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Places Near Mussoorie

There are many places to see near Mussoorie. Visit Kempty Falls, a popular spot that is 15 kms from Mussoorie on the new road to Yamunotri. A bath in the pool at the foot of the falls is a must-do for tourists thronging the spot. Steps lead down to the pool around which tea stalls, shops selling towels and bathing suits have come up.

Other sites close to Mussoorie include Jharipani Falls, about 8 kms from Mussoorie, Bhatta Falls 7 kms. on the Mussoorie – Dehradun road and Mossey Falls 7 kms from Mussoorie past Barlowganj. The recently developed Mussoorie Lake, 6 kms down the Mussoorie-Dehradun road, has boating facilities.

Nag Devta Temple 6 kms away and the Jwalaji Temple lies atop the Benog Hill. Dedicated to goddess Durga (form of Shakti), the temple is surrounded by dense forests and has excellent views of the Himalayas on one side and the Doon valley and Yamuna river on the other.

The Yamuna bridge, 27 kms from town on the Chakrata – Barkot road is a good angling spot. Permissions are needed for fishing, which can be obtained easily from the Divisional Forest Officer in Mussoorie (Ph: 0135 – 632335).

Dhanaulti 25 kms from Mussoorie is on the road to Tehri. Surrounded by fragrant pine and deodar forests, this secluded resort is the ideal retreat from the hustle-bustle of Mussoorie. There is a tourist rest house and some private hotels that are reasonably good for an overnight halt. 8 kms from Dhanaulti is the shrine of Surkhanda Devi at a height of 8,000 feet. A motorable road connects up to Kaddu Khal, from where a two-kilometre climb has to be completed on foot. Grand sweeping mountain vistas can be seen from the top near the temple.

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