‘Mussoorie- usual & unusual’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Mussoorie a famous hill station is also known as the Queen of the Hills. It is situated in the Dehradun District of Uttarakhand. It is located about 35 km from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north from the national capital of New Delhi. The adjoining town of Landour, which includes a military cantonment, is considered part of ‘greater Mussoorie’, as are the townships of Barlowganj and Jharipani.
DSC06946 580 33The main Post Office is centrally located in an old building which was constructed in 1909

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It was a Sunday and the main gate of the Post Office compound was locked. A hairdresser with his mirror tied to a tree branch, was busy attending to an early morning customer . He was good at publicity too as he had placed his small box with ‘body massage’ painted on it in a strategic position.  DSC06949 580 33One of the impressive old buildings of the town.

DSC06951 580 33The steep slope towards the Picture Palace is not easy for the fiftyplus visitors to negotiate.

DSC06954 580 33The impressive and well maintained Central Methodist Church which was built in 1885.

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A colourfull wall sculpture

DSC06963 580 66An old badly maintained building in the Landour area.

DSC06967 580 50On the other end of the Mall, the Library Point, now called Gandhi Chowk.

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A statue of Gandhiji is ready to be unveiled there within days, I was told.

DSC06938 580 33Walking from there towards the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), a shining temple dedicated to Balmiki ji.

DSC06798 580 33An inner view of the LBSNAA.

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Lovely flowers in bloom at the Company Gardens.

Photos, text & copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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