Best season – Round the year
Location: 3km From Mussorie
At a distance of about 2 km from Gandhi chowk is the happy valley also known as “Mini Tibet”. Happy valley is famous for Municipal garden, Tibetan temples, and IAS academy. The area of this lies on the western side of library point. Apart from gardens, estates and temples, tourists can also take a walk to the Kala School from happy valley which leads to hathipaon park estate.
The view from this temple is very beautiful, specially the hills facing the temple.
The famous Tibetan Buddhist temple also known as Shedup Buddhist temple lies 3 kms from Gandhi chowk just ahead of CST (central school for Tibetan) in happy valley. The temple has a Devine atmosphere and showcases Tibetan architecture. There are prayer wheels, idols of Buddha and prayer meditation halls with beautiful carvings on the walls, ceilings and panels. The temple provides a great panorama view of the benog hill circuit where one can simply relax and meditate in piece.
The prayer wheels
Tibetan prayer wheels (called the Mani wheels by Tibetans) are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well-being. Rolls of thin paper, imprinted with many copies of mantra (prayer) OM MANI PADME HUM printed in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script are wound around an axel in a protective container, and spun around and around. Typically, larger decorative versions of the syllables of the mantra are also carved on the outside cover of the wheel. Tibetan Buddhist believe that saying this mantra out loud or silently to oneself invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Tibetan Buddhist mani wheels are always spun clockwise. Just touching and turning a prayer wheel brings incredible purification and accumulates unbelievable merit.