If you are traveling to Dehradun on a holiday, it goes without saying that you must visit Mussoorie as well. You would find the experience very refreshing as what lacks in Dehradun is complemented by the blessings that Mussoorie has. Read on.
Both, Dehradun and Mussoorie, are popular tourist places in India. Dehradun has long been known for its boarding schools, while Mussoorie is known for being the favorite abode of some of the famous literary and social figures, such as Ruskin Bond. Dehradun is a hill station and so is Mussoorie. Yet, you cannot compare these two against each other, after all. Dehradun has seen the onset of urban development of late, and much of its natural charms vanished because of that. While on the other hand, Mussoorie is still a hill town blessed by the gifts of nature. Both these places are not too far from the capital city of India, Delhi. You would often find a large number of people visiting Dehradun and Mussoorie from Delhi over the weekends. Most of the people visit both the hill towns on the same trip. In fact, Dehradun to Mussoorie taxi is a common sight between these two places.
As it is usually the case with the hilly areas, railway stations are a rare sight. But in case of Dehradun, the hill town has its own railway station as well airport (Jolly Grant Airport). The road that leads to Dehradun from Delhi goes through Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, and Saharanpur. Volvo deluxe buses and state tourism buses of Uttarakhand run through these roads on a regular basis. You can book a railway ticket till Dehradun on the IRCTC website or book a bus ticket online. Before you make your final plans, however, it is worthy to note that the journey to Dehradun is incomplete without a trip to Mussoorie. Since Mussoorie does not have its own railway station or airport, it is Dehradun from where you have to continue your trip further up. Actually, Dehradun and Mussoorie might be two different places altogether, yet the time distance between these places is just around an hour. It means you can board a bus or hire a taxi from Dehradun to reach Mussoorie. It is best to reserve a Dehradun to Mussoorie taxi which you can rent at a reasonable fare. It is comfortable and if you are traveling in a group, convenient as well. The Dehradun to Mussoorie taxi runs on a shared basis as well, which you can go for, if you are traveling solo.
So, enough about the plans and travel tips, which are the most popular places that you cannot afford to miss during your Dehradun Mussoorie trip? Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Robber’s Cave, Tapkeshwar Temple, Sahastradhara, etc. are some of best places to visit in Dehradun. Chetwode Hall of Indian Military Academy is another nice place to experience. Malsi Deer Park is also a place that offers some recreation. So, after you have seen these places, go on to Mussoorie where the best of nature awaits you. As soon as you head to Mussoorie, you would see winding and twisting hilly roads, narrowing at times, going uphill. There are hotels, restaurants, and residences in the hills around you and often you would feel tempted to alight and make a stopover to gawk over the beautiful houses or to stay in the resorts midway, perched quietly over the mountains and have a paved open corridor or stairs with small gates, welcoming and luring passers by for a restive sojourn. Mussoorie can be as charming as it wants to be. Mistful air, chill, clouds, hilly people, small markets, lonely paths, offbeat tracks, and so much to make your day. Lal Tibba, Company Gardens, Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, etc. are popular point of attraction in Mussoorie.
Dehradun is about 250 km from Delhi and hence it takes around 6 hours to reach the place by road. Dehradun to Mussoorie distance is 33.7 km and it takes about 1 hour and 13 minutes to reach.
Have a nice trip!