Nestled among the Dehra Dun Himalayas, Landour is a small cantonment town since the British times. This pretty small town is home to India's favourite author, Ruskin Bond. From cosy bakeries to beautiful churches, Landour is much more than just a hill station. The oak, pine and deodar forests which host old rusty buildings seem like an old Welsh town lost in time. The nearby hill station of Mussoorie generally takes away all the limelight but Landour is something you wouldn't want to miss.
The winding roads, the fresh mountain air and the stunning views of nature give the maximum thrill for a perfect hiking trip. The local markets sell tents and gumboots for hiking trips to Lal Tibba which is quite an arduous trail.
Landour has much of interesting stories hidden in its rusty old bungalows, Anglican churches and the infamous language school which still offers Hindi courses to Americans! The window panes from lodges and homestays will reveal the fine trail of the dense mountain forests which end up on the border of a cliff or the footsteps of an old bungalow.
The chilly nights are the perfect destination to live Ruskin Bond's stories back in time let the thrill sink in. With silent wind gushing into the lungs and making it temporarily frozen will stay here as memories never to be forgotten.
Best Time To Visit Landour
Landour has a pleasant climate throughout the year. However, April to June would be the best time to visit due to the comfortable weather.
How To Reach Landour
The nearest major towns to Landour are Dehra Dun located at a distance of 37 km and Mussoorie which is just 5 km away. The connectivity to two major towns takes away the isolation of Landour and makes it pretty much easily accessible.
By air: The nearest airport is Chandigarh located at a distance of 206 km. From the airport, buses are available for Dehra Dun ISBT.
By rail: Dehradun is the nearest railway station. From here regular buses and private taxis commute to Landour at all hours.
By road: The proximity of landour to Dehra Dun and Mussoorie has ensured well-built roads and regular transport.
Places Of Attraction In Landour
1. St. Paul's Church
This Anglican Church was built in 1839 to make the British troops feel close to their homes. Till date the church has remained one of the most historical places of Dehra Dun and is truly spiritual heaven for the silence that lingers in the forested area around gives an eternal solace to its visitors.
It can house 250 people at a time during prayers but mostly remains silent and peaceful owing to the less number of visitors. The evenings around the church are perfect for a romantic walk. It is also interesting to note that Jim Corbett's parents were married in this church.
2. Kellogg’s Church
The Kellogg's memorial church is located close to the Landour language school which was once the site of teaching Hindi to the British students. The church is a Presbyterian Church which reveals Gothic architecture. The beautiful arches and tainted glasses and the silent surroundings are a major attraction for visitors to feel the Welsh architecture in close proximity.
3. Chaar Dukan area
The nostalgic town has some of the famous eateries and cafes which attract tourists who are even on a visit to nearby hill stations. The Chaar Dukan is a row of four tiny shops that have been there since time immemorial. The benches are laid every morning in the open to serve visitors with delightful breakfast of pancakes, waffles, bun muska and lot more.
The food served in only vegetarian but the delicacy will make you forget the best kinds of bacon and sausages. Don't forget to ask for a pack of cards or ludo or belly rub the mountain dogs who regularly come for cuddles and affection.
4. Sister’s Bazaar
The British Military hospital was established in the 20th century. Later, a small market sprang up around the quarters of the nursing staff and thus came to be known as Sister's Bazaar. The place is famous for Tibetan jewellery, postcards and souvenirs. The nearby Prakash store is a small shop operating since 1920 and is famous for its jams and marmalade. Their apple mint chutney, cheese and peanut butter are equally mouthwatering.