This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Aakash Mehrotra from Delhi who talks to us about his childhood connection to the land of Landour, Uttarakhand!
Today's destination: Landour, Uttarakhand
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (DED)
Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun
Prerequisites - NA
Packing - Lots of books! Carry warm clothes as the hill stations are quite chill.
Time of the year - April
Length of the itinerary: 3 days
- Aakash talks about his childhood connection to Landour and the charm of this Raj era cantonment sharing some quick tips as to when one can travel.
- He also shares titbits about his lodging, Rokeby Manor, a heritage property built in 1840 and one of the early constructions in Landour.
- Some more trivia about the history of Landour, it's founders, it's legends and myths.
- Aakash also shares stories about Pahadi Wilson, one of the famous residents of Landour and how his story inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the book, The man who became king.
- Aakash talks about the famous points in Landour - the Char Dukaan, Sister's bazaar, Emily's kitchen, Landour Bakehouse among others. There are also heritage buildings like Kellog Church and St. Paul's church as well as a private sanctuary - The Jaberkhet wildlife sanctuary.
- Finally we discuss about the legend and most famous celebrity of Landour - Ruskin Bond, his early life in Landour, his cottage and the influence of Landour on his works.
- We wrap up the episode calling out other famous celebrity connections to Landour!
Correction: The author of "The Man who would be King" is Rudyard Kipling and not Ruskin Bond as mentioned in this episode.
Link to Aakash's blogpost:
Link to the blog: https://handofcolors.me
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