The ‘Tals’ of Uttarakhand: Bhulla Tal


Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: Bhulla Tal, located in the cantonment town of Lansdowne in Uttarakhand, is a manmade lake dedicated by the locals to the youth of The Garhwal Rifles, who helped in the construction of the lake.

The word ‘Bhulla’ in the local Garhwali dialect means younger brother. Maintained by the Indian Army, this lake provides ample boating facilities and is known for its tranquil and serene atmosphere.

Places to See Around Bhulla Tal:

Darwan Singh Museum:

Inaugurated in 1983, this museum is named after the first Victoria Cross holder from Garhwal Rifles, Darwan Singh Negi. It is a nicely decorated two storey museum which houses some rare collections of arms, old uniforms, rare photographs of Indian army generals and certificates issued by the royal family of Britain.

Tip N Top:

Located at a height of 1,700 metres, Tip N Top is the best place in Lansdowne to view the snow capped peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas. There are oak and pine forests on the way to this location, which make the trek even more enjoyable and refreshing.

War Memorial:

The main attraction of the town, the Memorial was established in 1923 by Lord Rawlinson of Trent, who was the Commander in Chief of British India. It displays the heroics of Garhwal Rifles and tourists visiting the place get a chance to learn more about the pre-independence history of the Regiment.

Saint John’s Church:

The only running church of Lansdowne, this Roman Catholic church was established in 1936. Abandoned after independence, it was eventually re-established by the Government of India in 1983.

Garhwali Mess:

Set up in 1888, this is the oldest building of Lansdowne and is known for its splendid architecture, design and furnishings. Strongly resembling the colonial architecture from the British period, it also houses a museum that contains collections of wild animals and trophies. There is also a famous sundial with arrows that point towards the famous peaks of Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Mount Kamet.

Best Time to Visit:

Since the area around Bhulla Tal is located at an average elevation of nearly 5,600 feet, the region experiences mild summers, with average temperatures hovering around 25-30 degrees Celsius. However, in the winters, the temperature hovers around the freezing point. Thus, the months of March-November are ideal months to visit this place.

Bhulla Tal lake
Bhulla Tal lake

How to Reach:

Bhulla Tal, located in Lansdowne, is well connected to major cities of the region.

The nearest railhead is in Kotdwar, which is located at a distance of nearly 44 kilometres. The nearest airport, Jolly Grant Airport is located near Dehradun, which is 152 kilometres away.

Lansdowne is situated at a distance of 81 kilometres from Pauri, which is the district headquarters.

The cities of Chandigarh and New Delhi are located at a distance of 316 kilometres and 250 kilometres, respectively.


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