Mussoorie – The Path Opener to Gangotri and Yamunotri

Mussoorie is the birth place of Gangotri, the origin of holy river Ganga and Yamunotri, that of the Yamuna. It stands at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. Mussorie unleashes a wide variety of activities for all kinds of tourists such as trekking, mountaineering, long forest walking down the nature’s path and exploring the past history of British occupancy in the town. Also known as the Queen of Hill station, Mussories soothes the inner eyes of the visitors.

Mussories, is a fascinating hill resort in the state of Uttarakhand. It affords a fairy land environment to the pleasure-seeking tourists. One can view from this city, the snow-clad peaks of the mighty Himalayas and the Doon Valley. Saharanpur, Roorkee and Haridwar could be reached, towards the south. Captain Young, a British Military officer discovered this site 1827 that was subsequently developed into a pleasant holiday resort.

Being a hilly region, Mussoorie is abundant with waterfalls and valleys. Trekking up the falls and taking view of the valley afford thrilling experiences. Waterfalls are the birth place of rivers and this stage of infancy exhibits the vibrancy of childhood, the cuteness in the shape of sparkling water. Visitors have the option to go to their spots of choice as briefed below.

Lal Tibba is the highest point in Mussorie that could be reached by a 5 km uphill walk for the Picture Palace. Kempty Falls could be reached by travelling 15 km by bus or taxi. Jhari Pani Falls is 5 km way from Library Bus stand. Bhatta Falls is 2 km trekking distance from Mussorie. One can take rest at the Mussorie Lake or enjoy boating on the lake.

Happy Valley could be reached by trekking few km only. The valley is house to settlement of 5,000 Tibetan. Their social life could be observed from a very close angle. Dhanaulti, 28 km away from Mussorie, originally quiet forest has now been converted to two eco parks, established by the Uttarakhand government.

On the way to Dhanaulti, a special feature could be witnessed at Himalayan Weavers that use natural dyes for producing shawls woven by hand, warm clothes for ladies, gents and kids, There are designated shops from where visitors could buy crafts of their choice at reasonable prices. Jawahar Aquarium provides special pleasure to children.

Trolley Ride to Gun Hill provides splendid view of the adjoining city and a whitish view of the snow-clad Himalaya. From the Gun Hill point, one can visit the government maintained Company Garden where children in particular enjoy artificial falls and fun rides.

Dalai Lama, after fleeing from Tibet, took refuge at the Buddhist Temple, The IAS Academy stands closer to this temple. Subsequently he was provided accommodation in the Dharmashala by Pt Jawaharlal Nehru. Everest House and Point, although in a dilapidated condition is worth visiting for it affords nice natural views.

Relaxation and revitalization are essential features to keep body, mind and soul in complete harmony so that the physical exhaustion, mental over-burdening and the psychological monotony could be removed and a refreshed and reactivated working schedule is resumed.