Whenever I heard that Mussoorie is the queen of hills I always wondered the reason. When I got the chance to visit there personally and experience the majesty of that place myself, I couldn't say no. People told me that the road to the hill station is not good or there are lesser places to roam around, nothing could change my mind. After our road trip to Mussoorie, I can say now that the place deserves to be the queen of hills.
The hill station is 288kms away from Delhi, so it took 6-7 hours to reach the place by road. If you plan to visit Mussoorie by train or flight, then the nearest airport and railway station is in Dehradun only. Situated in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan range, Mussoorie is a much favored weekend getaway for those living in Delhi-NCR. One thing I have learned from personal experience is that one should visit the places in the off-season only if you want to enjoy the place all by yourself. During peak season, the roads are crowded, jammed, everything gets super expensive and you have to wait a lot for your turn.
Mussoorie stands at an altitude of 1,880 meters (6,170 ft) above the sea level. Mussoorie, as a hill station, was established in 1825 by Captain Young, an adventurous British military officer who came to these hills for shooting game. It is believed that the name of the hill station originated from a shrub locally called Mansoor behind the house of the Captain. The hill station is also known as Mansoori among the natives of the surrounding area till date.
This colonial hill station features some of the prestigious educational institutions of India, cozy cafes, old taverns, churches, bustling markets, and tourist spots to lure the visitors. It is one of the top hill stations in India, famous for a weekend getaway, and honeymoon destinations. Nature has gifted Mussoorie everything, which makes a place charming and angelic. Mussoorie offers spectacular views of the snow ranges to the north-east, glittering view of the Doon Valley and the Shivalik ranges to the south.