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Atop the Hill: Under the Stars, Diamonds in the Sky: is an introduction to stargazing, common terms in astronomy and creating awareness about celestial objects, like stars, moons, nebulae, planets, constellations etc,  with overnight camping in the Park Estate area. 

 

YOUR TRIP

 

There's not much that beats a night camp under the stars. This overnight trip is the perfect introduction to camping, with students or corporate groups able to experience the quiet and serentiy of the outdoors, bonding by a campfire, and two days of outdoor adventure, while sleeping comfortably in fully equipped campsite and enjoying delicious hearty kitchen-cooked meals. 

 

You'll begin their adventure with a walk from Sea Green Cafe to the Park Estate grounds, near Sir George Everest House and Laboratory. 

 

After getting acquainted with the grounds, we'll hit the trail to identify the flora and fauna of this place, while also learning about he great history of this area and its famous colonial residents during the 18th century. 

 

After returning to camp, it's time for a delicious dinner and a gathering around the campfire - complete with folklore and mysterious stories of our old town. 

 

The next day can be spent walking to Cloud Ends and exploring Happy Valley or Birding in Benog Forest before departing the stargazing paradise in Mussoorie.

 

What We Enjoy On This Trip:

 

- Confidence and expansion of one's comfort zone

- Team problem solving and critical thinking

- Exercise and enjoyment of the outdoors

- Stargazing & Campfire  

- Mindfulness and calm

- Inspiration and curiosity

- Basics on LNT© and outdoor ethics 

 

  • "The best view comes after the hardest climb - Recently, my daughter, Sejal Khanna, went to a trekking and mountaineering expedition with the Cafe Terra team. She always had a passion for mountains and has always been a nature enthusiast. She couldn't resist to share her life time experience with such a brilliant team. It was an honour and a blessing for her to experience the breathtaking beauty of nature and mountains. Seeing her stronger and braver makes me extremely proud and happy. She has become more sensitive towards nature. All credit goes to the brilliant team of Cafe Terra and her prestigious institution, St Thomas' School. I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart for making my girl a better and wiser person. I absolutely couldn't ask for more. Looking forward to more such adventurous expeditions with your phenomenal team." -Rahul Khanna

Stargazing: Diamonds in the Sky:Overnight Camping in Park Estate

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. Before the British, there were only shepherds in the area whose animals would graze on the ‘mansoor’ shrub; a type of lentil indigenous to the area which gives the town its name. While Mussoorie was never an official seat of power during the British Raj, it has always been the unofficial quixotic destination even during the Raj. The summer sojourn of the British Sahibs and Memsahibs  were peppered by interesting tales of scandalous liaisons,  of jealous revenges, and humorous anecdotes from a  getaway far from social restrictions  of the plains.

 

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, the  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 lifestyles of their former colonial rulers. In most cases, the old names have been retained.

 

Some of these old graceful houses are – The first house was built by Frederick Young; a lieutenant of the British East India Company and commanding officer of the Sirmoor Battalion from 1815 to 1842. He later built a mansion called ‘Mullingar’ as his personal residence and would hunt game in the dense forests around 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, Rokeby, Waverly and also Abootsford- the name of Sir Scott’s own house in England.

 

Mussoorie has a long tradition of brewing. India’s first brewing house ‘The Old Brewery’ was started by Sir Henry Bohle in Mussoorie.  ‘The Old Brewery’ reopened and closed a couple of times over the next few years until Sir John Mackinnon (Bohle’s brother-in-law) restarted it in 1850 as Mackinnon & Co. The Old Brewery.

 

 

Over time, more and more Europeans moved to Mussoorie and nearby Landour and the area rapidly became a bustling town with a variety of clientele ranging from the European elite and Indian Maharajas . 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

Stargazing: Diamonds in the Sky:Overnight Camping in Park Estate

Welcome to Stargazing in Mussoorie:

Diamonds in the Sky: Stargazing in Park Estate

8:30 AM - Greetings and meet the team

9:00 AM - Departure and drive to the Park Estate 

10:00 AM - Arrive at trailhead and start walking

10:30 AM - Arrive at camp and settle in

11:00 AM - Refreshments at campsite 

12:00 NOON - Organise gear, backpacking briefing and instructions

01:00 PM - Afternoon hike with picnic lunch

03:00 PM - Return to the Sir George Everest House

4:00 PM - Free time to explore or relax

05:30 PM - Refreshments and discussion 

06:30 PM - Campfire time - folklore, stories and stargazing

07:00 PM - Cookout - Dinner served

09:00 PM - Campfire and Stargazing continues 

10:00 PM - Fire Out. Lights out.

 

 

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Stargazing Session: 

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Presentation on Projector/Computer 

- Awareness about celestial objects, like stars, moons, nebulae, planets, constellations etc

- Common terms in astronomy

- How the celestial objects move

- Showing the night sky on computer application in real time virtual visuals

- How to identify stars and constellations

- Stargazing tips and Q&A 

 

Practical stargazing in the open

- The indoor presentation will help identify the objects seen during night sky with naked eyes

- Tips to learn astronomy through daily observation

- Questions and answers by the audience

 

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Rock the Cliffs: in Hathipaon

Diamonds in the Sky: Stargazing in Park Estate

06:30 AM - Wake up call with tea and cookies 

07:30 AM - Breakfast & morning briefing

08:30 AM - Prepare for the day & Assemble for

09:00 AM - Off to Rock Climbing on the hillside or Hike to Wishing Well 

12:00 NOON - Picnic Lunch

01:00 PM - Camp sweep and pack-up to leave

02:00 PM - Depart camp

03:00 PM - Return to pickup point

Rs. 2,300/- Per Person for 2 Day and 1-Night 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.

 

This cost Includes Licensed and certified outdoor guides, Lodging, meals for duration of trip, Park and destination fees/permissions, Equipment rentals & Gratuities. For more details please read Included Services and Gear in the dropdown below. 

 

Note: Groups range from min 9 to 25 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/or 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 separate kitchen tents at 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: Sleeping bag and a Sleeping pad. If required, trekking stick, gaiters, 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 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.

2D/1N Pack List for Stargazing: The Park Estate :

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.

Stargazing: Diamonds in the Sky:Overnight Camping in Park Estate

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.

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.

Presentation on Projector/Computer 

- Duration about 60-90 minute

- Awareness about celestial objects, like stars, moons, nebulae, planets, constellations etc

- Common terms in astronomy

- How the celestial objects move

- Showing the night sky on computer application in real time virtual visuals

- How to identify stars and constellations

- Stargazing tips and Q&A 

 

Practical stargazing in the open

- The indoor presentation will help identify the objects seen during night sky with naked eyes

- Tips to learn astronomy through daily observation

- Questions and answers by the audience

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.