Places to Visit Near MussoorieSituated at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, this beautiful hill station, Mussoorie, is a primary location for tourism in the Dehradun district of Northern India. Being at a distance of only 38km from Dehradun, this location is immensely accessed by tourists. With an elevation of 1880 meters, Mussoorie is a landscape portrait of verdant greenery carpeted all over and creating a magical scenic magnificence. Visiting this hill station is a invigorating and refreshing experience itself but for some more enthusiastic travelers it is always a good activity to know the weekend getaways or nearby famous tourist spots from Mussoorie. So here’s a list of some of the prominent tourist destination from Mussoorie which can be traveled in few hours time and enjoyed for a day or two.
DevprayagOne of the most popular religious destination and a prominent tourist spot is Devprayag, at the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Based at a height of 2723 feet this popular town is situated at the meeting point of two famous rivers of the country, Alaknanada and Bhaghirathi rivers. This also justifies the name Devprayag which in Sanskrit means the “Holy Confluence”. Apart from this, several other names are given to this religious place around 7th century, like Srikhand Nagar, Brahmapuri and others are popular among the locals. Often claimed as the “Gem of Uttarakhand”, Devprayag is also believed to be named after the popular Hindu sage Dev Sharma. According to the locals the place has huge mythological importance be it from the Hindu epic Ramayana or Mahabharat.
Being one of the popular tourist destinations Devprayag has several sightseeing spots which are a pleasure to visit. The confluence of rivers in Devprayag is one of the five popular river confluences in the country. Apart from its scenic beauty and the well managed suspension bridges over the river, it has huge religious significance which attract tourist round the year. Also famous temples like Raghunath Temple, Dashrathshila Temple and Chandrabadani Temple are some of most visited ones.
Distance from Mussoorie: 141km
Time by road from Mussoorie: 2hr 20 mins
Best time to visit: April to September
How to reach: The best way to reach Devprayag is by traveling through private hired cabs which takes a total time of around 3hours depending upon traffic and road conditions and the cost of travel is around Rs 3000. In other conditions one may travel to Dehradun and then to Pauri by UTC buses and from there again by private car to Devprayag. Though the cost in this way traveling may be quite less in compared to the previous one but the time taken for the journey would be more than 7hrs.
Yamuna NagarA prosperous and progressive industrial city, Yamuna Nagar is located by the Yamuna River. The city has mountain ranges on the north and Saharanpur in the east, Karnal, Kurukshetra and Ambala in the south and west. Since based at the foothills of the majestic Siwalik Ranges it has massive natural beauty to enjoy with the immaculate grace of the Yamuna River amalgamated with it. The city is majorly known for its plywood units which are available in the best quality here. There are many industries in Yamuna Nagar like paper sugar, petrochemical units etc. or to be precise some of the largest factories of these products in Asia, is present in Yamuna Nagar. A recently inaugurated one, is the thermal plant by the famous business house, Reliance Industries. Agriculture business also is quite prosperous with cultivation of rice , wheat, sugarcane etc.
Apart from the natural panoramic beauty of the place, on the eastern side of Yamuna Nagar lies Kaleswar Wildlife Sanctuary which is a treasure of several herbal medicinal plants like Khair, Tun, Sain, Amla etc.
Distance from Mussoorie: 135km
Time by road from Mussoorie: 2hr 40 mins
Best time to visit: October to March
How to reach: The best way to travel from Mussoorie to Yamuna Nagar is by taking a cab from Mussoorie to Saharanpur and from there take a train Jagadhri Station. The cab will take a time of 2 hrs and will charge around Rs1400 where the train journey is only for 30mins and the fare is Rs 168. One can do the same travel via Roorkee or by traveling to Dehradun and from there by train to Saharanpur and then Jagadhri. However the distance can be traveled by hiring a cab in 2hrs 40mins and the cost would be around Rs1900.
JagadhriBeing a twin town to Yamuna Nagar District, Jagadhir is an industrial town famous for its productions in metal ware, steel products and timber trading. It is the older town among the two and is an equally progressive in all parameters be it agriculture or industries.
Some of the popular tourist places in Jagadhri are some of the unique historical temples which provide a distinctive glimpse of the bygone era. There are Gauri Shankar Mandir, Guga Madi Mandir, Mansa Devi Mandir, Khera Mandir and Lathmar Mandir which are quite popular among the locals.
Distance from Mussoorie: 130km
Time by road from Mussoorie: 2hr 30 mins
Best time to visit: December to March
How to reach: The best routes to reach Jagadhri by railways which can be connected through Saharanpur station. The average cost of travel will be not more than Rs 2000 and the time of travel would be around 3hrs or more.
MoriBased on the Jaunsar Bawar region along the banks of Tons River, Mori is a popular tourist location in Uttarakhand. Nestled at 3700 feet above, this tourist spot is a part of Uttarkashi District. Often regarded as the “Gateway to Tons Valley” this is one of the best places in terms of scenic excellence in the country. Encircled with pine forest this is a beautiful location with enough holiday resorts providing the best facility like camping, barbeque and even water sports assistance in River Tons, the largest offshoot of fascinating Yamuna River. Other activities like jungle walk, trekking or rock climbing can also be done in Mori.
The main attraction of Mori, apart from scenic beauty are the numerous activities which help the tourist enjoy the place with fun, fulfillment and complete entertainment. The engaging sports and the thrilling adventures make it worth visiting.
Distance from Mussoorie: 132km
Time by road from Mussoorie: 2hr 10 mins
Best time to visit: April to September
How to reach: From Mussoorie there is not much traveling options to Mori and that is why the only and best way to visit is by travel is by hiring a private taxi to the tourist spot which will cost nearly Rs 3300.
YamunotriYamunotri is the sacred origin of River Yamuna. It the place from where the holy river starts its journey on the Bandar Poonch Parvat. Nestled at an elevation of 3293meters, this particular location has huge religious significance among the devotees. Though according to the geographical location River Yamuna starts from Champasar Glacier which is a location quite close to India-China border, at an elevation of 4421meters and the road to the same is quite difficult to reach. It is around 1km away from Yamunotri. However, the road to Yamunotri is also not very friendly since one need to trek up the uneven terrain amidst dense jungles which can be extremely difficult. However there are horse rides available for the devotees to reach the destination.
Since Yamunotri is a tourist location, the main attractions of this place are religious locations and natural beauty. Being one of holy pilgrimages of the country, the main attraction here is the Yamunotri Temple dedicated to Divine Goddess of the River. Janki Chatti and Surya Kund are important attractions here with thermal hot springs present in both the places. Apart from this “Divya Shila” in Kharsali Viillage is an important religious spots for the Hindu devotees along with the primitive temple of Lord Shiva present here.
Distance from Mussoorie: 142km
Time by road from Mussoorie: 3hr 20 mins
Best time to visit: May, June, September and November
How to reach: From Mussoorie the only way of traveling to Yamunotri is by hiring a cab. The distance to Yamunotri can be covered within 4 hrs in a cab and the costing would be around Rs 2800.
UttarkashiOften referred as the “Town of Temples”, Uttarkashi is a beautiful district of Uttarakhand, formed in 1960. Being at 1158 meters above the sea level, this place is quite prominent for the Hindus specially for its religious significance. The place has so many notable temples that it is often referred as the “Kashi of Northern India”.
Uttarkashi is flocked with visitors round the year specially for the finest religious spots like Vishwanath Temple, Karna devta Temple, Bhairav Temple, Kuleti Devi temple etc. The Nandan van Tapovan is a place with natural excellence along with being a pious shrine which makes it a must visit for devotees. Though the majority of religious spots are more in Uttarkashi, there are some good sightseeing places like Dayara Bugyal, a place for skiing on Uttarkashi –Gangotri Road, Har Ki Doon, Dodital, a beautiful lake, Maneri a newly developed tourist spot and many others.
Distance from Mussoorie: 165km
Time by road from Mussoorie: 3hr 30 mins
Best time to visit: All year round but majorly April to June
How to reach: Mussoorie to Uttarkashi can be comfortably traveled by private taxis which are easily available from Mussoorie. The time taken by these cars to travel the distance is around 3hrs 30 mins and the cost of travel remains around Rs 2400. No direct buses or trains are available in these routes.
LansdowneLord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India in 1887 founded this beautiful hill station which at present falls under the Pauri district of Uttarakhand. In the local vocabulary the hill station is named as “the Black Hill” which is based at a height of 1706 meters from the sea level. Lansdowne remains endowed with marvelous scenic beauty and remains engulfed with pine and oak trees forming a major location for eco-tourism. Office of Garwal Rifles and a camp of Indian Army is based here now.
Tourism is one of major source of income in Lansdowne. There are several popular tourist places here which are worth a visit. Kanvaashram, is one of the famous religious spots here which is a ashram adorned with natural lush greenery and River Malini flowing close by. Apart from this there is Tarakeshwar Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at 2092 meters atop the hill. Apart from this one can also visit Bhulla Tal, an artificial lake, Regimental Museum, Hawaghar, St John’s Church, St Mary’s Church and many others. For the trekking lovers, there is the beautiful trekking route called the Lovers Lane, trekking on which is a sheer enjoyment. Jungle Safaris are also available in Lansdowne tours.
Distance from Mussoorie: 179km
Time by road from Mussoorie: 3hr 10 mins
Best time to visit: March to November
How to reach: Mussoorie to Lansdowne can be travelled by stopping at Kotdwara and Saneh in a time period of 6 hrs and a traveling cost of Rs 2600 or a little more. For this one has to travel from Mussoorie to Kotdwara by a cab and from there traveling by Mussoorie Express or other trains to Saneh Road and from there to Lansdowne by traveling in a cab. Apart from one can also travel via Dehradun, Najibabad or Dehradun Kansrao to reach Lansdowne. However, the timing and cost is almost the same in all cases.
PauriSituated in the Kandoliya hills Pauri is a beautiful scenic destination and a popular tourist spot in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Snow capped mountains, series of high length pine and deodar trees and lush greenery is the key attracting feature of the place.
Located at 1650 meters elevation, the major sightseeing spots in Pauri are Chukhambha view point and Khirsu, a tourist spot 1700 meters above sea level. Kyunkaleshwar Mahadevi temple, Dhari Devi temple, Doodhatoli, Siddhibali Temple, Shankar Math, Jwalpa Devi Temple are famous temples here and popular tourist spots include Bharat Nagar, Adwani, Tara Kund etc.
Distance from Mussoorie: 184km
Time by road from Mussoorie: 3hr 15 mins
Best time to visit: March to November
How to reach: The best way to visit Pauri from Mussoorie is by hiring a cab since there is no direct conveyance available to the destination. Cost of travel would be no more than Rs 2600.
ChandigarhAt the foothills of Shivalik lies the capital city Chandigarh, of two major states of the country, Haryana and Punjab. The city is considered as the first ever planned city of the country. The city is one of the popular tourist destinations of the country mixing beauty with cosmopolitan life in the best way possible.
Some of the popular tourist places in Chandigarh includes Capitol complex, Rock garden, International Doll Museum, Art Gallery, Government Museum and many others. One of the principal attractions are the forest areas in northern part of the city which includes popular places like Nepli and Kansal forests, Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary and others. Gurudwara Koohni Sahib, Rose Garden and Chhatbir Zoo are popular tourist places.
Distance from Mussoorie: 188km
Time by road from Mussoorie: 3hr 45 mins
Best time to visit: September to March
How to reach: The most convenient and best way to travel from Mussoorie is by taking a cab to Dehradun which will take a time of 45 minutes and will cost around Rs 500 and from there HRTC buses are available which takes 4hrs 30 mins to travel to Chandigarh and the ticket fare is Rs306 only. Apart from this one can travel via Saharanpur or Nahan or Jagadhri too but in all cases time of travel taken is same but the cost of travel is much more.
Though this are some of the popular and close by tourist spots from Mussoorie at a distance cap of 200 kms but there are several other popular cities and scenic tourist destinations which are equally beautiful and there is much less hassle to travel from the hill station. Some of these beautiful tourist destinations are Meerut, Panipat, Kufri, Rudraprayag, Harsil, Gangotri, Patiala, Moradabad, Manali, Gomukh, Munnar, Rohtak, Delhi, Paanchkula, Karnal and Moradabad which falls under the distance cap of 300kms from Mussoorie.
Mussoorie itself is a hill station with numerous attractions and it remains encircled with sufficient number of captivating tourist places which makes the getaways from the hill station, even more exciting.