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?
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.
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.
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.
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)
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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