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Monday, February 9, 2009

The Hills of Lansdowne : A Honeymoon Resort - 1

The faithful make their way up the foothills to the source of the mightiest rivers, along the highest mountain passes to sacred ground near the roof of the world. This is the abode of India’s Gods.
Lansdowne lies in the state of Uttaranchal. It is located in Pauri Garhwal at 5,597 ft. 40 km from Kotdwar and 233 km NE of Delhi.

Tiny Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill stations in India. So quiet and so hidden that you know you have reached only when you actually turn past the gates of the elegant Garhwal Rifles Cantonment. And the town is as picturesque as you were led to hope for by the drive up the road from Kotdwar – past a mountain stream (the ‘lost’ river khoh) so clear you can see the pebbles on its bed from your bus window – far up the mountainside.

Back in the Raj, Lansdowne was one of the popular hill stations where the Sahibs, mostly from the Army, galloped across the ridge that overlooked a sprawling valley and the Greatest Himalaya, or drove to the church on the hill (the popular Tiffin Top) every Sunday in their horse-drawn carriages. The town itself is named after Sir Henry Charles Keith Pretty Fitzmaurice, 5th Marques of Lansdowne, 6th Earl of Kerry and Viceroy of India from 1888 to 1894. Shaded, winding roads are still lined with colonial bungalows, some in a state of disrepair, some steadfastly retaining their charm with ornate gates and windowsills hidden behind blanketing bougainvillea.

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