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8 Waterfalls in and around Mussoorie That You Must Visit on Your Vacation

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Mussoorie is a hill station nestled in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Most families, groups of friends, and couples who visit this tourist destination fall in love with its charming streets, scenic hill views, and mouth-watering delicacies. The appealing aspects of Mussoorie are the waterfalls that are located in and around the main city center. You cannot vacation in this hill station without exploring these waterfalls. A Mussoorie tour package that has a well-planned itinerary must include a visit to these awe-inspiring water bodies. So, it is imperative that you book a travel package that does not miss out on your chance to dance under the waterfalls on your vacation! Here are eight waterfalls in and around Mussoorie that you can explore on your trip:

1. Mossy Falls 

Being true to its name, Mossy Falls in Mussoorie are encompassed with live moss growing in abundance. These waterfalls are set only 7 km from the main city centre so you can easily reach them by taking a rickshaw or a private taxi. The setting is ideal for people who have a keen interest in nature photography as the entire region is surrounded by pine trees. Trekkers who are used to hiking on difficult trails can also have a great time in this area. As one of the hidden treasures in Mussoorie, Mossy Falls is a place that you must visit on your vacation.

2. Jharipani Falls

Next, up on the list is Jharipani Falls named after the village where it is located. These waterfalls in Mussoorie are set at a distance of 8 km making them very accessible from any part of the city. You will be able to get a glimpse of step farming from these waterfalls as well. Wild bushes, beautiful flowers, and trees sprawled across the Jharipani Falls in Mussoorie make it can an ideal spot for a cosy picnic. One thing to note is that the road leading up to these waterfalls is unkempt most of the time. So, if you plan to take your own vehicle, make sure to park it at a distance and hike up to the falls on foot.

3. Kempty Falls 

These are the most popular waterfalls in Mussoorie without a doubt. People who have visited Mussoorie even for a couple of days do not skip visiting these falls. This is mainly because the Kempty Falls in Mussoorie are unique in their own right. Water falling from a height of 50 feet splits into five cascades making it a sight to behold. There are various other activities around these falls in Mussoorie that appeal to people from all age groups. These include boat riding in a nearby pond, picnic spots for small to large groups, ropeway riding, and many more.

4. Tiger Falls 

As the highest direct waterfall in India, Tiger Falls is a tourist attraction near Mussoorie that should be on your travel itinerary. With an elevation of 312 feet, this waterfall is a place for people who like to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can spend some quality time with your loved ones in this area because it is generally less crowded than other tourist spots near Mussoorie. This waterfall is hard to climb so people with a lot of hiking experience should take up the challenge.

5. Bhatta Falls 

 Bhatta Waterfall in Mussoorie made its name as one of the most popular tourist attractions since the local authorities have transformed it into a picnic spot. It is situated 7 km from the main city so you can easily find public and private transportation. The Bhatta Waterfall in Mussoorie is popular among families due to the children’s park located near its water pool. There are some local street food stalls in this area as well. If you plan to spend a couple of hours near these falls, then carrying your own food and beverages is highly recommended.

6. Sahastradhara Falls 

There are several sulphur water springs in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Also known as “hot water kundas”, these are remains of volcanoes that were active thousands of years ago. Sahastradhara falls is a hot water spring near Mussoorie with caves that make it a surreal place to visit. The literal meaning of Sahastradhara is “a thousand-fold” that truly defines the ethereal environment around this waterfall. It is situated near the city of Dehradun so tourists can reach by bus, autorickshaw or private taxi. A ropeway near the falls can be taken up to a flower garden and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

7. Neer Garh Falls 

Owing to its clear water with a deep blue hue, this waterfall has been named Neer Garh or Neer Gaddu. Neer Garh falls are perfect for people who are en route to Mussoorie, Badrinath, and other hill stations in the northern part of Uttarakhand. This is because this waterfall is located right on NH-7 making it quite accessible for travellers who are driving up to the hills. Neer Garh falls are very close to Rishikesh, thus, you can even take a one-day tour of this city. This would work well for people who have chosen a customizable itinerary.

8. Shikhar Falls 

Shikhar Falls is one of the most evergreen places near Mussoorie. This is simply because of the green vegetation that local farmers tend to all year round. Unique butterflies and birds can be seen in this area due to the presence of flowers and fruits. Although the waterfall is located 23 km from Mussoorie, you will not regret including this journey in your travel itinerary. Maggie lovers can satiate themselves as there are various stalls around the falls. Even if you do not love it, there is something about pahado wali maggie, isn’t it?

Places to Explore in Mussoorie 

Since Mussoorie has been a popular tourist attraction for a long time, the chances of having a gala time in this hill station are extremely high. Here are four places to visit in Mussoorie on your vacation:

  • Mall Road - No trip is complete without having a softy from one of the Mall Road shops in Mussoorie. The most popular area in the entire hill station is this road where you will find souvenir shops, handloom showrooms, handicraft stores, etc. There are various street food vendors selling hot momos, jalebis, and many other delicacies.
  • Jwala Devi Temple - This temple is dedicated to one of the avatars of Goddess Durga. Located in the hills of Benog, this temple is open every day from 5 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm. The evening aarti is an experience that will make you remember the soulful aura of this temple for a long time.
  • Benog Wildlife Sanctuary - This wildlife sanctuary is a part of the Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand. It is a haven for birdwatchers as a number of rare species can be found in this region. There are no entry charges so you can happily walk during the day and watch your feathered friends in all their glory.
  • Robber’s Cave - Did you know that Mussoorie had natural caves close by? Robber’s Cave in Guchupani is a hidden treasure that only a few travellers explore on their vacation. The entry charges are Rs. 25 per person between 7 am to 7.30 pm every day.

With so many waterfalls to see and places to explore, you need to plan your trip to Mussoorie right away!


November 05, 2021


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