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Our five-day Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture is focused on Heritage through perspective of architectural design. 

 

 

YOUR TRIP

 

This five-day trip is the closet you’ll get to a time machine and go back in time. Our goal is to revisit the golden era of architecture in the mountain regions during the British Raj. Instigating a curiosity for our recent history and colonial heritage which is connected with interesting facts across India, we also hope to raise awareness for the under appreciated historical & architectural legacy around the Himalayan regions with focus on Mussoorie.

 

Occasionally we find a rare opportunity to even meet some of the families in Mussoorie, who over the times have become a part of the history, culture and the landscape of this place.

 

 

What We Enjoy On This Trip 

 

- Walk in the Clouds at Cloud Ends

- Our slow walks around the Infinity Loop "Chakkar" 

- Colonial architecture & ergonomical design 

- Meeting and interacting with local hillside communities

- Historical Landmarks & Imperial Estates

- And, of course like all 100+ year old hill stations its abundance of trivia and ghostly stories for the campfire nights.

 

  • A huge thank you to the Trip the Himalaya team for an amazing hike to Deolsari and then on to Money Tree and Lurntsu. Not only did the instructors prove to be an excellent and informative guide he also laid on great weather! What more can you ask for. The attention to detail for chai breaks, meals as well as camping was so appreciated, especially by us ladies who are used to more of the 'do it yourself' model. A real treat to arrive back to a welcome cup of chai! More importantly, they made it absolutely possible for a group of western woman of mixed ability and age to get out into the mountains and enjoy hiking in India. 😊 Again, thank you to the Cafe Terra team who made this incredible adventure possible." - Judy, Christine and Sue (Woodstock Shool)

Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture :A uphill journey, down the memory lane of our legacy

About Mussoorie’s Heritage : 

Although Mussoorie, as a hill station, was established in 1825 by Captain Frederick Young (East India Company officer), it was due to the conquest of the Garhwal and the Dehra in 1803 by the Gurkhas, under Umer Singh Thapa that indirectly Mussoorie came into existence.

 

Walk in the Clouds: An idyllic stroll through any of the meandering mountain roads of the town on a clear and sunny day will bring you to some of the well known and not so well known spots-each having its own tale to tell Landour Bazaar, Chaar Dukaan, Lal Tibba, Gun Hill, the Camel Back cemetery, the Mussoorie Library, and of course the Hotel Savoy-an historical edifice in itself. 

 

Landmarks and Estates: Mussoorie has some lovely and charming old houses and estates, usually with names derived from the native places of those who built and lived in them. Today these old houses and estates are owned by financially well off Indians, many of whom, follow the life styles of their former colonial rulers. In most cases, the old names have been retained.

 

Some of these old graceful houses are – Captain Young’s Mullingar Mansion, the oldest existing building in Mussoorie, Houses of lrish pioneers-Tipperary, Killarney, Shemrock cottage and the Tara Hall, the houses of Scot pioneers-Scottsburn, Wolfsburn and of course the houses of the English rulers-Connaught Castle, Grey castle, Hampton court and Castle hill. There evidently were a lot of fans of the legendary writer Sir Walter Scott as we find old estates of the name of Keniworth, Rockeby, Waverly and also Abootsford- the name of Sir Scott’s own house in England.

 

There are quite a few well-known families in Mussoorie, who over the times have become a part of the history, culture and the landscape of this place: the Rajmata of Jind, Princess Sita of Kapurthala, the Gantzers, the Badhwars, the Barrettos, the Skinners, the Keelans, the Alters, Lala Banwarilal, Ram Chander and brothers, Pooranchand and sons and P.C. Hari’s family. Most of the shopkeepers of Mussoorie and Landour Bazaar are descended from the merchant who first came here with the British soldiers and settlers over 160 years ago.

 

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture :A uphill journey, down the memory lane of our legacy

Welcome to Dehra Dun/ Mussoorie:

Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture

Today is the beginning of the five-day Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture Programme. This day we spend in understanding the basics of outdoor and camping, with basic instruction of camp-life followed by issuing of the camping gear which you will be using for the next 5 days. We will guide on how pitch you own tent (properly) and then we go for our acclimatisation walk along the infinity loop ‘Chukkar'.

 

We close our first day with a sumptuous camp-style dinner and a few vital guidelines on personal hygiene for men/women, how to sleep warm and proper use of your sleeping bag.

Intro to Mussoorie region & its Communities:

Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture

Today after breakfast, we spend our day mostly exploring the Queen of Hills and its communities. Our aim today is to meet some of the original residents of Mussoorie, a few of them also happen to be famous personalities which include well known Authors, Photographers and Naturalists.

 

We also visit local shops to meet some of old local shopkeepers. Its an interesting fact that most of the shopkeepers of Mussoorie and Landour Bazar are descended from the merchant who first came here with the British soldiers and settlers over 160 years ago.

 

Later we also visit a local NGO (KEEN) to learn about their efforts on keeping Mussoorie clean followed by talks on hill-side waste management. Students may* also get an opportunity to interview our GreenLife Ambassadors from Mussoorie.

 

After refreshments in the evening we have talks/presentation on Landour & Mussoorie's History & Heritage. We close this day with expectations & methodology of the trip. In this session we discuss our exceptions and your requirements etc. This is followed by a sumptuous camp-style dinner and then some camp-fun which includes stories and short films on Sir George Everest and the great Trigonometric Survey of India during the colonial era in India.

Sir George Everest's House and Laboratory:

Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture

On our day three, post breakfast we prepare and assemble for the day, and then drive to the Park Estate, in Hathipaon. Here we spend time exploring the Park Estate and the ruins of Sir George Everest's House and Laboratory on our Everest trail-talks.

 

Before lunch we have an opportunity to do good and get involved with community service with WEEAI clean up drive in the Park Estate area. 

 

Post a sumptuous lunch in the park, packs on and we begin our hike to Cloud Ends. Here we make a stop for refreshments and talk about the history of Cloud Ends Heritage Resort and the Park Estate area. This may* also present an opportunity for the students to meet the owners of Cloud Ends Heritage Resort. 

 

Post refreshments packs on and a short hike to the Cloud's End BaseCamp were we pitch our tents and settle in. We close this day reflections, review and basic principles of LNT© Camp-Fire Ethics* followed by a sumptuous camp-style dinner at our forest campsite and then some camp-fun which includes Garhwali folklore and maybe some acoustic music*.

Happy Valley: Tibetan Homes Foundation:

Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture

On the fourth day of our trip, post breakfast at the forest campsite, we prepare and assemble for the day, and begin our hike in to, wait for it... the "Happy Valley". Once we arrive here we make a visit to the Tibetan Homes Foundation School and to the Tibetan Monastery to appreciate and learn about their community, culture and architectural design.

 

After our sumptuous Tibetan lunch near the Monastery we collect for Pick-up & Drive towards the Mall Road passing by the the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy (LBSNAA) - India's national institute for research and training on public policy and public administration. We drop you at the Library Chowk.

 

A walk through the Mall road to see rare books collection & history at the Mussoorie Library. Explore the remains of Raj Era Architecture in the historic Mall Rd. & Camel's Back of Mussoorie. And occasionally (depending on availability) you also get an special opportunity to meet one of Mussoorie's most respected historian, curator of rare photographs and our GreenLife Ambassador Mr Gopal Bhardwaj.

 

By the evening we are back at our basecamp for a refreshing cup of chai and homemade snacks. We close this day reflections, review and dinner followed by a documentary/film on Mount Everest (deepening on weather indoor/outdoor open-air screening).

Farewell from the Queen of Hills:

Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture

On the last day of our trip, post breakfast at the basecamp we prepare for the day and assemble for de-issuing of the gear. This is followed by refreshments and a our heart to heart, talk on our conclusions and reflections on the past four days. We discuss things we learned, we saw, we ate and things to be mindful of when in wilderness or backcountry. Our take aways, highs and lows, of the trip.

 

Depending on the time we have, we may also take a short hike to do some more community service with OneTrip OneTree plantation drive for students organised under WEEAI. Post lunch, pack your bags and prepare for your departure to Dehra Dun. 

 

Your trip with us ends once you are on the railway station or the airport.

 

Please Note: The Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture Programme (5D/4N) programme can also be customised for 4 days and 6 days programme on request. The pricing will change accordingly. 

 

This is an artistic look at the Queen of Hills, established in 1825, the colonial history, British influenced architecture and social scenario during the Raj era in Mussoorie, this is one trip for the trigger happy, shutter bugs..:)

Rs. 11,750/- (Plus 5% GST) Per Person for 5 Day and 4-Nights Trip

This cost does Not Include train/air fare, local transport (cabs/coaches/etc), any unspecified meals, bottled water, or any other expenses not mentioned in the programme.

 

Note: Groups range from min 9 to 18 pax per batch. We limit people to small size group per batch in order to make the trip experience more effective. 

ACTIVITY: Trekking, Hiking, Camping & Instructions on Camplife, Knowledge on Outdoor Living Skills and Basic Principles of LNT© Ethics/ Campfire. 

 

ACCOMMODATION: Boarding and lodging in single/double/triple occupancy accommodation in Tents and Homestay with provision of clean toilet tents.

 

MEALS: A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Non-Veg menu can be provided on request. Refreshments will be served throughout. Provision of kitchen tents at both campsites.

 

EXPERT INSTRUCTORS and certified outdoors faculty.

 

SAFE-SECURE stay and transport during the trip

 

FOREST permits for hikes, and camping destination/park fees and Gratuities 

 

OUTDOOR GEAR: Backpack: Sturdy 60 ltrs (with a plastic or waterproof lining), Sleeping bag and a Sleeping pad, Trekking stick, Gaiters. If required, liners bags for sleeping bags & backpacks, cup, bowl & spoon, will be provided. 

 

CAMPING GEAR: High quality trekking equipments like Tents, stoves, fuel & fuel bottles, cooking utensils, rations, trail food, trowels, water purification, first aid kits, etc will be provided, depending on type of trip.

 

CONTENT: Nature/outdoor/adventure based knowledge sessions, films, music and literature.

 

BACKCOUNTRY EMERGENCY: Our instructors are certified by Aerie Backcountry in Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid. We also have Medical Support from Landour Community Hospital (LCH). 

 

 

Please Note: 

 

a). Personal Trekking Gear can also be provided on hire from our Outfitting Store in Mussoorie.

 

b). You are welcome to bring and use Your Own Gear as well.

 

c). All gear is Washed and Properly Checked before issue.

 

d). In case of Damage or Loss of any gear, the students/ explorers shall be liable to pay for the cost.

 

e). Some of the above mentioned gear may not be required for your chosen itinerary, therefore those items will not be issued to the students/ explorers.

5D/4N Pack List - Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture :

Ideal Pack List to Trip the Himalaya:  

Mentioned below is a broad list of basic items we recommend all students/ explorers should carry. You can always create your own pack-list based on your personal needs and medical requirements. Also mentioned below are the inclusions of the trip. 

 

 

IDEALLY BRING: 

 

Sun hat: Cotton/Nylon

Sunglasses: Preferably with an Anchor

Sun protection Lotion 

Water bottle: 2 Bottles of 1 litre capacity. Please insure that they do not leak. Hydration pack (optional)

Wrist watch: Is a must for trips

Headlamp/ flashlight: Preferably a headlamp as it leaves your hands free to work. Please bring extra batteries

Rain wear: Rain Poncho, Rain Pants & Rain Jackets

Toilet articles: Toothbrush, toothpaste, items of personal hygiene, etc

Pocket knife: Optional, fixed blade or locking preferred

Personal medications: If any, please also carry your doctor’s prescription and fill out our Medical History form. 

Lip balm/ chapstick or Moisturiser             

Camera/ Phone: Optional

Any other personal gear: Please note you will be carrying all your gear by yourself

Stationary: Notebook and pen/pencils 

 

 

IDEALLY WEAR: 

 

Comfortable and Athletic clothing (rain proof/ wind-proof)

Wool gloves: 1 Pair

Warm Jacket: 1 Jacket (woollen/ fleece)

Warm shirts & pants: 1 Pair (synthetic or waterproof track pants)

Thermal Inner-wear: Bottom & Top 

Hiking pants: 1 Pair

Hiking shirt preferably with a Long sleeve

Underwear: 3/4 Changes

Woollen/ Nylon socks: 2/3 Pairs

Hiking shoes: 1 Pair (High-ankle waterproof trekking shoes with good grip)

Slippers/ Sandals: For wearing in camp. Footwear should be closed toed. (No flip-flops)

Travel in small groups. Respect local cultures and the heritage.

 

Please be sure to dispose your waste responsibly and leave no trace on the hillside, during or after camping. Be sensitive towards wildlife and nature.

 

General precautions for a proper acclimatization. We advice those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, Breathing problems, High altitude sickness or is Pregnant Not to participate in this trek.

Golden Legacy: Heritage & Architecture :A uphill journey, down the memory lane of our legacy

Frequently asked questions by our clients on:

What Should I Wear? 

 

Hiking Boots:  A mid or high boot will protect you ankle from unnatural twists and sprain on uneven terrain. Tough, chiseled Vibram soles made for trail hiking will grab onto rock and slippery surfaces and will hold up against lots of abuse over time much better than regular running shoes or sneakers

 

Quick-dry or soft-shell outdoor pants: Jeans, which are made out of cotton, absorb humidity and water and stay very wet which, if the water or air is cold,  can lead to hypothermia. They also do not insulate as well as synthetic fiber pants do.

 

Waterproof outer layer of pants and jacket: A breathable but completely waterproof pants and jacket combo will ensure that your under layers stay dry from rain and release moisture from sweat.

 

Wool socks: Like jeans, cotton socks retain moisture and adjust to the temperature of the atmosphere while wool socks keep you warm and dry even in heavy rain or after stepping in a puddle.

 

You said that I have to wear hiking boots. What if I have sneakers that I love to hike in?

In the winter, we recommend wearing hiking boots because they will keep your feet warm and dry. In the summer, many of our trails can be hiked in sneakers if you’re confident in your ability. Be aware that sneakers do not have the same tread or ankle support as a hiking boot. Simply put, boots are safer.

I want to “bring a friend” but we want to sign up separately, how do we do this? 

You can each sign up for the trip via our website. Just select the “bring a bud” discount while registering, and enter your friends name in the “comments” box.

 

Can I pay a deposit to reserve my spot?

For our day trips you do need to pay in full to reserve your spot. For our multi-day trips you may be able to set up a custom payment plan. Please email us on hello@tripthehimalaya.com, Or call the us at 7300-686-293 & 7300-686-293 for options according to trip.

 

Does Trip The Himalaya offer a discount for students or teachers?

Yes, as of March 1, 2018, students and teachers are eligible to receive 10% off of TTH day trips. This discount applies to trips with availability as of 12:00 noon the day before the trip. To check availability or register, contact us at hello@tripthehimalaya.com. You must have a current student ID or school email address or proof that you are a teacher. You will need to show your student ID or proof of occupation to your guide on the day of the trip.

4 Seater cab rental option including tolls, insurance and fuel: Rs. 3500/- per vehicle, per day Or Rs. 1800/- per vehicle, One way. 

 

Transfers cost between Dehra Dun railway station to Mussoorie, one-way ranges between Rs. 1600/- to Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 6000/- for a 4 seater,  8-9 seater & 13 seater vehicle respectively. 

 

The passenger vans/mini-coaches we use, hold between to 13-18 pax. Mini bus holds 27 pax, SUV/MUV hold up to 7 pax and all smaller cabs up to 4 pax. We do not over load vehicles with even one extra passenger.  

 

We use Maruti Dzire, Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, or similar vehicles.  The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

 

No local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except for TTH staff where we require short transfers from between camps to the trek points. 

Where do I go to the bathroom? 

The majority of the trails we hike on do not have established bathrooms. In short, nature is your bathroom.

 

The cabs got stuck in traffic! Something came up and I couldn’t make it! Can I get a trip credit? 

This one is going to sting. We would have loved to see you out on the trip with us, but if you can’t come we need at least one week’s advanced notice in order to be able to give you a trip credit. There are no exceptions.

 

Should I tip my guide? 

Our guides are the best you’ll find anywhere. If you had a great day with us, a tip is always appreciated.

Are we going hiking even though it’s raining and windy? 

We do hike in the rain, snow, wind and any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us. After all, we’re going on adventures! If the weather is unsafe for any reason, the trip will be changed or postponed. You will be notified the week of your trip if there are changes due to weather.

 

Will we still be going snowshoeing if there’s no snow in the forecast? 

If we schedule a snowshoeing trip, we make every effort to select a trail that has adequate snow for a great trip. If this is not possible we will change the trip to a winter hike.

I’m signing up by myself. Will there be other solo travellers on the trip?

One of the great reasons to go on our trips is you don’t have to depend on unreliable friends. Many people sign up solo and within minutes on the trip, find themselves making friends.

 

I have a child who loves the outdoors, can I bring him with? 

At this point, most of our public trips are for 18+ only. That being said, we can run private trips for any ages.

 

What type of person goes on a Trip the Himalaya programme?

Ages generally range from early twenties through fifties, though there are definitely people of all ages on our trips. We find that there’s a pretty even split between male and female on our trips. The common thread we find is an adventurous spirit and love for the outdoors.

Please Read our:

Travel in small groups. Respect local cultures and the heritage.

 

Please be sure to dispose your waste responsibly and leave no trace on the hillside, during or after camping. Be sensitive towards wildlife and nature.

 

General precautions for a proper acclimatization. We advice those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, Breathing problems, High altitude sickness or is Pregnant Not to participate in this trek.

The client receives a confirmation via email within 24 hours of successful booking. The customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed. 

 

If Cancellations are made - 

 

30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as Cancellation fees. 

 

15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.

 

0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.

The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

 

In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.