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|House of George Everest, first Surveyor Gen. of India. TopYaps|
George Everest (4 July 1790 - 1 December 1866) was a Welsh surveyor and Geographer, and the Surveyor General of India 1830 through 1943. In 1816, Everest became assistant to Colonel Lambton, who was about to start the long and hard task of the Trigonometric Survey, a task that finally took 25 years. In 1852, a well-known Indian mathematician working for the Great Trigonometric Survey of India, Radhanath Sikhdar, thought he had discovered the highest summit in the world. This was confirmed several years later by the Surveyor-General of India, George Everest.
Built in 1832, Sir George Everest's House and Laboratory, also called ''Park House,'' is located in Park Estate about 6 kilometers (4 miles) west of Gandhi Chowk / Library Bazaar, (West end of the Mall Road), in Mussoorie, a famous hill station in the state of Uttarakhand. This hill station was first established by the British Military Officer Cap. Young in 1827. From his house, which is perching atop a small peak, in the back drop of the snow capped majestic Himalayas in the north, one can have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Doon Valley on one side and of the Aglar River valley to the North. On one side was the town of Dehradun, on the other, was the Happy Valley. Incidentally, Mussoorie was the Dalai Lama’s first Indian home before Dharamsala, and Happy Valley has a fairly large Tibetan settlement. Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 before complete ill-legal occupation by China.
This historical house now under the authority of the Tourism Department until recently was in bad shape. In George Everest's days, water was scarce so there were underground water cisterns outside the house to meet the water requirements. They were not ice pits and were mainly underground water tanks sunk quite deep. Unfortunately, now they lay uncovered in the front yard, filled with trash and litter, posing danger to humans and cattle, particularly, during winter and snow fall when the ground is wet and slippery.
The tourism department has a proposal to improve the entire area in the near future.