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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Things to see and do at Lansdowne : A Honeymoon Resort - 2

Enjoy the untrammeled pleasure of a walking tour in and around the stimulating environs of these gentle slopes. In the not-so-distant past it was no surprise for a late night traveler to chance upon a solitary leopard who would walk past, too busy with his own agenda to bother about human beings. Silver fit, spruce and the elephant’s favorite bamboo forests cover the hills in and around Lansdowne. Carry some water and a few assorted munchies on your walk into the forests, and if you happen to be in Lansdowne some time around mid-June carry a raincoat or an umbrella.

Hike up to Tiffin Top for a glimpse of St. Mary’s Church, which, despite losing most of its glory over the years, show off beautiful stained glass windows.

Durga Devi Temple:

This locally important temple lies on the right bank of the Khoh River, 27 km from Lansdowne. The temple itself it really 13 ft inside a cave. Deep within is a Shivling and locals whisper that wishes made here are bound to be granted. Shivratri witnesses a throng of devotees at the temple.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev:

Tarkeshwar Mahadev is dedicated to Shiva, the god of Kedar Khand, which is the original name of the area that now comprises Kumaon and Garhwal. There is a mention of Kedar Khand in Skanda Purana, one of the ancient Hindu texts. Tarkeshwar is considered to be one of the ancient Siddhpeethas and it is nestled in a thick forest of deodar, blue pine and oak. Water pools around the temple lend an aura of mystery of the place. Tarkeshwar is on the road to the Kotdwar, 39 km from Lansdowne.

Jwaladevi Temple:

This famous temple is a 10 minute trek down to the banks of the Nawalika River, off the Lansdowne-Pauri Road, 42 kms from Lansdowne. This temple is most interesting for its legends. In ancient Garhwal, the demon king’s daughter Sachi wanted to marry Indra, the King of Heaven, who was not inclined to tie the nuptial knot with the besotted girl. Sachi prayed to her favorite deity, Jwalpadevi. Moved by the girl’s heartfelt prayers, the goddess granted her wish. Since then, Garhwalls say, a wish made here is often granted. Boon-seekers crowd the shrine during Ashtami in April and October.

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