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Naag Tibba

One of the highest peaks in the entire region around Mussoorie is Naag Tibba. The thick growth of moru (Quercus dilatata- high altitude variety of oak), deodar and rhododendron inhabits a healthy population of flora and fauna and the sight of leopard, the Himalayan black bear and wild boar is very common. The picturesque meadow below the Naag Tibba top houses an ancient NaagDevta temple in the wilderness after which the hill got the name. People of the nearby villages have been coming to the shrine to offer their first harvest to the Naag Devta who is one of the prime deities of the region. A pit beside the temple always overflows with water amazingly at such a height. The top (3022m), locally known as Jhandi, is reached after a steep climb through dense forest which leads to a small meadow on the top where a deodar pole is erected on which the villager tie pieces of sanctified cloths, hence called Jhandi. The Jhandi top provides magnificent view of the mighty Himalayas. The rich pasture land of Naag Tibba is also the summer grazing ground for the Van Gujjar (nomadic Herdsmen) and their thatch shelter can be used for night halt. The ridge area is often associated by some scholars with Austrian climber Heinrich Harrer of the best seller Seven Years in Tibet fame who halted here after his escape from the prisoners of war camp in Dehradun. Naag Tibba can be reached either from Pantwari over the Yamuna valley or through Dewalsari on Thatyur road.