Lansdowne, Garhwal -Lost in the clouds!
My love to explore some untouched places always makes me find someplace that’s a bit unknown and unreachable and this time it took me to a small hamlet of Uttarakhand named Lansdowne
Being brought-up in the northeastern part of the county, I always loved the hills, sunrise, and sunsets that would awe my heart away and Lansdowne was the perfect destination for this.
The Soul Journey
Lansdowne, being a military base and a geographical location as well, is a bit unreachable place and when we decided to get their driving by ourselves, made it more exciting. Driving on the city roads and hill stations is quite different and we experienced all of it. Once we reached Kotdwara, we entered the foothills and from there the hairpin turns took place. The road, those turns, pine trees, and the scenic beauty all were mesmerizing and I enjoyed every bit of it.
The bumpy road till the camp
Since we were only 2 friends there, so we decided to settle for a camp stay instead of a fancy hotel. When we reached the place, it was a small bumpy earthen road going down till the campsite. By the time we reached there, it was almost sunset and I got out of the tent with my camera just to capture it. That orange-hued sky turned darker with every moment made me feel like a bird chirping and looking for the nest to settle down for the night and welcome the new dawn.
It was around 8:30 in the evening when we were served dinner. Food was very basic, dal, chapatti, and one vegetable. We enjoyed our dinner and went to bed early as we both were too tired driving that entire day.
Walking down the Mall road
Whichever hill station you visit, you will find a Mall road and Lansdowne is no different at all. We reached the market (Mall road) around 10:00 Am in the morning where shopkeepers were opening their stores for business. It was a very small market with a handful of shops, where one can find only basic needs. We found only one 5star hotel and a couple of small hotels for tourists.
Since it is an army base, other than a few locals who were doing small business for their livelihood, one can only see militaries either training or just standing along the road for to guard. I found simple and lovely people living there with complete serenity. No hustle-bustle of the city, no running, people are busy in their daily routine, playing children which gave a complete peace.
Cheesy touristy affair
Unlike Europeans, we Indians always keep our travel very busy hopping on all the tourist places or say visiting places nearby and here also it happens where we visited few churches and went to “Sunset Point”. Believe me, with all those famous lines from the internet, when I reached there I found a better sunset point from my camp rather than that place. Since my love for sunsets can take me anywhere I went to a different place altogether with all my DSLR gadgets only to capture a beautiful scene and I was lucky enough to capture it. Till today, I still cherish that sunset moment in my memory.
(Image source: Pixelbug)
Coming back for bread and butter
Nobody ever wants to come back from holidays but we all have to. With this line, our short-lived holiday ended in 2 days and we were back on roads to drive back to Delhi. I must say that driving downhill is a little risky but it’s worth doing. I’ll never forget those pine trees being left behind and coming down every moment is a completely different experience.