Photography : Mussoorie Diaries I

How does itย feel to revisit one’s childhood after 15 long years? For me it was an overdose of nostalgia, joy and incessant excitement as I entered my long -lost home. It is actually a 139-year old mansion built by the British and a part of Oak Grove School wherein I received the first few years of education . Sprawlingย over 256 acres and 3 mountains,the school estate is cozily nestled in Shivalik Himalayas at a place called Jharipani, 6 km south of Mussoorie. A visit here was on top of my to-do list and one was only too ecstatic to find the place as pristine, quaint and charming as before (albeit a little less green). Went berserk with my camera while my friend from Delhi was a bit dazed seeing a new me ! Mountains, scenic views, clean air, kind, simple people and nature’s proximity – found them all in abundance here. ย Ruskin Bond, ย celebrated author and resident of Mussoorie has rightly said, ‘Once you have lived with the mountains, they will always call you back’ย !

Here are some glimpses which I wanted to share with you all.

PS: More to follow on this blog about to-dos (not those regular places !) in Mussoorie. Join me on my Instagramย ย journey too.

Home and lawn
Left corner room on top – my room ๐Ÿ˜€
Mussoorie view from home
Happiness galore
Uh well, that swing !
Junior School entrance
Alma Mater


Dormitory area
Assembly Hall – where all the drama unfoldedย 
Sports Ground
Lord Shiva statue adorning one of the gardens
School Valleyย 
Dehradun view
ย 18 laters later, same place ๐Ÿ™‚

85 thoughts on “Photography : Mussoorie Diaries I

      1. Oh that is great, Darjeeling is gorgeous. I am sure you would find a journey through Western Himalayas just as lovely. The places here have such a strong old-world charm surrounding them, it is surreal.

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  1. Such an adorable postโค I can feel it right off this, the amount of unadulterated happiness you would have felt after going back.
    The pictures are mesmerizing, lol if I had studied there, I would have had a hard time concentrating!
    Alteast I had a similar architecture because most of my life I’ve studied in convent school.
    The before and after picture was such a great idea๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ so cute!

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    1. Thanks so much, even though that before and after pic shares no resemblance anymore ๐Ÿ˜
      So glad you could actually connect with my excitement there. I agree would have been a distracted soul if not for the strict convent school-like atmosphere ๐Ÿ˜
      But in hindsight, even that regime seems adorable. Wonder why all humans appreciate things only when they have passed by ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Hahaha yes I noticed๐Ÿ˜‚ but refrained from pointing out! Oh if it was strict like that, they wouldn’t even have let you look out the window! You are so right, I’ve been asking myself that question for the past 2 years too.

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  3. That is a beautiful place to have grown up in. It must have been an incredible experience returning after so long. I am new to WordPress and am wondering if anyone can give me any tips on how this all works. I figured out how to publish a blog post, but am not sure how to get followers, and what pages are and how they work. Any tips would be much appreciated!

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    1. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and appreciating it ! I think you have already begun your learning curve on WordPress ๐Ÿ™‚ you will get used to the whole thing as you publish more posts and enter the relevant tags so that more people can see your posts in their searches. Having followers is a lengthy but fun process and will happen over time. You should be willing to visit other blogs, like and interact with folks out there and even follow them if you liked their blog much.WPians will reciprocate as well. Pages are basically our way to segment our blog posts into certain cohorts eg lifestyle, food, travel, about me section etc. Just Google some WP tutorials or watch on YouTube these videos, you will get a hang of how to go about. If you still have any doubts after that, ping folks like me, we would love to help you out ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best !

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  4. Mountains always call as their mesmerising charm continues to haunt.
    This is a wonderful post Aishwarya and you are so lucky that you could visit those loving, memorable moments!
    Memories are truly beautiful…
    Like sunshine
    Peeping through my window
    Like raindrops
    Falling softly in my lawn
    Like cool breeze
    Touching my moist eyes,
    Memoriesโ€ฆ loving memories
    Brighten my days, sooth my nerves
    Fill my dark hours, stir my soul
    Give me hope
    Keep me alive.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks a lot sir for coming across this blog. Have been lucky to see home after so long in he same state๐Ÿ˜Šand what a small world this is, truly my pleasure to meet an IIFTian senior sharing a common passion of blogging๐Ÿ˜ŠI am a 2015 passout. Hope to connect more often on WP with you๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚ It now belongs to the new principal of the school, so he and his family reside there. Couldn’t go inside as they were out on a winter break, but nevertheless got an outside , eyeful view of the place ๐Ÿ˜Š


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