Gun Hill, Mussoorie

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: Nature, Photography, Adventure.
  • Entry Fee: No fee is required to visit the Gun Hill. However, the ropeway ride is chargeable at 75 INR per person.
  • Visiting Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Visiting Duration: 2 to 3 hours.

Mussoorie is a hill station born out of the fairy tales. Right since the tenure of the British rulers, Mussoorie was a much loved destination of all the hill stations in the Garhwal Himalayas. Because of the shining snow-capped peaks that set the sky on fire when the sun rises from behind them, Thus, as the township grew around the beautiful hill station, measures were taken to improve the lifestyle of the people. One such measure taken was the establishment of a canon on the Gun Hill that led the people in understanding what time of the day it was. Thus, following this practice, this second highest peak in this region came to be known as the Gun Hill and is a popular tourist destination in the present day.

Gun Hill
Photo by Rameshng, Public Domain

Traveller Tips

  • Even though the view from this point, especially the edges, is superb, you must refrain from looking down from the edges as the loose soil might skid under your feet any time.
  • This place is ideal for a family picnic. So, you can plan one in advance.

Things to Do There

  • Enjoy a short trek to the Gun Hill early in the morning while breathing in the fresh mountain air.
  • Take pleasure in standing on the second highest peak in Mussoorie.
  • Play games at the various stalls and take back little gifts awarded to you for your victory.
  • Enjoy the delicious local cuisine.

Availability of Guides

There are some guides at the Gun Hill to help out the tourists for a nominal fee.

Best Time to Visit

If you want to feel the cold wind piercing through your body which is an adventure by itself, visit the Gun Hill in winter to make your trip a memorable one.

How to Reach

The Gun Hill is located at a distance of 1.7 km from The Mall, Mussoorie. This place can be reached either by a short trek or by taking a ride on the ropeway as per the convenience of the tourists.

Interesting Facts About the Gun Hill

  • This is the second highest peak in Mussoorie after the Lal Tibba.
  • During the British period, a canon, placed atop this hill, used to fire in the afternoon so that the people got to know what time of the day it was. Thus, this practice has led to the naming of the hill as the Gun Hill.
  • It presents a remarkable view of the snow-covered ranges of the mighty Himalayas namely Bandarpunch, Pithwara, Gangotri and Srikantha.
  • It also presents a spectacular view of the entire town of Mussoorie and the Doon Valley alongside.
Gun Hill Mussoorie
A temple on gun hill, Photo by Harshanh, CC BY-SA 3.0

Nearby Attractions

  • Kempty Falls
  • Camel’s Back Road
  • Bhatta Falls
  • Mossy Falls
  • Jawahar Museum
  • Sir George Everest’s House
  • Landour Clock Tower
  • Mussoorie Lake
  • Christ Church
  • Shedup Choepelling Temple

Nearby Restaurants

  • Little Llama Café
  • Café Ivy
  • Kalsang
  • JW Café
  • Lovely Omelette Centre
  • Chic Chocolate
  • Emily’s
  • Momo’s Tibetan Restaurant
  • The Tavern

Thus, to enjoy the picturesque view of nature, the tourists are compelled to visit the Gun Hill while they are staying in the peaceful town of Mussoorie. Be it a trek along the rustic environment or a ropeway ride overlooking the majestic horizon, a trip to the Gun Hill leaves every tourist in a state of awe. Thus, the Gun Hill is a must visit for all.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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