Lal Tibba is the highest point in the region with an altitude of about 2290 m / 7500 ft and offers magnificent views of the surrounding hills. Lal Tibba translates to Red Hill. The hill is named so because of the beautiful sunrise and sunset views, which turns the surroundings into red color.
On a clear day, you can get a glimpse of some of the popular hills of the area which includes Kedarnath, Badrinath, Banderpunch, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Sri-Kanta peaks. As some of these peaks are over 200 km away, it is difficult to identify the peaks. To aid the visitors to get a glimpse of these peaks, a coin operated binoculars is installed on top of a small cafe. The cafe charges some nominal amount to the visitors to give access to their terrace where the binoculars is located.
Lal Tibba is located in the Landour region of Mussoorie and supposedly the oldest inhabited place in the region. Landour was initially built by the British for the British Indian Army. It mainly acted as a medical facility station for long term illnesses of the British Indian Army. Due to this reason, the town was referred as a convalescent depot for the army, and Lal Tibba is also called as Depot Hill.
Lal Tibba is located at a distance of 7 km from Mussoorie, in the Landour Region. While you can drive all the way up to Lal Tibba, the area can be best explored by foot. You can drive up to “Char Dukaan”, which has an entry gate for the vehicles going towards Lal Tibba. From there Lal Tibba is about 500-700 meters away. You can continue walking further down the road, which will eventually get you to Char Dukan. The whole circuit is about 2 to 2.5 km long, and you get to see the old British architecture style buildings among thick pine trees.
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