Monday, August 24, 2015

Lansdowne- a Hill station Weekend getaway near Delhi

                                 2nd October Long Weekend Getaways Around Delhi

  At AroundDelhi before starting to promote a new destination and hotels and resorts there,we make it a point to visit the place and have a hands on experience before serving it to our guests. For the purpose wanted to visit Lansdowne, Uttarakhand, distance wise one of the closest hill station to Delhi for the last one year or so but could not take time out from the busy travel schedule. Finally it was Lansdowne, Uttaranchal calling the July 2015m and I was finally on my way with my son and a friend to the place.

          We started at a decent time of 7 AM and a friend  picked us up on the way to Lansdowne (route map to lansdowne/driving instructions to Lansdowne). The route to start with is the same you take for Haridwar or Mussoorie, NH 58, you can carry on till

Merrut and either go via Merrut town or better way is to take the Partapur by pass to Muzzafar Nagar. We followed the latter and stopped at Cheetal for a quick but nice breakfast. After Cheetal take the right turn towards Khatauli town, take the flyover to
carry on towards Kotdwar and Nazibabad via  Jansath, Meerapur and Bijnor, from Kotdwar you have a hill drive of about   40 km to Lansdowne. Generally the roads were pretty good and not too crowded thorough out although it was a Saturday. With a stop we were there in Lansdowne by around 1 pm taking about 6 hours with one stoppage of around 45 minutes. The distance clocked was around 250 k from Dhaula Kuan.

Lansdowne is a small hill station in Garhwal region of Uttaranchal, dominated by the Army cantonement, which has kept a check on too much constuction in the area. Most of the new hotels that have come up are in the outer around 4-6 km from the main town. Named after a British general by the same name,Lansdowne till date maintains the old world charm and is very different from the other hill stations of North India like Shimla, Nainital, Musssorie etc. I found it more akin to Kasauli and Ranikhet, both cantonements by the way.

                                             So if you have visited Ranikhet and Kasauli or like these kind of quiet places Lansdowne is for you. If you are looking for a very happening kind of place with markets and Dominos, Mcdonald's and video games kind of place like Shimla or Mussoorie, Lansdowne is not the place you are looking for. But if you like a quiet and cool place, place to go for small walks, enjoy the low flying clouds and just chill with friends or family, Lansdowne is the place to be for you.
View from Durga Devi Temple

Between Kotdwar and Lansdowne we stopped at Durga Devi Temple, on the banks of river Khoh, one can visit the old shrine for the Devi darshan and also the awesome views of the gushing river specially during the monsoon time. We were however advised not to go near the stream by the locals, but the view from the top was just incredible.

The drive after Kotdwar is quiet pictersque and green with  an altitude of 1600 m. The first hotel you come across from Kotdwar is Kasang Regency, one of the older properties at Lansdowne, about 6 km from the Market. Then you have Lanscastle, Garhwal Inn, Green Pams and Blue pine Resorts. Lanscastle and Greenpalms are the very recent ones. I was surprised to find though it was July, a so called off season, but being a Saturday most of the above mentioned hotels were sold out. The reasons for this I concluded were 1. proximity of Lansdowne from Delhi and Noida, 2. Good roads and easy accessibility of Lansdowne. 3. Lack of too many good options to stay near the town.

I found Hotel Lanscastle to be a small and nice boutique hotel with a fresh look. Rooms with balcony and terrace were nice. Also worth mentioning are the terrace garden and the Dance and music room. I will be giving more details about various Lansdowne hotels shortly, while this blog I will like to totally dedicate to Lansdowne as a destination.

Tourist Places to enjoy in Lansdowne, Uttaranchal.

               So let us see what all can be done if you stay for one or two nights at Lansdowne.

Bhulla taal Lansdowne
 Bhulla taal is a lovely picnic spot in Lansdowne where one can easily spend some time in lush green lawns and tall pines, go for a boat ride, munch on some snacks or just laze around. It is a small man made  like Lansdowne itself and also presents some swings and all for the kids. Just the place to enjoy the good weather of Lansdowne, Uttaranchal.

   Next we walked to the Tip n Top point, and my suggestion to friends visiting Lansdowne is to just park your vehicle at any point near the market and take a walk to all these points in Lansdowne, in a leisurely walk you can cover all these places and I can bet you will enjoy them more. Tip n Top is the highest point in Lansdowne around the GMVN hotel and offers the best view of the snow capped peaks in the distance and the green valley below. You need to be lucky to have a clear view and the months more likely to give a clear view are March-June and October-November. The lovely view of the Himalayan peaks itself is the reason enough to visit Lansdowne. Another good view point is the Snow Point
Lansdowne Museum

Darwan Singh Museum is maintained by the Garhwal Rifles, Museum is named after NaikDarwan Singh, the earliest Indian recipients of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. The Museum displays various achievements of Garhwal Rifles and their journey through time with medals, paintings of Generals, guns, musical instruments and all things connected to the regiment are on display. A must see place in Lansdowne.

Churches of Lansdowne St. Marys and St. John's. Both churches are heritage in nature, built around 1936, St. John's is the only running church of Lansdowne. Beautifully located
St. Mary's Lansdowne
and surrounding by a small lawn, the church was given up after independence and restored subsequently. St. Mary's was built in 1895 and holds a museum run by Garhwal Regiment. Visit them for their simplicity, architecture and the eerie quiet that engulfs them most of the time.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev

Tarkeshwar Mahadev near Lansdowne, located about 38 km from Lansdowne, the temple devoted to Shiva houses a 1500 year old Shiva idol and is located in a very peaceful, green and cool place surrounded by green lawns. The journey to the place from Lansdowne too is picturesque forcing you to stop and admire Mother Nature on the way, many a times. Do visit, specially if you are staying for 2 nights. Do carry snacks, water etc with you from LAnsdowne as you wont get anything worthwhile to eat at Tarkeshwar or on the way.

Visit to Corbett National Park, unknown to many, you can now visit Corbett National Park during season, November to June, you will be entering the Sonanadi Forest zone from the Vatan vasa gate, the distance of the gate is about 35 km from Deriyakhal, Lansdowne. Further down you can have some snacks at the Haldupurao guest house. Sonanadi is known for it's elephant population and tiger sighting too is frequent. One can book a jeep from Lansdowne or use your own SUV to do this trip, but do take a guide along lest you lose your way in the jungle.

Walks around Lansdowne As I mentioned before, the real taste of Lansdowne is in savouring it on foot, so here is how you can do it with leisurely walks. Park your vehicle at Bhulla lake parking and take a walk to the market and back. Or park around St Mary's church and take a walk to St John's to one side and Tip n Top to the other.

The ideal period of stay at Lansdowne is 2 to 3 nights, longer if you are going for to spend some time with your self in this quiet and calm place. The weekends are usually full and you do not have too many hotels worth staying so do plan and book your weekend stay in advance. 
Some of the good hotels in Lansdowne are Lanscastle, Blue Pine resorts and Kasang Regency.
Cloud Play at Lansdowne

On the day of our return it was cloudy and you can actually see the clouds flying and slowly engulf the place around you, first the valley and then the road. Really felt like heaven. Lansdowne will be a great place for a friends only visit,a  romantic getaway, a family outing or as a corporate if you plan some training programme or small conference around Delhi and do not want to travel too far. Lansdowne is a cool hill station around Delhi, do visit it if you have not, and I am sure you will keep visiting it again and again.

Bye for now.

Dr Rakesh Anand,
Blogger Webmaster &  Traveller - Place to search for Weekend Getaways around Delhi

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Weekend Getaways Near Delhi-Independence Day 2015

            Independence Day Weekend 2015 is just round the corner and 15th August being a Saturday you can make it a holiday weekend specially so if take a Friday full day or half day leave. So we will be sharing both one niters around Delhi as well as two night packages near Delhi

You have the option of going from One night to two nights depending on your convenience.
Here is our nake on possible Weekend Getaways from Delhi, both 1n/2d to to 2n/3d 

One Niters Around Delhi

Sariska Palace is just a cool 4 hrs from Delhi(3 from Gurgaon) and a wonderful heritage property right next to the wild life Sanctuary and close to trwo children below 8 years with special programmes on both 14th and 15th August. You can do a limited  jungle safari at Sariska on Saturday 15th August.
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Country Inn Kosi is the only good resort on Delhi-Mathura-Agra highway and is just 100 km frim Delhi.Huge lawns with new rooms, swimming pool and option to visit Brindavan and Mathura nearby.Rate Rs 7000/- for a night with all meals Read more

Hans Resort is about 75 km from Delhi and a new resort with great rooms, overall ambiance and food. There is also a swimming pool and a badminton court. Package Rs7200/- for a couple includes all meals, kite flying, rain dance, evening snacks and more Read on..

Chomu Palace a heritage palace near Jaipur rs 5999/- + tax for a couple with bf and dinner

Ramada Jaipur - Rs 3999/- per night with bf and dinner with a bottle of wine or two beers

Agra- Four Point by Sheraton a 4 star new property Rs 5000/- + taxes per night with bfast for a couple.

Park Inn By Radisson just 60 km from Delhi on Delhi-Jaipur Highway is a wonderful 4 star property with great rooms and food and one can enjoy swimming pool, lawn area, badminton, volleyball, TT with live singing on Independence Day Evening, Value for money package Rs 5500/- for a night with bf and dinner for a couple.

Enjoy the 5 star hotels of Agra like Double Tree by Hilton and Wyndham Grand at a reasonable package and have a relook at the Taj, take a drive on the Expressway or pay a visit to Fatehpur Sikri close by.

Heritage Village, Manesar. Just 50 km from Delhi, the 5 star ambience of this resort reminds you of old Rajasthani havelis at the same time providing for all the modern day amenities like swimming pool, lawn tennis, billiards, bar and all. Just a night can pep you up for the days to come, till your minds asks for it again. Packages start from Rs 10500/couple.     per night + taxes (read more..) 

5 star Hotels Delhi NCR

CIS Sahibabad Delhi NCR starts at Rs 4500/- per night with bfast for a couple. Click for 

Taj Dwarka Take a Staycation at the new Taj Dwarka Rs 6500/- per night with bf & dinner.

Two nights/Three Days Packages Around Delhi

Heritage Village, Manesar

Resort Country Club near Manesar, Packages start at Rs 8500/- for a night with all meals 
and evening drinks and snacks. Resort Details

Shimla Enjoy the hills , mall and surrounding places like Kufri, Chail and more Stay at East Bourne Shimla, Deluxe  Rooms package starting at Rs 21500/- for 2n/3d.  You can also look at Hotel Willow Banks, Rooms starting at Rs 7500/- + taxes per night with bfast.

 Please call at 09811193634/9891458220 for queries and bookings.

Jaipur Gold Palace Rs 13200/- for 2 nights for a couple with bf dinner, evening snacks, kite flying, DJ and many more activities.

Around Shimla one can also look at places like Kufri, Chail and Naldehra or travel a little further to ManaliDalhousie and Dharamshala, packages start from Rs 4000/- per night. Please call at 09811193634/9891458220 for queries and bookings.

If you do not want to travel till Shimla, we can give you rooms at below places, which are very near from Chandigarh/Kalka

Kasauli Resorts, rooms starting at Rs 5850/- per night + taxes with bfast. Kasauli is about 2 hours from Chandigarh.

Timbertrail Parwanoo Heights Resort rooms start at Rs 5900/- per night + taxes with bfast. Parwanoo is just 15 minutes from Kalka station and the Heights Resort is connected by a cable car. You can also look at Moksha spa resort in the same vicinity starting at Rs 15000/- + taxes per night.

Surya Vilas Solan, is a lovely spa resort with swimming pool, gym, lawns and open areas. Rooms start Rs 9000/- + taxes per night with meals.

Mussoorie Country Inns & Suites, a Carlson group hotel is just 700m from the Mall,Library side. Package starts Rs 19000/- for 2n/3d with bf and dinner.

Golden Palms Mussoorie near Picture Palace side is walking distance from the Mall (less than 50 m) and package starts at Rs 17000/- for 2n/3d with bf and dinner.

Nainital and around 
Naini Retreat packages from Rs 15000/- for 2n/3d, Fair Heavens Lake facing room at Rs 11,000/- , Aamod Bhimtal - enjoy stay with adventure at Rs 5500/- + taxes per night.

 Aloha on the ganges-Luxury and adventure based resort on the Ganges, rs 17000/- for 2n/3d with bf and dinner, snacks, yoga and meditation, ganga aarti and more...

Enjoy some adventure with stay and activities like Rock climbing, trekking Zorbing Paragliding etc at Shoghi Chail Kanatal  Dharamshala Manali and Khajiar.

Monsoon can be a good time to travel to Rajasthan, you can travel to 
Jaipur, Pushkar, Sariska, Bharatpur. Jaipur Enjoy Hotels and Resorts like Lebua, Gold Palace, Amber Vilas, Rajputana, Royal Orchid and more. Visit the bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur with stay at Laxmi Vilas or Kadamb Kunj, rooms starting at Rs 4500/- per night with meals.

Enjoy the green environs of Pushkar Resorts or Ananta or the luxury of Pratap Palalce at Pushkar with a visit to Ajmer Dargah and Brahma Temple.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Republic Day Weekend Packages

  12th January 2015

The first Long Weekend of 2015 approaches and suggests some offbeat options around Delhi along with the regular ones, so try these newly added flavors and I am sure you will savor these moments for a long time.

Baghaan Orchard
Get the taste of village life along with activity based stay in cottages around Delhi at Baghaan Orchard Resort, stay for one or two nights. One night Rs 8500/- and two nights Rs 15000/- (taxes extra) for a couple with all meals. The resort is just 3 hours drive from Delhi. For more info Click Baghaan Orchard Resorts Garh Mukteshwar. 

Rajniwas Palace

Try this Heritage Resorts at Dholpur near Agra-
Rajniwas Palace based in 20 acres with organic farming, dairy farms, modern villas for stay or Heritage rooms more than 150 years old. Go crocodile/gharial watching in the Chambal Safari boat ride near by. You can stay 2 nights here or combine it with one night stay in Agra. The resort is around 4.5 hours via Yamuna Expressway. Package at Rs 8500/- per night with all meals for a couple.

A wonderful resort at Corbett by Welcome Heritage Ramganga, on the banks of river Ramganga and away from the hustle bustle of Corbett Dhikuli area. The surroundings
Ramganga Corbett
overlooking the river with lush green lawns and surrounded by hills from all sides, the Ramganga Resorts Corbett is treat for nature lovers. Tents and Rooms available, starting at Rs 12500/- + taxes for 2 nights with all meals for a couple.

Surya Vilas Solan

Suryavilas Solan and Kasauli Resorts are both easily reached in less than 6 hours from Delhi and located around non crowded hill stations providing crisp and sunny winters without fog and temperatures in fact higher than Delhi. Packages start Rs 16999/- for 2n/3d with bfast and dinner.

Chomu Palace
Chomu Palace a heritage property short of Jaipur is seeped in luxury and the royal treatment takes you to a gone by era, stripping you from all the daily tensions you carried along.

Bird watching trips to Bharatpur

Tiger sighting at Ranthambhore Corbett and Sariska.

We also have some nice options at regular hill stations like Shimla, Mussoorie and Nainital.
We also have Goa Packages with and without airfare.

Call Seema/Sonu at 09891458220 or Anand 09811193634 for more options and booking queries.

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