I used to live in Northern Plain parts of India, where in the scorching heat of summers , people rush up towards northern hill stations of India to get some much needed relief from the heat. Our family also had our favourite destination for each summer and that was call Mussoorie. A very popular summer retreat among Indian travellers from the British Raj in India. This hill station which was once accessed only by the high class Indians and British Governors is now accessible to every common man of India.
Without a doubt it was one of my favorite place too as we got the chance to visit Kempty Water Falls each year and dip ourselves in the water, icecreams and many other joys.
Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, is also known as the Queen of the Hills. The name Mussoorie is often attributed to a derivation of ‘mansoor’, a shrub which is indigenous to the area. Mussoorie is also a house of hunderds of Tibetans who practice Dalai Lama practices here everyday.
Tourism is the bread & butter for Mussoorie economy, so over the years a lot of natural beauty has been commercialised to reap those benefits. Some of the popular tourist places are:
Mall Road- Every person who visits this hill station will pay a visit to Mall Road. Basically it is the busiest high street selling handicrafts items, clothing, perfumes, street food and many more things. During the tourist season, a bit of over priced.
Kempty Falls- Very very popular during summers and over crowded as well. You can stand under the fall (which I have done a number of times), and relax in the water.
Lake Mist- A boating point and picturesque.
Looking for some tranquality and peace, a lot of famous temples and lodges in the wood.
Nag Devta Temple An ancient temple dedicated to Snake God Lord Shiva.This place provides an enchanting view of Mussoorie and the Doon Valley.
Sir George Everest’s House Park Estate is where one can find the remains of the building and laboratory of Sir George Everest from 1830 to 1843. It is after George Everest that the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest is named.
Cloud End This hotel is surrounded by thick deodar forest. The bungalow, built in 1838 by a British major, was one of the first four buildings of Mussoorie and has now been converted into a hotel.
Mussoorie is a beautiful, calm and serene place, but one might have to find it away from the crowd of tourists.