The clock tower in Mussoorie

Camping in the Garhwal Himalayas


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Mussoorie is 285 km (180 miles) north of Delhi in Uttarakhand. Long known as 'The Queen of the Hills', Mussoorie sits on a spur between the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers at around 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) above sea level, with the old cantonment of Landour above it (and above the school) on the highest ridge in the area. From this ridge, the panorama stretches to snow-covered ranges whose peaks rise to more than 6,500 meters (21,500 feet) rimming India's northern border with Tibet.

South from the school lies the Doon Valley, at 300 meters (1,000 feet). On a clear day the view stretches beyond the Doon to the Shiwalik range 50 km (30 miles) away, and even to the plains of north India. The Yamuna and the Ganges run through the Doon, and at night thousands of lights twinkle from Dehra Dun, the largest city in the valley and capital of Uttarakhand.

Cool in contrast to the plains, Mussoorie is a leading educational center with many well-known English medium schools.

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One of India's newest states, Uttarakhand was formed in 2001 out of the distinctively hill areas of Uttar Pradesh. Its two main regions, Garhwal and Kumaon, rise from the northern plains to the peaks of the Himalaya, and contain India's highest peaks and the sources of its two most sacred rivers, the Yamuna and the Ganges. The hills and peaks of Uttarakhand are world-renowned for climbing and trekking. Uttarakhand is also a pilgrimage destination for Hindus, with its "Char Dham" (four sacred sites) in the mountains, and the cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar at the point where the Ganges leaves the hills.

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