The Hill station of Mussoorie owes its credit to the British army officer named Captain Young. The beauty of the hill station impressed the military officer a lot and he finally made up his mind to reside at the place, in the year 1825. This is how the hill station of Mussoorie was founded. Colonel Everest chose to stay here and built a home in 1832. More and more British officers followed suit and by the year 1901, the population of the hill resort was 6,461. During summers, the population of Mussoorie swelled up to a total of 15,000 at that time.
During 1920s and 1930s, the Nehru family became the frequent visitors to Mussoorie. Nehru's daughter Indira Gandhi also spent much of her time at Mussoorie. During their visit, the members of the Nehru family also visited the hill station of Dehradun, which was just closeby. The Tibetan Government in Exile was also established by Dalai Lama in Mussoorie first, after fleeing Chinese occupation of Tibet in April 1959. Today, around 5,000 Tibetans are residents of Mussoorie.
General Info. :Tucked away in the Garhwal Hills , Mussoorie is one of the most impressive hill stations in the northern India. A number of modern bungalows, malls and sprawling gardens dot the landscape of the hill station, from one corner to the other. Hordes of tourists, both locals as well as foreign nationals, can be seen flocking to the hill station during summer months when the northern plains begin to burn with sultry heat. Mussoorie is closely located to Delhi is also not far away from Hindu pilgrimage destinations like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar and Rishikesh.
No time is a bad time to arrive in Mussoorie. The weather at this strikingly expressive hill station remains pleasant throughout the year. The greenery in Mussoorie can be seen at its blooming best between September and November. The ideal time to make a tour to Mussoorie is either between April and June or between September and November.
Nainital Tourist place
Nainital is a beautiful hill district situated in the Central Himalayas. Nainital is known as India's 'Lake District' because numerous lakes are spread across it's boundaries with an area of 11.73 sq km.The town is set around Naini lake (tal) and hence the name and is encircled by seven hills. According to Hindu legend when the body of
Shiva's consort,Sati, was dismembered, one of her eyeballs fell into the Himalayan foothills and the emerald green Naini Lake (or Tal) was formed. Whether this is true or not there is no denying that Nainital is unbelievably beautiful and a magnetic draw for thousands of Indians.
Nainital is divided into two segments, Tallital and Mallital, at the lower and upper ends of the lake, respectively. The North Mall running along one side of the lake, and the South Mall along the other, connect the two parts.
Naina Devi Temple On the northern side of the Naini lake is built a temple dedicated to Sati and is called the Naina Devi temple.
Naini Lake: Naini Lake or Naini Taal, the picturesque blue green lake is located in the district of Nainital. It is from this lake that the city of Nainital, the beautiful settlement by the lake, derives its name
Snow View Trek The Snow view point is located at a height of 2270 meter above sea level. It can be reached by the ropeway or the ponies available at Mallital.
Nanda-Devi Mela Nanda Devi Mela is a fair of great religious and cultural significance. August / September sees the whole area coming alive, when the festival held in honour of goddesses, Nandaand Sunanda, the patron goddess of Kumaon, comes around.
Dorothy's Seat: at a height of 2, 292 m is a memorial to an English lady believed to have been killed in an air crash. The spot commands a sectional view of the town and the nearby region. The peak was known as Ayarpatta Hill. Dorothy's seat is also known as Tiffin Top.
Hanumangarhi: It is a religious centre at an height of 1, 951 m. This group of temples is situated at a distance of 3.25 km on a motorable road. It is well known for it's sunset view.This temple is dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. This is a favourite picnic place. Just 1 km further is the State Astronomical Observatory, which stands on Manora Peak, 1950 metres above sea level. with satellite tracking cameras and a big telescope. It can be visited by prior appointment on certain days. It is four and a half kms from Tallital bus stand. It is 11 kms by motor road and looks out towards the plains.
St John-in-the-Wilderness Church: It is one of the earlieat buildings erected in Nainital and possibly the finest church in any Indian Hill station. The church was named by the bishop of Calcutta who came to Nainital in 1844, when the place was still very much a wilderness. This church contains a brass memorial to the victims of famous landslip. Bodies of few victims were buried in the graveyard here. The other two main churches in the Central Nainital are the Methodist Church on the Mall near the Flats and the Roman Catholic Church of St Francis, also on the Mall.
By Air: The nearest airport is at Pantnagar (71 kms).
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Kathgodam, (35 kms) that has regular trains to Agra, Lucknow and Bareilly.
By Road: Direct buses ply from Delhi (322 kms via Hapur and 336 kms via Meerut) and nearby areas