4 charming getaways in Landour | Condé Nast Traveller India | India

Breathe in the crisp mountain air in Landour, a quaint cantonment town nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas, adjoining the popular hill station of Mussoorie. Small it may be, but it offers some of the most picturesque views of mountains coupled with pine, deodar and cedar forests. Landour is a quiet and peaceful destination, filled with colonial-era bungalows, churches and a cluster of shops in the main bazaar where you’ll pass the famous Landour Bakehouse and Char Dukan. It is also home to renowned writers such as Ruskin Bond and Bill Aitken. You’ll find that this place bears a charm unlike anywhere else. Here’s a handy list of places to stay when you visit next.

Where to stay in Landour

Rokeby Manor

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Rokeby Manor

Located in the heart of Landour, this now-landmark heritage hotel was originally built by Captain GN Cauthy in 1840. The 175-year-old property retains much of its old-world charm even today with its stone and wood accents, cozy fireplaces, alcoves, brick arches and intricately designed stone walls. This extends to the accommodation as well, with each room decorated with rustic patchwork quilts and vintage floral motifs. The two suites here are elegant and spacious with Victorian-era interiors and private balconies. You can also choose from the valley view or rustic rooms that afford equally serene views. Rokeby Manor is also home to a private three-bedroom cottage built with pine logs, offering butler service and a  picturesque garden to take in the vistas. When you’re not exploring the beauty of Landour, you can find yourself relaxing in the outdoor Jacuzzi or lounging outdoors around the fire pit, perfect for a night of barbecuing and warmth. Doubles from Rs12,500 per night. Website

La Villa Bethany

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La Villa Bethany

A charming country-style cottage spread over an acre of wooded land, La Villa Bethany makes for an ideal spot to soak in the gorgeous views of the snow-capped Himalayas. This six-bedroom boutique homestay is family-owned and run. You can opt to stay in the two-bedroom suites that overlook the Doon Valley or the deluxe rooms that come with their own private terrace and seating area. Additionally, the Pahari Wilson’s cabin made with cedar and pine wood is a cozy standalone cottage with a small staircase splitting it into two levels, accommodating up to four people. Among the various spaces here, you’ll also find a conservatory and study area filled with books. The homestay is eco-friendly making use of rainwater-harvesting techniques and solar energy to heat water and cook food. La Villa Bethany is also conveniently located on Chukkar road, between Char Dukan and Sister’s Bazaar. Doubles from Rs4,500 per night, Inclusive of breakfast and dinner. Website

Redburn Lodge

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Redburn Lodge, Photo: Airbnb

A cobbled-stone pathway leads you to this three-bedroom cottage nestled in a wooded patch of land. Tall glass windows let you soak in the sunshine as you curl up in one of the cozy nooks of this charming homestay that can accommodate up to six guests. Situated at an elevation, the cottage offers a great vantage point along with a seating area that overlooks the lush valley. Doubles from Rs18,000 per night, exclusive of taxes. Website

Rockvilla by Baaya

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Rockvilla by Baaya

This three-bedroom villa surrounded by deodar, pine and oak trees makes for an idyllic getaway with surreal views of the Himalayas and the Doon Valley. The villa itself is spacious and aesthetically done up with curated artwork from across the country. Take for instance the mosaic room and the blue pottery room that are filled with artefacts from Western India or the Gond room that features tribal art from Madhya Pradesh. The resident chef can whip up local Garhwali specialities for you and your loved ones. When you’re not lounging about in one of the many sunny nooks and corners at this property, head out for a trek through the 110-acre forest that forms a part of the Jabarkhet nature reserve, with an ecosystem inhabiting deers, birds and even the Himalayan goral. Doubles from Rs15,000 per night, inclusive of breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Website

Updated: February 24, 2021 — 11:32 am

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