When does snow fall in Mansuri
Mussoorie lies near Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, in the Dehradun District. Located high in the steep foothills of the Himalayan mountains, the popular hill station is also by the nickname "Queen of the Hills" known. In addition to the main town, there is also a large military quarter and the two towns Barlowganj and Jharipani to. All buildings are scattered over 15 kilometers on very steep mountain ridges at a height of over 2,000 meters. Already the journey from Dehradun is impressive, because you can see the place on the ridge from the plain. For the few kilometers, however, you need almost two hours, because the road meanders up the mountains in seemingly endless serpentines, with a few food stands on the side of the path and repeatedly beautiful views of the Doon Valley and the capital. Unfortunately, it was quite hazy on our driveway, we were denied a foresight. Once you have reached the top, you usually have a first view of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains. Unfortunately the air was very hazy for the whole three days during our stay and only once, very early in the morning, could we see the snow giants on the horizon. When the weather is clear, which should normally also be in March, the view is definitely wonderful.
The foundation of the place goes back to Captain Young, a young and adventurous officer in the British Army. He came here in 1825 and, of course, first set up a hunting residence. The name of the place was derived from the Hindi word Mansur (corinna nepalensis), an aster that grows in the area and which the locals usually call it today Mansuri and avoid the anglicized spelling.
There Mussoorie pretty close to Delhi lies, there are only 278 kilometers to here, the place is a popular destination for the weekend. Middle-class Indians like to come from the hot lowlands to enjoy the fresh air for a few days. During the high season, in summer, everything here is full and booked out. We were lucky, because March was still preseason and it was relatively quiet by Indian standards. In Mussoorie is the main season from April to July, but especially the slightly cooler and up to 50 percent cheaper off-season offers peace and fresh air without the crowds. The place is also popular with honeymooners, and by Indian standards it is also very romantic here. Trekking tourists will also find a good starting point for tours into the interior of Garhwal. You don't see many foreigners in Mussoorie, In the three days we only saw two western couples and a couple of backpackers in the internet café. Our Guide looked for us in town one evening to notify us of a change for the next morning, and he then found us sitting in a small restaurant through inquiries. In Mussoorie one is among Indians and stands out like a sore thumb.
Schools and more
The two main attractions in Mussoorie are the lookout point on the Gun Hill, the Camel's Back Walk and the main street called The Mall. I have written my own pages about this with pictures, please follow the links. But Mussoorie has a lot more to offer, it is best known for its old Christian churches and schools.
In April 1959, after the Chinese had occupied Tibet, the came Dalai Lama to Mussoorie and established the government in exile here. Later they moved to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, but the first Tibetan school was established here in 1960 Mussoorie founded and built the first temple in 1960. Today about 5,000 Tibetans from Mussoorie mostly settle in Happy Valley, West of Library Point. During our stay in March 2008, there was a public hunger strike against the Chinese government's policies.
There are famous and popular schools in the place like Wynberg-Allen, Guru Nanak Fifth Centenary, Musoorie International, Tibetan Homes or the Woodstock School. The one that was founded in 1853 is architecturally most impressive St George's College, a magnificent building on 1.6 km² of land.
In Mussoorie there are so many hotels and accommodations that you can hardly count them. Most of them are quite easy and in the high season you have big problems getting the crowds and mountains of rubbish under control. Then the permanent population of around 28,000 people will grow many times over. All visitors want to eat and be entertained, so in Mussoorie an almost equally unmanageable variety of restaurants and attractions. The famous Mussoorie Lake is a picnic area built by City Board & Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority. It is a little below the village and we have decided not to visit it. It is a small, artificial lake on which you can ride colorful paddle boats. An attraction for Indian families, but not for us ... At the Mall opened a brand new aquarium and the nearby ones Kempty Falls lure you to swim and also with pedal boats on a small pond.
We have Mussoorie Perceived as very clean, with all the attributes of a resort, similar to our seaside resorts. The place has a special flair, a mixture of Indian tourists, Tibetan refugees and British religious architecture. There are benches everywhere to relax, pavilions with shade and views, a cable car and photo booths where you can be photographed with traditional clothing. Signs advise to keep the place clean and there are even trash bins everywhere that are emptied daily. A secret of success: a large part of the old town is a pedestrian zone, or at least closed to cars, buses and trucks, and many scooters do not drive here either. Here you have to step to the side in front of a cycle rickshaw, very seldom a car of a resident drives past. The almost complete lack of traffic above Library Point and bus station brings an unusual and fascinating tranquility to the mountain world for Indian standards.
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