#Puzzle: The Bazaar in Mussoorie by Marianne North

This puzzle offers a glimpse of 19th century Mussoorie, and brings an opportunity to win a book by Ruskin Bond!

Marianne North was one of the earliest women artists to travel across India. During her travels (1877-79) she created more than 200 paintings. A non-conformist in multiple senses, she travelled to touristy places like Jaipur, Agra, Delhi and Shimla, but also went off the beaten path to traverse the isolated villages of Kumaon in Uttarakhand and captured the natural beauty of these hills.

Slide the pieces to reveal a painting of Mussoorie by Marianne North for a chance to win! 

The Giveaway is for residents of India only & is open till 23rd May 2022.


  1. Slide the pieces over the board till the painting is complete. 
  2. You can only move one piece at a time, you can do so by clicking on it. You can only move the pieces near the free area (grey). Hint: Follow the number sequence  
  3. Don’t forget to share a screenshot of the finished puzzle on social media & tag @theheritagelab & @alephbookco.

Marianne North in Mussoorie

According to the British Library, where this painting belongs, Marianne North visited Mussoorie in early May 1878. Her diary entry on 8th May reads:

Masuri is a long scattered place, covering an uneven ridge for about three miles, looking over the wide Dun valley on one side, and into the rolling sea of mountains on the other. The ever-changing lights and shadows over the great mountains were a continual wonder for me to watch…One day we went up the the hills and saw a tribe of black-faced monkeys, with long tails and grey whiskers, jumping from tree to tree and shaking the very trunks with their sudden springs. Those hills were full of wild nooks, great overhanging rocks, and scraggy twisted oaks…The climate was delicious between the showers, which were as frequent as in England.

– Marianne North’s diary, British Library

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