Landour is a small and beautiful town situated in Musoorie which is about 32 Km form the city Dehradun, Uttarakhand in India. It is a charming place which make itself stand out at its own right or make a unique identity of itself. Landour is a place which situated in the lap of famous Musoorie or “The Queen of Hill Stations”.
It derived its name from Llanddowror, a village in Carmarthenshire in southwest Wales at the times of British Raj. At that time it was very common to provide names to town after those at being homesick or nostalgic of the motherland.
This place is located at an altitude of 6600 to 7800 ft and provide a fascinating and beautiful view of Garhwal Himalaya. One can witness the following mountains and peaks which are clearly visible from Landour:
Swargarohini, Bandarpunch, Yamnotri, Jaonli, Gangotri, Srikanta, Kedarnath, Satopanth, Chaukhamba (Badrinath) and Nanda Devi.
One can get fascinated by its long winding roads which are dotted with deodar and pive groves. The climate of this place is very cool and in monsoon here is almost rainfall happens. Air at this place is nippier compared to the lower hill places. The solitude and greenery mountain scenery is best to spend some quite time and commune with nature.
The Castle Hill Estate where the Survey of India office is now, was the place where Sir George Everest mapped the Garhwal region. Woodstock School is also located in the Landour which was set up in 1854. Mussoorie's famous Sisters Bazaar is also here in Cantonment area. Landour is also known as one of the first places in India where an American classic like peanut butter was made commercially. And it is a famous resident for the Anglo-Indian author Ruskin Bond, actor Victor Bannerjee and thespian Tom Alter.