What to do, when to visit Quaint Hill Station
Landour, the hill station next to its very popular cousin, Mussoorie, is a quaint town reminiscent of colonial times. The place, about 35 kilometers from Dehradun, paints a beautiful picture with its deodar trees, vintage-style cottages and views of the Himalayas, making it a favorite spot for peace-seeking travelers. Here is your complete travel guide for the hill station. By Anouchka Goel
Landour was named after a small village in South West Wales, named Llanddowror. The British cantonment in India was established in the early 19th century when the Gurkha conquest of Kumaon-Garhwal resulted in British intervention and the establishment of a military base in the hills. The destination, since then, is known to be a popular tourist hill station, well served by roads and the nearest airport is less than 40 kilometers away (Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun).
This Himalayan mansion is also home to prominent authors and personalities including famous author Ruskin Bond, Vishal Bhardwaj who owns a vacation home next to Bond’s residence, and journalists such as Pronnoy and Radhika Roy also have a vacation home here. holidays. The destination offers clear skies and pleasant weather in summer, making it an ideal place to visit from Delhi.
All about Landour
The city paints a poetic picture with its serene surroundings, sunny mountains and quiet lanes to wander through. Landour offers a sense of calm, allowing you to introspect yourself and shift into Zen mode. No wonder its bespoke charm has invited so many authors and creators over the years to visit and settle here! Draped in the scarlet hue of rhododendrons and mighty deodar trees, the place draws everyone in with its beauty.
Landour is also ideal if you’re looking for a job in the hills, but don’t want to stay with its more popular (and therefore crowded) sibling, Mussoorie. The place, with the charm of the colonial era, is also conducive to beautiful walks and hikes, to bring you closer to nature and give you the impression of being in the European countryside.
Things to do in Landour
The hill station offers some of the best nature walks. Clean walkways and a cool breeze that carries with it the scent of rhododendrons and wildflowers, and the sun’s rays filtering through the forests not only paint a visual picture, but provide the right amount of warmth. Thus, in Landour, do not miss to take advantage of these points of view during your walks or hikes in the mountains.
You can also spend time exploring places such as St. Paul’s Church or strolling the streets to observe the beautiful European-style cottages. You might even bump into Ruskin Bond, who still resides in town and wrote many stories from here! Also visit the Kellog Memorial Church as well as the Landour Language School for incredible views and beautiful architecture.
Be sure to visit the Landour Bakehouse, arguably the most famous restaurant in Mussoorie and Landour. Also, take a walk through the Sisters Bazaar and Char Dukan and taste delicious food and local dishes.
When to visit
Due to its location, the summer months are when Mussoorie and Landour attract the most tourists. The best time to visit, indeed, is from April to June, to allow you to beat the summer heat of the plains. Otherwise, even the winter months (October – February) are good times to visit this hill station.
How to get to Landour
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun, from where you can hire taxis to take you to Landour. The nearest railway station is also in Dehradun, while by road the destination is easily accessible by car, bus etc.
Distance from Chandīgarh: 205 kilometers
Distance from Delhi: 316 kilometers
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