Saturday, May 23, 2015

We Climbed Everest

We Climbed Everest

25 of us started at 9.40 AM today to climb Everest. With rosy cold of morning, the track was smooth and pleasurable, walking through the forest of Bruns, Devdar and Pine trees. Academy vehicle was moving with us to give a lift but except a short lift taken by one, all reached the site in 75-100 minutes. Aged, tired, all settled down with a cup of tea, juice and some bites. Some tried another track of 20 minutes, but except 4, others returned. "Pet mai roti, haath mai soti, pair chhoti chhoti", we didn't follow the code of locals.

PD and I enjoyed meditation in the peaceful environment. And love birds from Dun started increasing and moving in romance postures and taking pictures around.  

Surprised? Everest in 75 minutes and with vehicle, food and love birds?

Yes, it was Everest Bungalow located some 7 kms away from LBSNAA, Mussoorie. This was a house of Sir George Everest, the Surveyor General of India (1830-1843), responsible for completing the section of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India. Mount Everest was named in his honour in 1865, though the peak was surveyed by his successor Andrew Scott Waugh.

Everest Buglow Mussoorie was built in 1832. Presently in derelict condition, the building need immediate attention of Tourism Department of Govt of Uttara Khand to convert it into a museum.

The place is beautiful with panoromic view of Dun Valley on one side and panoramic view of Aglar River Valley and snow bound Himalayan Ranges on the other. 

After a short stay and lunch we returned to the academy, 5 by bus and rest by foot.

Sunday visit of Everest Buglow added one more pleasured memory in our life.

Those missed, do visit and enjoy the panoramic view of the site. It is really lovely.


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