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Mussoorie - The Destination


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The hill resort of Mussoorie is often referred to as the Queen of the Hills. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Mussoorie gets its name from the Mansur shrub that is commonly seen in the hill resort.

Mussoorie, with its green hills and varied flora & fauna, is a fascinating hill resort. Commanding snow ranges to the northeast, and magnificent views of the Doon Valley & Shiwalik ranges in the south, the town presents a fairyland atmosphere. Mussoorie is famous for its scenic beauty . Enchanting view of pine  covered hill  slopes and snow capped

mountains leave an indelible impression on one's mind. The modern bungalows, malls and well laid gardens which are located on the small hills around the area are enough to attract any tourist.

The central point of the town is the Mall road. Hours can be spent strolling along this swaying road which runs along the hilly edges of Mussoorie. A town set in layers of winding roads against a hill slope, your curiosity will be aroused to examine every nook and corner for any possible hidden surprises.

Local entrepreneurs who have installed telescope-like devices invite you to look through these for a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. Summer resorts of celebrities and the residence of the author, Ruskin Bond are pointed out as places of interest. A ropeway with cable cars takes you all the way to Gun Hill. Gliding through the hills, suspended mid-air in cubicles which will offer you a 360 degree view of the sky, the mountains, and the sheer drop below, you find food stalls, trinkets, and the queer practice of various costumes - ethnic Indian, uniforms and peculiar attire including false moustaches and beards being hired out to enthusiastic visitors who put on these and model for photographs atop the hill.

Back on the Mall road, as tourists gather around, and ponies trot up the road, hear the pines rustle in the background. The mind races to the innumerable ghost stories associated with far away hill stations, the faceless apparitions, the doors that creak unexpectedly, the graves of restless souls; all creep into your imagination. This is just the beginning of the excitement for those in search of specters and graveyards.

There are a number of walks and treks in and around Mussoorie. For those who do not take to the irrational, the walks are enchanted roads through beauteous nature, leading to breath-taking spots such as Clouds' End and Kempty Falls.

Mussoorie - Facts at a Glance

State : Uttaranchal
Area : 65 sq km
Temperature : 7.2 C – 31.2 C (Summer)
1.1 C – 7.2 C (Winter)
Altitude : 2500 mts
Language :

Garhwali, Hindi, English

When to Go : April – June; September - October


History of Mussoorie


The name Mussoorie is derived from the shrub whose vernacular name is mansur or mansuri. Initially there were only shepherds whose animals grazed on this shrub that grew over the hills and which gave the town its name.

The present town stands on what formed part of the Garhwal State. Mussoorie came into being in 1822, when Captain Young of the English Army and his companion Shore, the Superintendent of Doon, explored the present site and laid the foundation of this hill resort.

Bohle, the pioneer of brewing in India, set up the Old Brewery here at Barlowganj in 1830, while in 1832, Colonel Everest, (after whom the world's highest mountain is named), built his residence and office at Mackinnon Park, parts of which are still in existence today. Also, the first church here known as Christ Church was built in 1836.
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