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Landour – A “Sign” of Good Things in Life

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You get to know a lot about a place by understanding the people who live there. Take Landour, the tiny hamlet above Mussoorie, known for being the home of India’s most loved author Ruskin Bond.

For most, this quaint mountain village is a lovely escape from the hustle of everyday city life. A serene environment, Landour promises fresh air, tranquillity, and a chance to lay back and immerse into the inimitable mountain vibe.

For others, it’s merely a tourist stop. A “been there done that” scenario which includes a drive to the famous Chardukhan, followed by a drive to Laal Tibba viewing point, and finally a drive to one of Landour’s eateries.

With all this driving around, the joy of being in Landour is lost. It’s a destination where you go to walk and discover those hidden trails that everyone seems to want to find, or at least ask about in numerous Facebook posts. For it is also while walking that you realise that Landour has quite a sarcastic sense of humour, which is clearly a reflection of the people who call it their home.

Prakash -Old World Charm

It’s a pretty ordinary sign at first sight, but I particularly love the old-world charm that surrounds it. The homemade jams and chutneys, that vintage look, and it’s location, the delightfully named “Sister Bazar”. Perfect!

Now, the locals are welcoming, but there are signs all over, literally, that tell us that they’re finding this somewhat sudden influx of tourism to be challenging. Most residentials have boards on their gates stating that the houses are private properties, and “trespassers will be prosecuted”. There’s always a story behind a signboard, they say, and when an entire village has these boards, it makes you wonder.

As for the circular loop that forms the main walking track in Landour, you’ll find stencilled signs after every few steps asking, nay telling, people not to litter. And yet, there’s garbage and broken bottles all around.

Environmental issues aside, Landour is a book heavy destination. It holds tight to the notion that books are essential. That’s why there’s always an overflowing bookcase in sight, no matter where you are in Landour, be it a restaurant or a homestay.

Wander Away

So, here’s a collection of a few signs I came across while walking in Landour. And I urge you to do the same. Walk! If you find yourself in this fabulous part of the world, get out of your air-conditioned cars, and walk!

On a completely different note, I am curious if the residents of Landour have monkeys working with them because how they manage to get these signs posted half way up the trees is quite intriguing.

We don't like noise

A bit direct, but hey, as long as it works, right!

Shhhh

“Keep Quiet! Listen to the sounds of the birds.”

Human Protein Appreciated

“Donations of Human Protein Accepted” – HA!

Stop Littering Please

Self-explanatory.

Nature over Heritage

“We give greater importance to nature than heritage.”

Look Up!

Sad/Happy to say, there was WIFI everywhere in Landour, and a bloody good connection too.

A note for the trees

Amen!

Chef's Special

Happy to inform you that we got significant portions at Emily’s in Rokeby Manor.

Long lost love

Walk Away

The importance of “walking”.

Too much trash

Get up and get out!

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  1. I have been to Landour when I had a day to kill in Dehradoon. I spent most of my day here. I rarely post much about my travels on social media except for some rare occasions. It is a good place to sit back and enjoy good views and a cool breeze. The Char Dukaan food I feel is overhyped. It is just okay.

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  2. I loved Landour but what troubles me is the increase in loud crowd. One can just be at peace and spend time quality time with self in this pretty hamlet.

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