Mussoorie

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Mussoorie is a hill station and a municipal board in the Dehradun District of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is about 35 km from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north of the national capital of New Delhi.

The adjoining town of Landour, which includes a military cantonment, is considered part of 'greater Mussoorie', as are the townships of Barlowganj and Jharipani. The pin code for Mussoorie is 248179.Being at an average altitude of 1,880 metres (6,170 ft), Mussoorie, with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill. Commanding snow ranges to the northeast and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges in the south, the town was once said to present a 'fairyland' atmosphere to tourists. The second highest point is the original Lal Tibba in Landour, with a height of over 2,275 metres (7,464 ft).

History


Mussoorie was founded by Lt. Frederick Young of East India Company. Lt. Young came to these hills for the sole purpose of bagging some game.He was so enamoured by the beauty that he decided to build a hunting lodge (shooting box) on the Camel's Back Road with FJ Shore, Jt. Magistrate of Doon in 1823. He raised the first Gurkha Regiment and planted the first potatoes in the valley. His tenure in Mussoorie ended in 1844 and he further served in Dimapore and Darjeeling and retired as a General and went back to Ireland. There are no memorials to commemorate Young in Mussoorie. However, there is a Young Road in Dehradoon on which ONGC's Tel Bhawan stands.In 1832 Mussoorie was the intended terminus of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India that began at the southern tip of India. Although unsuccessful, the Surveyor General of India at the time, George Everest 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 is.

In 1850 the first beer brewery in India was built in Mussoorie. By 1894 there were 22 breweries in India producing 6 million gallons a year.By 1901 Mussoorie's population had grown to 6,461, rising to 15,000 in the summer. Earlier, Mussoorie was approachable by road from Saharanpur, 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 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 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 of Jawaharlal 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.


state Uttarakhand,India
Country India
Area ‎2,005.5 m (6,579.7 ft)
Languages Garhwali, Hindi, Kumaoni and Punjabi
Currency Ruppee

Kempty Falls

The scenic Kempty Falls are situated on the hilly tracks of Uttarakhand, India, 15 km from Mussoorie on the Chakrata Road. This place is located nearly 1364 meters above sea level, at 78°-02’East longitude and 30° -29North latitude. The Kempty Falls, surrounded by high mountain ranges at an altitude of 4500 feet, are a good place for a picnic or for spending a couple of hours listening to the music of water in the midst of the surrounding greenery.

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Jharipani Falls

Jharipani Falls is situated near the village of Jharipani, which is at a distance of around 7 km from the destination. The place is in close vicinity of famous boarding schools namely, Oak Grove, St George’s and Wynberg Allen.

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Mossy Falls

Tranquil natural attraction known as "Mossy Fall," surrounded by jungle greenery & singing birds.

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Bhatta Falls

Waterfall in a verdant mountain setting drawing picnickers & hikers to cool off in the spray.

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Mussoorie Lake

Famous among family and couples for a perfect picnic spot near Mussoorie, a newly developed Mussoorie Lake is a newly developed tourist spot by City Board. Located at just 6 km before Mussoorie in Dehradun-Mussoorie Rd, Mussoorie Lake is perfect place for a day out picnic with boating as well.

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Lal Tibba

Lal Tibba is the highest peak's topmost point and most famous place in Mussoorie. Popular among tourists and travellers for viewing long trails of major mountain peaks as well as romantic sunset and sunrise, Lal Tibba is located at Depot Hill in Landour.

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Camel’s Back Road

A beautiful peaceful walk under the nature will always boost calmness and inner peace. Camel Back Road provides the same experience in Mussoorie. This 3 km long road is named as Camel Back Rd due to the presence of natural layout of rocks shaped like a camels hump at the end of road.

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Wildlife Sanctuary Mussoorie

Famous for its almost-extinct mountain quails, deer, leopards and red-billed blue magpie, the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is well known to house rare species of birds and offers an excellent trail of pine-clad slopes surrounded by Himalayan peaks for a refreshing walk.

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Happy Valley

Happy Valley is an area situated within the hill station of Mussoorie in Dehradun district, Uttarakhand, India.

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Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti is a hill station 24 km from the popular hill station of Mussoorie, and 31 km from Chamba, as it is situated between the two.It is situated at an altitude of 2286m, and is known for its quiet environs amidst the alpine forests of Deodar, Rhododendron and Oak.

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Company Garden

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Jwala Devi Temple

Jwaladevi Temple, ज्वालादेवी मन्दिर is located in Shaktinagar which is 119 km from Robertsganj in Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh. The Jwaladevi temple is dedicated to Goddess Jwala Ji.

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Street food in Mussoorie

will offer you the opportunity to treat your palette with different flavours and relish each dish to its last bite. There is some irresistibly good local food in Mussoorie, the aroma of which will reach you from a mile.

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Before starting your walk on the Mall Road make sure you grab a hot, tangy Bhutta and a stick of Cotton Candy, to make it all the more worthwhile. Further here are some places listed where you can feast on street food in Mussoorie and ease the rumbling in your stomach.

Maggi

Maggi Points are famous among families and lovers. Located on the Dehradun-Mussoorie Road, these road side hawker sheds serve hot and spicy Maggi noodles and other snacks.

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Stop by one of these sheds on your way to Mussoorie and enjoy the delicious noodles.

Bal Mithai

Bal Mithai is a brown chocolate-like fudge, made with roasted khoya, coated with white sugar balls,.

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and is a popular sweet from the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in India, especially regions around Almora.

Garhwali Thali

While we serve authentic Garhwali dishes like gauth ki daal and kandali ka saag, we thought it would also be interesting to do some innovations. So we came up with kandali cheese kabab and kandali almond, a thick broth made of green kandali paste tempered with garlic and finished with roasted almonds

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All authentic Garhwali ingredients when presented in an interesting format make for an irresistible combination,” he says. A case in point, he adds is a recipe with a twist — kababs made of gauth dal and jhangora sandwich layered with ice cream which was “a big hit."

Chicken Pasta

As for food, I really relished the creamy Mama Rose Pasta made with penne, tomatoes, cheese, olives, chicken, broccoli and the tastiest dried oregano.

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Although, I don’t take coffee, I took a sip of the cold coffee (Saurabh kept insisting) and I quite liked it. It wasn’t too bitter and had a good amount of sweet. Ardent coffee lovers might not agree, but I really liked it.

Mix meat flat noodles

A famous food corner located at Mall Road, Mussoorie. It is a paradise for Indian, Tibetan & Oriental food lovers; a compact, cozy and comfy place to banter with friends and relish the moment..

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Personal Recommendation – Chicken and Mutton Momos, Mutton Shaptak, Mix Meat Flat Noodles