A Weekend Trip to Lansdowne

Discussion in 'Travelogues' started by Vargis Khan, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member


    Bhulla Taal

    Now we had the entire day to us for sightseeing in Lansdowne. First came Bhulla Taal. This man made lake is by far the biggest attraction of Lansdowne; and not just for tourists but for the locals as well. It is quite a popular picnic spot and you will find plenty of families and kids around. This lake was in fact created with the sole intention of promoting tourism in the area; and as far as I can tell, it has served its purpose. You can also go boating in the lake for as less as Rs. 30 to Rs. 50 per person. There are a lot of ducks around the lake which becomes a great attraction for children. A beautiful garden with different varieties of flowers surrounds the lake. There is also a small park, a restaurant and a small handicraft shop right next to the lake.


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  2. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member



    St. Mary’s Church


    And then we visited the churches of Lansdowne. The first one was the St. Mary’s Church; a beautiful Catholic church built by Colonel A.H.B Hume of the Royal Engineers in 1895. The church is located on the way to Tip n Top and is known for its precise and magnificent structure. It stands tall in a really picturesque setting and is often called as hidden gem or jewel of Lansdowne.

    St. John’s Church

    It is another Roman Catholic Church in Lansdowne; and is in fact the only running one. It was built by the English in 1936 in a typical colonial architecture style. It is located at the Mall Road, close to the St. Mary’s Church. Beautiful interiors and serene atmosphere definitely puts this church among must visit places in Lansdowne. Right in front of the church, on the opposite side of the road, is a great view of the majestic Himalayan Peaks.

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    And then we visited the local market which was still packed with people from all over attending some sort of local festival. There truly were colors on display all around.


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  3. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    There was also a Puja in progress on that we attended. I think it was of Lord Krishna but I could not really make out entirely.


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    After this, we just came back to our hotel and relaxed for rest of the day. Soon the sun went down and it was dark all around. We just sat there on the roof watching the town go by and spend some time in peace.

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    We ordered our dinner to the hut itself and ate sitting on the roof. It really felt great, eating that delicious food under sky lit with countless stars. And so our day of sightseeing in Lansdowne ended. Tomorrow was just the return journey home but I knew that I definitely was going to come back for more.
     
  4. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Day 3 - Lansdowne to Delhi

    I slept like a baby the entire night and woke up a little late. I think it was because the night before at Hotel Bhagwati Palace was a very uncomfortable one and neither of us got a proper sleep. Anyways, we woke up, had some breakfast and checked out of the hotel at around 10 AM. Now it was time to return home but not before we made a short trip to Tip n Top again.


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  5. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member



    Lansdowne to Delhi

    Not much to write about after this actually. We kind of took the journey slow since we had the entire day to return home. A few hours later we reached Miranpur and this time, rather than going towards Khatauli, I decided to drive via the Meerut route. I really did this just to explore that side of the route but it was definitely a mistake. First of all, the road from Meerut to Miranpur is in bad condition as compared to the one via Khatauli. Second, and my biggest mistake, was the traffic of Meerut that I completely forgot about. Nonetheless, there were a few scenic spots on stretch as well.

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    We finally made it back home a little late in the evening. Lansdowne was not really high on my list of places to visit but that opinion changed after I spent a couple of days here. If you too are living around Delhi or a place closer; and are looking for a highly scenic and beautiful destination for your next trip then I urge you to consider Lansdowne. It is a quiet and very scenic town and unlike other crowded hill stations; it not yet affected by the tourist mania. Just make sure that you call in advance and book your stay here.

    A few important details about this part of the journey.

    Lansdowne to Delhi Distance

    Total distance from Delhi to Lansdowne is 290 kilometers approximately.

    Lansdowne to Delhi Travel Time

    Depending on your speed and breaks, Lansdowne to Delhi can easily be completed in about 6 to 7 hours.

    Lansdowne to Delhi Bus

    There is no direct bus between Delhi and Lansdowne. But there is a direct bus from Delhi to Kotdwar. From Lansdowne, you will first have to board a Bus or shared cab for Kotdwar and then look for a bus to Delhi from there.

    Lansdowne to Delhi Train

    Like Bus, there is no direct train to Lansdowne. he nearest railway station is at Kotdwar from where Lansdowne is at an approximate distance of about 40 kilometers that can be covered in about 90 minutes. You will first have to get to Kotdwar from Lansdowne and then board a train for Delhi.
     
  6. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Thank you for Reading !!!
     
  7. jitenderpathania

    jitenderpathania Moderator Staff Member

    Awesome Trip Bhai
     

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