Hey, all solo travelers hope you are all set to choose your next travelling destination . If still confused than Lansdowne can be good option . You can cover this place over the weekend. I recently visited this city in month of April . To beginwith ; this is one of the closest hill station from delhi.
If you are planning your journey from Delhi than it should take you approximately 6-7 hours to reach . Start at early morning or late night to escape traffic. Delhi to Lansdowne distance is approximately 264 km. Moreover summers are best time to visit here .
Since buses may not be conveniently available try to take a cab or join some community who organizes a trip of a solo traveler to make it fun and save some money. The cab may cost anywhere from 3 to 4 thousand. However, if you plan with a group; entire trip can be covered in maximum Rs.5000 to Rs. 6000. Though this article Is about solo traveling but you may be wondering why I am referring to a group. This is also because to make a smart & safe choice. There are few solo traveling communities that can make your journey safe and more fun. All the more it can be pocket-friendly. This can give you the feel of traveling solo yet you don’t have to suffer from the limitation of planning a trip alone like more expenditure or other risks .
Incase of girls it may not be that convenient to travel all alone because of lots of mindset issue. Especially if you are traveling to a tourist destination in small cities or villages there are lots of judgmental people. Nevertheless, there may be some places down south which may be female friendly ; will try to cover that in my later posts. But there is good news as well there are some traveling companies that are organizing your solo trips at an unbelievable price.
So the point is how you can choose to go to Lansdowne with solo traveling communities.
I am going to start with basic details that you may have tried but probably not sure may be that’s why you are reading my article. I will address all your doubts as I happen to manage this phase of jittery & apprehension .Hopefully my experience may help some.
How to reach Lansdowne from new Delhi
If you plan to travel alone than you can either take your own car or hire one as there are no Volvos. Another option can be to book train tickets from delhi to Kotdwar and take bus or cab from there. . Train starts from old Delhi railway station. Distance from kotdwara to Lansdowne is hardly 1 to 1.5 hours. You can either hire a cab or take a local bus. This may be the cheapest option.
Taxi fare from kotdwara to Lansdowne is very nominal it can be anywhere between Rs. 80 to Rs. 200 based on whether you are taking shared vehicle or individual .
If you plan to take your car than approx. cost one side may start from Rs 3000 to 3500 for 4 seaters; if you plan to share with a group than it can be a good option as well.
The third & best option as per my experience is to join group of solo travelers . They usually include everything from to and fro; stay & share complete itinerary. It can be fun and most economical travel.
Lansdowne is a perfect place for a weekend. There are few places to visit. But majorly its all about relaxing & rejuvenating. You can plan your stay anywhere from as low 1000 per night in a camp to 7000 in a resort. You can either book directly in a hotel or can use any booking site.
Place where I stayed was kasang regency hill resort lansdowne. It is great place to spend 3 nights with good indoor games like Table Tennis and outdoor like football etc.
You can either book the hotel online or contact Nishant Khandelwal ; Manager at 9411137650 /8430140078 .You can also visit them at www.kasangregency.com .
Places to Visit in Lansdowne
Bhulla Tal Lake
This is called as artificial lake created by man. Its good place to sit; relax and snack. They have a provision of boating as well which closes by 6 pm. Entry to Bulla tal is free ; however if you want to enjoy boat ride than ticket available at a reasonable cost of just Rs. 20 .
One of the oldest & informative churches in the middle of Tip & Top and Bulla tal lake. This church is beautifully built and has documentary running every evening. It opens at 5 pm in evening.
This is a place of magical rocks. As the name says there are two rocks kept in perfect balance; though it can be moved by a figure but can’t move even by pushing from both the hands. It is believed that at time of Mahabharata when Pandavas were in exile powerful Bhim placed these rocks in such a way that it couldn’t move. This place is hardly 2 km trek from Lansdowne.
- Garhwali Mess
This is one of the oldest army mess. It was founded in the year of 1988 and is maintained by the government of India. People come from far off places to visit this Indian Army heritage.
- War Memorial
Lansdowne is another name of cantonment town. War memorial was established here way back in 1923. With some artifacts rifles its one of the popular place to visit.
Tip & Top point
To Enjoy the view of the city from the top you can take a trek of hardly 1-2 km from the parking . This is supposedly one of the highest points of the city where you can get an magnificent view.
- Darwin Singh Museum
This place showcases our great heroes who got immortal by sacrificing their lives for our country. Its facilitated in a two-story building. Photography is prohibited inside. Kids below 10 years are not allowed. It got nominal entry fee of just Rs. 50. It also hosts 10-12 variety of beautiful roses. If you are the one who is the patriot by heart and want to connect with history than do visit this place However it got time restrictions ; morning it’s open from 9 to 12 pm which fluctuates here and there at times; evening it’s between 3 to 6 pm.
- Travel Café
This is one of the most popular café in the town. Conceptualized on heritage theme; with lovely music, this place will help us in connecting with our creative side. Beautifully decorated with great interiors; makes people feel relaxed and blessed. Though 20 km away from the city but worth a visit for that perfect change.
Tarkeshwar temple is located at distance of 38 km from Lansdowne. You can hire a cab which is available at nominal cost. This is a place of Lord Shiva. Built on a huge campus which has big groud to meditate or taking a nature walk . There is small pool within the temple famous for healing ailments. Also there are huge series of bells available in a row that produces very soothing music.
To Sum up, the Entire Trip cost for Budget Stay in Lansdowne for Weekend can be anywhere between –Rs. 3500 – Rs 7000 for a decent stay inclusive of everything if you plan smart.
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