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State: Uttaranchal
District: Dehradun
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi, Gorkhali, English
Best Season: Sep - June
Weather: Summer 24 to 35°C, Winter 1 to 22°C
Altitude: 1826 m
Pincode: 248179
STD code: 013563


In 1832, Mussourie was the intended terminus of the Great Survey of India that began at the southern tip of India. Although unsuccessful, the Surveyor General of India wanted to have the new office of the Survey of India based in Mussoorie. A compromise was to have it in Dehradun, where it still located.

By 1901 Mussoorie's population had grown to 6,461, rising to 15,000 in the summer season. Earlier, Mussoorie was approachable by road fromSaharanpur, 58 miles (93 km) away. Accessibility became easier in 1900 with the railway coming to Dehradun, thus shortening the road trip to 21 miles (34 km).

The name Mussoorie is often attributed to a derivation of 'mansoor', a shrub which is indigenous to the area. The town is in fact often referred to as 'Mansoori' by most Indians.

The main promenade in Mussoorie is called, as in other hill stations, the Mall. In Mussoorie, the Mall stretches from Picture Palace at its eastern end to the Public Library (shortened to 'Library') at its western end. During the British Raj, signs on the Mall expressly stated: "Indians and Dogs Not Allowed"; racist signs of this type were commonplace in hill stations, which were founded 'by and for' the British. Motilal Nehru, the father ofJawaharlal Nehru, deliberately broke this rule every day whenever he was in Mussoorie, and would pay the fine. The Nehru family, including Nehru's daughter Indira (later Indira Gandhi) were frequent visitors to Mussoorie in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, and stayed at the Savoy Hotel. They also spent much time in nearby Dehradun, where Nehru's sister Vijayalakshmi Pandit ultimately settled full-time.

During the 1959 Tibetan Rebellion, the Central Tibetan Administration of the 14th Dalai Lama was at first established in Mussoorie before being moved to its present location in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. The first Tibetan school was established in Mussoorie in 1960. Tibetans settled mainly in Happy Valley in Mussoorie. Today, some 5,000 Tibetans live in Mussoorie.

Now, Mussoorie suffers from overdevelopment of hotels and tourist lodges, given its relative proximity to Delhi, Ambala and Chandigarh, and has serious problems of garbage collection, water scarcity and parking shortages, especially during the summer tourist season. Landour, Jharipani and Barlowganj have fewer such problems.

Hill Station

Mussoorie was originally a popular hill station frequented by the British. This picturesque town with its verdant hills and with a variety of floral life and animals inhabiting the region the place is really fascinating. Hemmed in by snowy mountain peaks to the northeast and glittering view of the beautiful Doon valley and Shivalik ranges in the south, the town presents a fairyland ambience to the tourists.

Mussoorie is hailed as the queen. It is one of the most beautiful hill stations. The climate of this resort is just wonderful and this is the reason that people enjoy visiting this hill station a lot. It presents a pretty picture during summer.

Mussorrie has really attractive views of the mighty, snow-clad Himalayan peaks. The breathtaking Kempty falls, 11 km away from the town, attracts horde of tourists daily. Depot Hill, which is another interesting place, is point with highest elevation in Mussoorie and all majestic Himalayan peaks are clearly visible from here on clear days.

Camel’s back road, offers a gorgeous view of the sunset and the place resembles a sitting camel. One can also enjoy long walks and horse riding here. Camel’s back hill is accessible and you can go there with the help of electric trolley. The view from the top is exceptionally beautiful. Gun hill, which is the second most elevated peak here, is also a wonderful place to visit.

Surrounded by the thick oak and blue pine forests, the town is utterly devoid of the hustle and bustle of modern day life. It is ideal for those people who want to enjoy nature in its unlimited glory.

Honeymoon In Mussoorie

Your much desired and waited for honeymoon days are on their peak and you feel like making the most of them in a very special way. And then there is the question of making a proper choice of the most appropriate honeymoon destination. In such a case, you are not to worry at all as the vast and beautiful hills of Mussoorie await you with all that you desperately need on your honeymoon. Honeymoon in Mussorie has some of the most alluring attractions in its lap including the awesome Kempty as well as Jharipani Falls that tickle your fancy in the most amazing manner. In the list of waterfalls, you also spot Bhatta Falls as you pass the Mussoorie Dehradun Road. Another interesting sight that you both must witness is the Mussoorie Lake that delineates the serenity of Mussoorie. And if you have some inclination towards spirituality, then you both should together visit the famous Nag Devta Temple to receive the holy blessings for a happy married life. Other places that you must visit during your Mussoorie honeymoon tours include the Camel’s Back Road and Sir George Everest House. And if you want to celebrate a special day for picnic, then you must turn your way towards the Van Chetna Kendra that consists of a variety of wildlife. Gun Hill presenting a marvelous view of the Himalayan Ranges and Municipal Garden, where you can indulge yourself in boating needs your visit. So don’t spend even a minute in deciding upon your honeymoon destinations, since your honeymoon in Mussoorie has got everything that you seek to make your honeymoon a lasting and memorable experience.

Must See :

Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, The Mall, Cloud's End

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