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The British Cantonment Of Landour In Uttarakhand

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Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017, 13:57 [IST]
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Landour resembles a picture postcard and is also as small as the postcard! A vintage aura wraps up the town's majestic deodars along with its red rhododendron flowers. A steep drive up from Mussoorie for about four kilometers would transport you to a world which floats in the clouds and mist, and the one that is far detached from the crowded hill station at the bottom.

The lush inclines and views of Landour adds fuel to the belief that the name is taken from Llandowror, which happens to be a town in Wales. The East India Company's army came here in the year 1825 and named it Mullingar. Pretty soon, the British troops who were diagnosed with the tropical diseases began to come here for recovery.

Apart from the colonial era churches, small shops and a 19th century cemetery, there are cottages made out of bricks and stones that peep out from the woods with signboards having names like Cosy Nook, Parsonage, etc. The place is home to the well-known author Ruskin Bond, whom one might bump into as you stroll through its streets.

Unlike the noisy Mussoorie, Landour in Uttarakhand is a place where you can hear only the silence of the hills and the silence gets denser by the trees and is only interrupted by the guts of invigoratingly cool breezes. The town is almost two centuries old and of late, it has started to receive some tourist footfalls.

01.Best Time To Visit

Landour is place which can be visited throughout the year, all thanks to its pleasant climate that lasts throughout the year. However, most people visit this place to escape from the scorching summer heat of the plains.
PC: Paul Hamilton

02. How To Reach

By Air: The nearest airport to Landour is the Jolly Grant Airport, which is located approximately at a distance of 60 km from here. The airport has regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

By Train: The nearest railway station is at Dehradun, which is around 16 km from here. The station is well connected to all the major towns and cities across the state and country.

By Road: One of the best ways to reach Landour is by road, since the place is well connected by roads and has regular buses that operate from Delhi, Dehradun and Mussoorie. Delhi is located at a distance of 273 km.
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1. St Paul's Church

Built in 1839, this was the premiere church during the British rule for the British cantonment. It was first consecrated in year 1840 by Bishop Daniel Wilson of Calcutta. From its inception in 1840 to end of the British rule in 1947, the church was primarily run by the British Chaplains of the cantonment area and was majorly used by the British residents at Landour. The church is farmed by pines and has some beautifully stained glasses and plaques that date back to more than a century ago.
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2. Char Dukan

Next to the church is the town's hub - Char Dukan, named after the four shops which were established way back sometime during the late 1800s. The area even now has only these four shops and one of them is the Tip Top tea shop, which is one of the oldest out of the four. All the owners of the shops have been taking care of their respective shops for generations together.
PC: Paul Hamilton

3. Kellog Memorial Church

The Church was built in the year 1903, as a Presbyterian Church, and was also the home of the Landour Language School, where the Britishers were taught Hindi during their regimen here. The church is named in honour of Rev. Dr. Samuel H. Kellog who was an active American Presbyterian missionary in Landour and is also the author of a book on Hindi Grammar in English. The school still is very active and is known as the Landour Language School.

The church is a best example of the beautiful gothic architecture accompanied by stained glass windows.
PC: Paul Hamilton

 

4. Sister's Bazaar

Landour's British Military Hospital was established at the beginning of 20th century and after Independence, the buildings were taken over by the Defence Ministry's Institute of Technology Management. A small market which came up around the quarters of the nursing staff came to be known as Sister's Bazaar.

The bazaar has a neat row of about half a dozen shops, and the oldest amongst them is Prakash Stores which is popular for its fresh Strawberry and Blueberry jam, along with many others.
PC: Paul Hamilton

 

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