Looking for a place to experience the vibrant Tibetan culture?
Look no further than Happy Valley in Mussoorie! This charming valley is home to around 5000 Tibetan refugees and is considered one of the most detailed and largest renditions of a typical Tibetan society. It’s no wonder why it’s also known as “mini Tibet.”
But Happy Valley isn’t just about its stunning views and rich heritage. It also boasts of delectable Tibetan cuisines, perfect souvenirs sold at tiny roadside stalls, and an all-around lively atmosphere that’s in sync with the tradition and customs of the Tibetan refugees. It’s a must-visit if you’re ever in Mussoorie.
Legend has it that the 14th Dalai Lama named Tenzin Gyatso escaped from his home in Lhasa, Tibet, and was given refuge in Mussoorie by the then Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. During his year-long stay in the valley, a Tibetan school and a beautiful Buddhist temple were established, and the valley started flourishing with Tibetan culture. And so, Happy Valley was born, with its vivacious charm and animatedly lively environment.
And while the Dalai Lama eventually moved to Dharamshala, a large part of the population stayed back and made Happy Valley their permanent home. The Tibetan culture continued to thrive, and more temples and monasteries came into being. Before long, Happy Valley had transformed into “Mini Tibet.”
Getting to Happy Valley is easy. The market place is located just 2 kms from Library Chawk and can be easily reached through a public or personal vehicle. You can rent a taxi-cab from your accommodation, take a public bus from the city bus-stand, or even hop on an auto-rickshaw or local rickshaw to drop you off at the spot. So what are you waiting for? Head to Happy Valley and experience the beauty and charm of mini Tibet!