In and Around Mussoorie (°C - °C)
The ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ stands tall on a 2km-high ridge and vies with Nainital as Uttarakhand’s preferred tourist destination. On a clear day, one is privy to the beautiful views offered by the green Doon Valley and the white-capped Himalayan peaks. During the scorching summer months, the cooler temperature and fresh mountain air is what draws tourists from across the country. The hill station was established in 1823 by the British and became quite popular with them. The remnants of the era still linger on in the architecture of the churches, hotels, summer palaces and libraries. Visitors swarm the place during the summer months from May to July. Both families and honeymooners can be found traversing the hill roads and enjoying the beautiful sights. The town is usually shrouded in mist during the monsoon. Central Mussoorie comprises two developed areas: Gandhi Chowk (also referred to as Library Bazaar) on the western side, and the bustling Kulri Bazaar and Picture Palace towards the eastern end. Both areas are linked by the 2km Mall, which is still frequented at an alarming rate by pedestrians. However, this area has also seen an increase in vehicular traffic and noise. Beyond Kulri Bazaar, a narrow road opens up into Landour Bazaar. The cable car ride to Gun Hill is definitely among the best highlights of a Mussoorie visit. Gun Hill offers tourists a view of a number of big peaks. A steep path also leads to the viewpoint. The best time to visit is an hour before sunset. There’s a mini-carnival atmosphere during the peak season with kids’ rides, food stalls and couples taking out pictures in traditional costumes. A visit to Christ Church is also a must. Established in 1836, it is regarded as one of the oldest churches in the Himalayas. One can also pay a visit to Union Church. The best time to visit the beautiful hill station is between April and June. A number of tourists visit the town during this period owing to the pleasant climate. For those looking to play in snow, a visit to the town during winter is a must. During the monsoon (August and September), one can expect heavy rain. The stunning OYO premium and budget hotels in Mussoorie will ensure travellers wake up to picturesque scenes. One can find accommodation near the always-busy Mall Road. There are branded OYO Rooms located near the Picture Palace and Company Bagh. With a host of options available, one can be assured of a pleasant stay in Mussoorie.