Bijnor and Najibabad will pass in a flash and in no time you will be in Elephant park, which is situated at the outskirts of Kotdwar. Park was too tempting to take a break and step out of the car, but "Resist the Temptation". It is very difficult to resist if you only see the Elephant Park, however the moment if you look around you will find a skyline dominated by the hills. That is something seriously very hard to resist. Guys keep on moving, after Kotdwar you will be in the laps of the hills. Take due care in driving as splendid landscapes appearing on either side are worth taking away your concentration, which you can not afford at all while drivig on the hills.
Another 20 km. from Kotdwar, you are in for a heavenly welcome, as the air gets filled with the divine fragrance of Jasmine. So guys pull down your window panes and enjoy the cool jasmine scented breeze. We were desperate to reach our target at the earliest, but I restrained myself from driving fast, that was too much to manage. At one instant in the way, you will find a point from where you can watch the way you came, That was the way we came...
Evening walk led us to a wonderful temple of Lord Shiva. This was situated in the bottom of a valley. One has to get down to reach this temple. Check out...
Watching the stars is an activity you can indulge here. We were astonished at the number of stars we were seeing; however in
You can not ask for more, if you find the morning being greeted by the Chirping of birds and cool breezes. Well what a morning..? We had whole of the Lansdowne in front of us and to be explored. My car was sitting pretty in the parking zone, as we started on our feet. The first thing to catch the eyes is the exceptional cleanliness and calmness of this place, unlike other hill stations in
Being administered by Garhwal Rifles, the place has been kept untouched by illegal construction and the natural grandeur has been kept intact. Garhwal Rifles settlements are a treat to watch and will make you pride in the might of our country. You can walk, trek, take the hilly road, wander, meander in the nature,...in short take the way as you like. You have the choice of taking the usual way or your own way, like this:
There is no dearth of such types of passes in the nountains. Are you the game for such an adventurous walk...indulge in something crazy, take my words you will be proud of yourself over the time.
This place is Mecca for those who likes to be with themselves. One can sit besides a tree and reclaim his/ her inner self. Lush green trees, cool breeze, serene atmosphere...is something missing? What about a river..? River is also not far from this place..
Not only the picturesque views, the place will also serve you with delicious food. The hotel is operated by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. With food around, it's very difficult to control, so we too decided to satiate our taste buds.
Parents got so much involved in the place that they drove away leaving the kids behind". You can see the kids running behind the car. It was pretty hard to contain our laughter. Sometimes we do like to laugh our hearts out. Contend and recharged we again started our expedition for further. 200m. from Tip-in-Top, there is a Santoshi Mata temple on a hill top.
Don't try to replicate this in the cities...
Wanderer Gaurav was all smiling and relishing the good fortune and the decision of coming to Lansdowne. Devoid of any proper direction we set out to find our way, with our instincts. That’s the way we started on…and very soon we were on the right track. In the process, we saved a lot of time.
By the time we returned it was getting dark and the smell of food had already started calling us. There are 2-3 eateries in the Lansdowne main market, so you do not have much option to choose from. However the food served here is pretty economical.
Almost every hill station has a story associated with it. It can be the legend of ghost of some previously living gentlemen/ lady or a myth associated with some haunted house. When we returned back, all of a sudden I noticed one of the picture, clicked by me during the nighttime.
I distinctly remember that when I was clicking the trees, there was no one coming in view of the camera. What is surprising is the shadow of a boy carrying a bag. As compared to the lady in red dress, the boy is too long. Looks like I have to again go for a ghost hunting trip to Lansdowne. So what's the problem...? Who's complaining...?
With the blessings of the Goddess Durga, we started to think about going till the bottom of the hills. Around 100 meters down the temple was a river flowing and vow..there was a way to get down to the river. Though the water in the river was not much, it bestowed us with an opportunity to check the river bed. Nothing is more energizing and rejuvenating than walking barefoot in the river waters. If you think I am trying to push the stone, you are not wrong 100%...
It is very difficult to pen down the beauty of Lansdowne in one article.
To summarize this trip: Natural beauty is opulent here in Lansdowne. We have enjoyed and always enjoy relaxing here in the hills. Our ancestors have handed over this earth to us with great care, now it our responsibility that our future generations should also get a chance to enjoy the vacations in these places, we owe it to them.