The third experience during our trip to Uttarakhand, and the last one, was our stay in a place very near to Mussoorie.
Landour is a small, charming, cantonment town located 7500 feet above sea level. Dhanaulti, our previous stop, had been a short, but very memorable experience.
Landour’s temperatures are quite low during night, and pleasant during the day. The location is what makes it special. And that is what made the last location of our 2014 Uttarakhand trip magical!
Stopping at Kempty Falls
We had passed through Mussoorie before arriving at Landour, and we had stopped at the reputed Kempty Falls. Apart from the sight of people bathing (which actually made it look like a commercial ‘water park’), the waterfalls was beautiful!
During our halt at Kempty Falls, we stood near the railings, felt the cool splashes of the waterfalls, had cold drinks, and talked throughout the small descent (the rope-way was not working).
A small description of the place we were living in.
Landour mostly contains private properties, and very few hotels. We had booked a guest home: Prospect Point. Bill Kinzie’s blog post about Prospect Point will give you vivid detailing: Prospect Point
Here are some pictures of the property:
This was the most luxurious place where we had ever stayed in! The scenery surrounding us, coupled with the luxurious Prospect Point made Landour very engaging!
Here’s one of the spectacular aspects about living in Prospect point (even for two days):
Turn your head in any direction, you’ll get amazed!
In each of the four directions, a different type of view was present. Greenery, snow peaks, the garden of Prospect Point, and the city of Dehradun and Mussoorie.
The scenic beauty had been a cumulative element throughout the trip. Everything we had seen was present here.
There was a maple tree just outside the bungalow. My mother fell in love with the tree from the moment we entered through the gate…
Mr. Bhandari, the person who took care of the whole property, showed us around.
As the sun slowly dimmed, something else slowly appeared on the horizon. As it turned orange, we saw something spectacular…
Everyone was ecstatic! My father had a satisfied smile on his face, and recorded a few seconds of the moment on his handycam.
My mother quoted The Sound of Music as she watched this…
So somewhere in my youth or childhood. I must have done, something good.
Gradually, the cities of Dehradun and Mussoorie started lighting up.
The rapid change in the landscape view was amazing! Finally, when the winterline disappeared, we saw the stars meeting the citylights of Dehradun and Mussoorie!
We were rooted to our spots on the cool ground for a long time, spellbound. The moon had conquered another portion of the sky.
It was a memorable night.
The moments had truly been timeless!
This thought recurred in my mind…
The 10th of October – the following day
The following day we had breakfast at Chaar Dukan – a cluster of four shops that sell various items, ranging from amazing food to small daily household items.
The four of us walked through the town. The soft sun that escaped through the trees equalized the low temperatures.
Later in the afternoon, I took a stroll by myself, after having a fantastic lunch, prepared by Mr. Bhandari. I went by the huge private properties that were dispersed around Landour. I spotted numerous flowers.
From some places, the peaks became visible.
There was something worth noting. We see the signs ‘beware of dogs’ put up on the gates of various houses in the city. I saw
Leopards on patrol. Beware
I believe this is one the best examples which displays the class of people that live in this town.
The time following sunset was exciting. Not only because of the sparkling city that became visible once more, but largely because of this:
We had to leave the following day. A direct descent into Delhi. While we were in the mountains, I took a video on my phone to remember the winding roads with fresh, cool air. The stark difference was very depressing. Uttarakhand was memorable.
About the winterline
To see a ‘winterline’, one needs a very wide view of the sky, without any obstructions. On the right side, the orange sun was visible and a ‘horizontal rainbow’ stretched from the sun, along the horizon, towards the left. Mr. Bhandari told us that a winterline can be seen only from Landour, and from Switzerland.