The idyllic town of Landour, the older quarter of Mussoorie, a hill station in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is steeped in Irish and English history owing to the colonial past of India. Only about 4 kilometers away from Mussoorie, this small town has been named after “Llanddowror”, a tiny town in Carmarthenshire, Southwest Wales. In 1825, Colonel Fredrick Young, an Irish officer constructed the first dwelling here. This township was built for the British Indian Army for wounded soldiers, with the building of a Sanatorium there.
Landour, "the tiara" of the "Queen of Hills", Mussoorie, is dotted with old country homes reminiscent of the days gone by. Landour is located in an altitude of 6,600 to 7800 ft. It offers a dazzling view of the Garhwal Himalaya with a wide vista up to 200 km (125 miles). The magnificent massifs and peaks visible from here include (West to East) are : Swargarohini, Bandarpunch, Yamnotri, Jaonli, Gangotri, Srikanta, Kedarnath, Satopanth, Chaukhamba (Badrinath) and even Nanda Devi.
Once the “Healing Station” of British Army is today’s getaway of artists, writers and nature lovers. Landour’s stunning views of the snow-clad Himalaya, the long winding roads that are lined on one side by majestic Deodar, Rhododendron and Pine groves are perfect to spend some quiet time and commune with nature.