Mussoorie the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and favorite hill station developed by the British, which is a summer holiday spot of people from Delhi and U.P. As you drive up from Doon leaving behind the grime and dust of the plains you take in deep lungs-full of fresh pine-scented mountain air, and feel rejuvenated and calmed by the rich green around you. You can find number of hotels scattered around the Mall at Kulri. Mussoorie is popularly known as the Queen of Hills, a charming hill station 34 km from Dehradun is situated at an altitude of 2003 mts above sea-level. It is one the beautiful and the most frequently visited hill stations in India and is also in the favorites list of honeymooners. It provides excellent respite to people who want relief from the hot sultry conditions of the plains, especially since it is close enough to the capital to make just weekend trip. Also, major Hindu pilgrimage sites like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, and Rishikesh are not far from this place. The name Mussoorie is derived from plants of 'Mussoorie' which were found in abundance here. After its discovery this hill station gradually developed as a centre of education, business, tourism and beauty. Mussoorie with its green hills and varied Flora and Fauna is a fascinating hill resort. Commanding a wonderful view of extensive Himalaya snow ranges to the northeast, and glittering views of the Doon Valley, Roorki, Saharabpur and Haridwar to the south, the town presents a fairy land atmosphere to the tourists. Its history dates back to 1827 when Captain Young, an adventures military officer, explored the present site and laid the foundation of this holiday resort. Mussoorie is famous for its scenic beauty and hectic social life. It provides all kind of amusement and every facility for domestic and foreign tourist. Mussoorie is conveniently connected by road to Delhi and by other major cities and is also a "Gateway" to Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines. It has snow in winter and is quite peaceful at that time. The Mall Road connects Kulri & Library Bazaars. Buses from Dehradun go to the Library or Picture Palace (Kuril bazaar) bus stands. During the peak season the Mall road in closed to traffic. At some extra height above the town, the air is cleaner & pine scented. There are lovely walks along the mountain ridges. Some of the famous spots are - Dhanaulti, Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Nagtibba, etc. The main landmark of Mussoorie is the Mall road. The innumerable tourists throng the Mall especially in the evenings. It boasts of eating joints that serve several types of cuisines ranging from south Indian to Chinese. The Mall happens to be the starting point of the Arial ropeway that provides an excellent view of the Gun Hill. Though today the hilltop has no guns, in the old days a gun kept there was fired at mid-day to denote the time. Mussoorie is the place to be checked out by the adventure seekers too. The roller skating rinks attract several young tourists. Then there are the long walks, which make an excellent option to explore the treasure of nature. Close to Mussoorie are the renowned Kempty Falls that are at a distance of just half an hour. The spot happens to be a favorite with the Indian film industry the backdrop of the water falling and further getting divided into five waterfalls is simply amazing.