Visit Landour, a small cantonment town in Mussourie if you are looking for a peaceful getaway with your girlfriends. It’s a must-visit for seekers of serenity and people who just want to explore.
Not known to many people, Landour is a beautiful place just above Mussourie but far far away from the crowd. For a calm weekend break, head to this location and experience the nature floating amongst the clouds.
If you have read stories by Ruskin Bond, you might know about this place. His tales are loved by a large section of Indian readers.
How to reach Landour
Landour, Mussoorie is few hours away from Dehradun.
Flights – There are direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore to Dehradun.
Trains – Mussoorie Exp, Nanda Devi, Shatabdi etc: There are lots of options for trains from Delhi to Dehradun.
Volvos and Buses – Volvo and Buses regularly ply between Delhi and Dehradun. It’s almost an 8-hour ride from Delhi.
Taxis – There are taxi and bus options from Dehradun Railway station for Mussoorie. You can also take a private cab from Delhi till Mussourie.
What to do when in Landour
Lal Tibba: This is the highest point in Landour and you are going to love the view of Himalayan Range from there. Lal tibba has 2-3 small cafes for food & drink, you can also get binoculars from there to have a clearer view of the hills and mountain range. Char Dukan is nearer to Lal Tibba and you can walk down to the place enjoying the mesmerizing view.
Char Dukan: As by the name, this old cantonment ground has four shops that are famous for food. Our favourite food items, Waffles, Momos, Maggie & Noodles, are available and rejoiced by all the tourists around there. Also try ginger and honey Tea for warming up your body in the cold.
You just simply cannot miss the yummiest pancakes when in Landour.
Landour Bakehouse: This is undoubtedly my favourite place in Landour. This cafe has a beautiful view of the Himalayan range which makes it a perfect place to have a cup of hot chocolate. If you are in Landour, you cannot skip this cute little bakery.
St Paul’s Church: St Paul’s church lies just next to the Char Dukan and is widely famous among the local residents. The Church’s architecture is a treat to eyes and greenery around is a treat for the soul.
Happy Valley, the first Tibetan settlement in India: When the Chinese occupied Tibet In 1959, the Dalai Lama and his followers walked days to cross over to India. On 20 April 1959, they reached India after walking for 15 days and Happy Valley became the first Tibetan settlement in India. Later on, the seat shifted to Dharamsala.
Doma’s Inn: Situated close to Ruskin Bond’s house, the famous Indian author, Doma’s Inn offers delicious food. You can also stay at this place and do try Thukpa there.
Landour Bazaar: This famous 150-year-old Bazaar has everything from food to jewellery to clothes. This is the only crowded place in Landour but surely a treat if you are able to crack good deals. Wear your bargaining hat!
The beauty of this place captivates the hearts of its visitors. You will leave nothing but with sweet memories of this unexplored destination. Also, don’t forget to read about Orchha, another hidden gem.
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