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September 19, 2009


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I just came back from a recent trip to Mussoorie and Landour, though I have been going to Mussoorie all my life, it was the old world charm of Landour that took my breath away, it was really beautiful. We stayed at Hotel Dev Dar Woods , the experience was quite good, like a big family, we met people who had come from all over the World, mainly to learn Hindi at the nearby Landour language School, which was quite surprising to me, I mean we always ran from Hindi in School, but now as a grown up I realise how much we take ourselves and our culture for granted.The hotel has a great view though the upkeep is a bit shoddy, but still the staff I found quite friendly and co-operative unlike the views that some people have written about them on the Net.Coming to the food part, they serve some yummy pizzas, made from a scratch, the family pizza priced at Rs.275/-was real good, the rooms are priced at about Rs.800/-.As is the case in most places up in the hills, food has to be ordered beforehand as it takes time for them to build up a meal for you, the day we reached we ordered a pizza, some fries, Chicken curry and rice, everything was very simply cooked much like home food and we enjoyed it, next morning we walked down to Char dukan, a famous spot for some good yet overpriced breakfast, on the way we passed the Kellogg Memorial Church and then reached St.Pauls Church, both peacefully lovely.

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We had Omelettes, Maggi and Waffles at Char Dukan then we went for a long walk did some shopping, yes speaking of shopping there's loads of good imported stuff to buy at Prakash store, incidentally he owns Dev dar Woods too, we brought Kraft Cheese, St Dalfour jams, Yak milk cheese (homemade), Peanut butter, Sweet chilli sauce, candy and lots of other stuff, this shop caters to the students at Woodstock School nearby, thus it sells all such kind of stuff.

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This place is know as Sisters bazaar, all I can say is that it was a lovely serene holiday where it is like just Me and Myself and lots of serious thinking, taking in the breathtaking beauty or simply chat up with someone from eh..Paris? or maybe you might bump into Ruskin Bond, Victor Banerjee, Prannoy Roy, Sachin Tendulkar! they all have homes here.

Most of the houses have a No tresspassing sign, more interesting signs were-

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The sign on the first tree says- No tresspassing BEWARE OF DOG, the sign on the second tree has the picture of the dog and it says-WE CAN MAKE IT TO THE DOOR IN 2-5 SECONDS lol!

Another sign that says it all-DONT EVEN THINK OF PARKING HERE

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I leave you with some more tantalizing pics...enjoy! I will be going back there in a few months, hope to see you there too!!

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Lena Rashmin Raj September 24, 2009 at 1:39 PM  

woww...so u enjoyed it..wonderful snaps Bindya...and i loved ur snap in d right side.. :) cute one n cute smile.. :)

vidhas October 2, 2009 at 7:59 PM  

Wonerful snaps bindiya. I can ask my hubby to take us there for dec vaccation.

Ankit Chauhan June 18, 2010 at 1:01 AM  

Hi Bindiya!
I really enjoyed the wonderful perspective of the Landour that you've captured on your trip to this beautiful place.

It's also interesting to find that you too visited Landour in September last year when I got a chance to explore this place.
On my second trip to the other side of Landour (around the road to Dhanaulti) on 27th of May this year, I've noticed more of these "No Tresspassing" signs.

It was really fascinating to discover that Kellogg's Language School at Landour is still being run today to teach Hindi to the tourists from around the world. The school also has the ability to offer instruction for Urdu, Garhwali and Sanskrit.
Landour Language School has its own website here.

Even though I've explored various other parts of Uttaranchal since then but never got the time to blog them.

Anyway Landour for sure is a place where everyone wants to go again & again.
Good to hear that you are visiting it again! I too want to go there again.
Again I really enjoyed your "In Love With Food".

Ashish ,  July 7, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

Excellent description. Devdar Woods appears to be one of those accomodations which are tucked in hidden corners generally not known to people outside, but offer peaceful stay and decent amenities. Still lack of reviews of this hotel on tripadvisor, etc. is surprising.

Anonymous ,  July 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM  

beautiful Pictures of Hill side.

Anonymous ,  July 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM  

Beautiful pictures of Hill Side.

samreen khan August 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM  

so nice post with awesome hill side pic

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