Picturesque mountains in the backdrop, twinkling cityscape during night and a waterfall perfect to fend off your summer blues welcome you to the beautiful land of Mussoorie. This quaint little hill station is a perfect getaway for not only the harried traveller but also those looking to escape the blistering heat.

Whether it is boating on Mussoorie Lake or trekking to Gun Hill Point, this hilly retreat offers something for everyone. Even if you have visited the place already, there’s a chance you will find a new scenic trail or a secluded viewpoint on your next trip. So why not holiday in the ‘Queen of the Hills’ once again?

Looking for a guide to chalk out your itinerary? Take cues from this blog on places to visit in Mussoorie:

Places to visit in Mussoorie:

Kempty Falls Ram Gaon
Lal Tibba Bazar Road, Landour
Gun Hill Point Mall Road, Landour
Company Garden Bazar Road
Cloud’s End Hathipaon area
Jharipani Falls Dehradun-Mussoorie Road
Mussoorie Lake Dhobi Ghat
Sir George Everest’s House Khanij Nagar

1. Kempty Falls, Mussoorie

Kempty Falls, Mussoorie

Kempty Falls | #1 of 8 Best Places to visit in Mussoorie

No trip to Mussoorie is complete without visiting the much-famed Kempty Falls. The site was developed by a British officer in the 1830s for hosting tea parties and ever since, it has become a popular attraction in Mussoorie, especially for picnics.

Plunging from a height of almost 1,364 metres, these falls offer spectacular views of the valley around it. Bathe in the waters of the pool formed at the bottom of the fall, click some pictures, or sit by the side of the cascading fall and enjoy garma-garam Maggi with kadak chai. 

  • Location: Ram Gaon, Tehri Garhwal District
  • Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free (Extra charges for using the ropeway, starting at INR 120)

2. Lal Tibba, Mussoorie

Lal Tibba, Mussoorie

Lal Tibba | #2 of 8 Best Places to visit in Mussoorie

Perched on the Depot Hill in Landour, Lal Tibba is one of the highest viewpoints in Mussoorie. Just 6 km from the city centre, this vantage point rests at an altitude of 2,275 metres so you can only imagine the views from up here. The name of the viewpoint literally translates to Red Hill, which is a direct reference to the colour of the sky visible from here during the sunrise and sunset.

On a cloudless day, you will be able to view peaks like Bandarpunch, Kedarnath and Badrinath from this viewpoint. The telescopes installed at Lal Tibba let you soak in the beauty of it all from up close.

  • Location: Bazar Road, Landour, Mussoorie
  • Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 50

3. Gun Hill Point, Mussoorie

Gun Hill Point, Mussoorie

Gun Hill Point | #3 of 8 Best Places to visit in Mussoorie

The second highest peak in Mussoorie, Gun Hill Point is one of the most popular viewpoints in the area. Located at a distance of 1.7 km from the Mall Road, this viewpoint can be reached by a 20-minute uphill trek. Apart from a 360-degree view of the town and other parts of the Doon Valley, you will also be able to take in the views of Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Gangotri and Pithwara Himalayan ranges from here.

  • Location: Mall Road, Landour, Mussoorie
  • Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free 

4. Company Garden, Mussoorie

Company Garden, Mussoorie

Company Garden | #4 of 8 Best Places to visit in Mussoorie

At a distance of around 3 km from the Mall Road, the Company Garden in Mussoorie makes for a perfect spot to spend quality time with your family and friends. The entire plan of this garden was laid down by Dr. H Fackner and it is maintained by the Garden Welfare Association of Mussoorie.

You will find beautiful fountains, lush greenery, colourful birds, and different varieties of flowers while taking a walk around the garden. If you are up for it, go for boating on Artificial Lake.

  • Location: Bazar Road, Landour, Mussoorie
  • Timings: 9 AM – 8 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 25

5. Cloud’s End, Mussoorie

Cloud’s End, Mussoorie

Cloud’s End | #5 of 8 Best Places to visit in Mussoorie

If solitude is what you are looking for on your next trip to Mussoorie, Cloud’s End is where you should be at. A scenic stretch of lush deodar and oak forests, this place is located 6 km from the Library Road and marks the geographical end of the hill town. You can reach Cloud’s End by trekking along the Hathipaon Road from the Happy Valley area.

Besides offering stunning views throughout the day, this place has the most surreal setting for watching the sun go up and down in the azure sky. Photographers find this place extremely beautiful, and you too might get your next Insta-worthy shot here.

  • Location: Hathipaon area, Mussoorie
  • Timings: N/A
  • Entry Fee: INR 50 

6. Jharipani Falls, Mussoorie

Jharipani Falls, Mussoorie

Jharipani Falls | #6 of 8 Best Places to visit in Mussoorie

Situated in the quaint village of Jharipani, about 7 km from the city centre of Mussoorie, is the stunning Jharipani Falls. Its charm lies in its secluded location that is not marred by touristy crowds yet. You can spend hours soaking in the beauty of the falls, clicking good pictures or simply appreciating the views of the scenery around the waterfall including those of the Shivalik range.

You will also find rare varieties of flowers in bloom at the site. The route to the falls is simple and can be easily covered via a car. However, after a certain point, you will have to trek for around 1.5 km to reach the falls.

  • Location: Dehradun-Mussoorie Road
  • Timings: Open all day
  • Entry Fee: Free 

7. Mussoorie Lake, Mussoorie

Mussoorie Lake, Mussoorie

Mussoorie Lake | #7 of 8 Best Places to visit in Mussoorie

A man-made lake yet one of the most beautiful sites in the city, Mussoorie Lake has become a popular tourist attraction recently. Apart from boating on the lake, you can try water zorbing and zip lining here. Oh, and now you can also do paragliding just a short distance away from the lake.

There are several small souvenir shops, restaurants and a horror house near the lake. So after you have had your share of fun at the lake, sit down for a delectable lunch or go for a shopping spree.  

  • Location: Dhobi Ghat, Mussoorie
  • Timings: 8 AM – 7 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 15 (Extra charge for other activities) 

8. Sir George Everest’s House, Mussoorie

Sir George Everest’s House, Mussoorie

Sir George Everest’s House | #8 of 8 Best Places to visit in Mussoorie

Located 6 km from Gandhi Chowk in Mussoorie, Sir George Everest’s House dates back to the year 1832. Better known as The Park Estate, this place once served as the home, laboratory and observatory of Sir George Everest. From measuring the highest mountains to scaling the distances between the mountains of the North, Sir Everest has done it all from this place.

Do visit the observatory to find some insightful information about his life and work. The views from the summit atop which the heritage building sits are strikingly beautiful especially when they are covered in mist. So, even if the history doesn’t interest you, the vistas definitely would.

  • Location: Khanij Nagar
  • Timings: N/A
  • Entry Fee: N/A

While a trip to Mussoorie is all about the views, the hot chai and trekking to the best viewpoints, do not forget to take a stroll along the Mall Road. The bakeries and restaurants here serve some of the tastiest sandwiches and cupcakes. Plus, you can stock up on some souvenirs that you will only find in the hills, to take back home. So for your next weekend getaways from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Dehradun, or other cities up north, explore the best of Uttarakhand and its beauty at the pretty little town of Mussoorie. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Mussoorie:

Q: Which is the nearest airport to Mussoorie?

A: The nearest air gateway to Mussoorie is Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport, located at a distance of about 60 km. Flights from all major cities in India ply to Dehradun airport via Delhi.

Q: What are the different ways to reach Mussoorie from Dehradun?

A: You can take a bus from Dehradun railway station to reach the opposite ends of Mussoorie's Mall Road -- Library and Picture Palace. Another option is to hire a taxi from Dehradun to Mussoorie; the road journey will take approximately one and a half hours. You can even find a bike on rent in Dehradun to travel up to Mussoorie.

Q: How to get around Dehradun?

A: Most parts of Dehradun will have to be covered on foot; however, rickshaws are allowed in some parts of the city. For travelling to nearby attractions like Kempty Falls, taxis can also be hired. Another option for local sightseeing is GMVN -- a government-operated 2X2 seater vehicle.

Q: Where to shop in Mussoorie?

A: The best shopping places in Mussoorie include Tibetan Market and Library Bazaar on Mall Road, Landour Bazaar and Kulri Bazaar.

Q: Suggest some places to visit in Mussoorie for food lovers.

A: If you're a foodie, you must visit popular restaurants and cafes in Mussoorie like Char Dukan, Cafe by the Way, Emily's, Kalsang, Little Llama Cafe, Chic Chocolate, Lovely Omelette Centre and Tavern.