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She is known as 'Queen of the Hills,' and standing tall at 2000m above sea level, this gorgeous hill station has seamlessly found its way into numerous movie setups and hearts. She is unlike any other and, without a doubt, one of the most stunning things you will ever see.

We are, of course, talking about Mussoorie, the picturesque hill station in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. Discovered by a British official named FJ Shore in 1827, Mussoorie has since seen thousands of tourists and travellers make it their holiday destination.

If you are looking to spend your holiday in Mussoorie this picture-perfect town, here is a list of four things to do in Mussoorie:

Visit Benog Wildlife Sanctuary

Part of the bigger Rajaji National Park, birdwatching at the Benog is unquestionably one of the best things to do in Mussoorie. You don't have to be an ornithologist to appreciate the diverse avifauna here. 

The expansive forest replete with old cedar, pine, and plants provides a much-needed bubble from the noise and commotion of the world outside. Follow the road from Library Point in Mussoorie, reach the gate, and then an easy hike for about 7kms till you reach Benog. If you love nature photography, make sure you carry your camera because you will want to capture the amazing views of the Chaukhamba and Bandarpunch peaks from the sanctuary.

Get a bird's eye view of the Doon Valley

We have all dreamt of flying, literally. If you are in Mussoorie, you can make that dream come true! Check out the paragliding operators in Mussoorie, and head to the skies for an unparalleled view of the Doon Valley and Shivalik range. 

The best time to paraglide in Mussoorie is between March and June, when the skies are clear and offer you a chance to fly with the birds. Give the adventure junkie in you expression and engage in one of the best activities to do in Mussoorie!

Take a walk in Landour

Sharing a border with Mussoorie, this quaint town gets its name from Llanddowror, a remote Welsh village. The British legacy extends beyond the town's name; most of the old houses of the city resemble the architectural themes of buildings found in the British counties and Scottish Highlands. 

Make sure that after a day of soaking in the simplicity of the town, you head to Lal Tibba to catch the mesmerising sunset. One important thing to note about Landour is that very few hotels and accommodations are available here. You will most likely have to head back to your hotel in Mussoorie after a day's visit to Landour.

Camp at Sir George Everest House

So, what if you can't scale the highest peak in the world? Instead, you can head to the house of the man who gave the peak its name. Sir George Everest's House and Laboratory, also known as Park Estate, is where you need to be if history and adventure, set against a backdrop of snow-clad Himalayan peaks, are your thing. 

This property is a heritage bungalow of the former surveyor-general of India and also serves as a camping and picnic spot. Allow yourself the leisure of spending a couple of hours of doing nothing as you take in the fascinating views of Doon Valley on one side, the free-flowing Aglar river valley, and iconic Himalayan peaks.

Where to stay while in Mussoorie?

If you are going to explore Mussoorie, how about you do it from a place that offers a range of comforts? The resort in Mussoorie offered by Club Mahindra is the perfect base to enjoy Mussoorie sightseeing activities. 

After a hearty breakfast at the resort, you can head out for local treks organised by the resort or sleep in and have a Garhwali thali for lunch. Whether you are a honeymooning couple or a family on your annual holiday, the Club Mahindra resort Mussoorie has something for everyone to keep you engaged all day. 

What is the best time to visit Mussoorie?

While the town is accessible all year-round, the most popular time to visit Mussoorie is the summers, when the climate is cool and pleasant. If you are looking to make snow angels, then the winter and the snowfall it brings will excite you. 

Monsoons treks can be magical if you are a little adventurous and like to chase the thrills. Regardless of when you visit, one of the things on your list of 'Mussoorie things to do' should be to shop at Mall Road or Tibetan Market and get some souvenirs to take home! 

If celebrated author Ruskin Bond has made it his home, you know this place is charming and a must-visit. So, when are you headed to Mussoorie?

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