Musoorie - Rishikesh Break(5 Nights)

Dehradun, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Dehradun

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Holiday Overview

Laxman Jhula
Ganga River as seen from Rishikesh
Reserve forest on the otherside of the Ganga (Nivalink Trip Dated - 20 February 2006)
Ram Jhula (Photo Courtesy: Asis K. Chatterjee)
White Water Rafting (Photo Courtesy: Daniel Echeverri)
Views from Musoorie
Summer Views from Lal Tibba
Lake Mist
Views from Sir George Everest House in Summer
Nag Devta Temple
Mall Road in Mussoorie in evenings
Views from Mussoorie (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 May 2013)
Views from Mussoorie

Musoorie - Rishikesh Break is an all-season short break combining popular hill station / getaway of Mussoorie and riverside destination of Rishikesh.


Mussoorie(3) - Rishikesh(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive at Mussoorie
  • Day-2 In and around Mussoorie
  • Day-3 In and around Mussoorie
  • Day-4 Mussoorie - Rishikesh. In and around Rishikesh
  • Day-5 Day visit to Haridwar with Evening Aarti or White water rafting / Adventure at Rishikesh or Visit to Rajaji National Park
  • Day-6 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Mussoorie - Gun Hill (0.50 kms), Mall Road Mussoorie (0.50 kms), Mussoorie Lake (5.00 kms), Sir George Everest House (6.00 kms), Nag Devta Temple (6.00 kms), Bhatta Falls (8.00 kms), Jwala Temple (9.00 kms), Jharipani Fall (9.00 kms), Lake Mist (10.00 kms), Himalayan Weavers (16.00 kms)

Rishikesh - Triveni Ghat (2.00 kms), Rishikund (2.00 kms), Ram Jhula (4.00 kms), Lakshman Jhula (5.00 kms), Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh (20.00 kms), Neelkanth Mahadev (30.00 kms), White Water Rafting (30.00 kms), Wildlife and Bird Watching in Rajaji National Park (40.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Dehradun Departure - Dehradun
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
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  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Rajaji National Park offers excellent Bird watching and therefore recommended for nature centric travellers / bird watchers.

  • Dehradun to Mussoorie -30 kms (1 hrs)
  • Mussoorie to Rishikesh -74 kms (2 hrs)
  • Rishikesh to Dehradun -45 kms (1.5 hrs)

Dehradun - Mussoorie(3) - Rishikesh(2) - Dehradun

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive at Mussoorie Arrive at Mussoorie by late afternoon. Mussoorie (6500+ ft asl), is a renowned (but a bit crowded) hill station and a popular getaway at 30 kms from Dehradun. Visit Mall area in the evening.

Day-2 In and around Mussoorie Take Cable car ride to visit Gun Hill Point or visit Sir George Everest House (Offering Himalayan views). Visit Kempty falls / Lake Mist / Mussoorie lake in the afternoon.

Day-3 In and around Mussoorie Half-day excursion to Dhanaulti Ecopark, 30 kms from Mussoorie. OR undertake local sightseeing Jhari pani, Jwalaji Temple, Nag Devta Temple OR visit Craft village of Himalayan Weavers OR do a 3 km trek to Bhatta falls.

Day-4 Mussoorie - Rishikesh. In and around Rishikesh Travel to Rishikesh (2000 ft asl - 74 kms - 2 hours). Rishikesh is a Ganga riverside destination, renowned for its riverside and spirituality experiences that it offers. Visit to Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Rishikund and other Ghat areas of Rishikesh. Guests can also visit Neelkanth Mahadev (30 kms - 1 hour one way), time permitting.

Day-5 Day visit to Haridwar with Evening Aarti or White water rafting / Adventure at Rishikesh or Visit to Rajaji National Park Day visit to Haridwar, a renowned pilgrim destination at 20 kms from Rishikesh. Chandidevi Temple (cable car ride) is a Shakti Peetha temple here. Har Ki Pauri is where evening Aarti is conducted and the aarti is renowned for being one of the definitive spiritual experience (even though the area gets very crowded). Alternatively guests can opt for White water rafting (Half day) or visit adventure sports centre here that offer Bungee Jumping or opt for a a Visit to Rajaji National Park (Park Closes April 16th onwards. Rajaji is considered excellent for bird watching).

Day-6 Departure After breakfast depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Mussoorie :

  • Gun Hill - A view point accessible via a cable car ride from Mall road. There is also a reservoir here.

  • Mall Road Mussoorie - Kind of popular hangout place for the evening having lots of shops and hotels. The access to the Mall road is generally restricted for vehicular traffic and therefore guests are free to roam around. Mall road is less extensive and intersting than one at Shimla.

  • Mussoorie Lake - A Lake few kms before Mussoorie on Dehradun Road and is popular with tourists for a bit of boating and photo opportunities.

  • Sir George Everest House - Home of George Everest (after whom Mount Everest was named), first Surveyor General of India. The area offers excellent Himalayan views.

  • Nag Devta Temple - Lord Shiva temple at 6 kms from Mussoorie offering excellent views of the Doon Valley and area around Mussoorie

  • Bhatta Falls - Bhatta Falls are a set of waterfalls and a popular picnic spot situated 8 kms from Mussoorie that includes a 3 km easy hike.

  • Jwala Temple - Jawalaji Temple is set at 9 kms from Mussoorie at 6000 ft asl surrounded by thick forest offering views of Yamuna Valley and Doon Valley. .

  • Jharipani Fall - Jharipani Waterfall are a set of waterfalls at 9 kms from Mussoorie of which last 1.5 km is a walk / hike.

  • Lake Mist - A Lake located 5 km before Kempty falls and where tourists arrive for a bit of boating and photo opportunities.

  • Himalayan Weavers - Himalayan Weavers are artisans who produce hand-woven shawls, stoles, scarves and throws using only natural dyes and wool, eri silk and pashmina. Guests interested in purchasing authentic crafts directly from artisans visit this place. Here aim is to produce high quality handloom products, popularize the use of environmentally friendly natural dyes and provide a market for craft products made in the Himalayan region

Rishikesh :

  • Triveni Ghat - Evening aarti is performed at Triveni Ghat. Ashes of the dead and ceremonies related to Shradh are performed here. Triveni is also a bathing Ghat where pilgrims take a dip in holy Ganga River.

  • Rishikund - Rishikund is a holy pond and where Shani temple is situated. Rishikund is a popular pilgrim visit option.

  • Ram Jhula - Ram Jhula is a bigger and more picturesque than Lakshman Jhula but surprisingly lesser known. It leads to a few known Ashrams in the area.

  • Lakshman Jhula - Lakshman Jhula (1939) is a 450 ft hanging rope bridge on river ganges near Tapovan area in Rishikesh. It connects guests arriving on the other side of the river to the bathing ghats area. Its believed at this place Lakshman (Brother of Lord Rama) build a jute bridge to cross over the river and therefore the spot is also considered holy. A five storey temple is built on the other side of the bridge.

  • Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh - Jumping Heights, an adventure company offers Bungee Jumping and other adventure facilities enroute Neelkanth Mahadev temple at about 20 kms from Rishikesh. This is first of its kind facility in India having Jump of about 80 meters. Other activities comprise Flying fox.

  • Neelkanth Mahadev - Lord Shiva temple at 30 kms from Rishikesh, set on a hill offering good views. This is the place where Lord Shiva is believed to have drank the venom produced during Sagar Manthan

  • White Water Rafting - Rishikesh is very popular for its rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges). Season: September-November and March-April-May are ideal for rafting. Camps are set up between Mid-Sept and Mid-May by the river that facilitate rafting. Camps here conduct half day and full day rafting with Class III and Class IV Rapids with a lunch break in between.

  • Wildlife and Bird Watching in Rajaji National Park - Rajaji National Park is one that is visited ex-Haridwar (25 kms) / Rishikesh (40 kms). 23 species of mammals are found in Rajaji National Park alongwith 315 species of birds. Jeep Safaris are conducted here by the forest department.

Destination Overview

Dehradun - Dehradun is capital city of Uttaranchal State (Now "Uttarakhand") and therefore visited by business traveler. Its an access point to many destinations in the area including Mussoorie, Kanatal, Chamba etc. Dehradun is home to some getaway resorts and destination spas as well.

Mussoorie - Mussoorie (Around 6500 ft) is a British era hill station at just a little less than 30 km north of Dehradun. Mussoorie over the years has become more of a weekend getaway rather than a tourist destination.

Rishikesh - Rishikesh is a situated on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga) and staying on the banks of the River and a base point to visit many destinations around the area including Rajaji National Park, It is also access point to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri (known collectively as the Chaar Dham).

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  • Dehradun to Mussoorie -30 kms (1 hrs)
  • Mussoorie to Rishikesh -74 kms (2 hrs)
  • Rishikesh to Dehradun -45 kms (1.5 hrs)

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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

Mussoorie Getaway

Mussoorie (6500+ ft asl) located 275 kms North-East of Delhi, on the Garhwal hills, was once a more

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  • Dehradun to Mussoorie -30 kms (1 hrs)
  • Mussoorie to Rishikesh -74 kms (2 hrs)
  • Rishikesh to Dehradun -45 kms (1.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Guests looking for a bit of tranquility could opt for Kanatal and Rajaji instead of Mussoorie and Rishikesh. Guests with a pilgrimage intent may actually opt for 1 night at Rishikesh and 1 night at Haridwar.

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