Mussoorie Diaries II : Happy Valley Trip

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 πŸ™‚ Here is summarizing Happy Valley through pictures.


Monastery Entrance
Ensconced in nature’s lap 


Spotless skies
Monks on a break πŸ™‚


Happy Valley settlement
On way to Dalai Hill


Soul Searching and winding paths
LBSNAA view from top
Man’s best friends πŸ™‚


Lord Buddha
Hathipaon Mountain Range
Soup for the Soul
Snow in the yonder
Peace begins with a smile πŸ™‚

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56 thoughts on “Mussoorie Diaries II : Happy Valley Trip

      1. Indeed, this is something that we all should be able to enjoy! I always enjoyed walking through the camel back road which is devoid of the urban clutter. Probably, next best place for great views apart from Nag Tibba and Landour!

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      2. Oh yes nothing beats Chaar Dukaan and Nag Tibba. But somehow there was a traffic scenario even there this time which was unexpected. Would love it if they restrict motor vehicles till a certain extent in Landour. Walking up has its own charm πŸ™‚

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      1. Lol took me a second before I realised what it’s for (my blog namez eeh)! Yeah sure, no issues Aishwarya πŸ˜„
        Of course, you don’t need my comment to know that your photography is killer and so are your posts!

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      2. Lol no that’s not the case. I really tried figuring out your name, couldn’t and was not sure if you would be fine with revealing the name on WP since it is not everywhereπŸ˜‰ toh socha this is the best one can doπŸ˜‚

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    1. Thanks so much πŸ™‚ You are one lucky person to have been born in such a beautiful place 😊😊 I am so glad this post brought back your old memories , cheers πŸ˜ƒ


  1. Breathtaking! Ash, you seem to be an excellent photographer too!
    I had no idea there was a monastery in Mussoorie! The kids seem to be right…people like to go where cars can take them! Your pics show that mountains are heavenly, wherever they are.
    However, I saw similar ambience and prayer flags in Leh, another kind of paradise.

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    1. Thank you so much Ma’am for your compliment, even though I admit I am no expert on photographic techniques et al😁 Yes, Leh is on my wishlist and hopefully visiting it by this year end. Have heard it takes spiritual exhilaration to another level 😊

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    1. Haha , very rightly pointed out 😁 thanks so much ! Some places are just meant to be necessarily experienced once in life, I would include this in the list 😊


    1. Thank you so much ! I feel amazing every time I come across a mountain lover πŸ˜€ you would have loved the Dalai hill trek and meeting Lord Buddha’s serene statue at the top, do give it a visit next time.

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    1. I completely agree Ma’am, capturing those moments and then going through them later during our mundane lives as memories – absolute joy😊Thanks a lot for liking this post and picturesπŸ˜€

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