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From mid-October to January, when the sun sets, the western horizon turns a myriad combination of yellow, red, orange and mauve. This is known as the winterline.

The phenomenon is unique to Mussoorie and a part of Switzerland. The sun drops behind a false horizon, a grey and mauve strip, with a bright line of yellow and orange colours at its upper end.

It occurs due to the refraction of sunlight at a particular angle, visible only from mountain areas with a long, clear valley towards the west.


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