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#16 Jul 26th, 2006, 23:12
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train and school info

I'm leaving for India on August 1st, can someone tell me how I find out the train schedule for the Shatabdi Train leaving from Delhi to Dehradun? I've found some info online but it's kind of confusing.

First I'm going to Landour and I'll then take it from there. I was going to go to Bhasha Bharati, but now I don't think I will. Anyways, I'll post regular updates on the schools I attend and how they are.
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Hi all

I'm looking at spending a couple of weeks at Landour Language School - all the time I have for now - but when's the optimum time to go if I want to avoid heavy competition from college students for accomodation? I imagine the summer months and festival dates it'd be hard to find. I thought Feb when school opens but that is a bit too soon for me to get myself organised for trip - otherwise I was wondering how many students are still around come Nov-Dec? Anyone have an useful idea?

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#18 Dec 13th, 2006, 16:52
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Hmmm, well it's usually not that much people in Feb and March. In April it's starting to get a bit crowded and May through out September it's really hard to get a place to stay if you haven't booked in advance. Same goes with the school. In August and September there are usually a couple of bigger groups of students coming. The school close second week of December and opens again in February. Best time to go if you want to avoid heavy competion from other students is to go right before the school close or right when it opens. If you want great weather- the spring and the fall!
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#19 Dec 29th, 2006, 20:11
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Thumbs up Thanks for the information!

It's been two years since bijapuri's post, but thanks for the information!
I'm considering spending one to three months at the Landour Language School in the autumn so it's interesting to me to know about others' experiences at Landour. I'm now scouring the web for information on accommodation in Landour. It appears that my alternatives are Dev Dar Woods (http://devdar.blogspot.com/)
Ivy Bank (they don't appear to have a web page, or an email address), and Wolfsburn (http://www.all4adventure.com.au/global/accommodation/, seems super, but I bet it's also expensive). Rokeby appears too religious to me.
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#20 Dec 30th, 2006, 05:16
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HI Ploink- when will you be at Landour? I'll be there in May.
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Originally Posted by hawaiiyogagrl HI Ploink- when will you be at Landour? I'll be there in May.
It's still undecided; much depends on my employer. It may be that I need to wait till the autumn.

I'd be really happy to have more opinions on Landour accommodation, though!
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Hey ploink! Sent you a PM with some more info about accomodation in Mussoorie.
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Hey boundless- would love that info too. Why not in the thread?
#24 Dec 31st, 2006, 03:05
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Guest houses in Mussoorie

Ok! Here's the info! This is just my opinions and I'm sure there are others who might have other opinions of the guest houses!

There are a few guest houses to choose between, and it pretty much depends on what you are looking for- haning out with other students, close to the school, close to the bazaar, meals included or not and so on.

Rokeby:
One big older house. Feels like a dorm to me. You have your meals together with the rest of the people staying there and most of the people staying there are students at the language school. If you enjoy meeting new people and especially other students this is a good place to do so. I am not sure there are bathrooms in each room. There is a backyard where you can sit. Itís close to school and close to Char Dukan, which is this little place with two coffee shops and an internet place (I however would recommend going to Sahney's Internet cafe on the way down to the bazaar for your e-mailing!). I have heard that the food is good, but they serve mostly European food, so not a lot Indian food at this place.

DevDar Woods:
Iíve never been there, but Iíve heard that itís not that good. Dark rooms and not that good food. I don't know about bathrooms and shower. Itís close to the school and close to Char Dukan and pretty much on top of the hill! Itís beautiful up there on the top and there is a little food store as well up there. Down side about staying up there is that it's pretty far walk down to the bazaar. I would not choose DevDar simply because I have not heard that much good things about it.

Northern Stores:
A small place on the way down to the bazaar. Pretty far away from the school. No shower, but bucket shower. I am not sure about own toilet. No food included and I don't know if there are kitchens in the rooms. I would not recommend this place because of the rooms not having showers or kitchens and the location of the guesthouse.

Wolf's Burn:
Own apartments with kitchen with own entrance. Older place. Own toilet and shower in each room. No food included. Itís really private and a nice view. Itís kind of tucked away in the woods. Also has a backyard with lots of flowers. Itís close to school and Char Dukan (the coffe shops). It gets pretty drak over where this gues house is located and it's a pretty far walk to the bazar and food shops. There are different sizes of apartments. It's a cozy place.

Ivy Bank:
By far the cleanest place. The rooms have their own entrance and a small sitting area. All rooms have their own toilet with shower. Itís in between the bazaar and the language school. Itís a hill to climb to get to school, but itís not too far to the bazaar and not too far to the school. The food is not that good. The owners are rich but cheap and always try spend less money on the food for the guests. But itís just to complain as soon as you feel the quality of the food is poor! The owners are not that nice, but the guest house is by far the best guest house in the area. There is a backyard with chairs and tables that is very private and you can sit out in the sun in only a tank top without anyone looking. Not too many students stay here (unless it's fullybooked at the other guest houses), but during the busy time of the year itís usually fully booked as a lot of Indian upper class tourists stay here as well as foreign tourists and honeymooners. Their e-mail address: ivy_bank@yahoo.co.in
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Originally Posted by llm View Post I just completed three wonderful months at Landour Language school. The teachers are wonderful. they will tailor classes to suit your needs. Among my favourites, Jaswinder, Girish, and Habib. Especially Habib! He likes to involve his students in conversation which is so helpful, especially if you tape your class and listen to it later. Even though the school is closed right now, (Dec 8- Feb) you can still arrange private classes with the teachers. there is always someone at the school during the week, even when classes are not officially scheduled.
llm, where did you stay in Landour (or Mussoorie)? What would you recommend?
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#26 Jan 10th, 2007, 21:04
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I stayed at Rokeby. This is supposed to be a Christian Guest House. However, the woman who was managing it has left, and now her husband is running it. I am not a Christian, and although there were a few Christian groups who stayed there the rules that had existed previously are no longer in effect (apparently the woman used to run things with an iron fist). I really liked staying there. It was next door to the school, which is so convenient as classes are often spread out over the day, so you can go back to the guest house in between. It is also close to internet at Chartakhan, and the Sister Bazarr (a great place to get all your comfort things). The food is pretty good. They serve a good breakfast with western food (eggs, hot cereal, even pan cakes, etc), a healthy lunch -- usually Indian food, and a dinner which can vary from beef stew to sushi. The cost of a room for one person varies, but I paid 450 Rs for a double room with my own bathroom, and got a 10% discount for staying longer than 1 month. You can negotiate the price for your room with the owner (Sonam), especially if it is slow season. There is no heat in the building, and Sonam does not want anyone to have electric heaters (he wants everyone to use the gas heaters and pay Rs 50 per week extra, but they smell and don't work), but don't worry, when I was there we all snuck electric heaters in to our rooms, and Sonam was none the wiser.... And of course there are hot water bottles for your bed. The thing I liked most about Rokeby was the comraderie with all the other guests. It really had a family atmosphere, and we had such a lot of fun. Most of the guests were also students at the language school. I am returning in late May or June, so maybe I will see you there! Good luck! I am sure you will have a wonderful experience.
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Thanks for the info! I suppose I need to contact several guest houses, and to ask what they can offer to me; I also plan to stay for about three months to really learn Hindi. Dev Dar Woods, Ivy Bank, Rokeby - all the guest houses have been recommended by somebody. First I thought "Dev Dar Woods it is", then "Ivy Bank it is", and now...


I think it's important to book somewhere; I may be able to change later.
#28 Jan 10th, 2007, 23:41
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Hi,

Ivy Banks is more expensive than the others, and I have heard that the food is not so great. but the rooms are certainly very nice. Dev Dar is close to Sister Bazaar and just a little further walk than Rokeby to the school. It is about the same price and serves only Indian food. So if you like Indian food alot, then that is great. As far as the rooms go, they are about the same as Rokeby. Having spent almost four months at the school, and Rokeby and having met a lot of the students staying at various guesthouses, I came to the conclusion that Rokeby was the best -- again just for the reason that the environment seemed to promote a friendlier and more cohesive atmosphere. At the school, we were referred to as the 'Rokeby Gang' by the teachers. I didn't hear any other guest house being referred to in the same way. But you are right, you have to settle on one and then make up your own mind. Good luck.
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Thanks again, llm, I really appreciate your opinion. I just wrote to Dev Dar Woods, Ivy Bank, and Rokeby - to have their opinion on themselves: rooms, rates,... On the basis of what you have told, the atmosphere in Rokeby really appears to have changed (for the better), so I contacted them too. The rates matter, you're right. I don't have a big budget, and I'd also like to travel in India (to visit friends) after I've finished school. I can do with less nicety if I get it with less money.
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Landour & Mussoorie Summer 2007

Hi IMers!

I haven't got anything useful to contribute yet, but I wanted to introduce myself since I'm planning on spending my summer at LLS too... right now my plan is May through the end of July.

Haven't figured out which boarding house I want to stay at yet, but all of the information on here has been really helpful.

Anyone know if certain boarding houses are more vegetarian-friendly than others?
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