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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of mussoorie?

Ravinder Malik DEC 10 2012
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Ans: For the all history buffs here is an interesting fact about Queen of the Hills Mussoorie, it was named after an indigenous shrub of the area, Mansoor that yields our favourite Mansoor Dal. Mussoorie was founded by Captain Young who was mesmerized by the untamed natural beauty of the place. He built his residence here to soak in the enchanting surroundings and seeing him many Europeans came and settled here. Those beautiful colonial buildings characterize Mussoorie and serve as a visual delight for the locals and tourists alike.

As the place gained eminence, the British Government established a depot for the European soldiers in Landour. Thus the place came to be inhabited by British soldiers and also high officials who seeked a summer retreat. Unlike Shimla and Nainital, Mussoorie never became the official summer capital, but was seen unofficial land for relaxation and entertainment. It became a famous tourist spot way back in early nineteenth century.

Even Sir George Everest, after whom the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest is named, couldn't stay untouched by the charm of Mussoorie and lived in here for some good thirty years. His house is now a famous tourist spot and is 6 kms from Library Bazaar, easily accessible by rickshaw.
Mussoorie is mainly inhabited by Garhwalis and Tibetans. In 1959, the Dalai lama established the Tibetan Government in exile here and thus the Tibetans started setting here. You will also find the famous Tibetan Market on Mall road from where you would surely carry back lots of clothes and handicraft items. Also being in Garhwal region it is mainly inhabited by Garhwalis.

Mussoorie boasts of a rich cultural heritage which can be seen in the various temples placed here and the festival and events, celebrated with much pomp and Grandeur. The people here are down to earth and follow a very simple lifestyle. They are rooted to their culture and tradition and celebrate festivals with much fervour and reverence to their deities.

Come here and be a part of the vibrant and rooted culture of the natives which will surely be an experience in itself! Exlpre the various places to visit in Mussoorie and know more about its history and culture.

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