During my many trips to Uttarakhand, a small bus stop called Kotdwara would always be the sign of that the land of mountains have arrived. Like one of the towns described in Ruskin Bond’s novels, Kotdwara showed an old world charm where people had appreciation for the slow way of life. Thrice came Kotdwara on my way to Lansdowne, and then during my visit to Jim Corbett National Park. But I never stopped here, thought of the place as one of the many stops that come and go.
Lansdowne is a popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand. Being close to Delhi, it has become one of the highly well-known weekend getaways from the town. People come here, hike around the trails and then return.
A few km away from Lansdowne and Kotdwara, lies Kanvasharam. The historical significance about Kanvasharam is that it has existed for more than 5500 years. It is said that the famous ancient sages Vishwamitra and Kanva performed their meditation here.
Such a unique piece of history sparked my interest and I decided to visit Kotdwara. After some research and asking my Garhwali friends, I got to know about a few lesser known destinations located here.
I took Mussoorie express and reached Kotdwara in the morning. A perfect time to arrive the town which is located on the foothills of Shivalik ranges. The weather was same at Mussoorie minus the crowd and the traffic. The unique vintage look of Kotdwara station with several tree in the background makes the place very photogenic.