To be very honest, I’m not the biggest fan of visiting the hills mainly cause I hate the drive up and down. The winding route just makes me very anxious. I also don’t enjoy the crowds that throng to the hills during any long holiday in India. So when my mum proposed a short trip to the hills for my dad’s 65th birthday, I wasn’t the most thrilled. We picked a hill station that I had visited a few years back with my friends and which was a little offbeat. We picked Landour.
Landour is a small hill station located a few kilometres ahead of the popular Indian hill station, Mussoorie. It used to be a British cantonment and was named by them after Llanddowror – a village in Wales. Today the entire hamlet has only 24 houses/villas. It is quiet, picturesque and a really nice place to spend a few days in peace. It is also home to popular Indian author, Ruskin Bond.
We chose to live in an old British time villa that was with a Christian mission that has been converted into a hotel – La Villa Bethany. They have only limited rooms but each with a gorgeous view. The inn is also trying to be more sustainable – partly solar powered, rainwater harvesting (fully self-sufficient), organic soaps, and shampoo bars in all the rooms. Our room was really cutesy. The view from the patio outside our room made the stay so special.
We reached on a rainy day and walked around the small hamlet getting totally drenched in the downpour. We spent the next few days walking around Landour and walking to Mussoorie. We visited cutesy cafes and ate A LOT but made up for it by walking 8-9kms every day (hill walks). Overall, we had a very cute, short, and fun vacation. We rang in my dad’s 65th birthday in the hills.
I have been feeling extremely burnt out these last few weeks and it was a welcome break to just get away from everything. There was limited phone connectivity and that was a disguised blessing since I could just get away from work and life back in Delhi. I am looking forward to going back with my best friend next month. We went together to Landour in 2015 and we want to recreate the trip.
Why does travel always leave you feeling refreshed? Do you love travelling? Do you also like to sometimes just travel to escape the humdrum of life? Where was your last trip to?
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