Mussoorie Journals

Landour and beyond

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An October 2012 trip to Mussoorie by phileasfogg

Dhanaulti Eco Park Photo, Uttarakhand, India More Photos
Quote: Mussoorie is very touristy. In contrast, neighbouring Landour is quieter, more old-fashioned, and with a charm that Mussoorie lacks. Reviews of some of Landour’s attractions, and some places a little further out.

St. Paul's Church

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Attraction | "- and four shops, at Chaar Dukaan"

St. Paul's Church Photo, Uttarakhand, India
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Chaar Dukaan literally means ‘four shops’—and it doesn’t get more explicit than this. Yes, this particularly sweet little plateau-like spread in Landour actually does have four shops. It has had four shops, and been called Chaar Dukaan, for many, many decades now.Chaar Dukaan lies uphill of Landour’s main market—you go up the steep road that forms Landour Bazaar, and a little further up, is a small clearing on the side of the mountain. A few old houses surround a small patch of lawn, and beyond a prominent ‘No Parking’ sign are the four shops of Chaar Dukaan. These aren’t fancy shops, by any stretch of imagination: their trade is mostly in groceries and other everyday stuff.A couple of them ...Read More

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St. Paul's Church
Chaar Dukaan, Landour
Uttarakhand, India

Sisters Bazaar and Prakash Store

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Banana and walnut bread for tea Photo, Dhanaulti, India
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Landour began in the early 1800s as a convalescence centre for British soldiers. Among those who played a major part in looking after the recuperating military men were nuns: the ‘sisters’. Landour has long since stopped being a place to recover and recuperate, and the sisters have long since moved out, but the memory of those days remains in the name of Sisters Bazaar. The ‘sisters’ of Landour used to live in a dormitory here, which is why the street has become known as Sisters Bazaar. It isn’t really a bazaar as such—not unless you consider two shops a bazaar!This is a small, very quiet and sleepy little street in Landour, where a bunch of cottages—two of them partly converted into shops—line on ...Read More

Emily's at Rokeby Manor

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Restaurant | "A meal in a fascinating hotel"

Emily's at Rokeby Manor Photo, Mussoorie, India
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Yes, history is probably not the best reason to dine at a restaurant, but when you’re in a town with as limited good dining options as Mussoorie or Landour: it’s reason enough. Especially when the food is actually (mostly) pretty good.Emily’s is the restaurant at the Rokeby Hotel in Landour, slightly above Chaar Dukaan. The interesting bit about Rokeby (which was built in 1840 by a Captain G N Cauthy) is its literary connections. First of all, there’s the fact that Rokeby was named after Walter Scott’s poem Rokeby. (Mussoorie and Landour between them have a number of old houses that were named after places men...Read More

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Emily's at Rokeby Manor
Landour Cantt.
Mussorie, Uttarakhand 268179
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Dhanaulti Eco Park

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Attraction | "A trek in the woods? Not totally"

Dhanaulti Eco Park Photo, Uttarakhand, India
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When we first planned the trip to Mussoorie, Mussoorie was supposed to have been just a brief stopover on the way to Dhanaulti. Neither my husband nor I had ever been to Dhanaulti, though we’d heard good things about it—that it was cleaner, greener, far less commercialised than Mussoorie. Mussoorie, on the other hand, was a town we’d both been to (though many years back) and weren’t especially keen on revisiting.However, a little research revealed that Dhanaulti doesn’t offer many sights or experiences (unless you’re keen on adventure—there are places around here where you can trek, go rock-climbing, or even try bungee jumping). Since we prefer our holidays relatively sedate (and would rather visit...Read More

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Dhanaulti Eco Park
Dhanaulti
Uttarakhand, India

Malsi Deer Park

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Attraction | "A glimpse of local wildlife—the easy way"

Malsi Deer Park Photo, Uttarakhand, India
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A few years ago, on a trip to Dehradun (about 30-odd kilometres short of Mussoorie), my husband and I had taken a brief detour to Rajaji National Park, one of the major national parks in this area. Rajaji has its complement of deer, elephants, tigers, leopards, and other interesting wildlife native to the Himalayan foothills, but we saw nothing except a pair of pretty blue-winged Indian rollers.This time, returning from Mussoorie to Dehradun, we happened to notice the Malsi Deer Park, just 10 km short of Dehradun on the Mussoorie-Dehradun road. The gate leading into the park is right beside the road, so we decided to check it out. Just a few metres inside the gate, there’s a parking lot, and a tick...Read More

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Malsi Deer Park
10 Km From Dehradun
Uttarakhand, India