|Mussoorie hill station, Uttrakhand, India. www.tripadvisor.co.uk|
|Mussoorie hill station, Uttrakhand, India.indialine.com|
First discovered by the British during the colonial period, lots of people visit this hill station and other adjacent places during the summer season when it will be horribly hot. Particularly people from Delhi and other places turn to the cool places of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges for fun, relaxation and to be free from summer heat and hot wind. From here one can have see majestic snow ranges to the north-east, and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges in the south. This hill station is often believed to have 'fairyland' environs and the visitors to this place are just overwhelmed by the beauty of this serene place away from the din of Indian cities.A sense of elation comes about the visitors when we they in the cool shades of the greenery here, enjoying a congenial weather.
Mussoorie was founded by an Irish man Lt. Frederick Young ( 1786 -1874; died in Ireland) of East India Company. Lt. Young came to these hills for the sole purpose of looking for some game areas. Mesmorized by the beauty of this place, he settled down here and built a hunting lodge (shooting box) on the Camel's Back Road along with one F. J Shore, Joint Magistrate of Doon in 1823. He not only raised the first Gurkha Regiment and but also planted the first potatoes in the valley here. His tenure in Mussoorie ended in 1844 and later moved over to East India. There are no memorials worth his name here except a road named after him in Dehradun town.
|Map location. Mussoorie. |
The following are some of the well-known schools:
St. George's College, Mussoorie (founded in 1853) is among the oldest and most reputed schools in the country. It has been run by the Patricia Brothers since 1893. Spread over 400 acres (1.6 km2), the school is also popularly referred to as 'Manor House'.
|Woodstock School's campusMussoorie hill station. en.wikipedia.org|
|Wynberg Allen School, Mussoorie hill station.en.wikipedia.org|
Wynberg Allen School, established in 1888, is equally a well-known school which ranks among the best in the country. In Kanpur, during the year 1887, about 30 years after the British Crown had directly taken over the administration of the Indian sub continent from the oppressive East India Company rule that culminated in the Sepoy mutiny of 1857, a group of like-minded friends, Mr. Alfred Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foy and Brigadier J. H. Condon met and decided to set up a school in Mussoorie. The school was built at Jabarkhet along the Tehri road and was later shifted to the present Wynberg Estate. The object of the school was to provide for and give to children, wholly or partly of European descent, an education based on Protestant Christian principles; to maintain such children and to impart them an academic and practical training conducive to economic growth, welfare and happiness. It now accommodates students of all descents.
|Oak Grove School, |
Mussoorie hill station.en.wikipedia.org
01. Accessibility to this hill station became easier only in 1900 with the railway coming to Dehradun, thus shortening the road trip to 21 miles (34 km).
02. The Surveyor General of India, George Everest wanted to have the new office of the Survey of India based in Mussoorie when a Geodetic survey was on under his direction. A compromise was made and he had his office in Dehradun,
03.The name Mussoorie (Garhwali/Hindi: Masūrī) is derived from 'Mansoor', a shrub which is indigenous to the area. The town is often referred to as 'Mansoori' by many Indians.