Delhi to Lansdowne Weekend Road Trip #TravelingWithKids

Delhi to Lansdowne Road Trip

It was August, my birthday month and just like the last year, we decided not to travel anywhere for the sake of our safety. But it was too hard to not think about the mountains and the beaches, the travel craving was at its peak. Surprisingly, this time even Nemit was missing the travel too much, he kept asking us when we will go on a vacation. And, we kept ignoring our inner voice until we could no longer control it. And, finally, we decided to keep all our fears aside and planned this family road trip from Delhi to Lansdowne.

However, this time the planning was next level and we had only 3 days to finalise everything.

Hello friends, welcome back to my blog. If you have been following us for quite some time now then you know that our travels are mostly to the less explored, quiet, and peaceful destinations. We try to avoid crowded tourist destinations as much as possible since that is not our style of travelling.

And, this time again we chose the destination which is not too famous among the tourists.

Planning for The Trip

The moment we decided to travel, we had to choose the destination. The beaches or the hills?

Since we felt we were not yet ready to resume air travel, we chose the hills. Next question was, Himachal or Uttarakhand?

Check out – Weekend Getaway from Delhi? Where to go, Himachal or Uttarakhand?

And, because we had only the weekend with us, we wanted to visit a nearby hill station.

By the evening, we zeroed upon two places where we could go, Rishikesh or Lansdowne?

I don’t have much experience of driving in the mountains but both Rishikesh and Lansdowne are known to me. We visited Rishikesh in 2019 and I drove to Lansdowne with my parents in 2013. So, now the final decision had to be made based on the place we like for our stay.

Check out our Rishikesh Road Trip Vlog from 2019, here-

Where to Stay?

We wanted to be very careful while booking the place to stay. Even though the coronavirus cases have drastically reduced in numbers, we still can’t take the risk. So, our best bet was to look for Airbnb properties like cottages with a bedroom, hall, and kitchen.

Check out – Why You Should Book an Airbnb when Traveling with Kids?

We didn’t like the Airbnb properties in Rishikesh, the ones we liked were out of our budget. So we called the resort where we stayed the last time. There the manager told us that weekend is not the right time to visit as it gets a bit crowded. Even that resort was fully booked for the weekend. We took the cue and dropped Rishikesh from our list.

It was Wednesday morning, I was sitting with Nemit for his online class. While he was busy doing his work, I was busy scrolling through the Airbnb app. And, just then I found this beautiful property by the name Blue Pine Orchards, 30 mins from Lansdowne. It looked really good. They had private 2 bedroom studio villas with a front yard. And, from the pictures, it looked perfect, just what we were looking for.

We booked it!

One tip – You may avoid booking through the 3rd party websites if you are looking for some discount. You can call the property first, and talk to the senior personnel, there are high chances they will offer you a good discount for booking directly.

Travel Guidelines to Visit Uttarakhand

Most asked question – Is the RT-PCR report mandatory for travel? Yes!

Before traveling to any place, do check the travel guidelines of that state. When we checked it was mandatory to carry a travel e-pass, vaccination certificate, or the RT-PCR negative report along with the hotel booking receipt.

All these documents were checked at the border and our details were registered. It took around 15-20 mins for the whole procedure at the check post.

Travel Guidelines for tourists planning to visit Uttarakhand

Source – euttaranchal

The day we booked the hotel, we went for our RT-PCR test, the test was not mandatory for the kid. After that, we were just hoping that we get our negative report by the next day so that we could start our packing.

All our stars were in favour of this trip, we got the report within 12 hrs and we spent our Thursday packing our bags and daydreaming about the mountains & the pine trees.

Preparing for the Road Trip – Delhi to Lansdowne

No matter where you are travelling to, when you have kid/s with you, plan everything very carefully. I want to talk about packing for kids here.

  • Always pack warm clothes even if the temperature shows not too cold. Go prepared.
  • Always carry an umbrella and raincoat. The weather in the mountains is quite unpredictable.
  • Carry a lot of dry snacks for munching on the go.
  • During the road trips, we usually pack sandwiches and masala idlis, favourite of our son.
  • Don’t forget to pack your child’s favourite toy.
  • The car seat is a must for the safety of your child.

Check out – 5 Simple Packing Hacks for Traveling with Kids.

Lansdowne is the most peaceful hill station near Delhi. Check out our Delhi to Lansdowne Weekend Road Trip blog and vlog here.

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Delhi to Lansdowne – The Trip Begins

It was Friday morning, surprisingly that day we woke up even before the alarm. Our bags were ready, all our documents in place, the food was packed and we were all set to go on a road trip from Delhi to Lansdowne. We started at 6.30 am from Noida and reached our destination at 2.30 pm. We took 2 long breaks only after crossing Kotdwar. Since it was raining the whole night and some of the road patches were not in good shape, we wanted to cover most of the distance without stopping. Thankfully, our son, Nemit didn’t make any fuss this time, he was totally enjoying the road trip.

This is the route we followed-

Noida – Meerut – Bijnor – Najibabad – Kotdwar – Lansdowne – Chundai (Blue Pine Orchards)

Noida to Lansdowne Route Map

Source – Google Maps

When it comes to hill stations, not many tourists prefer visiting Lansdowne probably because it’s not that commercialised and there are not many things to do here.

But if you prefer quiet, serene, and peaceful surroundings with not many tourists around then Lansdowne is a perfect place for you. It offers an unspoiled beauty to its visitors.

And, if you want to show your children how it feels to be closer to nature, then nothing can beat this place.

Check out our Day 1 Lansdowne Vlog here –

One Request– Avoid going to any hill station during monsoons especially when you are travelling with kids.

Lansdowne is still the safest of all hill stations during the rainy season.

We travelled in the last week of August. Usually, the rains stop by this time. But this year we can clearly see the impact of climate change since we are getting more than normal rainfall in the Northern regions. And the day of our travel we got to know that it will be raining heavily for the next 3 days.

Though there were small landslides at few places around Lansdowne the roads were still accessible. Mainly because this area is maintained by the army.

Luckily, we didn’t face any problem during our trip and there were only light showers which in fact enhanced the beauty of the place and made it more scenic.

Check out – 26 Best Tips for Traveling with Kids.

That’s all for this travel blog – Delhi to Lansdowne Road Trip. See you next time!


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    SwatiMathur September 20, 2021 at 10:47 am - Reply

    This place looks like a great recreational destination. Loved your detailed post and will recommend this place to my brother who is in Delhi.

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      Neha Sharma September 20, 2021 at 10:58 am - Reply

      It’s a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Thanks Swati 🙂

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    Dr.Amrita Basu September 20, 2021 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I love less crowded places to visit.Landsdown looks lovely Neha

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      Neha Sharma September 20, 2021 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Same here, the crowd puts me off. Thanks for visiting and reading, Dr. Amrita

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    Abha Mondal September 20, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I have visited Landdowne twice and it is beautiful. Loved your travel tips and blog. Agree that monsoon is not the best season to travel with kids especially hill stations.

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      Neha Sharma September 20, 2021 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks for visiting and reading our blog 🙂

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        Kiran Acharya September 21, 2021 at 8:04 am - Reply

        I love visiting off beat places with less crowds. Lansdowne looks wonderful. Thanks for the detailed share.

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          Neha Sharma September 21, 2021 at 4:38 pm - Reply

          Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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    Amritha Srinath September 20, 2021 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Neha. Adding Lansdowne to my bucketlist now. With two children now, I keep on looking for places where they can enjoy too and a trip to Uthrakhand is always a pleasure for everyone.

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      Neha Sharma September 21, 2021 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      Absolutely, Uttarakhand is always a pleasure. Thanks for visiting and reading Amritha 🙂

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    Smita Saksena September 21, 2021 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Lansdowne seems to be a perfect place to travel. Being a nature lover I would love to go and stay there. And after reading your your post am feeling like to plan a trip to Lansdowne.

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      Neha Sharma September 21, 2021 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      You should definitely plan a trip to Lansdowne, trust me you will not be disapponited. Thanks for reading 🙂

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    Jayanthi September 21, 2021 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Looks like a lovely trip! Hope Covid winds down and we can make a trip too!!

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      Neha Sharma September 22, 2021 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Oh yes, now we can’t wait to resume travelling like before.

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    Manisha Garg September 21, 2021 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Lansdowne looks like a great place to travel. I enjoy being in nature in the mountains, I am sure I will truly enjoy the visit.

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      Neha Sharma September 22, 2021 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      Then you should definitely plan a trip to Lansdowne soon. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Deepti September 21, 2021 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    This was such an informative post, written so picturesquely! So many details painstakingly added to make the trip a cakewalk for all those interested in visiting Lansdowne! Kudos! I enjoyed the read thoroughly.

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      Neha Sharma September 22, 2021 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

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    Charu September 22, 2021 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I love reading your travel blogs. One you pack it with so many tips and two, your personal experiences bring a smile while reading

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      Neha Sharma September 22, 2021 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      So glad to read this, Charu. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Ninu Nair September 22, 2021 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Haven’t been to Lansdowne as yet. Hope to plan a trip sometime soon. I have heard so much about this place, and now with your post about a road trip from Delhi, maybe I can rope in that idea too!

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      Neha Sharma September 22, 2021 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      Oh, wonderful, I am sure you will love that place.

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    jenifer September 23, 2021 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed reading ur post. I didn’t knew about Lansdowne, but it seems a nice place. I watched ur youtube video too. May b I will plan to visit soon.

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      Neha Sharma September 25, 2021 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      It’s one of the most beautiful and serene hill stations in Uttarakhand. Do plan a visit. 🙂

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    Pratibha September 23, 2021 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Landsowne is also known for one of the best Army bases. This place in surely on my wish list!

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      Neha Sharma September 25, 2021 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Oh, I didn’t know that. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Ginia September 23, 2021 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Lansdowne sounds like a lovely place. We love road trips too but unfortunately there are no hills near Kolkata. It was fun to read about your road trip

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      Neha Sharma September 25, 2021 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      I always wanted to live near the mountains but from Delhi, even the nearest hill station seems too far. The longest road trip we did was 13 hrs drive from Delhi, it was thrilling but too tiring. Thanks for visiting our blog 🙂

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    Debidutta Mohanty September 23, 2021 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Hills have a different kind of serenity and I love mountains. Love your detailed and informative posts. Lansdowne is being added to my bucket list. We love driving in hills .

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      Neha Sharma September 25, 2021 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your kind words. I love writing about our travel experiences. 🙂

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    Neerja September 23, 2021 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    While going through your blog post, I remember my days of travelling with kids. I had stayed in Lansdown for a night on the outskirts while going to Kedarnath – Badrinath. It was in March 2012, I guess and for some reason, the whole place was booked. But I loved the serene and quiet surroundings.

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      Neha Sharma September 25, 2021 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      Lansdowne is famous for its quiet and serene surroundings. It’s a good thing that this place is still not commercialized and has untouched beauty to offer its visitors. I hope it stays like that only.

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    Ritu Bindra September 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I haven’t had a chance to visit Lansdowne yet. Thanks for such a detailed post. Bookmarking this for future reference.

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      Neha Sharma September 25, 2021 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Glad to know that. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Siddhant Agarwal September 24, 2021 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the tips

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      Neha Sharma September 25, 2021 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      You are most welcome. Thanks for visiting the blog 🙂

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    Cindy Dsilva September 28, 2021 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Looks like a fun place. I may never reach there as I have lots of other places to visit before that. But am pinning this.

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      Neha Sharma September 28, 2021 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      Oh, that’s so wonderful, hope we can travel once again without any fear. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Sayali Bedekar Patil September 30, 2021 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Lansdowne is lovely.

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      Neha Sharma September 30, 2021 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      Yes, it is! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Aseem Rastogi October 2, 2021 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Looks like a lovely place to relax and refresh oneself :).

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      Neha Sharma October 3, 2021 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂

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    Srikanth October 10, 2021 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Haven’t been to Uttarakhand till date, am planning for Uttarakhand and Northeast India in 2022 with family.. Lansdowne seems a beautiful location so is the property you are recommending, bookmarking the post for my next trip there

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      Neha Sharma October 13, 2021 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much 🙂

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