Lansdowne: A mesmerizing offbeat destination of Uttarakhand #offbeatuttarakhand

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Photo of Lansdowne: A mesmerizing offbeat destination of Uttarakhand #offbeatuttarakhand by Pranav Makhijani

My mom and I took a 4 day long road trip to Uttarakhand in October at the time when my college mid-semester break took place. This holiday was a special one as it was the first time only my mom and I were together on a holiday. My mom is a single parent and was always hesitant as to how she would manage on a holiday with me, she being the only adult. We always went on vacations with our extended family members. We both are travel enthusiasts and since I had come of 19 years of age it was about time we took a vacation together.

We went to Lansdowne and Jim Corbett. I've only written about Lansdowne in this travelogue because I feel that Jim Corbett is not an offbeat destination. So, I've limited this itinerary to 2 days as we were in Lansdowne for 2 days only.

Day 1

We booked a sedan through MakeMyTrip that cost us ₹10000 and included 900 km on road. Travelling for more than 900 km would cost extra. It was a pretty fair deal, according to me. It took us around 6 hours to reach Lansdowne from Gurgaon. We checked into Winsdor Cottages which is a little away from main Lansdowne.

Lansdowne is home to the Garhwal Rifles regiment which trains in the town, so naturally it is a very clean and well-maintained hill station. Every tourist who visits Lansdowne has to pay 100 bucks on entry.

In the evening, we went to Santoshi Mata temple which is a famous sunset point of the hill station.

Santoshi Mata mandir

Photo of Santoshi Mata Mandir, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand, India by Pranav Makhijani

Sunset at Santoshi Mata mandir

Photo of Santoshi Mata Mandir, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand, India by Pranav Makhijani

We then walked down the mall road. The mall road is a very basic market and not very happening like the mall roads of other popular hill stations.

Day 2

In the early morning, we set out for Tip N Top which is the sunrise point of the hill station.

View from Tip N Top

Photo of Tip N Top Point, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand, India by Pranav Makhijani

Sunrise from Tip N Top

Photo of Tip N Top Point, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand, India by Pranav Makhijani

We then walked around the town in nature and our last destination in Lansdowne was the Garhwali museum which traces down the history of the Garhwali Rifles regiment. It was a treat to get to know so much about Indian Army and to see weapons and war artifacts. Other than some of these tourist attractions, there is not much to do in Lansdowne. However, it is the ideal vacation spot for those who just want to relax in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Lansdowne is definitely an offbeat destination of Uttarakhand that is a must-visit for all nature-lovers.

Happy traveling everyone!

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