Altitude: 2180 meters
Trekking distance: From woodstock school – 3 kms
Route: Barlowganj – dhanaulti road via hillbird school – Woodstock school dormateries – Dhobhighat – Parri tibba.
Note: Vehicles can go till Dhobi ghat and if you wish to take your vehicle any further you may do so, you can also carry eatable items and water from here as no shops are available beyond this point.
Parri tibba is a good destination for anyone seeking to do a short day hike in mussoorie. It is located just below the dormitories of Woodstock school. The trail is surrounded by oak, rhododendrons and deodar trees making hiking more interesting.
The trek to parri tibba starts from Woodstock school at the eastern end of mussoorie. To get to witches hill, descend from tehri road by way of a steep stairway and path just below the Woodstock school quadrangle. At the bottom of the staircase one can see a sign indicating the Sagar estate. A cemented trail will take you towards Dhobhi ghat village, from here parri tibba is just about 2 kms, it is a gentle ascent that can be completed in an hour. As you move further you come across a point (with a sigh board) from where you must take right turn in order to be on the right trail. A steep ascent during the last stretch of the trail leads you directly to the top of a beautiful hill ( parri tibba ).
About parri tibba
Parri tibba is grassy area surrounded by trees. It is a great picnic spot. It has some of the most deliciously breath-taking views of the mountains ranges of mussoorie, Doon valley, St Georges College and Oag Grove School. Parri tibba also has a temple and on stormy nights it’s advised that you stay clear on witch’s hill as it seem supernaturally prone to lightning strikes, as several burnt and twisted trees on top make obvious.
After spending a considerable amount of time admiring the beauty of this wonder you can descend down the same path as retrace steps till Woodstock school.
1. Bird watching
2. Trail walking
3. Explore caves (man-made)
4. Picnic spots.
Stories relating to parri tibba
1. Parri tibba is a place where people have seen fairies dancing and singing songs. Long back ago John Stephen with two of his friends decided to go to parri tibba at night, when they reached there they saw fairies dancing. One of the fairies called Mr John and afford him a jewel and told him not to show him to anyone. As the fairies disappeared his friends got curious and asked him to show the jewel, as he showed them the jewel the light intensity of the precious jewel started fading. The news spread like a fire and Mr John was forced to show the jewel to his friends and family members which eventually turned the jewel into a white stone and the brightness of the stone got completely vanished.
2. Parri tibba circuit also has various tunnels (6 in total) which were created by many mining companies in order to get uranium and phosphate. None of those companies managed to earn any profit, due to which all mining activities were shut down. The caves are still alive which still holds the extracts of mining from the early days.