INDIA TRAVEL -A TINY CALM HISTORICAL PLACE IN NATURE'S LAP - LANDOUR

Hi friends! How is the weather now? Hope it has become pleasant and conducive to comfortable travel. So let's go to a place which will offer you peace, serenity, adventure, a slice of history, a tryst with literature, a very pleasant weather and all in the lap of nature with breathtaking surroundings in the midst of beautiful mountains. Tempting? Isn't it? Yes, there is one place which provides such wholesome experience and that place is named Landour.

Landour is an old cantonment town located in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state in North India. It is situated just 6 km(3.8 mi) from Mussoorie, also called the Queen of Hills. Though neighboring towns, Mussoorie and Landour are diametrically opposite. While Mussoorie is a bustling town, Landour is a quiet and calm place. While Mussoorie is located at an approximate altitude of 2300 m(7600 ft), Landour is further 300 m(990 ft) up. Interestingly, Landour was named after a village in distant south west Wales, called Llanddowror.

Landour, Mussoorie
BEAUTIFUL LANDOUR
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The history of Landour dates back to 1825, when British built a military sanatorium here. Two thirds of Landour is a cantonment area with British era military buildings all around, depicting the history of the town. Since it is located at an higher altitude than Mussoorie, it's temperature is generally 2 to 3 degrees Celsius lower than Mussoorie. 

Landour doesn't have usual to-see or go-to places associated with hills. But what it has is a lush green unspoiled environment with Deodar forests all around and an unmatched calmness. Landour has a quiet charm about it. If you love walking on the mountains, this is the place for you. You can have the most peaceful, thrilling and satisfying walk you have ever had. In any case, since this is a tiny place, you have to walk to reach whichever place you want to, around here.

Lnadour, Dehradun
MESMERIZING LANDOUR
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However, there are a few spots, which will give you moments to cherish.

 CHAAR DUKAAN is a historical place and exists since British era. It is a cluster of four shops near Sister's Bazaar. During British era, nurses working in the military sanatorium had their residences around this area and used to come here regularly, so the market got it's name Sister's Bazaar. But Chaar Dukaan area is a secluded and peaceful place, where you can go to relish some really exotic food, including European and American dishes. You can spend as much time as you want to enjoy the calm and serene surroundings.

CHAR DUKAN, Landour
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 ST. PAUL CHURCH  is next to Chaar Dukaan area. It is a historical church. It was built in 1839, during the British time. It is the oldest church here. Parents of Jim Corbett, Christopher and Mary got married in 1859.

ST. PAUL CHURCH, Mussoorie
ST. PAUL CHURCH
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THE CASTLE is one architectural marvel in Landour that is most famous. It is situated on a hill named Castle Hill. Son of great Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Daleep Singh was deposed and kept here to recuperate. It was a great architectural marvel. However, over the years it has been modified so many times and in careless manner, that it is difficult to match it with it's original pictures.

Castle in Landour
CASTLE
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ST. KELLOG'S CHURCH  is another historical church which was built in the year 1903. It has magnificent gothic architecture and windows with stained glass. It also houses Landour Language School. During British time, Britishers were taught Hindi here.

St. Kellog's Church, Landour, Dehradun
ST. KELLOG'S CHURCH
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ANIL PRAKASH'S store in Sister's Bazaar is a historical shop, in existence since 1928. If you are in Landour, you have to have their peanut butter. They have been making it for decades. Apart from this, they are also famous for jams and marmalade which they make from locally grown fruits. Apart from these, they also provide apple mint chutney, cheese and many other things.

Landour is the residence of world famous author Ruskin Bond and many other celebrities like Victor Bannerjee, Vishal Bhardwaj to name a few. Late Tom Alter also had a home here. Once you are in Landour, there is every likelihood that you may bump into Ruskin Bond at some time.

So, if you are looking for some old world charm in the midst of breathtaking natural surroundings, Landour is the place for you. It is one of the very few places which are untouched by the commercialization and crowd invasion. Even in these times of mad rush, it continues to provide peace and calmness.

HAPPY TRAVELING!!



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