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What to do in Mussoorie?

Welcome to an almost like a fairy tale Mussoorie which once boasted private farms, two breweries, a polo ground, a racecourse, English shops, the Happy Valley Club, the Himalaya Club and the Mussoorie Library too. Naturally, the place was created purely for pleasure not work. Time has wrought its changes but much of Mussoorie’s heritage remains. No one can take away a honeymooner’s delight at the slow cycle of the five seasons: leaf-green Spring, golden Summer, cool Monsoon days softened by mist and sparkling with rain, blue Autumn with the full fragrance of apples and the honk of flying wild geese with the moon on their wings, and crystal clear Winter when Winter Line flares over the darkening Doon.

There were no motor roads into the Himalayas a little less than 200 years ago. At that time an Irishman named Captain Young rode up these mountains on horseback. He was on a shooting excursion. He rested on a meadow and asked local herdsmen what it was called. They thought he was referring to the shrub that dotted this grassy stretch and said “Mansoor”. The cool, green, wooded hills reminded Young of Ireland, so he built a hunting lodge and called the place Mussoorie. His hunting lodge attracted other British settlers and the hill station was born. And, slowly, it grew and grew.

Every year, when the heat of our Indian plains got too much for the Victorian sahibs and their memsahib, they fled to the cool mountains. And, in course of time, it became the everything-goes, vacation town of the Raj where red-roofed cottages, set in typical English gardens, dotted the forested hills.

Times have changed, but the old charm can be felt at Ilbert Manor. Following is the list of places to see recommended for our guests:

The colourful Mall has the following attractions

Camel’s back road takes its name from a rocky out crop in the shape of a camel’s hump. Along the road, a beautiful cemetery is located about mid way on the loop.

Gun hill is where a canon was used to sound out midday for many years. It is accessible by the cable car on mall road of a walking trail on camel’s back road.

The Mall road from Library end to Picture palace is a 3 km stretch of street vendors, shops and beautiful view of the Doon valley.


Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy road has the following attractions

The Tibetan Temple was the first of its kind to be built in 1960 by the Tibetan refugees , located in the happy valley area of Mussoorie.

Company Garden boasts a beautiful collection of flowers and plants in spring summer.

Sir George Everest house remains can be still found in the Park estate. Sir George everest, the surveyor-general of India from 1830 to 1834. It is after George Everest that the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest is named. It is 6 kms from Ilbert Manor and is accessible by vehicle, although the road is very rough beyond Hathi Paon. The place provides an enchanting view of Doon Valley on one side and a panoramic view of the Aglar River valley and the snow peaks of Himalyan ranges on the other. It is a wonderful walk from Ilbert Manor and a beautiful spot for picnic.


Landour

Char Dukan is in actual four historical shops popular for Maggi, bun omlette and coffee with other refreshments and beverages.

Lal Tibba is a 150 meters walk from char Dukan. The circular route bring you back to Char Dukan if you keep walking ahead of Lal Tibba.

Prakash store sells the imported consumable items. We recommend them for their jams, peanut butter and cheddar cheese.


Religious

Dhanaulti is a 24 Kms from Mussoorie. It is at an altitude of 2286 meters known for quiet environs amidst the alpine forests of deodar, rhododendron and pak. The eco park called Amber-Dhara is also a attraction. Further is the very popular Surkanda Devi temple.

St. Mary’s church at The mall.

St. Peter church in near Char Dukan.

Nag Devta Temple and Jawalaji temple is surrounded with thick forests and gives great view of Doon valley, Yamuna valley and Himalayan peaks.


Adventure

Mountain Bikes are on hire at Ilbert Manor and Mountain Trekking will be facilitated.


Weather

Summer (April to September)
Min 1 degree Celsius
Max 31 degree Celsius

Winter (October to March)
Min -6 degree Celsius
Max 11 degree Celsius