Mussoorie to lal Tibba – 5.7 kms
Dehradun to lal Tibba – 38 kms
Route: Picture palace (Mussoorie), char dukan, lal Tibba
Altitude: 7500 feet/2286 meters
Best time to visit: Throughout the year
If Mussoorie is “Queen of the hills” then Landour must be the fairer princes, even though it contains some of the oldest settlements. British forces occupied this region of garhwal following the Gurkha wars in the second decade of 19th century. Colonel Frederick young, an Irish officer in east India Company army constructed the first permanent British dwelling at Mullingar in 1825. Landour takes its name from llanddowror, a small town in wales.
Situated at an altitude of 7500 feet (2286 meters) above sea level, lal Tibba the Landour ridge is the highest point in Mussoorie. This also remains the most secluded and beautiful area of the town, with spectacular views of the snow clad greater Himalayas, dense deodar forest, and peaceful slopes.
Lal Tibba also referred as a Depot Hill owing to the presence of a depot, also houses a camp of the Indian Military services, towers of Doordarshan and All India Radio. A Japanese telescope was placed at the 20 metres tall tower standing on the edge of the cliff to offer scenic views of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch, and other Himalayan ranges.