(A place to create your own experience)
Twisted path to less crowded nature’s coliseum, done and dusted still yenning for more.
Here’s my story to my recent visit to Landor.
Landor has always been in my heart-list because of Mr. Ruskin Bond. I have grown up reading his books like Cherry Tree, The Blue Umbrella, and The Room of the Roof etc.
I still feel wondrous, the way he visualized the world in all his books. I was on a search trip to Landor to find out Mr. Bond’s inspiration behind all his stories.
My journey to Landor started from Mussoorie Library via picture palace. As being a bipedal, I opted to utilise my yomping stamina to reach Landor. The total distance was 10 km, uphill then 10km downhill.
One can find the right way, from the Y-intersect one-way towards Landor and other way to Picture Palace bus stand and other back to the Mall road.
For sure, it was nerve enfeebling and challenging when it came to uphill section but as being an adventure enthusiast hurdles made my mind to go on cross-dissolve to my previous experience in adventure sports. Hence, I bucked up and indeed it helped me to achieve my goal of seeing Ivy Cottage (Mr. Bond’s residence).
You know, it’s better to opt for walk as its give more scrupulous opportunity to explore the culture and street life of Mussoorie and Landor as it also shows us the way the tourism is expanding and ruining the surroundings.
Simultaneously, our god gifted camera that is eyes can capture and remember a lot when you be on foot. Also, it’s not bad to learn an art of street tactics to avoid world chaos and dubiety also you could use your experience to manoeuvre the art of getting rid of Monkeys because they are serious nuisance here (because of humans as they feed them for fun).
The streets will start narrowing as you start climbing up also the historical aspect will get richer for example you will see old building, markets and natives.
In fact, Clock Tower is also on this way so, do not forget to click this historical edifice.
Finally when I reached Ivy cottage ( Mr. Ruskin Bond’s Cottage) the enthusiasm level had reached super up but unfortunately, on asking one of his care taker I got to know that he is out of town for few days but never mind I just dropped a letter for him. But one thing, I observed is; his all stories have several facts like cherry tree, twisted roads, clouds, soothing breeze hence according to me he sifted his surroundings and nature so well ergo that’s his inspiration.
On climbing ahead, I landed in front of the St. Paul’s Church but unfortunately it was Sunday and prayer session was going on.
Then I chose to see “Char Dukkan”, there I sat in one of the shop, ordered Maggie and tea but what I realized that first Landor itself is just a mountain and a circular path around that covers whole Landor.
Second, people do not have much option here hence these 4 shops are overly hyped and costly. Also, the most important information, one can find toilet just opposite of these 4 shops.
Now, my next sight was “Lal Tibba”, it’s a small place in Landor not just a point. Well, sadly I have to say that it was nothing. It is the highest point of Mussoorie famous for telescopic view of famous peaks like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Baanderpanch etc.
but I Hardly spotted any, moreover this place has few cafes which is painted in red to attract customers and few natives could misguide you saying this café is “Lal Tibba”, also the cafes around have telescope fitted at the roof top.
Horse riding is also an option for those who enjoy it, but I would like to request everyone is, please stop being a callous and do not prefer riding a horse or any animal just for your pleasure. They are treated so badly and been asked to over-work “Just for your fun”.
You know, what I liked the most about Landor surrounding is one could sense halcyon days of this place also its balmy and quite roads
particularly cemetery road was really calm and surrounded with lush greenery. One could find perfect spot for photography and portraits.
Then on completing the whole circle of the mountain I ended up at Kellogg’s Church , from there one can opt to head towards Sister’s Bazaar but I opted to go back because I was super tired to explore that.
On the way back, I was so eager to try out something at Doma’s Inn as internet highly suggested that.
I had ordered veg-thukpa costed around 173 (INR). I really dint like it at all because, stock used was beef stock also flat noodles were not properly cooked.
But yes, this restaurant cum hotel offers great picturesque walls. So, do not forget to capture yourself in this perfect arena.
So, conclusion is do not go and try things as internet suggests. Just go to any place and create your own experience. Well, I liked Landor because of its seclusion from mountain rush and urban chaos. ❤