Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Visit to Lansdowne, Uttarakhand - On Motor Bike

Parde me rahne do!
Show Stopper!

Distance is approx 250 kms & route is rather straight : New Delhi-Meerut-Kotdwar-Dogadda-Lansdowne. Kotdwar is 41 kms short & at a height of 370 m whereas Lansdowne is at a height of 1800 m thus the elevation is quite steep particularly Dogadda onward but is very scenic with pine jungle on both sides of the road.

Ready for the Road
Ready with Riders!
It's a small cantonment town in Pauri Garhwal district. Original name of this place was Kalu daanda (Black hill) in local lingo. It was founded in 1886 & named after Viceroy of India, Lord Henry Lansdowne. First battalion of Garhwal Rifles moved into Lansdowne in 1887.
Now it is Training Center of Garhwal Rifles Regiment.

View from the Hotel Top
The place is surrounded by thick Oak & Pine forests & is a quiet & peaceful place. Cantonment Board is looking after civic amenities & the place is clean.  But please make sure of petrol in the tank as no petrol pump is available! Hotel rooms are scarce but a number of resorts have come up nearby. Weather is cool & in last week of Dec & Jan you can expect snow.

Lets have a tea break
Tea Break

Ready for the Road after the break
Be gentle
An evening in Lansdowne
Rural roads
Ups & downs
Hills & hillocks
Lansdowne is a good place for a short break & rest. While coming back ring the bells & have prasad at Sidh Bali temple before you hit Kotdwar again.

Siddha Bali Temple near Kotdwar
Bye Lansdowne

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