As one of the most breathtaking places in Uttarakhand district, Mussoorie is known as the ‘Queen of Hills’. It is a popular hill station among tourists and offers a number of activities for the whole family. Here’s a list of the top ten things to do in Mussoorie:
Things To Do In Mussoorie
Cable Car Ride & Sky Bridge
Visit Kempty Falls
Visit Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
Visit La Tibba
1. Mountaineering When you think of Mussoorie as a travel destination, you think of beautiful snow-laden hills rich in flora and fauna. There is an abundance of activities to do in Mussoorie, such as rappelling, ATV rides, mountain biking, caving, and plenty of other activities for the adrenaline junkies in your family.
Mountaineering enthusiasts travel to Mussoorie from various parts of the world and take back memories that last a lifetime. There are different sizes of rocks ranging from 50 feet to 600 feet, and one can choose as per their fitness levels, stamina, and mental prowess. This activity is ideal for a family as there are options for kids as well.
You can choose to rappel if you are looking for some adrenaline action, or indulge in caving, which will add a new dimension to your mountaineering experience. It is a group activity where you go exploring the many hidden caves in the mountains. You can find them in Mussoorie, 6 km before Dhanaulti at Buranskhanda, surrounded by a breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges and lush green meadows.
The cost for rappelling and rock climbing is around Rs 500. For a caving tour it is Rs 3600 onwards for a group of four.
2. Hiking, Trekking & Camping
A mesmerising landscape surrounded by lush valleys and majestic mountains, every inch of Mussoorie is worth exploring, especially on foot. What better way for a family to bond than over long walks with nature embracing you? The serene beauty that is Mussoorie is nestled amidst the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range and is home to thousands of types of flora and fauna, which you can see on your walking treks.
There are plenty of beautiful roads in Mussoorie worth exploring, like the roads from Library Head to Happy Valley, Waverly Convent to Company Baugh, and Valley View to Clouds End, where you can see the rolling green slopes of the mountains all around you. You have many options for hiking and camping on trails such as Nag Tibba summit, Har ki Dun, Dodital, Bhadraj temple, and Yamunotri Saptarishi Kund.
You can enjoy hiking and camping in Mussoorie all year round except in the monsoon months of June, July, August and early September when the trails get mushy and slippery. The time spent in nature revitalises your body, rejuvenates your senses, and acts as a stress buster.
The cost of the treks and camping activities varies depending on the size of each group, the number of days, and the destination.
There are plenty of things to do in Mussoorie not only for the travel enthusiasts in your family but also for the adventure and thrill seekers. Paragliding is one such adrenaline pumping activity and is one of the most sought-after activities in Mussoorie.
The thrill of paragliding is available to regular people. Paragliding operators in Mussoorie offer joyrides on their two-seater glider which are operated by professional pilots with good flying experience. Hence it’s a very safe and fun activity to indulge in. The best part is that you do not need any prior experience, nor are there any age restrictions. You would require parental consent if you are younger than 18 and inform the operator about your age if you are a senior citizen.
Paragliding flights in Mussoorie are fairly long; they can last for an hour and cover 15 km at a height of up to 10,000 feet. One can go paragliding in Mussoorie all year round except during the monsoon. The activity can cost you anywhere from Rs 2000 onwards, with a long flight of an hour costing around Rs 10,000.
4. Cable Car Ride & Sky Bridge
The picturesque valleys in Mussoorie are surrounded by magnificent mountains of the Garhwal Himalayan region. Situated in the foothills of these ranges are the many wonders of nature like lakes, gardens, nature hiking trails, waterfalls, gorgeous flora and fauna, and many more to keep a traveller enticed.
The best way to experience the surge of beauty that Mussoorie offers is via cable car rides and sky bridges that give you a birds-eye view of the expanse of beauty and attractions of the place. There are plenty of attractions in Mussoorie like the Kempty falls, Happy Valley, Gun Hill, Mussoorie Lake, Mall Road, Jwalaji temple etc. which will appeal to all members of your family.
Details of the cable car ride and sky bridge visit are given below:
Cable Car Ride: You can ride this ten-minute cable car from Jhulaghat to Gun Hill which is at an approximate height of 2530 meters. The service is available from 8 am to 10 pm in summers, and 10 am to 7 pm in winters. It costs around Rs 75 per round trip.
Sky Bridge: This is a popular hanging adventure bridge in Mussoorie made with wire, rope, and bamboo. It is 300 feet long and hangs 80 feet high. It can hold only 25 people at a time, and the admission price is around Rs 300.
5. Visit Kempty Falls
Kempty falls has a historical significance and is a must-visit when you are in Mussoorie. In 1835, it was founded as a picnic spot by the British Officer John Mekinan. People from all over the country come here to witness the magnificence of these perennial falls. It is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Uttarakhand region and is strategically present on the Mussoorie-Dehradun highway because of which it draws a big crowd of tourists.
Located 15 km from Mussoorie, Kempty Falls is nestled at an altitude of 4500 feet above sea level and is encircled by a high mountain cliff. That’s why when the water descends from this great height it splits into five streams. The sacred Yamuna River flows only 12 km from this place. You and your family can enjoy a quiet picnic under the falls.
The best time to visit is during the summer months (March to June) since the weather is most pleasant at this time.
6. Visit Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the most engaging things to do in Mussoorie with your family is to visit Benog Wildlife Sanctuary. Although it’s some distance from Mussoorie, a trip is worth your time because you get to see the abundant flora and fauna of this sanctuary. The variety of wild animals, trees, and exotic birds make it a fun outing for the whole family.
There are a lot of opportunities for kids to learn as they experience nature from close quarters. There is an easy trekking trail that is suitable for people of all ages. You can see the snow-laden mountains, which make for a breathtaking view. Surrounding the sanctuary are Chaukhamba and Bandar Punch mountains.
This wildlife sanctuary is located at Rajaji National Park, and one can visit the place between 7 am and 5 pm.
7. Food & Shopping
If some of your family members are not fond of any adventurous activities while holidaying in Mussoorie, they can indulge in food and shopping. They can sample the local fare; the cuisine of Mussoorie is mainly influenced by Garhwali and Tibetan food, making it a dream destination for all food lovers. From dimsums, thukpas, and noodle soup (popular Tibetan dishes) to aloo ke gutke, singodi, gul gula, bhangjeera, malta juice, and bal mithai (authentic Garhwali dishes), there are plenty of options available. Foodies will never have a reason to complain.
There are also plenty of places in Mussoorie which can be deemed as a shopper’s paradise. So if you and your family want to go shopping for local handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, jewellery etc. there are plenty of places to shop. The main shopping areas in Mussoorie are the Library, Kulri Bazaar, Landour Bazaar, etc. The shops in Landour Bazaar sells Raj memorabilia (dating back to British times), silver jewellery and books. The Library and Kulri Bazaar sells curios, ethnic jewellery, and antiques. Mall road has shops with knick-knacks like locally made walking sticks etc. besides street food. There are some Tibetan shops below Mall road that sell imported clothes and bags.
Quality shopping on a budget entices everyone to visit Mussoorie more than once. These shops are usually open from 9 am to 9 pm. Shopping is one of the best thing to do in Mussoorie during leisure.
8. Visit Lal Tibba
Lal Tibba is a notable tourist attraction in Mussoorie. It is the highest point in Mussoorie and is popular among travellers as a spot for viewing sunrises and sunsets. Located around 5.5 km from Mall Road, it is easily accessible and you can explore the entire place with your family within two hours. You can get a panoramic view of the mountains from here and also see the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath through telescopes placed on the cliffs.
9. Roller skating
For families travelling with kids, this is a great activity. The Pavilion in Mussoorie has the largest roller skating rink in India. So, if you or your kids want to try skating, give your feet some wheels and have fun. There are other skating rinks too, like the one in Kulri Bazaar, in Jaypee Resort, Disco Skating rink, etc., which are very popular. If you are travelling with kids and interested in sports, do ensure you participate in this activity and experience the fun. The rates differ depending on the skating rinks you choose.
There are only a few places in India that offer wine aficionados the luxury of watching the winemaking process and wine-tasting. Mussoorie is one such place. The art of winemaking, or vinification, is one of the most interesting things to do in Mussoorie. So if you are travelling with someone in your family who is interested in this process, several workshops are hosted each year to teach the art of winemaking. A variety of fruits – apples, pears, grapes, plums etc. – can be used to make wine. These sessions end with a wine-tasting ritual and can be great fun. It is usually held in Hotel Devdar and costs Rs 1200 to participate. You can take your handmade wine back home, the recipes of which are later mailed to you for future use.
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