Not everybody has the gift of story- telling, and veterans in this field opine that the location of the writer’s residence has a lot to do with his/her inspiration. Landour, a small cantonment town, 6 km from Mussoorie and 35 km from Dehradun, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, is one such blessed place. This town is home to many famous authors, we have grown up reading, and who have inspired us to leave behind our own footprints on the sands of time. Ruskin Bond, of Anglo-Indian origin and American author, Stephen Alter are its most famous residents; other celebrities being the actor Tom Alter, Prannoy Roy and Vishal Bhardwaj, who also spend some time at this idyllic town. Landour along with Mussoorie is called as the ‘queen of hills’ and its name has been derived from a village in south west Wales. It was built by the British Indian army as a sanatorium for convalescence and has therefore been a cantonment for most of its life, and probably, for this reason has retained much of its charm till date.
I have been a solo traveller in most of my trips, but for the first time, I was part of a group (TravelTroovel), with a theme which suited the place, reading. The group comprised of young people, committed to their dreams and that made the trip a memorable one, and in a way, revived my dedication towards non- academic reading and writing, which I had not done in a long time. Together we visited Lal Tibba, from where the Himalayan peaks can be seen (Swargarohini, Bandar punch, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Gangotri), Cafe Ivy, Mall road and Cambridge book store in Mussoorie.
The weather was great, walking along the paths where sunlight fell, filtered from the trees, where many a great mind would have walked and spun a yarn.
By Indira Malik A Calm Trooveler