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Mussoorie Introduction

This is a small Hill Station in the State of Uttaranchal.  A Hill Station was a British Concept of establishing a summer base to escape the high heat in the plains.  Mussoorie was established in 1823 and is about 220 km from Delhi.  I went with some other ladies from the Garam Masala Quilting group for three days for a mix of sewing and relaxation.  We travelled from Delhi by train to Dehra Dun which took about five and a half hours followed by an hour long taxi ride along a windy hill road to reach Mussoorie about 34km away.

The town is spread along a hill ridge at about 2000m.  There are two main areas called Ghandi Chowk and Kulri Bazaar connected by a road called The Mall which is about 2km long.  This road is dotted with shops and some of the nearly 100 hotels in the town that take in the rush of summer tourists.  This road is along the South Western face of the ridge overlooking the plains below and the town of Dehra Dun.

We stayed on the top floor of a house along Camel Back Road, so called because of a formation of the hills that can be seen from it.  This road was originally built as a promenade to walk along and get views of the Himalayan peaks in the distance.  The road is on the North Eastern face of the ridge giving different views than the Mall Road. 

The town also has a number of highly respected boarding schools in the area.



From the apartment where were stayed this was the view we had during clear moments in the weather, which proved at times to be a touch temperamental.  Within minutes of our arrival we had a hail storm, which was repeated the following day at almost the same time.




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