Landour (heaven amidst Mussoorie Peak)

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17th Apr 2019
Photo of Landour (heaven amidst Mussoorie Peak) by Arunima Kumar
Photo of Landour (heaven amidst Mussoorie Peak) 1/1 by Arunima Kumar
Day 1

We booked our flights from Delhi Airport to Dehradun Airport and took a cab from there to reach Mussourie. Yes, it is pretty hard to believe we went there by flight but it was fun on a whole.

Photo of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

We booked hotel a little away from the main city as we wanted to have a calm and composed stay and nothing beats this cosy lounge on the way to Mussourie. Situated near Bhatta Falls and 8 kms away from the main Mussourie, this place served as a perfect stay away from hustle bustle.

Photo of NIRVANA Lodge & Lounge (A Boutique Hotel), Bhatta Gaon, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

We dressed ourselves and left for our Day 1 exploration upto the hill in Mussourie. Upon reaching Picture Palace, the weather was calm and serene. Walking down the Mall Road, one cannot afford to miss street side Bhutta that adds value to breeze flowing while you walk down the lane.

Photo of Picture Palace Bus Station, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

As we walked down the Mall Road, wind playing around and rain about to drench us and at this very movement, when you see Tandoori Chai, it is next to impossible to resist. The only place at Mall Road that serve Tandoori Chai is "Chai La". Famous for its baked cookies as well, it is a desserts in drenched city.

Photo of Mall Road Mussoorie, Jhula Ghar, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

The city looks like a charm, when it just rained, there is a glow on the street. We walk in down, and we see, the drenched streets looking all more beautiful than ever.

Photo of Mall Road Mussoorie, Jhula Ghar, The Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

They say it is must to travel trolley when you go to Mall Road, Mussourie. So, we opted it to travel to Gun Hill. We decided to walk down the hill to Mall Road to explore the real nature surrounding the "Gun Hill". Though a bit commercialized, this place is must go and it is highly recommended that you walk down the gun hill while coming back. I am sure you don't want to miss a beautiful view while walking down to Mall Road.

When you do not want to go away from mountains.

Photo of Gun Hill point, Mussorie, The Mall Road, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

Bonus Picture: You know you breathe fresh on mountains, and you breathe all more fresh when it has just rained. This beauty which you can watch for hours and still mesmerizes your soul to the core.

Somewhere on the way at Mall Road.

Day 2
Photo of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

It was our Day 2 in Mussourie and a slightly better day, rain-wise. Google predicted no rains today, and luckily it so happened. We decided to go to this beautiful place called Landour today, and since it was bright not so sunny day, we could manage to take skirt out of our closet for this day.

The best place to stay at in Landour.

Photo of Domas Inn, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Cantt, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

We reached, Picture Palace and decided to explore Landour by walking till there. It was 6-7 kms and took us arounf 2-3 hours to climb up there. Our first beautiful stop here was Domas Inn. Though we could not get a stay here due to their pre occupancy, it is a beautiful place to stay.

P.S. Adjacent to it is Ruskin Bond's house. You can catch him, if you are lucky enough.

Special travel with special people makes is worth remembering.

Photo of Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

Cafe Ivy ~ restaurant with the most beautiful hilltop view

Photo of Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

The best cafe with best hilltop view is "Cafe Ivy". They takes your breath away, first with their view and next is their food.

You love your food all more in mountains with your eyes gazing beauty of the mountains.

Photo of Cafe Ivy, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

Walking down to Lal Tibba from Landour, you simply cannot miss capturing this beautiful view.

Photo of Cafe Ivy, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

The one with most finest desserts in hills.

Photo of Cafe Ivy, Luxmanpuri, Rajmandi, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

Your Landour is incomplete, if you do not go to this very Special Bakehouse Cafe. Landour Bakehouse serves the finest quality of desserts and mouth watering sweets that melts your heart.

Photo of Landour Bakehouse, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

While going back from Landour to Picture Place, we crossed a mini tibetian town which has their little beautiful stupa.

Day 3
Photo of George Everest Peak, Khanij Nagar, Mussorie Range, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

On Day 3, we managed to convince our hotel owner to rent us his activa, and we explored the whole city that day on Activa

Starting our day to visit Bhatta Falls, it is little disappointing that rivers are drying up so fast. And moving it through hills, and exploring George Everest. Highly recommended you go there on your bikes, you will fall in love with they route and George Everest.

Photo of George Everest Peak, Khanij Nagar, Mussorie Range, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

Our next food destination was Cafe Teatotaler. The same is on Mall Road, but near to Library Chowk. A perfect typical bollywood theme-music cafe, which leaves your stomach satisfied beyond expectations. You may feel like grooving to beats while eating your food

Happy Valley ~ Buddhist Temple (Near Library Chowk)

Photo of SOS Children's Village Mussoorie-Happy Valley, Mussorie Range, Charleville, Mussoorie-Happy Valley, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar
Day 4
Photo of Mindrolling Monastery, Buddha Temple Road, New Basti, Clement Town, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by Arunima Kumar

The trip ended on Day 4, and we had to move back towards our destination. Whilst we were hoping we had some more days to explore, we managed to wind it up quickly and the last destination was Mindrolling Monastery. This was not in Mussourie or Landour, but in Dehradun.

So, there it ended our 3 Nights/ 4 Days trip covering Mussourie, Landour and Dehradun.

Landour is highly unrecognized beauty in the hills of Mussourie, which demands all more attention from us, all for their beautiful cafe and chaar dukaan, You can not miss to go to this place, and the best way to explore this place is on foot/ or two-wheeler.

Do not go with high hopes of seeing a beautiful waterfall, as Kempty Fall is where you will see people bathing and Bhatta Falls is almost dried up.

There are two other waterfalls less explored there viz. Mossy Falls and Jharipani Falls. Be careful while going there as the route is upside down and may take more than expected time.

However, as we say the more you explore, the more you learn. So, go on exploring this unexplored yet beautiful town ~ Landour.

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thanks dear
Wed 05 08 19, 11:50 · Reply · Report
Hi Nirav, we took Cab till Picture Palace and rest explored it by walk. and for George Everest we took two-wheeler.
Wed 05 08 19, 10:52 · Reply · Report
nice detail but want to know how u take visit of every places by walk or vehicle?
Tue 05 07 19, 22:53 · Reply · Report