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Mall Road – Mussoorie’s Mall Road offers all that is expected from a typical Indian hill station. Restaurants and cafes coexist alongside videogame parlours and souvenir vendors. There are two opposite ends of the Mall Road, referred to as Library and Picture Palace sides by locals.

The Mall Road runs through the town and also offers pleasant views of verdant hills and valleys on almost every nook and corner. It is no doubt the throbbing artery of Mussoorie that gives it life.

Lal Tibba – This is as high as it gets in Mussoorie! Lal Tibba is the highest point perched at 2,346 metres above sea level, and a must-visit attraction.

Surrounded by dense clusters of pine and deodar trees, Lal Tibba gives you a chance to behold some of the most picturesque views of the Himalayan Garhwal mountain range called Bandarpunch or Hanuman’s Tail. Don’t forget to carry your camera – plenty of beautiful pictures to be taken here!

Kempty Falls – Located about 15 kilometres from the centre of Mussoorie, it is Mussoorie’s most popular tourist attraction. The cascading perennial waterfalls gush down from a height of about 12 metres. The best part about visiting the Kempty Falls is the fact that you can take a long cool bath under the falls!

Landour – This quaint cantonment town is perched on a steep slope about 4 kilometres from Mussoorie and offers an exceptionally rejuvenating experience with its unpolluted and peaceful environs. Landour offers panoramic views of the Himalayas, and is an excellent place for those who wish to relax in solitude.

Municipal Garden – About 3 kilometres from Mussoorie, the Municipal Garden is a beautiful picnic spot with a lake and a waterfall inside it. Initially known as the Company Bagh, the Municipal Garden is the ideal place to spend some time in solitude or go on a picnic with family and loved ones.

Happy Valley – Located about 2 kilometres from Library Bazaar, it is a large Tibetan settlement and a beautiful trail, which leads to Cloud’s End, a scenic spot located at the far end of the town.

Jharipani Falls – Situated near Jharipani village, the enchanting Jharipani Falls is approximately 7 km away from Mussoorie. The breathtaking view of Shivalik Range, species of wild flowers, creepers and shrubs that surround these falls will certainly leave you spellbound.

In addition to these, one can behold the beautiful Doon Valley and step farming fields, which lie on the other side of the waterfall. An ideal place for picnicking and some adventure, this fall is definitely a must visit.

Camel’s Back Road – “Surrounded by snow-covered hills and verdant valleys, Camel’s Back Road is a 4 km long stretch between Kulri Bazaar and Library Chowk. The road is so called owing to its natural layout, which resembles a camel’s hump. The serenity and surrounding greenery make this road ideal for refreshing morning walks.

From here, you can behold absolutely breathtaking sights of the Doon Valley. Lined with several food outlets and shops that sell handicrafts and traditional artefacts, this road serves as a popular hangout place as well. Apart for shopping and soaking up the atmosphere, you can indulge in horse riding in this pathway. ”

Gun Hill – “The spectacular Gun Hill is among the most famous tourist attractions of Mussoorie. It is the second highest peak in the region after Lal Tibba. There is an interesting history that backs the popularity of the Gun Hill. It is said that from this hilltop, the British used to fire a canon every afternoon to help the natives know the time.

Perched 400 ft above the Mall, this enthralling place of tourist interest can be reached through a cable car ropeway. This peak offers stunning views of snow-clad Himalayan ranges namely Srikantha, Bandarpunch, Pithwara and Gangotri. Besides, the splendid view of Mussoorie town and Doon Valley would leave you completely spellbound. The point has many shops, restaurants and stalls where one can indulge in games like balloon shooting and hoopla. ”

Lake Mist – The pristine Lake Mist is among the most beautiful attractions of Mussoorie – the Queen of Hills. Embraced by forest-covered terrains from all sides, this picturesque water body is an ideal place for spending moments of repose with friends and family.

Close to the lake, there are several waterfalls that are fed by the waters of the Kempty River. Here, you can enjoy boating in the emerald green waters or simply soak up the atmosphere by taking a stroll along the lakeside. To promote tourism, a number of accommodation options and multi-cuisine restaurants have been set up near the lake.

Lal Tibba – “Situated at an altitude of around 2290 m above the plains in the Landour area, Lal Tibba is the highest point in Mussoorie. This site was earlier known as Depot Hill, owing to the presence of a convalescent depot in the region. At present, it serves as the base camp of Indian military services and broadcasting towers of Doordarshan and All India Radio are positioned atop it.

The point is provided with a Japanese telescope that offers a panoramic view of the adjoining areas that are dotted with many old colonial buildings. Kedarnath, Badrinath, Bandarpunch and other Himalayan ranges can be clearly viewed from here with the aid of the telescope. ”

Benog Wildlife Sanctuary – “Around 11 km from Library Point, the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the popular Rajaji National Park. Home to a variety of rare and common fauna like Himalayan goat, panther, leopard, deer and bear, this park is among the most visited tourist destinations in the hill station of Mussoorie. The sight of several indigenous and exotic birds, including red-billed blue magpie, mountain quails and White Capped Water Redstart make this place a paradise for birdwatchers.

In addition to a large number of fir and pine trees, this sanctuary is populated with several medicinal plants. From here, you can behold spectacular views of the snow-covered Chaukhamba and Bandarpunch peaks. Abundant greenery, rich fauna and rare avifauna make this park a boon for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Visitors can undertake a trek to explore the wilderness of this place. ”

Cloud’s End – Cloud’s End is a wonderful stretch, which is around 6 km away from Library Road. Visitors can reach this magnificent natural attraction by trekking along the Hathipaon Road from the popular Happy Valley or by car. The path that leads to this mesmerising spot is replete with lush flora. Undeniably, Cloud’s End is an excellent place for refreshing walks or spending few moments of repose amidst pristine environs.

Mussoorie Adventure Park – “Mussoorie Adventure Park was established in 2003 with the aim of offering exciting adventure activities to the thrill-seekers and those who are young at heart. Operated by the Real Adventure Sports, which is a part of X-treme Adventure Sports Company, this park is among the largest adventure and tourism providers in the region. Backed by highly trained and experienced staff, Mussoorie Adventure Park strives to provide every visitor a safe, enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

The park is famed for sports like rafting, trekking, mountaineering, camping and climbing. In addition to these, thrill-stimulating activities like skiing, sky ride, valley crossing, parallel ropes, rappelling and zip lines are also offered. Adventurers will be excited to know that this park features one of the longest and highest zip lines in the Himalayas. Zip lines are operated under the guidance of experts from Colorado, USA. To satisfy the thirst of adventure, there can be no place better than Mussoorie Adventure Park – do pay a visit!”

Vinog Mountain Quail Sanctuary – Vinog Mountain Quail Sanctuary, also known as Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, was established in the year 1993. This beautiful sanctuary, spreading across an expanse of about 339 hectares, is a haven for birdwatchers. It is home to Pahari Bater or Mountain Quail (on-the-verge-of-extinction bird), which was last seen in the year 1876.

The natural essence and picturesque location are major stimulants that attract visitors to this sanctuary in large numbers. The Aglar River (tributary of the Yamuna River) flows through this sanctuary, adding to its overall appeal. Besides, visitors can behold snow-clad Chaukhamba and Bandarpunch mountain ranges from here.

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