May 23, 2010

Lansdowne, Hill Station for Lovers of Tranquility, Uttarakhand


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Lansdowne is a calm gorgeous hill station at Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. It is a preferred spot among the lovers of tranquility who feel affection for spending several time in the drop of the enchantingly undamaged and serene hill stations. It’s a cantonment town in Uttaranchal with Garhwal Rifles all over. Very few ‘tourist’ spots there. In fact, you’ll see no tourists. It’s a place for peace, sunny patches on green slopes, to get away and just walk in the mountains as far and as much as you wish. Positioned nearly 81 kms from Pauri, Lansdowne placed at an elevation of 1,706 metres over the sea level.

Lansdowne is well associated with motor able roads but still isolated in its own approach. Sanctified with wholesome environment and natural exquisiteness, this appealing hill station is delimited by lofty oaks and bulky blue pine forest. Lansdowne has quite a few trekking routes and several treks into the side of the hill are on track from Lansdowne. Trekking at Lansdowne is exceptionally effortless.

Places to See in Lansdowne

The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial
This area is good for walk through. Beautiful, clean area, with fresh air and atmosphere around.

Tip-In-Top
Offers a comprehensible outlook of the Himalayan ranges. The point is a superior route for trekking.

St. John’s Church
This is a Roman Catholic Church positioned on the Mall Road.

Bhulla Tal
It is a non-natural lake. Boating and paddling amenities are as well obtainable at Bhulla Tal. Adjacent to the lake is a minute park for children amid a garden which is an idyllic amusement for the children over and above adults.It is one of the most excellent treks in Lansdowne with overcast valley and vision of far-flung peaks on one side and teak, oak and blue pine trees on the further side.


Tarkeshwar Mahadev
It is committed to Lord Shiva.The temple was established by Aadi Sankaracharya. Encircled by impenetrable forests of deodar and pine, it is positioned 38kms from Lansdowne on Lansdowne Deriakhal Road. For the duration of the celebration of Shivrati, an exceptional worship is performed at the temple. Also if you have any manat that you make here it is fulfilled. On fulfillment you have to cime back n tie a ghanti in this temple. Even my wishes were answered.Its a beautiful temple.

How to Reach Lansdowne
By Air: adjacent airport is Jolly Grant, 152 km, via Kotdwar-Haridwar.

ByRail: adjoining railway station is at Kotdwar (40km).
Mussoorie Express – Leaves Delhi at 1015 PM and arrives at Kotdwat at 0500 AM – all days. Fare upwards of 135 INR.

Garhwal Express -Leaves at 7 AM and arrives at 1420 PM – All days. Fare upwards of 250 INR.

By Road: Well connected to Kotdwar, Nainital, Pauri, Gopeshwar and other places of the region. Lansdowne is 250 KMs from Delhi and quite a lot of buses run off for Kotdwar from ISBT Kashmir Gate. From Kotdwar one can opt for a bus or sign up a taxi to Lansdowne.

Driving time is between 5-6 hours.The total distance is 260kms.

Suggested Route: Delhi to Ghaziabad to Meerut(Both these places are very crowded, and traffic discipline is non – existent. Approx distance is about 80 kms. Driving time between 1.3-2 Hrs.
) > Meerut to Mawana to Bijnor(Once out of Meerut you can go up to 80-100 Kmph and cruise on that endlessly. The road is not as big as some of the other highways but has to be one of the best i have ever been on. Next to no traffic, Approx distance 60 kms. Max 1 hour. The Ganges is crossed shortly before Bijnor.) > Bijnor to Najibabad to Kotdwar(Again a relatively fast stretch. A lot of small villages in this section where one needs to be careful with respect to children, cows and dogs running all over the roads.Total distance about 75 Kms. Driving time 1.3 hours.) > Kotdwar to Lansdowne(One of the best hill roads ever , and the prettiest. You start climbing and continue alongside a mountain stream. The first 20 kms will take you only about half an hour but the remaining 24 or so can take upto an hour or even more. The road is very scenic once again but the surface quality drops by 50% and the going is pretty slow…unless one has a SUV or something.)

Accommodation
Accommodation is limited to few hotels and Rest Houses run by GMVN. Hotels are mainly located at the Gandhi Chowk or the main market area.

Some of the good options are:
> Retreat Anand
> Oak Grove Inn
> Jadli Guest House
> Hotel Mayur
> Blue Pine Resort
> GMVN(Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) tourist bungalows which are located at two places. GMVN(Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) tourist bungalows which are located at two places.

Places to Eat
Gandhi Chowk area is the place to have lunch/dinner. You get good steamy momos, alu parathas or delicious dosas. Momos of Hotel Zayaka and the gigantic aloo ka parantha of Hotel Mayur are must haves.

For further details Contacts :
Tourist offices
GMVN Tourist Rest House,
Lansdowne.
Ph: 01386-262509
GMVN, 102, Indraprakash Building
21, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
Ph: 011-23350481; Fax: 23327713