Nestled in India’s northern mountainous region, Mussoorie is an alluring hill station surrounded by the snow-capped Garhwal Himalayan range and verdant Doon Valley. Mussoorie dates back to 1823 and showcases its rich history through heritage centres, temples, mansions and hilltop shrines.
Things to do in Mussoorie
A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Mussoorie offers numerous natural spoils, including the cascading Kempty Falls, which is surrounded by impressive mountain ranges. Soak up countryside views from the vantage points, swim in the pond at the base of the falls or purchase local specialties from nearby cafes. Sweeping mountain views await at Gun Hill, which offers a scenic cable car ride to its peak.
Begin your immersion in Mussoorie’s history at the famed George Everest's House, the grand whitewashed former mansion of famed British geographer George Everest. If George’s adventurous side rubs off on you, spend a day rock climbing, zip-lining and rappelling at Adventure Park Mussoorie.
Just a short walk away, the 19th-century Christ Church showcases beautiful Gothic architecture and stained-glass windows. Don’t miss seeing the hilltop Santala Devi, a picturesque Hindu temple with gold domes, surrounding hiking trails and scenic mountain views. You can also hike through Jabarkhet Nature Reserve, renowned for its birdwatching and challenging trails.
Do you enjoy getting up close to marine animals? Check out the Jawahar Aquarium, which features an array of exotic fish and small sharks. Afterwards, check out the realistic wax figurines of famous political figures, sporting stars, musicians and actors from around the world at the K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum.
Getting around Mussoorie
Mussoorie is easily reached by catching trains or buses from the nearby city of Dehradun or driving for just over one hour along the mountain roads. The town centre is easily explored on foot or by using rickshaws. However, you’ll need a hire vehicle, taxi or tour to venture further afield.