Road Trip to Mussoorie – The Queen of Hills

On 31st July ’09 we had Rakhi Holidays , so we decided to go to Mussoorie. I was accompnied with my parents. First we had to head to Dehradun where my grandparents and my brother stays.

No. of Adults from Delhi – Three
1. Myself – The solo driver
2. My father
3. My mother
From Dehradun to Mussoorie – Two
4. My Bhua
5. My brother

Car – Maruti 800
Total distance covered in the trip – 625 Km

So I started my M800 car from Rohini at 4 am . We crossed the bypass and went straight towards Wazirabad. After no tyme we were in Ghaziabad as the traffic was very less early in the morning. Then I maintained my speed we crossed the Meerut city at about 6:15 am. Every time earlier we go from meerut Bypaas but as it is quite risky in early morning so we decided to go through the Meerut city. By now the traffic was increased. As this whole NH-24 is one way traffic is quite a lot. After Ghaziabad we were on NH-58.
But roads condition is pathetic. Roads are not very smooth with a lot of new roads being made. Roads are being doubled from past 2yrs but still not completed.
We reached Khatauli about 7:15 AM . We wanted to halt there but Cheetal Grand was not yet opened. So we continued further.

Then after driving about 55 Km we turned right towards Muzaffarnagar Byepass. Nearly after 25 Km we reached Purkazi. Were we decided to halt a bit. There we stopped At Gupta Chat Bhandar which is quite famous. After a quick halt there we headed towards Roorkee.From Roorkee we turned left on NH-73 towards Chuttmalpur. After 48 Km we reached Chhutmulpur. From there we turned right on NH-72 towards Dehradun.After moving further Hills started.
Roads were now much better.


Mussoorie is a city and a municipal board, about 34 km from Dehradun
After 25 min of hills . We stopped At Dat Mata Mandir for 5min for Darshan. We were in Dehradun at 10:30 am. Visited my Bhuas place Just picked up my Brother and bhua and then we were off To Mussoorie.

Roads from Dehradun to Mussoorie were very good.

This hill station, situated in the foothills of the Himalaya ranges, is also known as the Queen of the Hills.Being at an average altitude of 2,000 metres (6,600 ft)[citation needed], Mussoorie, with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill Mussoorie is often attributed to a derivation of ‘mansoor’, a shrub which is indigenous to the area. The town is in fact often referred to as ‘Mansoori’ by locals.

We were enjoying alot clicking pictures and enjoying the nature. More pics to depict the nature.The highest point is Lal Tibba.Woodstock School is a Christian, international, co-educational, residential school located in Landour, a small hill station . It is one of the best schools.

There is also “Gun Hill”.Gun Hill is accessible by the cable car on the Mall road. It is the second highest point of Mussoorie at an altitude of 2123 m. After 1 and a half hour we crossed the Mussorie Mall road and headed towards Kempty Fall. The Roads were very good Till Now.

Kempty Fall was around 17 Km from Mussoorie.Kempty Falls was developed as a picnic spot by the British officer John Mekinan, around 1835. It is believed that, the name ‘Kempty’ is a derivation of the ‘Camp-Tea’, the tea parties that the British used to organize here.

Reached Kempty Fall parked the car. The place was full with tourists.

We went down till Kempty Fall from Ropeway. it was Rs 200 per person Just fro 2 Min.

After Kempty Fall again started for Mussoorie.

Reached Mussorie and parked the car. Then roamed around at the Mall Road. It was fun There were large no. of People. As we had less time in Mussoorie and we had to depart to Dehradun , here we only visited the Mall Road. But other picnic spots here include are –

1. Municipal Garden
It is picnic spot having a beautiful garden and an artificial mini lake with paddled boating facility. It is located at a distance of 4 km by rickshaw cycles, pony or by a car .

2. Bhatta Falls
7 km from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Dehradun Road near Bhatta Village. Accessible by car or bus up to Bhatta from where the fall is 3 km by foot

3. Jharipani Fall
Located at 8.5 km from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Jharipani road.

4. Company Garden is popular tourist destination. During season, the Company Garden has beautiful collection of flowers and plants

Views from Mussoorie were Awesome. Take a look.

After enjoying in Mussoorie. started for Dehradun again.

Reached back Dehradun At abot 4:30 pm . Then visited my Grandparents who live at Rajpur Road. Stayed there for 2 days.
Then headed towars Delhi on 3rd Aug’09. Started from Dehradun at 12 noon and reached back Delhi at 6:30 in the evening…
And so our beautiful journey ended :) :)


  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Dear Sahil,

    Very well written post supported with beautiful pictures. As I belongs to Uttranchal , during our summer vacations in school days, we use to go to Mussoorie from Dehradun. After that couples of time I went there for my official meetings.

    I wish you could have gone to Dhanulty also as it is not very far from Mussoorie.

    On the way to mussoorie their is a temple called Shive Rattan Kender. have you been their?

    Two days you were in Dehradun , did you explored Dehradun also?

  • Sahil says:

    Thnks Mahesh Ji, for ur kind words…Ya we visited the Shiv Temple on the route… And for Dehradun.. It is too like our second home…My grandparents live there , my Bhua lives there and my Chachu lives in Haridwar..So we visit Dehradun every 3 months…and haridwar too…And ya, I have fully explored Dehradun…

  • Rajeev says:

    Dear Sahil,
    I really like the way of your write up and your pics are really gr8. Keep up the good work…!!!

  • Ankita says:

    Again sahil….very nycly written and the pics are awesome…No need to visit Mussoorie now…It seems i hv jst visited the place…Gr8.. Keep it up…

  • Kartik says:

    Nyc description sahil…In dehradun did u also visit Shashtra Dhara….

  • travellers says:

    Hi Sahil,
    Mussoorie is one of the most glamourised hill stations in Northern India. Rightly so, I must say. And Dehradun-Mussoorie road perennially remains in good shape (curiously).
    I really enjoyed your trip. Keep writing.

  • Sahil says:

    Thnks Auro…ya mussoorie is the nearest Hill station of North so attracts lot of people…

  • Vishal M says:

    Your trip are well written and always with nice photos….Good Sahil

  • nandanjha says:

    somehow your pics are always very clear/bright :-), you look at them and they give a big +ive feeling.

    Read another account of Mussorrie in your free time

  • Gopal says:

    I belong to Uttarakhand , and in my views Mussoorie is the best hill station of not only Uttarakhand but also of the whole North India. It always remains in the hit list of the tourists.
    Very nyc short but good write up with brilliant pics.


  • nikhil asthana says:

    I had gone mussoorie around 8 years back with my wife & son but rather than travel by car we took bus from ISBT (pvt bus near Ritz). This is my favorate destination. I am also having M800, now I will plan to go there with my m800.
    Keep posting yr exp.

  • Sahil says:

    Dear Nikhil ,
    Being closest to Delhi , Mussoorie is my favourite Hill Station too. U will have no problems on the route with M800 car. Roads are good.


  • deepak singh chauhan says:

    Dear sahil
    apne to mere home ki yaade taza kar di jo mai kabhi bhul hi gaya tha ki mussoorie me mera 1 ghar bhi hai

  • shrikant gupta says:

    dear i really enjoyed your trip internet nd want 2 talk u on this no………08307289972……….i m owner of gupta chaat bhandar…………waiting 4 ur call……..

  • kaushlesh says:

    Really…very helpful post…….thx

  • saleem says:

    The DELHI-Modinagar-Meerut bypass- partapur-Khatauli-Muzaffarnagar-Roorkee stretch is now better due to Toll patches at approx. 170 kms. Can do in 3 1/2 4 hours..

    Delhi-Modinagar 45 kms. Takes about an hour .. Dabur-Mohan Nagar-Ghaziabad-Murad Nagar-Modinagar strech is all crowded at most times of the day though there is a bypass after Mohan Nagar now after hindon bridge via Raj Nagar Extension Housing project which saves you atleast 20 mins.

    Modinagar Modipuram Toll Gate 25 kms is a good strech with flyovers on the partapur bypass meerut and you can do 80-90 kmph here.

    Modipuram Muzaffarnagar 50 kms strech is the Best !! Once you pay the Toll you can cruise at 100+ kmph and pass the sakauti Tanda Rail overbridge and stop at Khatauli bye-pass @ Cheetal Grand.. This is Must Stop.. Excellent food and ambience/service. Muzaffarnagar bye-pass is also good.

    Muzaffar Nagar Roorkee 50 kms is a single road with oncoming traffic and just 2 lanes as soon as you exit MZN bye-pass.. 4 laning is in process in patches and will take another 2 years !!! Road is bad in patches and to add to it is the Trucks line for Uttrakhand Border tax. Easily 01 hour until you reach Roorkee.

    Overall 4 hours for 170 kms with a stop.. Safe strech though avoid Night driving and Kanwariya season in July..


    saleem says:
    January 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm
    Return Roorkee Delhi Trip .. 170 kms .. 4 hours

    Roorkee Muzaffar nagar bye-pass 50 kms . Road is not too good which is bad in patches. Being 2 lane and loads of traffic saharanpur/haridwar/Rishikesh/Dehradun/Mussorie it can be quite bad.
    Be careful of speedbreakers at Gurkul Narsan and Barla which have no markings and appear out of nowhere.

    Muzaffarnagar Meerut : 75 kms is an excellent stretch and can be done in an 0100 0115 hours. Once you start off from the MZN by-pass via khatauli bye-pass, Toll plaza at Mawana crossing, Modipuram, partapur meerut bye-pass its a great hassle free stretch with speed upto 100 kmph.
    Lots of food stops on this stretch starting with Cafe Midway/Mc Donalds/Haldirams/Bikano before Katauli and Cheetal Grand once you pass Khatauli.

    Meerut Delhi: 50 kms.. 0115 0200 hours . This is the worst strecth with you slowing down from the word go as soon as you exit from the Partapur byepass. Modinagar stretch for sure takes 30 mins minimum sue to bazaars esp. after 4 pm until 10 pm. If its the sugarcane / marriage season then Lord may help you !!! Then you have until Murad nagar canal of clear but packed traffic before you hit the Ghaziabad stretch to crawl again.. Take a right at the Hapur Mod tri-junction red Signal. This will take you via Raj Nagar extention housing societies.. and again take a right at the signal tri-junction after the traffic Triangle.. This is a pontoon makeshift bridge for LMV/2 wheelers and takes you straight to Mohan Nagar After this is smooth though packed traffic of Autos, tempos, buses, trcuks until you reach Delhi Border.

    Minimum 4 hours for this trip !!!!

    NO CNG on this route, though plenty of petrol pumps and Dhabas

    Cheers !!

  • sham12 says:

    i like it

  • KHAN V.A. says:

    Hi Sahil,
    You have picturized the Musoorie tour beautifully however your is not latest but I hope It will be beneficial for our Tour .I dont know what is the present road condition there .

  • Joginder Mann says:

    nice trip & fotos

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