure and is perfect for beginners as well.
At 9915 feet, you will get to see a lot of flora, fauna as well as a wide variety of birds. Walk amid snow clad mountains and just find peace here. The trek is easily one of the best weekend activities.
Location: Mussoorie-Dehradun (Gharwal Himalayas)
Best for: Amateur trekkers
17. Jharipani Falls
An ideal place if you and your friends want to head out for an early trek. You will be surrounded by greenery, waterfalls and mountains. So, don’t forget to pack your camera.
A mere 6km from Mussoorie by bus or car, so you can be back in time for breakfast or even pack a small picnic for the trek. It is a great spot to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the hills, as it is not as crowded as Kempty Falls.
Location: Dehradun-Mussoorie Road
Best for: Trekking
Other Tourist Attractions in Mussoorie
18. Company Garden
With a number of colourful flowers, mini lake and even a waterfall (artificial, but pretty) , a walk through these gardens makes for a fun activity in Mussoorie.
There’s a telescope to view the Himalayas with, as well as several rides that kids will enjoy, including paddle boats. It’s a good day out for the family as you can have a picnic here or choose from the eateries at the garden.
Location: Municipal Garden, Mussoorie
Best for: Fun for the whole family
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
19. Camel Back Road
This road gets its name from the fact that rock formation looks like the humpback of a camel. Starting from the Liberty Point and ending at the Kulri Bazaar, the 3km road is very popular, as it offers a good view of the Doon Valley and snow-capped mountains.
If you’re not up for the walk, then you can even take an auto-rickshaw or get a horse ride (the kids will love it, too). There are a number of small eateries dotting the walk, so stop for a while, grab a chai and enjoy the view.
Location: Dehradun District, Mussoorie
Best for: A tea time stroll
20. Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
Surrounded by pines and oak cedar trees, this sanctuary is a bird watching haven. If you’re lucky you will be able to spot Red Billed Blue Magpie, White Capped Water Redstart and a number of other birds.
There are a number of other animals at this sanctuary such as deer, bears, Himalayan goats and leopards. Located almost 11km away from Mussoorie, it is a must visit if you are a wildlife and nature enthusiast.
Location: Rajaji National Park, Mussoorie
Timings: 7 am to 5 pm
Entry: Rs 150 (Indians) and Rs 600 (Tourists)
Best for: Birdwatching
From mountains and lakes to culture and adventure, Mussoorie offers a little bit of everything a traveller is looking for. Just make sure to make your camera to capture the stunning views and magic moments.