Mussoorie is one among many wonderful hill stations in India that offer adventurous escapes. Located in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state, it is popularly known as the Queen of Hills for the Himalayan resources that it has been blessed with.
Any idea of vacationing or adventure in North India is incomplete if you have not kept Mussoorie in mind. Myriad adventure activities, several breathtaking landscapes and the best of shopping spots in hill stations of India — Mussoorie has it all. Hence, among all the several activities, we bring to you a list of 9 best things to do in Mussoorie.
1. Sightseeing with a difference – Cable cars and bridges in the sky
In the foothills of Garhwal Himalayas, Mussoorie is known as the gateway to Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines. Apart from several treks and temples, the town has lakes, gardens, waterfalls, and a lot more to keep a traveller hooked to its charm when trekking in Mussoorie.
Must do: Sightseeing in Mussoorie is altogether a different experience if it is combined with Cable Car ride and Sky Bridge. Here are the details:
- Cable Car: It is a 5-10 minutes ride from Jhulaghat to Gun Hill (2530 m high). The services are available between 10 am to 7 pm in winters and 8 am to 10 pm in summers.
Cost: INR 75 for a round trip
- Sky Bridge: This is the longest hanging adventure bridge in India made by wire, ropes and bamboos. It is a 300 ft long hanging bridge at a height of 80 ft, and can hold only 25 at a time.
Cost: INR 300
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2. Walk, Hike, Trek, and Camp – Explore those mountains
Mussoorie is full of mesmerising landscapes. Majestic mountains and lush green valleys, drenched in floating clouds, make walks and treks hard to forget. The road towards the Happy Valley from Library Head, from Valley View to Clouds End, and from Waverly Convent to Company Bagh are some of the most beautiful roads in Mussoorie. Walk down these roads and lanes you would know why walking is the best way to explore mountains. There are several trekking and camping options while you explore the wonderlands in Mussoorie, including:
- Nag Tibba Summit
- Bhadraj temple and forest trek
- Har ki dun trek
- Yamunotri Saptarishi Kund trek
- Dodital trek
Get the thrill of adventure by taking up treks and camping trips at Mussoorie. These undiluted times spent with nature provide you the much needed time for self.
Best time for trekking and camping in Mussoorie: All around the year except the monsoon months of June, July, August and early September.
Cost: The cost varies from one trek to another keeping in view the time taken, size of the group, distance and the quality of facilities provided.
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3. Some adventure on the ropes – Experience of a lifetime
Skywalk: Open for public, first time in the world, Skywalk is a new thrilling adventure. Fancy walking on a 360 ft long single wire rope at a height of 120 ft with free hands — excited? Safety is ensured as you are attached to a supporting wire with the help of a harness.
Zipline: While on a Zipline adventure, you are harnessed on wire rope with the help of pulley at the higher end and then made to slide with speed of 50 kmph to the lower end of a 330 ft long vertical.
Zip Swings: Zip Swings are a mix of Zip line and Giant Swing at the height of 80 ft. Harnessed with wire rope, you first go by zipping on the rope till the middle and then swing high at 80 ft. These three make up for the most fun activities in Mussoorie for families with kids and even couples.
Operators: The Real Adventure Sports, Snow Adventure Zone
Cost: INR 600 onwards for Skywalk, INR 300 onwards for Zipline and Zip Swings
4. Mountaineering – A true test of strength
Rock Climbing and Rappelling: Rock climbing and rappelling have been the most conventional among the mountaineering based sports. Mussoorie has various sizes of rocks ranging from 50 ft to 600 ft. One can choose according to their ability, physical fitness and mental toughness.
Caving: This is a new dimension of mountain adventure. Caving requires presence of mind, daring attitude, curiosity and guts. It involves thrill, overcoming fear, and passion for wilderness. 6 km before Dhanaulti, at Burans Khanda, there are several hidden caves surrounded by beautiful alpine meadows, trees, and breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. In fact, Mussoorie trekking and mountaineering are the best ways to test your strength!
Cost: INR 500 for rappelling and rock climbing, INR 3600 onwards for Caving tour for a group of 4
Operators: Zip Line Adventures
Mountain Biking and ATV Rides: Mountain biking and ATV riding give another dimensions to mountain based based adventure sports in Mussoorie and are the best adventure activities in Mussoorie. They are all about speed, control and thrill and are one of the latest ways of exploring vistas of the Himalayan landscape. Rugged terrains and steep slopes, though risky at times, provide great mountain biking experience in Uttarakhand Himalayas.
Cost: INR 500 per hour; post that, INR 200 per hour
5. Paragliding – Kissing the skies
Mussoorie is one of the best destinations for paragliding in India. Paragliding operators in Mussoorie, largely, offer joyrides on a two-seater glider operated by professional pilots with over 3000 hours of flying experience. This is surely the easiest way to taste the thrill and fun of free flight. It does not need any prior training or experience and one is never too young or old for it. The flights in Mussoorie are long rides of minimum 1 hour (15 km) up to 10,000 ft high.
Best time for paragliding in Mussoorie: All through the year, except for monsoons
Cost: INR 2000 onwards, a long flight of 60 minutes costs INR 10,000
6. Rafting, Boating, and Fishing – Playing with raging waters
River Rafting in Mussoorie is the most popular way to taste adventure in Uttarakhand. Swift-moving rivers offer a thrilling experience for white water rafters. These rivers flow through deep forests, rocky terrains, mountains and sometimes even along snowy slopes. Stretches along Alaknanda, Dhauliganga and Kali rivers have several challenging rapids. One can opt for a simple half-day tour and can raft from Barkot to Lakhamandal and Damta to Yamuna Bridge, near Mussoorie.
There are plenty of opportunities for fishing in fresh waters and one can avail of the fun of boating as well. The Aglar River and Yamuna River would provide you with ample opportunities for trout fishing. However, you will have to take permits from the Divisional Forest Officer of Mussoorie beforehand. There can’t be better things to do in Mussoorie in March.
Best time for rafting in Mussoorie: All through the year, except for monsoons
Operators: Uttarakhand Tourism Board
Cost: These are mostly customized plans inclusive of camping and vary as per the duration and the length of the expedition
7. Roller Skating – On your wheels, get set, roll!
It is indeed surprising that Mussoorie has India’s largest roller skating rink. If you are good at balancing, do try your hands at skating here. Give your feet some wheels, the body a swirl and you’ll feel the adrenaline rush giving you a pleasant high. Among the many skating rinks in Mussoorie, Jaypee Resort’s, The Rink in Kulri Bazaar and Disco Skating Rink, behind Tourist Office, are the popular ones.
Operators: Uttarakhand Tourism Board
8. Winemaking – Create magic!
Popularly known as vinification, the process of making wine is one of the most interesting things to learn in Mussoorie. Mussoorie hosts of several workshops that teach you the art of winemaking. One is taught to make a variety of wines from apples, pears, ginger, plum and grapes etc. Within a month, one can have ten bottles of exclusive wine made by their own hands. The recipes are mailed for later references. These workshops usually end with a wine tasting sessions. In fact, it’s one of the best things to do in Mussoorie in March.
Where: Hotel Devdar
Cost: INR 1200
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9. Shopping – For no trip is complete without it!
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Not the adventurous kind and wondering what to do in Mussoorie? Go for a shopping gig! The main shopping areas in Mussoorie are the Library, Kulri Bazaar and Landour Bazaar. The shops, here, sell curios, ethnic jewellery, and antiques. Beyond Kulri Bazaar a road goes 5 km up to the old cantonment area of Landour. Shops in Landour market sell Raj memorabilia, silver jewelry and books. One can pick up beautifully handcrafted walking sticks among other things from shops on the Mall. Just below the Mall road is a Tibetan market where one can buy sleeping bags, windcheaters, sweaters and shawls at very reasonable prices.
10. Food – Taste the delicious cuisine
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The cuisine of Mussoorie is mainly influenced by Garhwali and Tibetan food. So, you’re sure to find you favourite dimsums and Thukpas and noodle soups on your trip here. Food made out of rice, lentils, pulses, meats, and milk products are what you’re usually gonna come across here. Popular Garhwali dishes include Aloo ke Gutke, Jhangora ki Kheer, Bal Mithai, Singodi, Gul Gula, Bhangjeera, Malta Juice, Rose Juice, and more.
That’s it. We have given you one of the most complete list of things to do in Mussoorie. Plan your trip to Mussoorie and do share your experiences when you are back. Know more on what to do in Mussoorie? Let us know in the comments below
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