ONE OF THE RAj’S most popular summer retreats,Mussoorie is perched on ahorseshoe-shaped ridge abovethe Doon Valley at a height of1,920 m (6,299 ft), and isinundated with Indian visitorsin summer. Life in Mussoorie centres around The Mall, the main thoroughfare,which is lined with shops and eating places. The old library lies at the town’s western end. About 7 km (4 miles) further west, is a I house known as Everest House.

This was the home of Sir George Everest, the legendary Surveyor-General who mapped Mount Everest, and one of Mussoorie’s earliest residents’. The town’s small Tibetan community is settled in Happy Valley, close to Convent Hill. The Tibetan Market, below The Mall, sells a range of woollens. A rope- way from The Mall leads up to Gun Hill, which, on a clear day, has fine views of many Greater Himalayan peak including Nanda Devi, Kedarnath and Backinath . Camel’s Back Road named after a distinctively shaped rock, offers a pleasant walk along the upper ridge, and Kempty Falls, lying 12 km (8 miles) northwest of town, is a popular picnic spot.

Iandour , a short distance east of Kulri bazaar, was originally a barracks and convalescence area for British soldiers. With its colonial bungalows and relative quiet it has managed to preserve some of Mussoorie’s old character and is the town’s prettiest quarter.

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