Just about 6km away from Mussoorie Bazaar, is this gorgeous town of Landour, that offers unparalleled peace to the intrepid traveller. If you’re tired of visiting Mussoorie, Landour offers a rather refreshing experience.
Named after a village called Llanddowror in south-west Wales, Landour is lost in time. It is enveloped in Himalayan mist for most part of the year, and has scarlet red coloured rhododendrons and thick deodars dotting its landscape.
If you love walking, a walk through this paradise will probably be one of the best of your life. A walk through the buzzing Mussoorie Bazaar to the Char Dukan Area in Landour is highly recommended. Though there’s nothing much to explore in this sleepy town, here’s what you shouldn’t miss.
Char Dukan Area
Char Dukan is a row of four iconic shops in Landour, right next to Sister’s Bazaar. You must try the Banana nutella pancakes, cinnamon waffles, and the delicious pan pizzas here. Also, it’s a great place to strike up a conversation with fellow travellers from all over the world.
If you don’t want to leave without quirky trinkets, head to Sister’s Bazaar for gorgeous Tibetan stone jewellery, post cards, fresh jams and cheddar cheese. A visit to Prakash Store is highly recommended for the best blueberry jam, marmalades made from locally grown fruits, home-made peanut butter and apple mint chutney.
St Paul’s Church
The colonial-era church is located right next to Char Dukan, and is perfect for anybody who loves a quiet walk around architecture with an old world charm. This old stone church is quite a marvel; and there’s the Landour Language School nearby which can be explored as well. Another one is the Kellogg’s Church, known for its marvellous gothic architecture and magnificent stained glass windows.
Landour has multiple hiking trails, the most famous ones being to Lal Tibba, Jabarkhet Nature Reserve, and Nag Tibba.