Mussoorie: cool and exhilarating in summer and then mantled in casual snow for winters; inviting all the year-round; the perfect spot for a magnificent scenery; a quiet walk; an evening out and a cool night’s sleep. It is situated between high mountains to the north and the flat Doon valley below. From a particular hilltop, on a clear day one can see the Ganga and Yamuna trailing their way from the hills into the plains.
The town started to develop during the first decade of the nineteenth century when Captain Young constructed the first building near Mullingar. In 1826, Landour became a sanatorium for British troops, and the entire area covering the township was taken on lease from the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal for the nominal sum of Rs 1120. The Municipal Board came into being in 1873. In 1880, the ex-Amir of Afghanistan, Yakub Khan was placed under detention here in the Bellevue Estate. During 1884, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught chose Mussoorie as their summer residence. By this time several Indian princes had been attracted to this place and they built their own summer residences here. Gradually schools and public institutions also developed and it became a popular summer resort, first for the princes and Britishers and later for the tourists.
Like Dehradun, Mussoorie too is known for its public schools, many of them started by the Britishers. Prominent among them are the Wood Stocks, Wynberg Allen, St. Georges, Hampton Court etc. If Dehradun is famous for the IndianMilitaryAcademy, Mussoorie boasts of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Indian Administrative Services.
During summers, the Mall is packed with merry crowds of holiday makers.
Long queues are a normal feature at the booking booths of the ropeway that takes visitors to the 2142 mtr top of the famous Gun Hill for a panoramic view of the snow-clad Himalayas. A morning stroll along the winding Charleville Road takes one to the pine-scented HappyValley and the Tibetan township. Located here is a cliff-hanging Buddhist Shrine with ceremonial trumpets and acolytes reciting ancient scriptures. In the Himalayan twilight, one can also see the twinkling lights of Dehra Dun far off in the valley below.
Other places of interest
George Everest Estate: George Everest, after whose name the highest peak in the world, “Sagar Matha” was rechristened in 1865, as Mount Everest (8839.81 mtr) was the first Surveyor General of India. He set up his office in Mussoorie and lived in a sprawling complex known as George Everest Estate. The old dilapidated buildings are still there.
Sagar Matha is the popular name in Nepal and means the ‘Tallest Forehead’ and sounds the most appropriate name for the highest mountain in the world. The same mountain in Tibet is called Chomolungma. Many surveyors and geographers were of the opinion that the mountain should retain its local name either in Nepali or Tibetan. But finally after much debate the meaningful local name was dropped to remember Sir George Everest.
Benog Hill: It is 6 km to the west of Mussoorie, and the approach is via a 9 km bridle path passing the Waverly Convent School.
Depot: It is the highest point in Mussoorie (2448m) and affords a fabulous panorama of the Himalayas. The peaks of Chaukhamba, Kedardome, Bandarpoonch and Nanda Devi can be seen from here. Ponies go right up to the top.
Gun Hill (2142mtr): gets its name from an old British practice of firing a cannon here every mid-day. Ruskin Bond the famed writer from Mussoorie, who has won awards and accolades for his writings has interesting tales about Mussoorie. According to him untill 1919, a cannon was fired from the Gun hill top every day to indicate that it was 12 noon. One day one of these cannon balls landed right in the lap of a lady who was in a rickshaw along the Mall. This became the last cannon ball to be fired and the cannon was since removed, and now a water reservoir is located here for supply to Mussoorie. The top can be reached by a 2 km bridle path or by a 400 mtr ropeway which during summer is very busy.
Camel’s back road: As the name indicates, this is a rusty rock formation very much resembling a camel sitting on a hill top. You can see this rock camel from a point near MussooriePublic School near the rope way. Then there is a road called the Camel’s Back road favoured by those who love to walk in the morning or evening. Entry into the road begins from Kulri Bazar in the east and Library Bazar in the west and for the full 4km stretch of the road you walk, through the enchanting nature.
Lal tibba: It is about 6 km from central Mussoorie. Situated at a height of 2438m, it faces the snow peaks of the Himalayas. A telescope is installed here for the benefit of visitors .
Mossey falls: This pretty waterfall is 6 km away on the road to Rajpur.
Municipal’s Garden: An excellent garden, about 5 km beyond the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy, is the hub of picnickers.
Kempty falls: From Mussoorie, a road winds its way through splendid mountain scenery to the beautiful KemptyFalls. The waters gush out of the mountains and get divided into five distinct falls to form a pool for the bathers. KemptyFalls is 12 km from Mussoorie, on the Barkot Road, and a favourite haunt of picnickers.
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How to reach Mussoorie from Delhi:
Dehradun to Mussoorie: 35 km by road
Delhi to Dehradun: Three options (Road, railway and airway)
By Road (Delhi to Dehradun): 235 km (frequent bus service is available)
By Air (Delhi to Jollygrant, Dehradun): less than an hour’s journey
By train (Delhi to Dehradun): 7-8 hour’s journey
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