This small hill station of North India is not well known to all of the tourists. Mother Nature has nourished her little princess with all the eternal beauty which is yet to be discovered. It’s the best kept secret of Mussoorie. If you want the secret to be revealed then you need to be here.
During British Period it was a “Healing Station” for the British Army which is now the heaven of nature lovers, artists and writers. You will be enchanted by the landscape of snow white Himalaya, winding long roads by Deodar, Pine and Rhododendron groves.
Landour‘s Mysterious Beauty:
If Mussoorie is the “Queen of Hills”, then Landour is “the tiara “of the Queen. Up above the altitude of 6,600-7800 ft, you can drink the scenic beauty with your eyes and soul. The old country cottages, magnificent mountains, dense forests, rainy days will capture your heart here forever. Notably, the dazzling Peaks like Bandarpunch, Swargarohini, Yamnotri, Gangotri, Jaonli, Srikanta, Satopanth, Nanda Devi ,Chaukhamba and Kedarnath are visible from here.
Places to explore:
Landour Bakehouse – If your taste buds arise with the name of Baking then you must come here once at Landour Bakehouse. It’s a 19th Century styled café. The sweetest aroma of muffins, baked cakes, cookies and buns will immediately make you hungry. One must try the tarts, pies and lemon ginger tea here.
Chakkar – It’s the oldest bridle trail, surrounding the Landour ridge’s 3 summits via an ancient cemetery. When you will walk around such a beautiful place, you will realize it’s better for Landour to be hidden away! Where else anyone would spot such charming things like this to appreciate?
Sisters Bazaar – A scenario that one can enjoy in a short leisurely walk to the Sisters Bazaar is just meant to be on a postcard. Here in the Bazaar find the Prakash Handicrafts, established in 1928. It’s renowned for delicious jams and cheese. You can get the jam of apricot, raspberry and plum; cheddar cheese, marmalades and cinnamon rolls. If your mouth wants to taste more you can grab some bottles of peanut butter and chutneys too.
Cloud’s End – As the name says, it’s really a place where you should be at any cost. Through the Deodar and Oak forests, you can reach to the Cloud’s End via Hathipaon road from Happy Valley.
Lal Tibba – It means ‘red hill’ which is famous spot to witness the sunrise and sunset. Open your eyes to seize the view of white snow clad mountains standing still. Both the sunrise and sunset will leave you speechless with its poetic beauty.
Sheduo Choephelling Monastery – After a further uphill journey, there is this peaceful and quite monastery. It is believed that Dalai Lama established this Monastery before moving to Dharamshala.
Sainji‘s Corn Village– Only at a distance of 20 kilometres from Mussoorie, there is this small village with 18 -20 houses. In every house of the village, you will see an interesting site of golden corns hanging from the ceiling.
For the Trekkers:
Pari Tibba –Since the lightening has struck the hill repeatedly, it’s also called the Burnt Hill. The beginning point of trekking is the Woodstock School. Pari Tibba trekking is really special in April when the rhododendrons bloom and the oaks turn into purple with its new leaves.
Bhadraj Forest – The trekking makes the way through Bhadraj forest, temple, dense forest of northern and southern slops and barren grasslands.
Nag Tibba –The stunning location of trekking where you can enjoy seeing some peaks of Gangotri group, Bandarpoonch ,Kedarnath ,Doonvalley and snowy Chanabang.