Mussoorie might be famous for its mountains, but there are other places that you have to see if you are looking to have a fun-filled holiday.
From iconic structures to places that offer adventure sports and thrilling experiences, there are many sightseeing places in Mussoorie. In this article, we tell you about the best ones. Read on to know about them.
Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie: Nature
1. Gun Hill
The Gun Hill is the second highest peak in Mussoorie. At Gun Hill you can enjoy two experiences: you can sightsee and ride the ropeway ride. While going here, be sure to carry your camera to capture stunning pictures of the hills and Mussoorie’s skyline. Rides begin from 9 am onwards and end at 6 pm.
- Location: Gun Hill
2. Nag Tibba
A famous hill in Mussoorie, the Nag Tibba is surrounded by peaks and lush green plains. The place is popular with trekkers. The trek here is of medium difficulty and the views are excellent. There is also a very easy route option available for those with little or no trekking experience.
Families come here too to enjoy picnics outdoors. There are plenty of open spaces and the lush hills are the perfect backdrop for a fun day out.
- Location: Nag Tibba
3. Kempty Falls
The Kempty Falls is said to be one of the most famous falls in Mussoorie. No wonder then, this place is always crowded with tourists. Great for picnics, go here during the summer or the monsoon to enjoy the waterfalls. Only a certain part of the waterfall is safe for swimming, so avoid venturing deep into the waterfall.
During the monsoon, the rocks can get a bit slippery, so take caution while hiking up. There are a few restaurants near the falls that are great for an afternoon meal or an early evening snack.
- Location: Lakhwad
4. Mossy Falls
The Mossy Falls is one of the prettiest places in Mussoorie. Facing a jungle on one side, this place is the ideal getaway for a quiet day out. The best time to visit is in the morning. That is when you can clearly hear birds singing. If you are lucky, you can even spot a few exotic birds.
Sometimes, there are adventure sports such as rock climbing held here. The road to the falls can be a little difficult to get to, but the ride is worth it as the falls are majestic.
- Location: Barlowganj Road
5. Lal Tibba
Lal Tiba is the highest peak in Mussoorie. During the tourist season, this place is packed with adventure sports lovers and tourists. While most come to enjoy adventure sports, there are a few that visit the Lal Tibba to soak in stunning views of the hills near Mussoorie and click a couple of selfies against the stunning backdrop.
The Lal Tibba Scene Point near the peak is the perfect place to get the best view of the hills. There are binoculars set up at the point.
- Location: Near Landour Bazaar
5. Mussoorie Lake
A famous picnic spot, Mussoorie Lake is often crowded with people who come to enjoy picnics and boating.
This artificial lake is surrounded by a few shops selling snacks, tea and a few local products. Entrance to the lake is just Rs. 15 per person, however, boat rides cost Rs.500 for a paddle boat ride.
- Location: Dhobi Ghat
Places to Visit in Mussoorie: For Wildlife Lovers
6. Camel’s Back Road
Located a little away from the city centre, this place is an amazing place to visit, especially if you love the outdoors or are interested in photography.
Surrounded by lovely old houses and tall trees, the Camel’s Back Road is a good place to explore nature. There are a few shops here that sell antiques and artefacts and a few food stalls that dish out delicious local delicacies.
- Location: Camel’s Back Road
7. Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
With several near-extinct animals, such as mountain quails and the red-billed blue magpie, the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to spend a day or even two.
Located around 11 kilometres from the main city, Benog is also a good place to go for a long walk, along some beautiful pine-clad slopes.
- Location: Mussoorie Range
8. Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve
For those who are interested in nature, photography, bird watching or hiking, this is one of the best places to visit in Mussoorie. The Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve is a private forest and it is very pristine. There is a lovely green trek route and a large forest area. For the best experience, go on a guided tour.
- Location: Jabarkhet
Places to Visit in Mussoorie: Shopping
9. Library Bazaar
A heritage area with a marvellous bandstand, Library Bazaar is a good way to spend the morning — every morning of your holiday, too. You can shop for books, snacks, clothing and much else. The bazaar is organized in a circular shape.
- Location: Gandhi Chowk
10. The Mall
Located in the heart of the city, The Mall is the place to be to enjoy nightlife, shopping and good food. The shops and establishments here are the best in all of Mussoorie. There are a few benches that you can relax on and even enjoy a few cycle-rickshaw rides at The Mall.
- Location: Near Library Chowk
11. SOHAM Heritage & Art Centre
The SOHAM Heritage & Art Centre is a must visit place if you love art and culture. On display at this place are huge collections of Himalayan artefacts, texts and paintings. Book a guided tour for a first-hand insight into the history of the museum and its collections.
- Location: Bala Hisar
12. Shedup Choepelling Temple
The Shedup Choepelling Temple is a calm and peaceful place of worship. The temple is surrounded by gorgeous flowers and, inside the temple, you can see a big statue of Lord Buddha.
For a spiritual and magical experience, visit the temple in the early hours of the morning, that is when the monks chant prayers to Lord Buddha.
- Location: Happy Valley Road
13. George Everest’s House
Although the house is in ruins, there are some portions of George Everest’s house that are still standing. From the plains that surround the house, you can get stunning views of the hills. The place is often frequented by hikers who make the climb up the peak, rest for a bit, before getting back down.
- Location: Khanij Nagar
14. Municipal Garden
Located in Happy Valley, Municipal Garden is maintained to look like a colonial garden. Not just a garden, it is also a place where you can purchase saplings.
There are over 800 plant species here, from dahlias to petunias. And if you’re here in the summer, and it’s hot in the afternoon, you can get some shade in its china tree. Boating is also available in the evenings.
- Location: Waverly Convent School Road