“Located amidst lush surroundings, Cafe Ivy at Landour is a delectable match between ambience and food.”

Cafe Ivy is the recent addition to the famous Char Dukan area of the serene Landour region. It is a fun and casual restaurant to have a great dining experience. Music is peppy and so is the place. The stairs leading to the café builds up the interest as they are beautifully done with a canopy of LED lights and pretty flower pots. One cannot miss a big copper kettle placed on top of the restaurant near their billboard. As with exteriors, the interiors too are very interesting, replete with recycled wood and a lot of vintage stuff, just right to evoke the mountain feel. The fireplace completes the picture; you’d be tempted to have a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The lighting is chic and contemporary. There is a sit-out deck that overlooks the gorgeous valley.

But in Landour, there was not a tourist to be seen. The roads curved up and down, surrounded by majestic deodar trees. There were a few shops here and there and some beautiful cottages. During our first visit to Landour, we stayed in a cottage called the Red Burn Oaks, which was one of two places that were open to tourists. Since it was a cantonment town, there were strict rules against construction. So if Mussoorie bloated in all possible ways, little Landour stayed the way it was – quiet, picturesque and untouched.