If there is a hill station near the metropolis, then for today’s running life, it is not less than good on gold. Tourist places in Uttarakhand or Himachal Pradesh for Delhi people are among the most favorite weekends getaway. Especially, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Nainital, Shimla, Manali etc. But here too, the crowd also grunts the fun of the holidays. Among them, Lansdowneof Uttarakhand is a little different, where it comes with ease, a chance to spend time between nature.
The famous Chinese philosopher Lao Suo had said that there is no definitive plan for a good traveler and neither they desire or wants to reach somewhere. They just wants to stay on the go. Our group of strollers also wanted something similar. That’s why there is no chance that the mind gets excited to come out of the city. The plan to go to Lansdowne on weekends also became the same. About 270 km from Delhi the hilly terrain located at a distance is still largely left by the crowd of tourists. We took the Delhi-Meerut-Bijnor-Kotdwar route. The darkness of the night was shrouding and it was about to be lighted, which did not take long to get out of the city. After that, the sight of the washed-out sky and the green fields seemed to be calm and lighter, as if you were old and got something new. After nearly two hours’ journey passed, everyone was calling for tea. We all stayed on a dinner, which was no less than a hotel. At the same time, table decorations in the lawn and everyone made hot tea-coffee-breakfast and then moved towards the destination.
Places to visit and Things to do in Lansdowne
The car was moving in full speed while talking to the air. Some musicians were enjoying sleep with music, then some were drowned in memories. Time was not late and we were about to reach Kotdwar. From there, about 40 km from Lansdowne was away. Most of the group’s companions were mountain climbers, so all the mountains were awaiting the arrival of the river. The excitement was growing so that the mountains could not be seen so far? But as soon as Kotdwar left behind, landscaping began to change. The plains are lost in the mountains. When the car was removed, the touch of the wind had also changed. Garhwal’s Himalaya was in front and the amazing natural look around was a magic influence on everyone. Lansdowne distance is 10 km I was left alone. In a short time, we had entered a different world surrounded by clouds. However, this was affecting visibility and was pointing to the companion sitting in the driving seat that the car must be run carefully. Because the entire valley was covered with a sheet of clouds. It was difficult to assume this feeling within himself that the nature near Delhi could be so negligible. However, soon after we entered the resort, which was our halt for the next two days.
Boating in Bhulla Tal
As we were expecting and what was
told Lansdowne is a very quiet and picturesque site. There are more moments of
relaxation here than in activity. That’s why we decided to go on foot in the
area. Let us tell you that this hill station is also the command office of the
Indian Army’s Garhwal Rifles. Perhaps there is a reason that the natural beauty
of this place, located at an elevation of 1707 meters, is still intact. There
are only a few attractions for tourists, including Bhulla Tal. This is a
man-made lake, constructed by the Garhwal Rifles. Boating can be enjoyed in it.
If you want to sit around the lake, you can enjoy the surroundings. There is a
small handicraft showroom nearby, where the items of silk and cotton are found.
There are many such points here, where potatoes can take food from Tikki and
eat food according to your taste. By the way, do not forget to tastes the army
bakery of the local bakery. They are quite tasty even when they are cheap.
Experience Peace in Saint Mary
The name of Lansdowne is named
after Lord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India between 1888 and 1894. Due to the
presence of the British, the St. Mary Church is very popular here. After entering
the Gothic style church in the middle of the pine and pine forest, experience
immense peace. Due to being situated on a mountain peak, this church has its
own unique thrill of watching the entire valley and the Himalayas. Looking at
white clouds, greenery-rich forests and distant stays away, it looks as if it
is a huge canvas of a painter. None of us agreed to go here, so have spent more
than scheduled time. At the time the time was short and it was ahead to go.
Observe the Valley from Tiffin
We had to go to St Mary’s Church for a peak of the mountain, which is also called Snow View Point of Tiffin Top (Tiffany Top) i.e. Lansdowne. This is also a place, where, except for your concerns, thoughts can be reduced to zero for hours. We did the same. To see the movements of smiling trees on the silent mountains, whose bunds of wind was ever in the air, and sometimes the waves of the birds woke up. At the same time, seeing the white Himalayas with curiosity was also a unique feeling. By the way, on this trek you have to keep in mind that if you do not come in contact with a toxic tree or plant.
On the first day of Darshan Shiva
in Tarakeswar temple, we took measurements of most popular places. There was no
plan of the next day. Therefore, without the burden of the mind, all of them
decided to sleep properly. When we got up in the morning, the sunlight welcomed
us warmly and filled the new zeal with its rays. We felt how fast this pause is
necessary for a few moments between nature in fast pace life. Well, keeping in
mind the time, we got ready and came out to see the 600-year-old Shiva Temple
located in Tarakeswar, which is about 40 km from Lansdowne. was away. The road
was good, but driving the car in the plains is very different experience here.
After finally car parking 100 meters away from the temple, we headed towards
some slopes, where the first main gate was found and then the temple. The whole
area is covered with dense pine trees, where many times the sun does not reach
the light. In this way, the entire journey was marked as a memento in the
Darwan Singh Museum
In addition to the natural
scenes, knowing about Garhwal Rifles was not less unforgettable for us by the
valuable inscriptions kept in Darawan Singh Museum and the valuable collections
of objects that represents the history of Garhwal at Lansdowne. Whose name is
given to this museum Darwan Singh, he was one of the first Indians to be awarded
the Victoria Cross by the British and Commonwealth Forces. Yes, let us tell you
that in this museum, children under 10 years of age are not allowed to go and
neither can they be photographed inside. It is also closed for a few hours in
the afternoon. Outside the museum there is a beautiful park, where different
types of flowers will gives you a heart full of pleasure. There is also a huge
Parade Ground of Garhwal Regiment, where no one is allowed to go.
How to reach Lansdowne?
Airplane: From Jolly Grant airport located in Dehradun, a taxi can be reached to Lansdowne which is located at 160 Km away from the airplane terminal.
Rail: You can take taxi from Kotdwar railway station.
Road: It is most convenient to go via Delhi via road. Being a good road it can be reached comfortably in 5 to 6 hours.
Best Time to Visit Lansdowne
The weather here is usually pleasant. Well it would be best to go between March to June. Cold is more in December to February.