Nestled amidst a canopy of dense Deodar trees, Landour is a quaint town in Uttarakhand located 5 kms from Mussoorie. It is mainly a cantonment town that derives its name from the Welsh village of Llanddowrer. It overlooks Mussoorie and the city of Dehradun. Landour was initially built by and for the British Indian Army, in 1827, when a sanatorium was built here and the town was a convalescent station for the military.
Landour is a quiet town and still retains most of its old colonial charm. It’s one of those places that has remained untouched by commercialization and continues to give peace. The reason we chose to visit Landour was because of the tranquility, serenity and simplicity that was offered by this small town. It is surrounded by lush wooded areas and winding lanes and offers exclusive opportunities for quiet walks. If you love walking, this will be one of the most beautiful and calm mountain walks of your life. Through the misty Deodar forest on the winding paths, where the mountain air was pure and fresh, a casual walk in Landour was a dreamy experience for both of us. Cost – Rs. 1800 for a half day trip from Mussoorie.
Taxi Driver Jai Prakash was very pleasant and cooperative.
His Ph no. 7895544304.
When the British Military hospital was established here, a small market sprang up around the quarters of the nursing staff and thus came to be known as Sisters Bazaar.
You can’t come to Landour and not visit the iconic bakery here. Stop by this Landour Bakehouse for slabs of lemon cake, freshly-baked chocolate cookies, and delicious apple pie. Sit by their window overlooking the hills, and enjoy your baked goodies with a cup of steaming hot ginger lemon tea.
We tasted and bought the delicious Jams and Marmalades, made from locally grown fruits, from this quaint store which has been around since 1928. Their peanut butter, apple mint chutney, and cheese are equally tasty. You can find a lot of other stuff also in this store.
Lal Tibba, also called Depot Hill because of its former use as a military depot, is the highest point in Mussoorie with a height of about 7,464 ft. A Japanese telescope, with views of Himalayan ranges including Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch etc, was installed at Lal Tibba in 1967. It is the ideal viewpoint to capture the serene landscapes of the Garhwal peaks. Lal Tibba is also home to the towering transmitters belonging to All India Radio, Door Darshan and the military who have their repeater stations established in this area. Binocular use is free with every purchase at the Café.
If you are in Landour a visit to Char Dukan is a must. It’s a row of historic shops near Sisters Bazaar and Lal Tibba. The benches are laid every morning in the open to serve visitors. They are famous for their delicious breakfast food-everything from waffles and pancakes to butter-fried cheese Maggi and bread omelets. They only do vegetarian food, but their aloo parathas and bun maska will make you forget about bacon and sausages.
We had our fill at the Char Dukan Café. +911352630451
Things You Must Try: Pancakes, waffles, Maggi, and Ginger Lemon Tea.