Must Do Walks In And Around Landour, Mussoorie


Landour is a perfect walking town. A small army cantonment, with few houses, a couple of churches, a temple, and few shops – that is the town. Located a few KMs above, it kind of sits on top of Mussoorie. Away from the maddening crowd of tourists that flood Mussoorie. The whole of the hill town can be covered by walking around. In fact, it is walking that you enjoy the most in this lovely hill town.

Clouds & Trees at Landour

Roads are well paved making it easy to walk even when it is raining. It does rain a lot in this part of Uttarakhand. Tall Deodar trees surround you in an engulfing manner and send your thoughts inwards. The fact that the village is quite clean compared to most Indian cities, makes it, even more, inviting for walking. Allow me to share a few walks that I took in Landour:

Gol Chakkar Walk or the Landour Loop

Walking trail at Landour
Walking trail

This is the default circular walking path here. You can start at any point and walk towards Lal Tibba.

St Paul's Church, Landour
St Paul’s Church

If you go clockwise, you would first see St Paul’s Church. An old church that has been recently re-furbished with stone arches.

Char Dukan

Char Dukan, Landour, Mussoorie
Char Dukan

The Char Dukan is where you must stop for pancakes or coffee. There are now more than 4 shops here but most of them serve the local special food – especially Pancakes. Early morning I met a group of bikers here – all hungry after their rides. Throughout the day I saw people stopping by to eat. I did not eat here but I saw almost everyone enjoying their food here.

I would later learn that the building that houses the Char Dukan used to be an army depot. Depot number 31 can still be seen on one of the gates.

Trees you walk along...
Trees you walk along…

Walk ahead after crossing a small bridge and you are on a dream-like road. The day I was walking, I had clouds all around me, adding to the mystery and mystique of the place. I looked at the houses – small & large hidden in the midst of Deodar trees. None of the houses was at the level of the road – they were either uphill or downhill – a nature’s way of keeping you fit.

Lal Tibba

Somewhere near Lal Tibba
Somewhere near Lal Tibba

Lal Tibba is the most famous part of this walk. If you walk early morning, all you would see if people washing their horses and a closed red building. But on a clear day, this place is buzzing with activity as you get a clear view of the Himalayan ranges. Telescopes help you take a closer look at the peaks. Lal Tibba is like an edge overlooking the valley and keeping a keen eye on the mountain ranges.

Lovely hillside house at Landour
Lovely hillside house

A beautiful stairway led to a lovely well carved, well-maintained house on top. It just seems to be right out of the dreams. Wonder who is the lucky family that lives here and even luckier are those who will inherit it.

Cemetery at Landour

A stone gate, as always, invoked curiosity and as I peeped in, I realized it is the cemetery. I saw the beautiful graves, more like memorials surrounded by colorful flowers. They were just by the side of the road saying help to walkers as if remembering the days when they walked the same roads.

Kellog Memorial Church, Landour
Kellog Memorial Church

You are almost at the end of this walk when you see Kellog’s Church and the Language school.

Landour Language School

Kellog's Memorial Church & Landour Language School
Kellog’s Memorial Church & Language School

At the Language school, I had an engaging conversation with the principal of the school – Sh Chitranjan Dutt. He walked me through the history of the school and how it helped British officials learn the local languages. How the course material was developed for many Indian languages. It is interesting that the school continues to attract language enthusiasts from around the world.

Sister’s Bazaar Walk

Charming old stone houses at Landour, Mussoorie
Charming old stone houses…

On the Gol Chakkar walk, if you take a detour at Kellog’s church, you would be headed towards the sister’s bazaar. Once upon a time, a small bazaar meant for nurses working at the local Military Hospital, it is now placed famous for peanut butter.

Rain Shelters in Stone
Rain Shelters in Stone

On this walk too, you go up and down a well-laid path, overlooking the valleys. On a clear day, you would be able to see the campus of Woodstock School with its lovely hostels standing out. Some of the old houses are lovely to walk by. Rain shelters built with local stone just merge with the ambiance that does not belong to this era for sure.

Landour Bake House
Bake House

At the bazaar, stop by the Bake House for some lovely bakery products. You can also pick books from local authors here. You do know that Landour is home to many stalwart authors like Ruskin Bond, Stephen Alter, and Bill Aitken to name a few. Incidentally, all of them have written about the place too, so it is a perfect place to pick up books.

Peanut Butter

Prakash's Peanut Butter
Prakash’s Peanut Butter

Peanut butter – the most popular local souvenir is what you pick from the Anil Prakash Grocery store. It is a normal everyday grocery store. Except that one shelf is dedicated to peanut butter and jams that the family kind of pioneers. I had the pleasure to talk to Shri Inder Prakash – the patriarch who started the peanut business in Landour. He passionately spoke about how peanut butter used to be imported from America before 1947. After independence, some locals started making peanut butter. Mr. Prakash started making it in his home which is right next to the shop.

Sh Inder Prakash of Prakash Peanut Fame
Sh Inder Prakash of Prakash Peanut Fame

Mr. Prakash claims to be the first one in India to make cheddar cheese from buffalo milk. He spoke about the blackberry jam he used to make when blackberries used to grow in his backyard. When I asked him the secret of his peanut butter – he smiled and said it is all about roasting it right. Everything else is a cakewalk.

Do pick up the peanut butter on this walk.

Jabarkhet Nature Reserve Walk Landour

Jabarkhet Nature Reserve
Jabarkhet Nature Reserve

Not too far from the village, Jabarkhet Nature Reserve – a protected area is a perfect place to walk. Since this is a private and ticketed property, you do not find many people here. I first read about it in Stephen Alter’s The Secret Sanctuary. By the time I finished reading the book, I wanted to visit the place. Sometimes you just have to wish for something and it calls you.

Moss covered oak trees at Jabarkhet Nature Reserve
Moss-covered oak trees at Jabarkhet Nature Reserve

There are various trails that you can take within the Jabarkhet Nature Reserve. They are curiously named Leopard Trail, mushroom trail, and ridge trail – do not take the names literally. Walking on the Pugdundees, it feels like you have become a part of the forest. In June, I could notice all kinds of mushrooms growing here. I could hear the birds but given the density of the forest, it is not easy to spot them and leave them apart from clicking them. The same holds true for butterflies. They were simply a treat for the eyes though with their swift movements it seemed they are trying to make me exercise my eyes.

Moss-laden oak trees created a haunting scenery on one side. A few stones arranged to look like a sitting area seem like a scene out of a film where a group of friends discovers ghosts at night while enjoying a campfire.

A small interpretation center introduces the visitors to the flora and fauna of the forest. I was told that March and April are good months to discover flowers at Jabarkhet. In June, there were almost none.

Walk to the Ancient Shiv Mandir Landour

Shiv Mandir at Landour
Shiv Mandir

This was the shortest but the hardest walk I did here. A signboard said Prachin Shiv Mandir – 200 meters. How hard can be 200 meters and how inaccurate could the sign writer have been? I started climbing it and the gradient kept getting steeper. I had to take frequent stops. Thankfully, the scenery around me was so lovely that I did not mind stopping. The temple made an appearance after I had climbed for good 15-20 minutes. It is a simple Shiva temple, with no signs of it being ancient. Having said that I was happy to see a neat and clean temple.

I also did a Heritage Walk here, but that deserves a complete post, so stay tuned.

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  1. Visited Landour from 12th to 15th July 2016. Seen all the places mentioned by you including the ‘Chakkar”, Char Dukan and Jabarkhet Nature Trail. Most enjoyable.

  2. just a one hour drive from mussori library chowk,Hathi paanv stands in its crystalline beauty to mesmerize and ravish the visitors.I was completely enthralled and captivated.

  3. We visited Landour last month, it is family trip, and we liked the peace of the place. Thanks for writing about this beautiful place.

  4. I have heard of this Char Dukaan. Seems to be quite a popular place with foreigners too. After reading through, this place has moved up my list. 😀

  5. Please I have a few questions regarding this
    1. how much time does it take for the chakkar trial. can we have the walk to the temple mentioned above and the walk to the mine on the same day?? How much time for that
    2. can we cover all the three trials at the Jabarkhet Nature Trail in a single day. If yes, in how much time.

    • Kanishk

      If you only walk and do not stop, you can do Landour Golchakkar in an hour or so. Temple is 200 meters of steep climb so take 30-40 minutes for that. You can keep half a day for Jabarkhet that includes driving to and back from the reserve.

      Yes, you can do all the walks in a day – if you have the stamina for it. I would suggest go slow and take 2 days to admire the surroundings as you walk.

  6. I just loved the way you have captured the essence of these beautiful walks in Landour. I have been to Musoorie but never explored the Landour area. Gol Chakkar walk, lovely hillside house, rain shelters, old stone houses, everything looks awesome. Will definitely plan a special visit to this place 🙂

    Taking an inspiration from top travel bloggers from India like you, I have created my own website to share my travel experiences.It is just a small beginning related to my passion in travel & trekking.

  7. Gr8 article. I went to Landour last in 1988 when running Hotel Summer Nest.i had a small errand to do and it was a perfect summer’s day. Saw some anglo- Indian ladies wearing sarees as I asked the way ahead outside their small houses.beautiful scenery as I remember like a dream film.And finally reached the house I was looking for.


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