Landour In Words With Rokeby Manor & Residences

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rokeby-manor-garden-quoteLandour is a hill town straight out of your dreams, situated a few km uphill of Mussoorie. Landour always stood in my mind for the town where the likes of Ruskin Bond, Stephen Alter and Bill Aitken live. I knew a lot about this part of Garhwal more from their writings than from my visits as a child. So when I got an invitation from Rokeby Manor & Residences in Landour, I immediately packed my bags. Little did I know that I would see words everywhere in this lovely little town. I would see them at Rokeby Manor’s dining room, tea garden or their lounge. I would see them in each of their restaurants and their bakehouse. I would see them in places we least expect them to be.

Let me walk you through Rokeby Manor and the Landour around it through the quotations, sayings, signs that I met. Hope they make you smile as much as they made me smile.

Say it with Tea.

Tea Wall at Rokeby Manor
Tea Wall at Rokeby Manor

Tea is such an integral part of the English Hill culture. It is perfectly suited to the weather of Landour. A dream setting would be to hold a book in one hand and a cup of tea in another.

Look at this wall full of tea cups in a soothing tea color saying – Make tea, Not War. How you wish you could tell this to people carrying guns.

Life is a cup of tea - Rokeby Manor, Landour
Life is a cup of tea – Rokeby Manor

Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it – you have to be a tea connoisseur to appreciate this.

The first picture is from their tea garden – can easily send you to a dream state.

While you eat at Rokeby Manor.

Window at Emily restaurant, Rokeby Manor, Landour
Window at Emily restaurant

My first meal was sitting on this comfortable seating with classic red and white checks upholstery.

Wall full of bytes of wit & wisdom at Emily, RokebyManor, Landour
Wall full of bytes of wit & wisdom at Emily

The wall in front of me read very flattering words like –

Dieting is a piece of cake. Go figure it out.

Keep Calm & Have a cupcake – can you say No to that?

As soon as you head towards the all wood library on the same floor, the words are tweaked to say – Keep Calm & Read a Book.

Library Enterance at Emily, Rokeby Manor, Landour
Library Entrance at Emily

With so many Keep Calm boards, I wondered about the clientele they get. Or is it that they want to ensure a calm, serene setting for their guest. I am sure it is later. Thanks for the reminder guys.

Cosy friend's corner at Emily, Rokeby Manor, Landour
Cozy friend’s corner at Emily

In the evening I sat in the corner that would be just perfect for a late night chat with buddies. Of course with cups of tea in your hands. The poster behind says just the perfect thing – Everything stops for tea.

Another that all the ladies of the house would love – If you want breakfast in the bed, sleep in the kitchen.

There was more wit around but I would let you explore that on your own.

Let me close this section with some wisdom bytes.

Rokeby Manor, Landour
Nuggets of wisdom

At one of their premium residences, besides the plush setting, I would admire quotes like

Fireplace at one of the Rokeby Residences, Landour
Fireplace at one of the Rokeby Residences

What the world needs is more love and less paperwork.

At the Bakehouse.

Delivery Van at Landour Bakehouse
Delivery Van at Landour Bakehouse

This vintage van becomes a showpiece with the words painted on it. If you were just passing by this town, this kind of humor will tell you a lot about the inhabitants of the Landour town.

Landour Bakehouse Brick walls with quotes
Landour Bakehouse Brick walls with quotes

Inside the Bake House that also belongs to the Rokeby group there are words everywhere. Let me share my favorite ones – about what else – tea, along with baking.

Quotes on Tea & Baking at Landour Bakehouse
Quotes on Tea & Baking at Landour Bakehouse

Another one that I would remember for a long time is – Even though life seems to stand still, future is coming.

No Smoking Board at Landour Bakehouse
No Smoking Board at Landour Bakehouse

I have not seen a better ‘No Smoking’ board.

In case you missed it while entering The Landour Bakehouse, do not miss it while stepping out – what they say on the top of the door.

Push Pull Board at Landour Bakehouse
Push Pull Board at Landour Bakehouse

PUSH – if that doesn’t work – PULL. If that doesn’t work either, it’s because we are closed. Made you smile – right?

At the Stray Dog – Ale House & Stubli.

Stray Dog Ale House, Landour
Stray Dog Ale House, Landour

A reminder to the dog owners.

Dogs welcome with well behaved ownners

Some humor around drinks.

rokeby-manor-stray-dog-drinking rokeby-manor-stray-dog-ale-house

How to say cheers in various languages? Wonder if there is a word for ‘Cheers’ in Hindi?

Stray Dog Ale House & Stubli, Landour
How do you say Cheers?

The food was not without words.

Food is also not withour words at Stray Dog Stubli, Landour
Food is also not without words at Stray Dog Stubli, Landour

At the Clock Tower Cafe.

This cafe with green doors & windows and brick walls in Landour Bazaar was my last stop in Landour. Walls of Clock tower cafe were like the grand finale of words. Check a glimpse of what I saw & read here:

Good Fast Cheap at Clock Tower Cafe, Landour Bazaar
Good Fast Cheap at Clock Tower Cafe, Landour Bazaar
My favorite quote for life at Clock Tower Cafe, Landour Bazaar
My favorite quote for life at Clock Tower Cafe, Landour Bazaar
Clock Tower Cafe in Landour Bazaar
In case you start making small talk at Clock Tower Cafe in Landour Bazaar
Clock Tower Cafe in Landour Bazaar
Random thoughts to make you think & smile

On the Road.

As I went around walking on the famous walking Gol Chakkar of Landour, I would meet more wit, humor and nuggets of wisdom.

This is how a cafe at Char Dukan entices its customers.

Cafe at Char Dukan in Landour
Cafe at Char Dukan in Landour

Even the trees wanted to say something – something subtle & some warning.

Tree boards at Landour
Inviting you to connect with nature

There is no wi-fi in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection.

Leopard warning at Landour
Leopard warning at Landour

Under the ‘Keep Landour Clean’ initiative, Rokeby Manor has installed dustbins across the town – even they have some wisdom to share.

Wisdom on the waste bins at Landour
Wisdom on the waste bins at Landour

Thank you, Rokeby Manor, for letting me soak in the words for 3 days. For practical travel information – do check out their website.


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