Situated four kms uphill from the Mall—in perfectly pristine peacefulness—lays Landour. This is a cantonment area, and hence, there is no unchecked construction, soiling the landscape’s tranquil traits.
The view from Lal Tibba, the highest point in Mussoorie, is spectacular to say the least. Since access to the hill-top is not open to tourists, with the Indian military stationed there, snow-capped mountains and lush forests can be viewed from the tall tower situated at the edge of the cliff, through a telescope. Badrinath, Kedarnath and Banderpunch are some of the top sites to spot.
For a bird’s eye view of Mussoorie, Doon Valley, Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara and Gangotri, head here; the second highest peak in Mussoorie (2,122 mts). Curiously, this site was named after the professed gun that mounted on its summit—in the pre-independence days—which was fired to herald mid-day; so locals could correct their watches. If trekking isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy a 400 metre ropeway ride from the Mall Road to Gun Hill.
Camel's Back Road
This place gets its name from the life-sized rock resembling a camel's back; perfect for a pleasant walk or a pony ride.
WHERE TO SHOP
Prakash and Co Grocery
The hot cross bun and jams at this confectionary are rather reminiscent of Mussoorie’s colonial past. It’s the best place in town to buy delicious confectionery like locally fermented cheddar cheese, wine, cheese bread and peanut butter.
Sisters Bazaar, Landour Cantonment, Mussoorie
OUTSIDE THE CITY
Sir George Everest’s House
Located six kms outside Mussoorie, this site is the house and laboratory of the first Surveyor General of India, Sir George Everest—yes, Mount Everest is named after him. The house is situated in a picturesque location from where you can catch the panoramic view of Doon Valley on one side and view of Yamuna Valley and snow bound Himalayan ranges on the other.
Cloud's End Private Wildlife Estate
The romantically named Cloud’s End Private Wildlife Estate is the place to go for a day-trek. Apart from an invigorating walk through dense forest, here you can spot rare birds and wildlife while enjoying a panoramic view of snow-clad Himalayas and the Yamuna River.