Are you planning to visit Mussoorie on a family vacation? Not sure what’s the best time to visit the ‘Queen of Hills’ with your loved one? Don’t worry; read on for answers to all your doubts.
Nestled in the Garhwal Himalayan range, this picturesque hill station in the Doon valley is the perfect destination to relax and unwind, away from the chaotic urban lives we lead. At an average elevation of 1,500 metres above sea level, Mussoorie is often enveloped in mist, which makes visitors feel as if they’re in heaven. During the winter months, the fog is often so dense that it’s like walking in the clouds.
Mussoorie is famous for the shrubs of Mansoor that gave the town its name. They bloom in spring, with bright yellow flowers giving the quaint town a unique look. The forests comprise pine, cedar, birch, oak, rhododendron, and deodar. Together with a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains in the background, the effect is stunning.
It is a quiet and mystical town with an old-world charm, and offers the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate in the lap of nature. It is also a gateway to the popular pilgrimage sites of Gangotri and Yamunotri. Yes, visitors have plenty to see and do in Mussoorie. Let us look at the specific months of each season, along with the weather conditions prevailing at the time.
Season Wise Weather in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
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1. Summer (March to June)
Mussoorie is always cool in the summer months, which provides relief from the heat and dry weather prevailing in the adjoining plains. The summer temperature ranges from a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 10 degrees Celsius. Due to its altitude, Mussoorie does not face extreme heat in summers and therefore it is popular with tourists at this time.
Apart from the scenic beauty, summer is also the best time to pursue adventure sports like rock climbing, rappelling, rafting, etc. Summers are indeed the peak season for Mussoorie, when you can spot hordes of tourists bathing in the famous Kempty falls or enjoying sightseeing from the Sky Bridge (the longest hanging adventure bridge in India). There are waterfalls you can trek to from Mussoorie with your family – Bhatta falls, Jharipani falls, and Mossy fall.
Summer is the best time to visit Mussoorie for trekking and camping. Some popular trekking trails are Nag Tibba Summit, Yamunotri Saptarishi Kund, Bhadraj temple and forest, Dodital, and Har ki dun. Jwalaji temple, dedicated to goddess Durga, is thronged by the devotees at this time and is definitely worth a visit. Lal Tibba or red hill, 4,500 feet above sea level, is a popular destination. Enjoy the view from the top; on a clear day, you can spot the peaks of Kedarnath and Badrinath.
You can also indulge in offbeat activities such as wine-tasting. The art of winemaking is taught in summer workshops; learn how to make wines from fruits such as apples, grapes, plums, pears, etc. And yes, you can take the result of your efforts home, along with the recipes!
2. Monsoon (July to September)
During the monsoon, the tourist crowd thins considerably. Due to the occasional landslides, this time of the year is considered off-season in the tourism calendar. With an annual rainfall of 180 cm, adventure sports are off the table. But the rain gives a new lease of life to the flora and fauna, so if you and your family are looking to enjoy some serenity and solitude in the hills, you may consider staying into a good resort like Club Mahindra Mussoorie and enjoy the activities available inside the resort. Its sprawling rooms provide unmatched comfort and mesmerising views of the town. You can enjoy the vast spread of Garhwali and Tibetan cuisines. However, if it rains continuously, it is advisable to remain indoors as landslides are a possibility.
3. Winter (October to February)
This is one of the best times to visit Mussoorie; you can even enjoy a white Christmas with your family here. It’s a time when the beautiful town and its lush green forests are covered in white layers of snow. The temperature during winters ranges from a minimum of freezing sub-zero temperatures to a maximum of 10 degrees Celsius. If you and your family love winter sports, this is a great time to enjoy the city. The skating rinks in the town become tourist hotspots.
With winter sports being the only available option and thanks to few visitors around, you can indulge in long walks to explore shopping hubs such as Mall Road, the Library, Kulri Bazaar, Landour Bazaar, and Tibetan Market. Pick up some memorabilia for your friends back home or for yourself. Popular shopping items include shawls, wooden handicrafts, antiques, and silver jewellery.
During this season, evenings spent with your family around the bonfire and delicious hot meals will make for some memories that you will cherish forever. No wonder they say Mussoorie is a place that has something different to offer in different times of the year!
The weather may be fickle, but if you stay with Club Mahindra Mussoorie, you are guaranteed consistently good service. The comfortable and spacious rooms are a treat, and the authentic in-house restaurants give you a chance to savour the delicious local flavours. These features make Club Mahindra Mussoorie a great choice when you vacation there. Read through these Club Mahindra reviews & get a sneak peek of what members have to say about their stay at Club Mahindra Mussoorie resort in Uttarakhand.
Go on, book your tickets and have a blast – any time of the year! Also, have a look at this Uttarakhand tourism guide, make the most of your family vacation in Uttarakhand!