Happy Valley, Mussoorie

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Timings : 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Time Required : 2 - 3 hours

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Happy Valley, Mussoorie Overview

Famous for housing some magnificent Tibetan monasteries, the IAS academy, candidly beautiful Municipal garden, a splendid valley of flowers, lively eateries and an all-around jocund environment, Happy Valley lies on the western end of the Library Point. Popularly known as ‘mini Tibet’, this enchanting valley is one of the most detailed and largest rendition of a typical Tibetan society. Home to around 5000 Tibetan refugees, the valley boasts of gorgeous views in the 360 - degree panorama.

Over the years, Happy Valley has been successful in maintaining the old world charm and the rich heritage of the primal Tibetan culture. The eateries on the side boast of delectable lip-smacking Tibetan cuisines, the tiny roadside stalls sell pretty perfect souvenirs, and the all-around vibe of the place is in sync with the tradition and customs of the residing Tibetan refugees. The vivacious charm and the animatedly lively environment makes this place unlike any other and is a must visit recommendation if visiting Mussoorie.

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History of Happy Valley

The story goes to say that back in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama named Tenzin Gyatso escaped from his home in Lhasa, Tibet. He was given refuge in Mussoorie by the then Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Dalai Lama stayed in the valley for about a year before he moved to Dharamshala. During the period of his stay, a Tibetan school came into existence, and a beautiful Buddhist temple was established as well. The valley started flourishing with the Tibetan culture and eventually came to be known as the Happy Valley, owing to its vibrancy, zeal and exuberance.

So when Dalai Lama moved to Dharamshala, a large part of the population stayed back and made this valley their permanent home. The Tibetan culture continued to thrive; still more temples and monasteries came into being and in no time the valley came to give the look and feel of a ?Mini Tibet? as it is colloquially called.

Best Time To Visit Happy Valley

Dalai Lama was honoured with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize; he delivered his acceptance speech on the 10th of December, 1989. Ever since then, the entire valley gets together every year to celebrate the memorable event with a lot of zeal and fervour. We recommend you to visit the place at the time so you can be a part of the Tibetan celebrations and make your trip even more unforgettable.

How To Reach Happy Valley, Mussoorie

The market place is located just 2 kms from Library Chawk and can be easily reached through a public or a personal vehicle. You can rent a taxi-cab from your accommodation. Or you can take a public bus from the city bus-stand. Also, there are auto-rickshaws and local rickshaws that can drop you to the spot.

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