With steep hill climb, sweeping history lessons, stunning scenery, pinewoods, old churches and Ruskin Bond’s house around the corner. Landour is probably the oddest destination one could have picked to travel with kids (10 months and 4). Odd because of the sheer amount of uphill walking one has to do ( with kids that could be a pain). Plus, there’s nothing much to do as said by many friends. However, husband and I wanted to runoff to a quiet and non-touristy place; so on a gorgeous summer afternoon we landed up in Landour, a small cantonment town roughly 4 kilometer away from Mussoorie.
As I stood in the gate of Ivy Cottage, a sense of calm descended on me. How do you describe a feeling you don’t have words for? With clouds touching my nose, I hugged the baby and descended down the stairs to reach where our cottage was.
…and the sight just stole my heart.
The 180 degree view of the hill, nestled Woodstock school in the distance and a small window with colorful hanging flower pots (I was told that is Ruskin Bond’s balcony) held me in spot. I had seen different shades of the sky, but never before have I witnessed the magic of green, blue, aqua and white mingle in a manner so cohesive that you can’t help but get teleported to the fantasy world of your childhood.
The next three days were spent doing that– staring at the hills for hours, playing peek a boo with the sun and clouds, amidst lots of laughter, diaper change, baby food and conversation.
Plus, we abandoned all the plans of usually site seeing that our driver suggested.
Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Mall road…NO.
Instead, we did this.
…spent hours staring at the horizon.
over many cups of coffees at Cafe Ivy.
and many heated arguments on world politics.
There were discussions on experiencing Landour in winters, just so we can curl up in bed with a book under the glowing orange flame from a fireplace.
Not to mention, how unashamedly we posed for pictures in every possible corner of Rokeby Manor
Tell me why, the food taste so good on holidays? or was there something special about this Khao Suey at Doma’s Inn.
What can I tell you about this old-fashioned library at Rokeby? Just pick any book from here, and find your favorite corner.
and this oh-so-inviting living room which called for cuddles and hot-chocolate.
Did I mention, how often we huffed and puffed like a dragon in Landour?
There were times, when the pebbled streets looked far too quiet and spooky near Stubli, The Stray Dog.
We saw other interesting things..
Landour stole my heart; we couldn’t help doing the touristy things.
Landour taught me what slowing down means.It taught me, I don’t have to tick items out of my bucket list to be happy, I need to appreciate life for what I’ve now.
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