As the second highest peak in Mussoorie, it is believed that in the past a canon was fired every afternoon, providing the time to the local residents, who then adjusted their watches accordingly. At present the location houses a water reservoir. Tourists can witness spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of Himalayas from the hill and it can be reached by taking a ropeway ride or by trekking.
The Christ Church
Built in 1836, the church is believed to be the oldest church in Himalayas. Designed in Gothic style, the events in the life of Jesus Christ are illustrated in the stained glass windows in the Church. The church has an ancient William Hill organ, about 100 years old and the church vicinity has a deodar tree planted by Princess of Wales in 1906.
Camel’s Back Road
It is a stretch of approximately 3 km long road from Library point to Kulri Bazaar. The road got its name from its rocks shaped like a camel’s hump. Surrounded by mountains and greenery, the road is known for its natural beauty and offers beautiful views of sunrise, sunset and mountains. It’s ideally used by locals for morning and evening walks. Horseback rides are also available on this road.
The highest point in Mussoorie, the hill is also referred as Depot Hill. The Indian Military services are positioned at Lal Tibba. Broadcasting stations of All India Radio and Doordarshan are situated atop Lal Tibba. From here sightseeing through the lens of an old Japanese telescope is possible. Beautiful views of sunrise and sunset can also be witnessed from this vantage point.
It’s the main shopping location situated at the center of Mussoorie, with lamppost and benches lined up besides the road, the mall throws a glimpse of the colonial period. One has to pass through the Mall to reach any place in Mussoorie. Apart from shopping the main attractions of the mall are video game parlours, restaurants, skating ring, windy point and the Methodist Church.
The valley is well known for Tibetan Buddhist temple – Shedup Choepelling temple, the IAS Academy and the Municipal Garden. Situated on the western side of Library Point, the valley leads to Cloud’s End, a tourist place where the borders of Mussoorie end and further on is the Hathipaon Park Estate. The valley is famous for its estates, gardens, and temples.
The bazaar is situated on a steep slope and is a cantonment area. It’s totally a silence zone, credit to the handwritten signs nailed on the trees. A pollution-free zone, one can recover from any stress with pure fresh air to breathe. Other Famous landmarks of the place are the Woodstock School, St. Paul’s Church, Landour Language school and Char Dukaan (four shops) which sells beverages and snacks to the visitors.
The bazaar got its name from the Nuns who served as nurses in the British dormitories in this area. The area is more like a residential colony with a few shops spread across. One can visit the famous confectionery shop of the Bazaar- “the Prakash Brothers Store”. Other famous attractions are the residence of famous personalities like Dev Anand, Victor Banerjee and Tom Alter.
It is the most popular tourist spots near Mussoorie; the waterfall plunges its way down from about 40 ft high. Usually a crowded spot, a visit to the falls is incomplete without bathing under it. The falls is losing its charm quite fast due to unorganized commercial visits by people.
From Mussoorie one can access this place by hiring a taxi or take a bus till Balta Village. From the village the fall is just 3 km away by car or foot. It’s an apt spot for picnic.
From Mussoorie visitors can take a bus or go by car on the Mussoorie- Jharipani Road up to Jharipani from there the fall is 1.5 km on foot.
It is an artificial developed lake, located on the Mussoorie-Dehradun road. It has the facility of boating and is a good picnic spot.
The Temple is located atop the Benog Hill and has a deity of Mata Durga. Surrounded by thick woods, the temple offers magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks and the Doon valley.
Tourist Destinations Near Mussoorie
From Mussoorie one can visits Dehradun (35 km), the capital of Uttaranchal, where there are lots of tourist attractions to explore within the city. Other hill stations near Mussoorie like Dhanolti (25 km), Kalsi (60 km) and Lansdowne (189 km) that have lot more to offer to the tourist.
Pilgrimage spots like Rishikesh (68 km), Haridwar (78 km) and Paonta Sahib (73 km) attract tourist and devotees throughout the year and offer various other tourist attractions like adventure sports and trekking. Rajaji National Park (48 km) is the closest wildlife destination, where one can experience a variety of flora and fauna.