Dehradun, also known as the winter capital of INDIA, is one of the most popular cities in India which lies in Uttarakhand. It is also known as the ‘Abode of Drona’ (Drona Nagri) and lies in the Garhwal region. It is a gateway to Mussoorie.
Mussoorie is a hill station and is about 34 kilometers (21 miles) from Dehradun. It is popularly known as “The Queen of Hills”.
In this travel guide for Dehradun and Mussoorie, we will be covering several points including:
5. Famous Food
How to Reach Dehradun and Mussoorie
Dehradun is a capital city of the state Uttarakhand and famous for its mild climate and it also provides its gateway to popular hill stations like Mussoorie, Nainital, and the “Twin National Heritage Cities” Haridwar and Rishikesh.
People around Delhi visit Dehradun and Mussoorie very commonly to seek a pleasant and refreshing trip of two to three days. We can see plenty of visitors across the globe roaming in the capital city of Uttrakhand in the months of March till June as the weather is pleasant and clear and is best to enjoy the view and also to indulge in adventure activities like Rafting, Paragliding, Roller Skating, Boating, Rock Climbing and many more.
For reaching Mussoorie, firstly you need to reach Dehradun. You can reach Dehradun by the medium of road, train, or air too. All three options are available for this place.
How To Reach Dehradun
If you are planning to visit Dehradun and Mussoorie on a road trip, then this will be the best thing ever. Either car or bike, one thing is sure that it will be your best experience ever.
But try to avoid a road trip in the monsoon season as many of the roads are quite thin between Dehradun to Mussoorie which will make a hurdle in between. If you are not a professional driver then we personally recommend you to take a driver with you because the climbing road from Dehradun to Mussoorie is very inclined and dangerous.
You can also visit this pleasant state through the bus also. You can get a direct bus to Dehradun from Delhi and can change a bus to Mussoorie from Dehradun.
There exists a railway station in Dehradun. So if you are planning to visit Dehradun via train, then you can book a train from any part of India and reach Dehradun. After reaching Dehradun railway station, you can book a cab from transportation.
Also, you can rent a bike for more convenience. In this way, you can enjoy further journeys with more joy.
There is an airport in Dehradun named Jolly Grant Airport. You can easily travel via flight and book a cab or other options by your convenience to travel to Mussoorie after reaching Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun.
If you are a tourist coming from other countries, you can take a flight to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. And from Delhi can choose any of the ways from the road, train, and air to reach Dehradun.
Places to Visit in Dehradun and Mussoorie
There are numerous places to travel in Dehradun and Mussoorie. But to be specific, some of the places you should surely visit if you are planning a trip to this place.
A brief list of those places is listed below:
Robber’s Cave , which is also known as Gucchu Pani, is a river cave formed in the Himalayas, about 8 kilometres from Dehradun, Uttarakhand. This place is believed to the home of Lord Shiva and is very close to Sahasradhara or ‘The Thousandfold Springs’ in Uttarakhand. The way river flows out from the middle of the cave makes it unique.
Sahastradhara Natural Spring:
When traveling to Dheradun, must not forget to visit Sahastradhara, which is considered as an exotic picnic spot. The name literally means ‘The Thousandfold Spring’ that flow down the beautiful green hills in the valley. The amusing beauty of this river and its spring attracts thousands of visitors not only from India but around the globe. Also do not forget to take your camera to take amazing pictures of this natural beauty.
The Tapkeshwar Temple or Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, is located at a distance of 6.5 kilometres from the city centre of Dehradun. It’s a cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, thihs temple is located at the banck of river that makes it even more amusing. This cave was once the home of the famous Guru Dronacharya and hence is also known as Drona Cave.
Ram Rai Gurudwara:
Established by ‘Ram Rai’, the eldest son of the seventh Guru of the Sikhs, Sri Har Rai ji in 17th Century, Ram Rai Gurudwara in Dehradun is one of the oldest Gurudwara and a popular pilgrimage center of the Sikh religion.
An annual fair is held every year on the 5th day after Holi.
Kalinga War Memorial:
This place is located along the Sahastradhara road, Kalinga War Memorial was established by the British to honor the Gurkhas. The only war memorial of its kind which was built was Britishers to honor their foe, Kalinga War Memorial is symbol of pride for Gurkha community.
Dehradun International Cricket Stadium:
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in the Raipur
The Mall Road:
Located in the heart of Mussoorie, the Mall is a beautiful place with benches and lampposts filled with modern shops, video game parlours and skating rinks.
This place is great for getting good photographs from your trip.
Kempty Falls is a waterfall in Ram Gaon located at the south of Kempty, in the Tehri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand, India. This place is 13 kilometres from Mussoorie towards Chakrata Road, and 45 kilometres from Dehradun. Kempty falls is nearly 1364 meters above sea level.
Sir George Everest’s House:
This highest peak in Mussoorie got its name from Sir George Everest who measured the altitude of Mount Everest. And for people visiting the Sir George Everest’s House, its like a dream come true to have a glance at the place where such a great man lived his entire life.
Clouds End is located about 7.5 km away from Mussoorie Library road. Unlike other tourist spot of Mussoorie, this place holds another level of peace and tranquility in the air.
Gun Hill Point:
This place with and amazing view of nature is considered as one of the highest point of Mussoorie. Gun Hill Point is located at 2020 meters. And a 400 meters long route of rope way is used to reach there.
Dhanaulti is on Mussoorie – Chamba road, at an altitude of 2,250 meters. This place offers remarkable peace and soothing views to eyes. Dhanaulti is away from the crowds, busy market places and pollution.
Shikhar Falls is a waterfall picnic spot located around 13 kilometers from Dehradun in Kairwaan village of Raipur. Reaching the waterfall requires a 1 km hike on the rugged terrains. This place adds on an extra beauty to the serenity of Mussoorie.
Best Weather for you to visit Dehradun and Mussoorie
Though you can visit Dehradun and Mussoorie throughout the year. But if you all planning to get the most out of this trip, you should visit this place in the summer season (March to June). This is the time when the weather is very clear and pleasant due to which you can make many happy memories of this trip. The minimum temperature during this time is around 15 degrees Celsius and the maximum is 35 degrees Celsius(may vary month to month).
If you love rains and want to cherish the cool winds, then this time is for you. This is the time when the monsoon season starts and nature is at its best with many shades of blue and green. You can visit anytime between July to September to witness the beauty of Dehradun and Mussoorie. The minimum temperature during this time is around 22 degrees Celsius and the maximum 31 degrees Celsius.
From the months of October to February, there exists the winter season when the temperature decreases to 2 degrees Celsius in the months of December. Dehradun does not give you the pleasure of snow but if you are lucky, you can witness snowfall in Mussoorie.
Things to do in Dehradun and Mussoorie
Trekking at Har ki Dun
Located away from the main city, this beautiful valley is situated at a height of 3,566 meters above the sea level. This is one of the most accessible places to trek in Dehradun.
Here you will be treated to the sights of lush pine forests as well as rolling mountain peaks. You can also spot local villages along the way which offer great insight into the culture of the area.
Spot animals at Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is the place to go if you are an animal and nature lover. Don’t forget to carry your camera to capture images of the stunning flora and fauna.
The Rajaji National Park is home to a number of animals too such as tiger, leopard, Himalayan bear, cheetah, barking deer, sloth bears, snakes, elephants and more.
Paragliding over Dehradun
If you’re looking to satiate your adventurous streak, then you must try your hand at paragliding while visiting. Here you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Dehradun, Mussoorie, Chakrata, Tehri and Rishikesh.
Some of the best places you can book a session include National Adventure Sports Academy and The Great Himalayan Adventures.
Water Park Fun at Fun Valley
This place can be considered as a remarkable entertainment zone for you and your family when visiting Dehradun. This amusement park has a lot to offer including a vast interior complex, multi-cuisine restaurant and kiosks.
There are thrilling rides in an exciting waterpark, deluxe rooms and a motel. It gets a little crowded on the weekend, so if you can try to visit during the week.
Shopping at Paltan Bazaar
For those who are looking for a little retail therapy in Dehradun, the Paltan Bazaar is the place to pick up everything from a range of fabrics to jewelries and other stuff . There are also a large number of shops selling various eatable items also.
Here you can find great things to take back home as well as a few malls such as the Crossroads Mall and Pacific Mall, which are worth checking out.
A Visit to Binog Wildlife Sanctuary
Although this sanctuary is located away from Mussoorie, it is worth visiting if you are in the hill station. Great for the kids and the family, at this sanctuary you will come across a few wild animals, plenty of trees and some exotic birds. There is a trekking trail at Benog that is pretty easy to complete. From the sanctuary, you can get stunning views of the snow-clad Chaukhamba and Bandar Punch mountains.
Location: Rajaji National Park
Cost : Free
Timing: 7 am to 5 pm
Trek to Hathipaon
If you love going on treks or walking through nature trails, this activity is just for you. The Hathipaon walk will take you through the forest as you come across a variety of flora and fauna. On the walk from Happy Valley, you will also get to see birds. Once you reach Hathipaon, there are a few camping sites where you can chill for a bit, before heading back.
Location: Happy Valley
Cost: Treks begin from Rs. 1,000 per person
Timing: Sunrise to Sunset
Ropeway to Gunhill
Every tourist who comes to Mussoorie has to experience the ropeway trolley to Gun Hill. This hill is the second highest in Mussoorie and the views you get on this 400-meter journey are stunning. There is so much greenery and the landscape is so beautiful that it is almost magical to see.
Location: Gun Hill
Cost: Rs. 75 per head
Timing: 10 am to 6 pm
There is no better way to explore the heights and soak in the surrounding hills than by going paragliding. If you are in Mussoorie, you have to experience this amazing adventure sport. It is conducted almost everywhere in the hill station by experienced trainers and you are given the latest safety equipment.
Location: Mussoorie Lake and Jharipani
Cost: Rs. 4,000 per head per round
Timing: 10 am to 6 pm
Sky-Riding at Adventure Park
Mussoorie is one of the best places for adventure sports in North India. The hills here offer the perfect platform for parasailing, rock climbing and ski riding, which is becoming a popular adventure sport in this part of the world. You will pass through a zipline between two mountains from where you can catch stunning glimpses of the forests nearby.
Location: Mussoorie Adventure Park, Cloud End Estate
Cost: Rs. 1,500 per round
Timing: 10 am to 6 pm
White Water Rafting
The moving rapids of the rivers in Mussoorie are the perfect setting to enjoy rafting. Conducted by professional instructors under a stringent safety environment, rafting is a good way to explore adventure sports in Mussoorie. The Uttarakhand Tourism Board is one of the finest rafting operators in Mussoorie.
Location: The Aglar and Yamuna Rivers
Cost: Rs. 4500 per head
Timing: 9 am to 5 pm
Go for a drink to Hilltown Bar
Mussoorie has a great drinking scene, with many upscale bars. These include The Tavern and Nostradamus – The Rooftown Bar. At these bars, you can enjoy a quiet drink (take your pick from Indian and international brands) or a good meal (Indian and international cuisines are available).
Location: All over the town
Timing: Up to 11 pm
Famous Food of Dehradun and Mussoorie
Chilli Momos at Kalsang, Dehradun
The service and ambiance of this place is truly amazing. But this place is very famous for its food. This Kalsang branch is a Chinese and Tibetan joint and offers a vast variety of food worth trying. From Thenthuk to Thupka, and fluffy Tibetan buns to sugary fruit beer, everything has its own level of grace and taste. But the Chilli Momos here are the best which are very heavy in size and worth more than anything. Once tried, you will never ever forget its taste.
Ras Malai from Kumar Sweets, Dehradun
Kumar Sweets is one of the most famous vegetarian sweet shops in Dehradun, with a few outlets. This sweet shop offers all sorts of delicious sweets and Indian snacks and beverages. But the most famous dish of this sweet shop is Ras Malai which is served in khullars, is the best of its kind.
Aalo ke Gutke, Mussoorie
Aalo ke Gutke is the most famous dish in Mussoorie. It is prepared using roasted dry spices and boiled pahari aalos. It is the most loved food by the locals and tourists visiting Mussoorie.
Bhang ki Chutney, Mussoorie
Yes, you read it right. Bhang ki Chutney does contain bhang in it and is an awesome side dish made with bhang seed grounds and cumin seeds. Bhang ki Chutney is also made with hemp seeds. The seeds add a fresh aroma and a delicious taste. It is a local Garhwali recipe that can be normally served with a main dish to add to the taste of food.
Roast lamb, Mussoorie
It is a non-vegetarian dish with a garlic taste in it. It is a dish that every non-vegetarian lover should try. The taste of this dish increases when eating it in the Mussoorie Hills.
Chicken Kebabs, Mussoorie
Near the Mall Road, you will find many stall vendors cooking delicious kebabs. These kebabs are cooked in grills, served with naan and chutney. Any non-vegetarian lover must try these kebabs near the Mall Road.
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