Landour: The Unexplored Beauty In The North

Sitting pretty in the magical Mussoorie, Landour is a small cantonment town. The beautiful hill town of Mussorie would remain incomplete in many ways without Landour. Lying close to Dehradun, it is also home to Ruskin Bond, one of India’s favorite authors. In this article, I will show you why Landour is an ideal destination for your next trip.

About Landour

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The place gets its name from Llanddowror, a village in Wales, UK. Landour lies in Tehri Garhwal and has mighty mountains, 19th-century churches, and some pretty eateries serving lip-smacking food. When you travel from Mussoorie to Landour, you are in for a surprise and tranquility the place has to offer. Mussoorie can be full of hustles and bustles. However, Landour, which is only four km away, is the place where you want to be. It offers complete serenity, sparkling air, and breathtaking views of nature.

This cantonment town lies at an altitude of 7500 feet and is just about 1.5 hour’s drive away from Dehradun. If you get lucky, you can witness the rhododendrons beginning to bloom, explore the upper and lower chukkers, see the pink and white magnolias, and much more. You can also get to witness the Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath’s snow-capped massifs. The mountain peak of Nanda Devi is also visible from Landour.

About Surrounding Areas In Landour

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There are only around 110 cottages in Landour right since the days of the British Raj. People do not get permission to build new houses, but they can rebuild the existing ones. It is one of the reasons why there are not many hotels here. As it remains secluded but still has easy access, many celebrities have homes here. Some of the famous ones include Ruskin Bond, Victor Banerjee, Vishal Bharadwaj, etc.

You can explore the Sisters’ Bazaar to check out the abode of Ruskin Bond or Victor Banerjee. The highstreet here is known as Char Dukan as there are literally only four shops in the area. The famous Tip Top Tea Shop, which is more than a decade old, serves ginger lemon tea, pancakes, omelets, etc. The St Paul’s Church, established in 1840, is one of the major tourist attractions in the vicinity.

Lal Tibba

You can also explore the Lal Tibba, which is the highest lookout point in Landour. You can get the best views of the place with the help of a telescope. The Jabarkhet Nature Reserve is only 15-minutes away if you drive. You can visit this place to explore the best flora and fauna you will ever see.  You can also walk down the leopard trail as the scratch marks remain very evident.

Final words

There is much more about the beautiful place of Landour than what you can read here. It is a heaven on earth for nature lovers. You will especially love it if other regular hill stations do not amaze you anymore. So do visit Landour on your next trip and let me know your experience in the comments. I am also on IG, FB, Twitter, YT. Subscribe to my blog and social media handles to receive regular updates delivered right on your mobile.

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