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 driving 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...
Surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forests, Lansdowne has scenic beauty and excellent surroundings. Lansdowne is situated at an altitude of 5600 ft. Surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forests; it is very charming for a quite holiday as it is devoid of the usual hustle and bustle of hill station.
There is no dearth of such types of passes in the mountains. 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.
If you have poetic instincts, you will definitely going to thank this place. But, please share with me too whatever you compose..
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.
It turned out to be a good decision to leave the car behind to explore this place on foot. A hand on steering wheel and the eyes on the road robs you from the pleasure of enjoying the opulence of nature. Keep on walking, you will keep on enjoying. You have to walk a lot to enjoy every bit of this beautiful place.
Wanderer 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. Who's complaining...?
We were fortunate that we traveled in this season. During rainy or post monsoon seasons, the river would have been out of bounds. Halt at the temple turned out to be the “Icing on the Cake” for our Lansdowne trip. One can easily enjoy an hour or more in the temple.
I don’t know I was lucky or unlucky, but I was unable to see even a single Elephant. However stepping inside the forest amidst heavy vegetation was a different experience.May be next time for a jungle safari…
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.