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.
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.
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-
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
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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