This is our second post on any town of Uttarakhand after Kanatal. Lansdowne is the cantonment town of Pauri Garhwal.
How to reach :
Lansdowne can be reached either by road or train. If you wish to travel by train, nearest station is Kotdwar. We went by car and it took us near about 8 hours to reach there via NH58 and NH 119.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Lansdowne situated at a distance of 148kms.
Where to stay :
There are very less number of hotels in Lansdowne and that too are not worth the tariff they offer. But one has to make a choice. We stayed at Shri Gobind Highway motel which is 10km before Lansdowne. This motel is owned by a family who cook fresh homemade food as per your order. The food and stay is pretty cheap. But be mindful that it is not a luxurious hotel and the expectations should match the price you pay. Basically, its kind of a home stay.
How to pass your time :
~ Bhulla Lake : This lake is maintained by Army. You can spend a restful evening here and also try boating in this small pond.
~ Enjoy the sunrise and sunsets : Here, sun rises and sunsets are like bliss if you are able to catch them. (Pictures are enough proof).
`~ Trek : We started trek in midst of the first forest we saw. It was just in front of our motel. We spent 3 hours roaming / sleeping / resting / walking in jungle and it was so silent !
FOOD : Wherever you eat, because you are in mountains, Pahaadi daal should be included in all your meals. In sweets, Baal Mithai is the most famous dessert along with chocolate barfi ! *sluurrrrp*
Best time to visit :
Visiting there between March to October is highly recommended otherwise its too cold to step outside.