India, Dehradun in particular, will always be indebted to great minds and characters of the 19th century such as Captain Francis Young, Supt. F Shore and Sir George Everest for discovering some of the best things about this valley and putting it on the map. We owe our debt to Sir George Everest in particular for completing the great trigonometric survey of India along the meridian arc from the southernmost tip of India to the northern frontiers including Nepal. Mapping the entire stretch was a gigantic task which he accomplished with missionary zeal. For this mighty effort and stupendous achievement, the highest peak in the world was named after him as a mark of respect and to honour the work he had done in this field. Situated 7 km west of Mussoorie is the Park Estate a house that Col. Everest had bought from its erstwhile owners as his private estate from where he carried out the great work on his trigonometric survey.
The Park estate itself afforded a panoramic view of the Doon valley dropping down to the South and the breathtaking view of the Himalayas towards the North where the snow-bound Himalayan ranges to stand tall and proud like silent sentinels posted by the Gods themselves as our Northern frontiers. The trek back to Mussoorie was an exhilarating experience in itself as thunder boomed and the heavens themselves opened up to pour cold Himalayan waters down the mountain side. We had to wade through ankle-deep water as the skies opened up. The dirt track was turned into a fast flowing muddy rivulet and one had to be watchful not to miss a step. Just as miraculously the rain stopped and we all made it back safely to eat a fine lunch and drive back to the school.