Landour is a quick weekend gateway near NCR. Very scenic and serene place.
Plan was to start around 04:00 AM from Faridabad but started around 05:30 AM on 26th Jan'17 ... First stop was at Haldiram after Meerut Toll. Filled ourselves with yummy breakfast. Had a good 1 1/2 hour break there. Started onward journey and took left cut before Roorke... it was a two lane road with out divider but mostly good with less traffic and this road takes you through lush green fields of UP. Greenery all around was so refreshing. Tracing the mildly cold breeze we reached Dehradun. While crossing Dehradun we saw extremely beautiful red strawberries... Had to try these beauties.. And they were superb.. sweet with a bit of tangy taste... Advait (My Son 2yrs 7 months old) and Darsh (Friends son... almost 5 yrs old) loved these red beauties.
Journey after Dehradun was very slow moving due to pool of cars with DL, HR 29 number heading to Mussorie. Many of these were driving ...with no hill driving sense. Terrible.....
Just before Mussorie there is a left cut for Landour.... very narrow and steep climb. At few turns it was very nervous moments but Vivek (my husband -- crazy driver sailed it through) Finally we reached Ivy bank guest house/cottage. They have very well built 1 duplex cottage for 4 adults, 2 duplex rooms for 2, and 4-5 deluxe rooms which are little away from these though in the same compound but are cheapest ;-). We tried to negotiate for duplex cottage but hard luck.
Ivy Bank is a nice cozy home stay.. would definitely recommend it to any one visiting Landour. It was pretty cold and packed weather almost getting dark. We walked to Char Dukan ... it is approx 1 KM away hill side to Ivy... And as name suggests this area litterally has 4 dukan which are there since early 19's. They serve very maggi, omlette, waffles, tea/coffee, honey lemon ginger tea, and Momo's. Because of superbly misty weather we thoroughly enjoyed momo's, maggi and waffle :)
Apart from these 4 Dukan this area has Ivy Cafe... nice and cozy sit out place. We spend almost 2 hours there chit chatting with owner, good food. Char Dukan has 1 lane towards Lal Tibba which offers good view of mountains and dehradune valley and another lane is towards Sister Bazaar which has some good ....stay options.
Around 9 we started journey back to call it a day... night was also eventful.. as it rained almost all night, no power, and anticipation to see snow fall could not let us sleep peacefully ;-)