Monday, February 2, 2015

Breathing Fresh in Lal Tibba and Landour

Breathing Fresh in Lal Tibba and Landour
After a South Indian breakfast in the Academy, approximately 30 of us started for Lal Tibba trek at 10AM today. Academy bus dropped us at Tower Clock point, thereafter we started trekking up. Slowly, it was getting stiffer and stiffer. The 4 kms walk road (rcc) was giving good grip to the shoes but many of us tired reaching at the final destination point, Deodar Wood Hotel in Cantonment of Landour.

Some of us went straight to Lal Tibba and some after a dose of wafers, veg-nv pizza and cup of tea.
This is Landour town area, a sister town of Mussoorie located in the lower Western Himalaya. Mussoorie and Landour are widely known as the "Queen of the Hills". Lal Tibba is the highest point (7510 ft) in Landour. 

Sister's bazaar, Char Dukan, Lal Tibba, a walk of breathing fresh air, watching panoramic view of hills and enjoying the dense Devodar forests.
Landour name is drawn from 'Llanddowror', a village in Southwest Wales. After the Gurkha war Col Frederick Young, an Iris Commandant of the first Gurkha Battalion of British Army, discoverer of Mussoorie and Landour, built the first permanent dwelling at Mullingar in 1825.

Madan, sitting at exhibitor building point at Lal Tibba charged Rs.10/head to allow us see the Himalayan Range from the top of the building with a Telescope. The day was clear and Sun was shining making us to see and enjoy the view of the hills of Kedarnath, Badrinath and Bandarpunch. Snow clad, great Himalayas, dense deodar forest and peaceful slopes, one of the most beautiful site.

Government is visible improving roads for the tourist. It's seems local people are not working on road works. Thekedar brings labourers from Nepal. Few Nepali workers were doing repairing work. They work from 9AM to 5PM with a lunch break of 1 hour. Each worker gets Rs. 250/day and the mistry gets Rs. 450-500/day. The thekedar arrange for their stay in dormitories/tents.They work for 4-5 months and once save around Rs. 25000, go back to Nepal. And again return after 5-6 months.

A senior citizen en route was enjoying weather and view keeping his car aside, and Hemankumar's voice was merging in the atmosphere, ye raat, ye chand.... sun ja dilki dastan. He was enjoying song of night in day time. Day dreaming!

All of us enjoyed Biryani (V-NV), Raita and Salad, in lunch. It was testing delicious. After the lunch, we started our return journey. Tired lot pushed inside the bus and some energetic walk down.

Finally reached to the Academy carrying pleasant memory of the day. Some tired have gone deep into a sound sleep.

Must see Landour and Lal Tibba if visiting Mussoorie.


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