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Due to its fairy-tale position high on a ridge Mussoorie has often been thought of as the honeymoon capital of India, with newlyweds flocking here to make the most of its breath-taking views, including those from the majestic Jwalaji Temple on Benog Hill. The city echoes with the past influence of the British Raj, including sights such its wide Mall. When searching for somewhere to eat generally the Mall is a good place to start. The long stretch offers many different varied eateries, including hole-in-the-wall bakeries and delicious traditional Indian sweet shops.
One of the main things to do in Mussoorie is enjoy the beautiful surroundings. A trek up to Lal Tibba, Mussoorie’s highest point, is a great way to enjoy the awe-inspiring mountainous view. If you’re not up to a 5km trek you can take a cable car up to Gun Hill, Mussoorie’s second highest point for an equally beautiful view. A hugely popular thing to do is visit the nearby Kempty Falls. The stunning thin white waterfalls are a great place to bring a picnic, it’s also possible to swim in some of the pools surrounding the falls and there are changing rooms available. Nearby Lake Mist is also a must-see with the traditional hill station boating activities on offer here. Happy Valley, a few miles walk from the main mall, is the home of 5,000 Tibetan settlers and a place of cultural interest. There are a number of religious festivals in Mussoorie throughout the year, such as Uttarani and Basant Panchmi celebrated in January and February. The Bhadraj Fair is organised by the local Bhadraj Temple in August and is a great way to experience local culture.
Mussoorie’s nearest airport is at Dehradun. Flights generally come direct from Delhi so wherever you are flying from you will have a stopover in Delhi. You can then catch a bus from Dehradun to Mussoorie. Alternatively it is possible to hire a taxi from Delhi to Mussoorie; it’s a 6 hour drive between the two. The best way to deal with Mussoorie transport is to do it yourself so to speak, it is a beautiful region to hike around. Taxis can be hired to get to places like Kempty and Happy Valley and rickshaws are available in the town centre.