Lansdowne -- Needs More Tree-cover

I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.  

I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.


This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.
I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.
This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.
I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.
A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.
I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.
My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne.
I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.
Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one.
I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.
This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation.
I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.
Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves.
I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.
This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though.
I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.
A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point.
I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.
A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.
I had heard so much about Lansdowne - that it is the nearest hillstation to Delhi, that it is pristine, that it is unexplored and beautiful. For years, I had been planning a visit to the place. And this year, when my sister started craving for a holiday, I proposed Lansdowne. And the plan soon materialized. Eight of us adults, accompanied by a very naughty child, soon started out on one June morning, tighly packed in a Qualis.This is St. John's Church, quite near the Mall Road. The Church was quiet and tucked away. There were several other churches but we didn't get a chance to see them.This was the green, though clean, water of the Bhulla Lake. The lake was 20 metres deep and a lot of tourists were enjoying boating. However, the facilities were very shady. In fact, the manager had somehow allowed 4 12-years-old to go unaccompanied by any adult on a peddle boat. Boats were frequently getting caught in the weeds on the sides of the lake.A Himalayan Bulbul in our resort. It was a frequent visitor outside our cottages.My nephew with his mom. I am glad he enjoyed the trip. Because that meant that the trip was a success. Even today he freqently talks about Lansdowne. Pretty green, flower-like plant. Does anyone know its name? The gardener of our resort, the Blue Pine Resorts, was very knowledgeable and hard-working. I asked him the names of several plants and he graciously obliged  with the answers. However, I did not enquire about this one. This was the view from our cottages. :). It looks pretty but actually there are huge bald patches and the trees are very sparse. It is apparent that there is rampant deforestation. Pine trees! By the way, this was probably not the best time to visit the place as is apparent by the dried pine leaves. This was the view from the snow-view point which was a short trek up from our resort. We used to trek to this place at least twice each day. Snow-covered peaks were not visible in this season though. A tiny shack on the top of a hill towering above the snow-view point. We never managed to make it to this point. A close-up of the bark of a very old pine tree. I just loved the patterns.Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top.Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.





















Some beautiful branches of trees as viewed from the tip-in-top near mall road. My nephew calls it the tiffin top

Anyways, the place is good for a weekend but you should try to go after monsoons or in winters. It is too hot and dry in the summers.

1 comment:

ashzzes said...

never heard about the placer but the pics are again lovely.
ps. your nephew is a cute little kid :D

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