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Old 12th August 2010, 21:28   #16
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Thanks guys

@sami: Lansdowne is a British establishment. also headquarter of gharwal rifles is there. I personally feel that it is good to be little unknown. Otherwise it would have lost it's charm in crowds.

@Crank: the photos don't justify it's beauty. The feeling of mist coming down and hitting our faces cannot be described in words. We'd be imagining how cool it would be with girlfriend sitting side by side...
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Excellent stuff there Hridayjyoti. Fantastic photos as well.
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Great pics Hriday.!
Am definitely going to Lansdowne for my next trip.
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Old 23rd August 2010, 11:10   #19
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Excellent stuff there Hridayjyoti. Fantastic photos as well.
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Great pics Hriday.!
Am definitely going to Lansdowne for my next trip.
Thanks a lot. Even I will do it again sometime down the line.
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Old 23rd August 2010, 21:33   #20
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Landsdowne, named after a British viceroy is in the Garhwal division of Uttarakhand (the other division being Kumaon). Landsdowne is in the Pauri Garhwal district.

Uttarakhand is one terrific mountainous ( as opposed to hilly) destination, with offerings for both the nature lover ( right from Naukuchiatal, the Corbett National Park, the Pindari glacier, Valley of Flowers and so on) and the devout ( it is devbhoomi, Char Dham and so on).

There is nothing to compare with Uttarakhand when it comes to nature and the divine. The only mundane disincentive being the quality of the infrastructure, especially hotels/resorts as compared to more developed regions of India such as Goa/Maharashtra.

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Thanks for the information- Hridayjyoti and issigonis. This is already in my really long wishlist.
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@hridajyoti:

Oak Grove is the best... Specially Col Rawat & Mrs. Rawat.. Their hospitable nature and the freshly homemade food. Worth the drive.

Thanks for posting pics of Archi, wasn't carrying a camera last time so couldn't click pics.

I will soon be going back there in end of sept.
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Old 4th September 2010, 17:39   #23
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Finally I managed to take out the GPS log from Delhi to Lansdowne.
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Pleasantly surprised to see the roads of NH119 in such good condition, after knowing how bad some interior UP roads can be!

Are there bypasses for Meerut & Bijnore towns?

Did you hear about the condition of the road further north to Pauri & Srinagar (on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road)?

You mentioned that you wanted to return via Haridwar - won't that have been a much longer route?
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Lovely pics, @hridayjyoti. I loved those with a misty background.

Darn---why aren't there such places in the vicinity of Hyderabad? It would really be a stress buster to have a quick weekend getaway.

You've got a good F.E. of 12.5 on your trip, despite the hilly terrain and the car being fully loaded. How was your driving experience? I know that the 1.6 Fiesta is great to drive on twisted roads.
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Pleasantly surprised to see the roads of NH119 in such good condition, after knowing how bad some interior UP roads can be!

Are there bypasses for Meerut & Bijnore towns?
Did you hear about the condition of the road further north to Pauri & Srinagar (on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road)?

You mentioned that you wanted to return via Haridwar - won't that have been a much longer route?[/quote]

hvk sir, sorry for late reply, I was out for a drive to Nainital and Binsar. Just got back yesterday night.

Yes, it was a pleasent surprise to see beautifully pitched road after crossing Meerut. There is no bypass in Meerut, but there is road which diverts the town and hit the Meerut Bypass to Haridwar. we avoided this road as we don't know the road condition and I didn't want to scrap the car's bottom again.


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Did you hear about the condition of the road further north to Pauri & Srinagar (on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road)?
I don't know the current road condition. In Oct 2008 I went to Chopta-Tungnath for trekking (this road diverts from Rishikesh-Badrinath road at Rudraprayag). The road condition was quite good, but it's always difficult to predict Lower Himalyan road for landslides.

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You mentioned that you wanted to return via Haridwar - won't that have been a much longer route?
I didn't want to return via Haridwar. But, at Najibabad the NH119 to Meerut is closed due to a construction of Flyover. One has to take the NH74 to Hardwar then take a left diversion to hit the NH-119. I am attaching the GPS traces to make it clear.

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Lovely pics, @hridayjyoti. I loved those with a misty background.

Darn---why aren't there such places in the vicinity of Hyderabad? It would really be a stress buster to have a quick weekend getaway.

You've got a good F.E. of 12.5 on your trip, despite the hilly terrain and the car being fully loaded. How was your driving experience? I know that the 1.6 Fiesta is great to drive on twisted roads.
Thanks I would say it's Incredible India, every place has got it's own charm.

I love driving in hilly roads and Fiesta makes it better. Never felt out of control, only problem is low ground clearance. I am just back form another drive from Nainital and Binsar, total 900kms and of that 300kms hily drive still managed FE of 12km. A travelogue with more details coming soon!!!
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Super cool drive.
Check out the next part of melghat here http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...re-i-come.html (Heaven & Hell @ the same place....... Melghat Tiger Reserve here I come)

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Why do pictures get pixelated so much? I've noticed that in most of the travelogues they do (usually the dark ones). Any solution to this or would dark pics always get pixelated while uploading?
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Why do pictures get pixelated so much? I've noticed that in most of the travelogues they do (usually the dark ones). Any solution to this or would dark pics always get pixelated while uploading?
the pictures need to be less than 1mb to upload. In general, most the photos are around 4-10mbs. So, one needs to reduce the resolution and quality of the pictures resulting in pixelate.
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