From Jim Corbett's original negatives to photographs of the time when Landour came into being, Gopal Bhardwaj is compiling his rare images into a book
I have been asked to keep a lookout for Hawaghar on Camel’s Back Road in Mussoorie. And indeed, within 5 minutes, I chance upon a pavilion with a shelter-like structure built on it. A dilapidated sign feebly announces this as Hawaghar. A couple of benches lie under the white canopy, which in the days of the Raj must have been a beautiful, imposing structure. Like everything in Mussoorie, this too carries a whiff of the days gone by. Built in 1845, it used to be frequented by British officers and their families to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Today, tourists, walking along the road settle down on one of the benches for a brief respite and a cup of tea, oblivious of the history of the structure. “Some years back, it was going to be demolished to make way for a new structure. It’s only when my family and I protested that it was stopped," says Gopal Bhardwaj, who lives in the lane below Hawaghar.