In our busy life a small trip always acts as a breather. It gives us the much awaited personal time which is required to keep us going. The pleasure multiplies when we visit some not-so-popular places where you can experience the natural beauty in abundance.
After a busy audit season, my husband and I was planning for a short and relaxing weekend trip far away from the hustle bustle of the tech-city Gurgaon. Initially, we were planning for Kasauli but one of my friend suggested for Lansdowne, a cantonment town in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. In 1887, it was named after Lord Lansdowne, the then viceroy of India. Since it is among not-so-popular destinations, we were a bit skeptical. However, after reaching there we realized it is worth visiting.
We planned for a small 3N/4D trip from 1st to 4th October. The weather was pretty pleasant (10-15 C). Though we didn't put the woolens on, it is always better to carry some warmers. During winter the temperature may fall to zero degree. So to me the best time to travel is from Feb to Nov. But if you want to enjoy the chilled weather, try to take that chance in Dec-Jan.
Apart from the regular things which we pack in our travel bags, do carry some dry foods, liquor (if interested, as there are only 1-2 options and that to in the market place which is a bit far from most of the hotels). Also if you plan to travel by car its better to get the fuel tank full before Meerut as there is no filling station in Lansdowne. There are two petrol pumps in Kotdwar, however, when we visited they were running short of fuel.
Lansdowne is a small town with not much option for sight seen. The places which are famous are Bhulla Tal (man-made lake), Tarakeshwar Mahadev Temple, St. Marry Church, St. Johns Church, Tip –in- Top and Regimental Museum. Apart from these you have Santoshi Mata Temple, Durga Devi Temple, Jwalpa Devi Temple and Bhim Pakora.
In Lansdowne there are very little options for dining out. The better option is to carry packed lunch or return to the hotel for lunch. We had lunch from Mayur hotel which is at a prime location in the mall. In a rating scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, for food quality and cleanliness I will rate it as 4. But when you are hungry and have not much option you can go for it.
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