Awoke early this morning and decided to head out for a little trek before my weekend breakfast treat which consists of a banana pancake and a coffee with milk at Himgiri café in Char Dukan. As I strode down the narrow paved road surrounded by nature in all of its glory and as green as it gets, I was reminded of how very fortunate I am to be here and couldn’t help but think about the deep rooted history that surrounds this Hill Station.
I meandered down the road and passed turn after turn of stunningly beautiful and breathtaking views of the surrounding tall trees and valleys below. All I could hear were the sounds of birds discussing their breakfast plans and the occasional monkey calling out to nearby friends. The most interesting part of my hike is when I came upon an old British cemetery with headstones dating back to the early 19th century.
Some interesting facts about Mussoorie and the Landour area:
Situated at an altitude of 7,500 feet above sea level, the top of Landour ridge is the highest point in Mussoorie. British forces occupied the region now known as Landour following the Ghurka wars in the second decade of the 19th century. Colonel Frederick Young, an Irish officer in the East India Trading Company army constructed the first permanent dwelling here in 1825. Landour takes its name from Llanddowror, a small town in Wales. In 1827, it became a convalescent depot for British troops suffering from Malaria and other tropical diseases. Those who did not survive are buried in a cemetery on the north side of the hill, which is included in a few of my photographs here.
What an amazing way to start a Sunday morning. Next update: monkeys, monkeys, and more monkeys…..