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Lal Tibba, Mussoorie Overview

Untouched by commercialisation, Lal Tibba is located on the top of Depot Hill in Landour, approximately 6 kilometres from Mussoorie. Being the highest point in the area, Lal Tibba is one of the most stunning viewpoints in the region. The name literally translates to 'red hill'. Rising to a height of 2,275 meters (7,164 feet), Lal Tibba is the picture-perfect place to fulfil your sightseeing desires. The telescopes installed here are priceless, and aid in cherishing the beautiful unfettering panoramas of the Nilkantha peak (6,596 meters) in Badrinath, Kedarnath peak (6,940 meters), Banderpoonch range of three peaks with the highest rising to 6,316 meters can all be viewed on a cloudless day. 

The Lal Tibba region has long been occupied, serving as a summer getaway during the British-Raj and a recovering station for the military, hence gaining popularity as a cantonment cum hill station. It is now occupied by the Indian Military Services. In the form of a small terrace, La Tibba has mesmerizing views of the Tibet border. The place is relaxing and has remains of British Architecture. There are only a handful of places that offer such exhilarating views and being in Mussoorie, it is somewhat necessary to tick this off your must-visit list. There are few things better than being surrounded by a thick verdant forest cover, a tiny little picturesque hill station within eyeshot and the horizon studded with snow-clad mountains!

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Things To See at Lal Tibba

The primary thing to witness at Lal Tibba would be the undisturbed sight of the Himalayan ranges, peaks such as the Badrinath (Nilkantha) peak (6,596 meters), Kedarnath peak (6,940 meters) and the trio of the Banderpoonch peaks, all of which rise above 6000 meters. A snowy white line of ranges can be easily viewed from near Char Dukan, a famous sightseeing café in Landour. A telescope erected by the Japanese authorities stands 20 feet high on a cliff, from where vistas of the Swargarohini (6,252 meters) and Chaukhamba (7,138 meters) massifs are visible on a clear day. You may even spot Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in the country rising to 7,816 meters! 

There are few spectacular hikes you can undertake in the region, some of which include Pepperpot Mountain and Deo Tibba (7,690 feet), a short hike from Tehri road. A plethora of historical buildings such as the Kellogg’s church - built in 1903 and St. Paul's church built in 1839, are places of attraction. The place around serves as a base camp for Indian Military. It has broadcasting towers of Doordarshan and All India Radio as well.

The pretty sunrises and sunsets from Lal Tibba scenic points are a bonus. The area has been popular among tourists for over a century, famous for its shopping markets, quaint little cafes, colonial architecture and larger-than-life viewpoints!

Lal Tibba Weather & Best Time to Visit

The hill station of Landour rises almost a thousand feet above Mussoorie at around 7,500 feet. Comparatively less crowded than its famous counterpart and the best season to visit Lal Tibba would be during the clear summer skies, between March and July. The weather is delightful during summers. The months from November to February are freezing, with a galore of snowfall, almost twice that of Mussoorie. During the rainy and winter seasons, it is hard to notice the main highlight of your visit - the mountain peaks, due to cloudy weather.

Visit the scenic Lal Tibba either at the time of sunrise or sunset. You can spend a quiet evening soaking in the chilly hilly breeze all the while staring at amazing panoramas and sipping on your hot coffee!

Tips

1. Wear enough clothing as it can get pretty chilly during the winters because of the thick deodar forests surrounding the area. Landour receives rainfall very often, so it is advisable to carry an umbrella.
2. There are no commercial hotels in Landour except for a handful of guesthouses. So plan your stay accordingly.
3. On the way to Lal Tibba, you can spot the house of the famous writer - Ruskin Bond.
4. Do try the momos and Maggi available here.

How To Reach Lal Tibba

Lal Tibba is a mere 6 kilometres from Mussoorie, which is well connected via road to Dehradun (40 kilometres approximately), a drive of about an hour and a half. Delhi is 300 kilometres away. The closest railhead is in Dehradun (38 kilometres), and the nearest airport is also in Dehradun, the Jolly Grant airport (65 kilometres).

It is located 5 km from Mussoorie. The roads to Lal Tibba are small, and hence it's better if you take a private cab from Mussoorie to reach your destination.

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