Following part I of Mussoorie diaries series , here is sharing my experience at one of the most beautiful and peaceful places of the hill town. It is aptly called “Happy Valley”, for a strong sense of serenity and calmness engulfs anyone who walks up to this pristine part of Mussoorie, 2 km from Library Chowk. Replete with breathtaking Himalayan views, colorful Tibetan flags and homes, Happy Valley is also home to LBSNAA : India’s premier training institute for civil servants. The entire region is home to 5000 Tibetans, and was in fact His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s first stopover in April 1959 , before he shifted base to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.
We first visited the Shedub Choephelling Temple Monastery which was truly an oasis of peace. Other than a group of not-so-quiet visitors who screamed for selfies even inside the monastery, our time spent there was wonderful. Hathipaon mountain views on one side and icy winds blowing across under bright winter sun sufficed for some amazing self-discovery moments ! From there we trekked across a hill 500 m westward, famously known as “Dalai Hill”. Perched at 7500 feet , a divinely golden, gorgeous Buddha statue greeted us at the top. The narrow trekking path was just as beautiful, decorated with fluttering Tibetan chant flags on both sides. Majestic Greater Himalayan ranges and snow-clad peaks beyond completed a picture-perfect landscape.
On way we met some local children who ever-so warmly greeted and chatted up . In our conversation they chuckled that a lot less people visit Dalai Hill as all of them need ‘cars’ everywhere they go. Which was actually true. We found not a single tourist on top of the hill, but then were only too happy to enjoy some genuine me-time amidst the virgin landscape. That I suppose is our biggest luxury these days which cannot be afforded by city-dwellers ! I strongly recommend all you nature aficionados, do not skip this place next time you visit Mussoorie 🙂 Here is summarizing Happy Valley through pictures.
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