The name Mussoorie derives its name from plants of Mussoorie found in abundance here. After discovery, this place gradually developed as a centre of education, business, tourism and beauty. The hill station of Mussoorie came into being around the 1830s.The queen of hill stations is about 89 kms from Haridwar and the salubrious climate and deep woods makes it an ideal hill station.Mussoorie was named after a place in England. Mussoorie at a height of around 7000 ft above the sea level straddles a ridge in the Garhwal Himalayas, developing into a major tourist destination.
ORIENTATION : Mussoorie is located at an altitude of about 2005.5 m from sea level on the foothills of the Himalayas.
HISTORY : The “Queen of Hills” Mussoorie was first discovered by the Captain Young and his friend Mr. Shore in year 1825 when they wanted to escape from the scorching heat of the plains and thus soon Mussoorie started to develop into a holiday resort. Mussoorie is named after a shrub called Mansur which is grows wild and is quite common in the Himalayan foothills. A unique feautre of the houses here is that most of them are named after the native places of those who first built and lived in them. There was a popular novelist and newspaper proprietor named John Lang, who was the correspondent of Charles Dickens. One of John Langs writing on a typical Mussoorie “season,” was published in a magazine written by Charles Dickens named Household Words in the issue of March 21, 1857. In 1959, Dalai Lama established a Tibetan Government of Exile at Mussoorie, which was later shifted to Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.