Another sunny day, yet another destination, 3 friends 🙂 , one short trip to the twin town of Mussorie called Landour. The distance from Haridwar is around 90Km and from Delhi is around 290Km . So we started off at around 8 am in the morning from Haridwar. When it is a holiday, and I am on a trip (no matter whether its long or short), I feel at my best 🙂 . So, we drove past Raiwala, Doiwala, Dehradun and took the turn towards Mussorie for our destination. Around 5Km before reaching Mussorie, there is a diversion which leads to Landour. One can also go via Mussorie, but we avoided that route due to traffic. Lots of research was done on the internet for a perfect weekend getaway, and there we landed in Landour, a serene location to drain out our weekdays frustration.
You know, when travelling in the hills, never rely too much on your smartphone’s navigation . So, after asking some locals, we finally managed to reach the famous St.Pauls Church of Landour. It was a rather narrow road, very steep, with vehicles coming from both sides. So, I advise only expert hill drivers to take their own vehicles. Otherwise you can hire a taxi for around Rs.700 from Mussorie. A bit of fear coupled with excitement gave a good start to our trip. And when we reached the top of Char Dukaan, the famous landmark of Landour, we were all smiles 🙂 . The first look of the valley below makes you forget all the worries. There is greenery all over, unlike Mussorie which is more of a commercial hub. Not may tourists frequent to this place as famous hill station in Uttarakhand mainly points to Mussorie. But, Landour has its own charm which it manifests in its soothing atmosphere, far away from the maddening world.
The most famous landmark is the Char Dukaan-a group of 4-5 tea stalls, which sells different varieties of pancakes, omlettes, cheese maggi noodles, a bit overpriced, but everything is worth the peace. We parked our vehicle ahead of Char Dukaan & went backwards towards the tea shops to taste some of its specialities. A cool breeze, a cup of coffee & maggi—thats true refreshment when you are in a hill station. There were also other tourists who visited the place that day. I witnessed a group of middle aged men(looked like long time friends) who came on 6-7 Harley Davidsons to visit Landour. It really feels good to see elderly people travelling all the way & enjoying their rides to explore this little jewel in the hills of Uttarakhand.
After having our bit of meal, we went towards the St.Pauls Church, located just near to Char Dukaan. It is also a famous spot in Landour. The cute little church is colored in yellow, with long windows at the sides. The church compound has a beautiful lawn with 4-5 benches where you can sit & admire the beauty of the place. We entered the church & offered our prayers.
After relaxing for half an hour near Char Dukaan, we proceeded towards Lal Tibba, which is another 1.5Km uphill from Char Dukaan. It is the highest point in Mussorie-Landour, about 7700 feet above sea level. so, you can very well ascertain the weather. It has a cool weather all the year around. Do carry light woollens, even though you are travelling in summers. There is 3 storey observatory kind of thing, with telescopes ,from where you can have a full view of the mountains across the valley. Unfortunately, the telescopes were out of operation when we visited 😦 . Nevertheless, we stretched our heads as much as we can from 1st floor to have an optimum view of the surrounding landscape & I must say it was mesmerizing. I wished I could have gazed through the lens of the telescope, the view would have been all the more awesome. Never mind!!…You cannot get everything always. A series of photos with poses, and we were happy again 🙂 .
Many might not know,but Landour is house to many great personalities—-the great writer Ruskin Bond, actors Tom Alter & Victor Banerjee. Landour has also many famous residential schools like the Woodstock School & Wynberg-Allen School. I could view only the second school. It was a really large campus with tall walls & big boundary.
After a short yet amazing jaunt 🙂 ,we headed back home. I visited Landour more than a year back, but memories are still fresh in mind to jot it down for you all. I can still feel the serenity it provided to all its visitors. A truly divine place for a weekend break & you will long to visit it again some day later.
Place : Landour, Uttarakand, India
Distance : approx.290Km from Delhi. 90Km from Dehradun.
Mode of Transport : Buses are available from Delhi to Dehradun(approx. INR 700, then you can hire a taxi(approx. INR 1000).
Weather : Cold winters, moderate summers. Visit in the month of January to witness snowfall.