Lal Tibba “The Highest Peak in Mussoorie”
Lal Tibba which literally suggests “Red Hill” is the highest peak in Mussoorie hill station. It is snuggled in the Landour area and is seated at an altitude of 1,830 metres above sea level. Since the place is surrounded by the lush green beauty, it makes it a popular tourist attraction.
On reaching the mountaintop, you’ll be rewarded with the mesmerizing views of the hill town of Mussoorie which will leave you spellbound. Many tourists from far-off places come here to relish a 360 view of the mighty peaks of Garhwal.
|Open Time:||6:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Visiting Time:||Open for 24 hours. Best to visit between 8 am to 7 pm|
|Duration of Visit:||30 to 60 minutes|
|Famous For:||Viewpoint, Photography and Sightseeing|
|Route:||Picture Palace (Mussoorie), Char Dukan, Lal Tibba|
Things to do in and around Lal Tibba?
This sleepy area of the town doesn’t see much crowd and is perfect for those seeking some moments of solitude amidst the hills. Newly-weds and couples often visit this place to watch the romantic sunrise and sunset. It is an ideal spot to soak in the beauty of the hills and to indulge in photography.
The adventure lovers can commence an exhilarating hike to Pepperpot Mountain and Deo ki Tibba, a short hike from Tehri road. Some of the famous tourist places near Lal Tibba are Lakemist, Company Garden, Gun Hill, Camel’s Back Road, Kasmada Palace, Chaar Dukan, The Childer’s Lodge, Jharipani Falls etc.
Food at Lal Tibba:
There is a café at Lal Tibba that serves fresh treats to the visitors. But if you are low on budget then you can have tea with some snacks at Char Dukan market located nearby. Some of the best restaurants near Lal Tibba are Klick Café, Café Ivy, Emily’s, The MudCup, RokebyManor, Café de Tavern etc.
Lal Tibba is one of the oldest and most visited places in Mussoorie. Owing to the presence of a depot here, Lal Tibba is also known as Depot Hill. The region was once occupied by the British. It served as a summer getaway for the British Raj and a recovering station for the military. Hence it became popular as a cantonment cum hill station.
What makes Lal Tibba special?
Lal Tibba hill serves as the camp of the Indian Military Services and Broadcasting station of All India Radio and Doordarshan. One can see the rustic buildings of the British era like Kellogg’s Church built in 1903 and St. Paul’s Church built in 1839. There is a telescope at the edge of the cliff which was installed back in 1967 by the municipality. It offers a clear view of the snowbound Greater Himalayas from the Laal Tibba Point.
On a clear day, you can behold a gorgeous panorama of Nilkantha Peak, Kedarnath Peak, Swargarohini and the Banderpunch range of three peaks with the highest rising to 6,316 metres. The second highest peak in India, Nanda Devi Peak rising at 7,816 metres can also be spotted from here.
Best Time to visit Lal Tibba:
The ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is during the summer months of March to June. It is the time when the place remains covered in a thick foliage. If you want to see the snow view, then you must visit here during January or February.
- Since Lal Tibba is situated at a high altitude, the whether remains cold here. So don’t forget to carry woolens irrespective of the month you visit in.
- Carry binoculars for relishing a clear view of the mountain ranges.
- On the way to Laal Tibba, you can spot the house of the celebrated children’s author Ruskin Bond.
How to reach Lal Tibba:
Lal Tibba or the Landour ridge is the highest point in Mussoorie. It is located about 5-6 km away from Mall Road in Mussoorie. One can easily reach here by taking a cab or on foot. Dehradun railway station at 38 km away is the nearest railhead. Jolly Grant airport at 63 km away is the closest air connectivity from here.