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Mussoorie: Jaded Queen of the Hills

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An October 2012 trip to Mussoorie by phileasfogg

On the Mall Photo, Mussoorie, India More Photos
Quote: Established in the early 1800s by the British, Mussoorie is known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’. An ironic epithet, since the charm that once made Mussoorie so popular has been considerably diminished because of the decades of irresponsible tourism. Still, Mussoorie has its moments.

Walking down the Mall

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On the Mall Photo, Mussoorie, India
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Nearly every Indian town that ever was occupied by the British (including Delhi itself) has a Mall. Mussoorie, too, is home to a Mall. In fact, the Mall is Mussoorie—at least touristy Mussoorie.The Mall is a long stretch that goes all the way from what is known as Cloud’s End (in the west) to Rockville (in the east)—a ridge that commands a fine view over the Doon Valley below. Officially, though, the Mall is the length of road between Gandhi Chowk (also known as Library Chowk, since its most prominent landmark is the Library) and the Clock Tower, which marks the point where Mussoorie gives way to Landour.No commercial vehicles are allowed on the Mall, and it’s even off-limits to priva...Read More

Christ Church

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Attraction | "One of the oldest churches in the hills"

Christ Church Photo, Mussoorie, India
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Mussoorie’s top tourist sights can be divided into two categories: the natural ones (like Kempty Falls or Gun Hill), which have been so overridden by commercialism that they’re simply ghastly), and the historical ones (like Everest’s home and laboratory), which have been subjected to the most criminal neglect. Fortunately, between those two extremes, there are some sights that aren’t too much of a hit with the ‘usual’ tourist crowd (which, I fear, would prefer Kempty Falls any day), and are therefore much more rewarding. The top attraction in this category is the beautiful Christ Church, which lies closer to the Library end of the Mall than to the Picture Palace end. Keep a look out on your lef...Read More

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Christ Church
The Mall
Mussoorie, India

Hathipaon Park Estate

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Attraction | "The ruins of a legendary house"

Hathipaon Park Estate Photo, Mussoorie, India
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The importance of Mussoorie can be gauged from the fact that the first Surveyor-General of India, Sir George Everest, chose this area to establish his office. Everest is, of course, immortalised in the name of the world’s tallest mountain; he was also the man responsible for much of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India, which had been begun by William Lambton.Everest had a house in Mussoorie, but much of his work (and also his living, actually) was carried out at his laboratory, on his estate. This area, known formally as Park Estate, lies 6 km from the Library end of the Mall in Mussoorie. Locals don’t know it as Park Est...Read More

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Hathipaon Park Estate
6 Km From Library Chowk
Mussoorie, India

Gun Hill

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Attraction | ""I've never been so gypped in my life!""

Gun Hill Photo, Mussoorie, India
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I have to make a confession: every time I’m getting ready to write a review on IgoUgo, the one element that always scares me is the headline. The review itself isn’t a problem; but I can never write a headline without thinking it sounds contrived, pretentious, or just plain silly. This time, thankfully, I didn’t have to give it a thought: I’m just quoting my husband’s first reaction when we reached Gun Hill.All the tourist guides to Mussoorie will tell you that Gun Hill is one of the major tourist attractions of the town. This is one of the highest points in Mussoorie, so if you stand here on a clear day, there’s a great view to be had of the mountains around—even, with a telescope, of faraway peak...Read More

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Gun Hill
Above The Mall
Mussoorie, India

Mussoorie & Landour: Days of Wine & Roses Photo, Mussoorie, India
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When I mentioned to a friend (who had just returned from a trip to Mussoorie) that I was headed there the following weekend, she insisted on lending me a book she’d bought during her trip. This was Mussoorie & Landour: Days of Wine & Roses, by Ruskin Bond and Ganesh Saili.Ruskin Bond, arguably India’s best-loved writer in English, has been a resident of Landour (an adjacent town, higher than Mussoorie and contiguous with it) for many years. So has Ganesh Saili, who has been a friend of Bond’s for the past 30 years. They come together in this book to talk about Mussoorie and Landour.Mussoorie & Landour: Days of Wine & Roses (published by Roli Books, 2010) consist...Read More