Lansdowne

Rising Above the Clouds

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I could see why people rated Lansdowne so highly as a monsoon abode. Not everywhere do clouds come down so low and create an aura as if you were up somewhere in the 10,000 ft ASL range. Truly amazing experience it was. It was what I had made this trip for. To see it rain buckets full in unexplored and unexploited mountains. I had got more than what I wished for. I was in a state of pure euphoria. Riding no longer was a conscious effort on my part. My Bull and I were one with the surroundings.

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Oak Grove Inn, Lansdowne – Review

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There aren’t too many options to stay and most of them offer very basic amenities. After a lot of research on the internet, we realized that all the hotels with decent reviews (Blue Pine Resort, FairyDale Resort, GMVN Tourist Guest House etc) were booked for the weekend. I was trying to get in touch with anyone who’d give us a room to stay so that we could escape the city and accidentally found just one review of Oak Grove Inn on one of the hotel review websites. That gave me a lead, I googled further and got to the hotel’s website with contact information and called Colonel Rawat (the owner) to check if they had any space left. To my surprise, he plainly said that all the rooms were available and we’re welcome to stay over the weekend.

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Visit to Lansdowne – A journey unforgettable

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I don’t know why but it stuck to me like super glue and the first thing on reaching office was to google Lansdowne. Within 10 minutes I had decided that our weekend destination would be Lansdowne and not Rishikesh as they are at the same distance from Delhi.

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Sojourn in the Misty Lansdowne

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They joyously agreed on my Lansdowne suggestion and persuaded me to arrange for some good accommodation. I must thank our family friend Gen Mohan Bhandari, who graciously agreed to do the needful. . On instructions from my daughter from New York, I had given a bath to ‘Happy’ 0n 1 Oct- a day before our impending holiday.

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Gurgaon-Lansdowne Weekend Road Trip

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I will finish the story with few words about the Oak Grove Inn. The hotel is running for past one year and after an initial slow take off it remains full on most of week ends now. The normal rooms are small but very clean. I would recommend the family room as it is huge in size but there is only one available. Next time I go there I will ask for the top floor rooms which have a wide balcony (ideal for playing cards or chatting in a group) in front

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Lansdowne – A Relaxing Weekend Getaway

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Finally the day came when we had to get back to Delhi. We went out for an early morning walk again. It was quite sunny although there was nice breeze so really did not feel the harsh effect of sunlight. I was just observing around myself and could not help but admire the charm of this place over and over again.

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एक दिन की लैंसडाउन यात्रा

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प्रोग्राम तय हुआ की बाइक से लैंसडाउन चला जाए, क्योकि मुज़फ्फर नगर से ये सबसे नजदीक का हिल स्टेशन पड़ता हैं, सुबह ठीक ६ बजे हम लोग निकल पड़े, पहला पड़ाव हुआ कोटद्वार में, एक चाय की दुकान पर जाकर रुके, एक – एक कप चाय और एक – एक मठरी खाकर आगे चल पड़े, दूर से सिध्बली बाबा के दर्शन हुए, मनोहर कहने लगा पहले दर्शन करते हैं, मैं बोला वापिस आते हुए करेगे, ये तो एक टोक लगनी थी, माफ़ कीजियेगा अपनी मुज़फ्फरनगर वाली बोली बोल रहा हूँ, पहाड़ पर अपनी चढ़ाई शुरू हो चुकी थी, हमारी बजाज प्लेटिना धीरे धीरे चढ़ रही थी. 

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Landing in Lansdowne

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Bulla Lake or Bhulla Tal is a well maintained serene lake just 1Km from Lansdowne. It is a perfect picnic spot and very popular amongst children as it also offers boating. Boating facilities at Bhulla lake are good with few ducks swimming around as well in the lake water. One can also find a small souvenir shop, an eating joint, herbal plant nursery

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Khirsu – A serene and pristine hamlet in Garhwal, Uttarakhand

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Khirsu is also situated at 1700 m but much cooler than Lansdowne because the entire hamlet is surrounded by high hills and dense forest bearing tall pine, deodar & oak. It is perhaps one of the most pristine places in Uttrakhand. Less visited hence no touristy activities. No mall road, no shopping or eating joints and no spirit shop. Yet, very impressive, naturally wild and ideal for a laid back holiday in divine serenity.

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