They city Mussoorie is a derivative of the word 'Mansoor', a type of shrub. Also called Mansoori by many Indians, the city is counted among the well known hill stations in the state of Uttarakhand as well as India. It is also very famous by the name of "Queen of Hills". Mostly the town is visited by married couples who come here for honeymoon, so it is also popular as a honeymoon destination in India. This beautiful city was discovered by a British military officer while on an expedition in the region. Its foundation was laid by setting up a shooting lodge.
Afterwards, the town developed as a preferred
destination for education, business, tourism and beauty. The
discoverer of Mussoorie also made the place as his residence after
being enamored of the natural beauty in the year 1820. The Queen of
Hills is situated in the foot hill of the Himalaya, at 2000 meters
from the sea level. The serenity, wonderful hills, flora and fauna,
attractive Doon Valley and Shivalik ranges are some of the major
crowd-pullers in Mussoorie, attracting visitors in hundreds and
thousands every year. Not only the Indians but travelers from abroad
also visit Mussoorie regularly.
Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration was built in Mussoorie where IAS and IPS officers are provided training after they qualified the exams. This is also one the reasons why people make plans to go Mussoorie.
Throughout the year people are accessible here, the best time to visit Mussoorie is from April to June and next from September to November. It is about 250 miles away from Delhi, in the North, the capital of India. This hilly resort is situated at a height of 6600 ft above the sea level.
There are plenty of picturesque destinations to visit in Mussoorie. You can plan to visit Gun Hill, where you'll enjoy riding ropeway on the second highest peak in Mussoorie. Municipal Garden, a beautiful park, has an artificial lake and boating facilities as well. Other popular tourists places include Children's Lodge, Camel's Back Road, Jharipani Fall, Bhatta Fall, Kempty Fall, Nag Devta Temple, Gun Hill, Municipal Garden, Van Chetna Kendra, Jwalaji Temple, Lal Tibba, Mussoorie Lake and so on.
This is, in fact, the biggest attraction for people visiting Mussoorie. If you're in the city centre, you'll need to cross the Mall to go to any part of the city. Taking a walk through this place is like undertaking a trip back into the colonial period of India.
The hill station of Mussoorie is popularly know for its adventure sports options as well. Trekkers from far and wide arrive here to indulge in fun-packed adventure. The Himalayan Adventure Institute holds regular adventure activities for tourists.
No matter which religion you follow, the Tibetan Buddhist Temple has a charm to attract almost anyone. The entire atmosphere around this temple remains immersed in divinity and peace. The temple lies in close vicinity of the IAS Academy along the Happy Valley Road.