Mussoorie is a famous and most visited hill station of Uttarakhand situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. This beautiful place also known as "The Queen of the Hills", Mussoorie originates its name from the home-grown mansoor shrub that is growing abundantly in the region. The town's history begun at year of 1825, when a daring British military officer, persuaded by the beauty of the crest, decided to build a shooting lodge here, unknowingly setting the base to a popular holiday resort Mussoorie is today.
Range over a ridge, with a imaginary view on grand Himalayas, and reserved sights of the holy river Ganges at one end and Jamuna River at the other, watching the Doon valley and the city of Dehradun, its hills covered in lavish green trees and rich in diverse fauna, Mussoorie draws attention of both domestic and foreign visitors.
A turn down the town's paths tells the most noticeable historical spots in Mussoorie: Chaar dukaan, Landour Bazaar, Lal tibba (Mussoorie's highest point), Gun hill (where a cannon was used to sound the noontime in the past), the cemetery on Camel Back (a nature walk named after a rocky ridge similar to a camel's hump), the Mussoorie Library, and the Savoy Hotel.
Once defined as offering a wonderland atmosphere to the visitors, Mussoorie is an idyllic honeymoon terminus and a great ski choice. Crowded with colonial charm, it gives in one tour both the charming beauty, and hectic social life. It is exciting to know that Mussoorie has never been an "official" summer capital for the Indian Government at the time of British Rule, but was always used a somewhat "secret" place to hide from intolerably hot summers of Delhi and Kolkata. Maybe even to hide some other stuffs! The romantic environment of Mussoorie has made the town its name of the Indian honeymoon capitol.
Mussoorie has also established into a significant center of business and education. The colonels for Indian Police Service and Administrative Service got there professional training here. Since the British rule days, Mussoorie has lodged various schools, such as St. George's College, one of the ideal and most reputed schools in all of India. Woodstock School is among the most well-known international boarding schools in India.
Mussoorie housed Central Tibetan Administration of the 14th Dalai Lama at first established during the Tibetan Rebellion in 1959. The first Tibetan temple in India was constructed here. There are many Tibetans living in Mussoorie till now.
With an average height of almost two thousand meters above sea level, Mussoorie is icing and under heavy snow in winter. The monsoon season is from July to September. To experience this stunning place at its best, visit the Mussoorie during its enjoyably cool summer.