Altitude: 1700 mts
Best season: Throughout the year
Distance from Delhi: 248 Kms
Nearest Railway Station: Kotdwar
Special: Quite and relaxing hill station, Valley Views, Himalayan Views, Sunset
Popular For: Lazy holiday, Bhulla Lake, Weekend Getaway
Lansdowne is one of the quietest and unspoilt hill stations of India and has been a popular destination since Britishers came to India. Lansdowne is unlike other hill stations, as it is well connected with motorable roads but remote in its own way. It is situated at an altitude of 1,700 mts above sea level surrounded with thick oak and blue pine forests in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state
Lansdowne got its namee from Lord Lansdowne, who was the then Viceroy of India during the period of 1888-1894. Presently, Lansdowne has the command office of the Garhwal Rifles division of the Indian Army.
Lansdowne is ideal travel destination for a lazy, relaxing holiday. It is one of the most popular weekend Getaway from Delhi NCR Region.
Some Features of Lansdowne - Quiet, less crowded, not over developed and relatively undiscovered hill station.
- Much cleaner and well maintained because of Cantonment Area of Garhwal Rifles.
- Have many old buildings of British colonial architecture and military history.
- One of the closest hill stations from Delhi NCR region and a perfect Weekend Getaway.
On 5th November, 1887, the first battalion of Garhwal Rifles migrated from Almora to Lansdowne. Lansdowne was the only city apart from Almora in the late 1970's. People of different culture and states came to do business in Lansdowne after it become popular.
At present, you will see people of all religions and cultures at Lansdowne. The buildings and church of Lansdowne built during British India dates you back to pre independence period. Lansdowne is an ideal location for Eco-tourism as it is well preserved by the government and the Indian Army.
The salubrious weather and pristine environment of Lansdowne leaves an immortal impact on the tourists. It is the perfect place to meditate and rejuvenate your soul. Adventure activities like, trekking, bird watching, boating, paddling etc. can be done while a visit to Lansdowne. It is one of the best weekend destinations of Uttarakhand.
In Lansdowne you will get a glimpse of the well preserved British heritage bungalows and Churches. Enjoy the enchanting views of Himalayas and the holy Ganga and sun rise and sunset from one point. On a clear day, see breath taking view of Himalayan ranges and a vast valley view with lower Himalayan ranges.
Following is the list tourist places in Lansdowne. These are some of the popular tourist spots in Lansdowne.
The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial: This War memorial at Lansdowne was unveiled on 11 Nov 1923 by Lord Rawlinson of Trent, the then Commander in Chief of Indian Army. Located at the Parade Ground, this memorial is a major crowd puller of the town.
Garhwali Mess: Being one of the oldest buildings of Lansdowne, Garhwali Mess dates you back to the Victorian period. The mess was built in Jan 1888 which subsequently became the present mess in 1892. Garhwali Mess is very well maintained heritage site of Lansdowne.
Darban Singh Regimental Museum: It is a motivational hall inaugurated in 1983, named after Darban Singh Negi. Rare collection of Garhwal Rifles from the time of its inception can be seen at the Regimental Museum.
St. Mary's Church: This artistic church was built by Colonel AHB Hume in 1896. St Marry's Church fell into disuse after 1947; the building has been restored now by Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre. Pre Independence photographs, audio and visual display of Regimental history can be seen at this place.
St. John Churc: It is a Roman Catholic Church situated on the mall road. The church was previously a forest bungalow and it reopened on Nov 29, 1980. St. John's Church is the only Church of worship in Lansdowne.
Bhulla Tal (Lake): Literally 'Bhulla' means younger brother in Garhwali. This artificial lake is dedicated to the young Garhwali youth of Garhwal rifles who contribute their services for our protection. A children park, bamboo machan and fountains have been erected as part of entertainment and beatification of pristine surroundings and boating and paddling facilities are also available at Bhulla Tal
Tip-In-Top (Tiffin Top or Tip and Top): Situated in the ridge near St. Mary's Church, Tip-in-Top is a popular point amongst the tourists visiting Lansdowne. The easy trek to Tip in Top goes through dense forest and rugged terrains ending up at a picturesque spot from where enchanting Himalayas can be seen. It is also known as snow view point of Lansdowne.
Bhim Pakora: An attractive and historic place in Lansdowne forests. Two large stone are placed one over another in an spectacular balance. The main point of these rocks is that you can move one of them by just applying the force of your thumb on the rock and it won't fall.
Hawaghar: The trek to Hawagarh is a revitalizing experience. This easy trek passes through Khyber Pass along the road to Jaiharikhal. It is one of the best guarded secret of Lansdown as this place is very beautifull and takes you closer to the nature.
Jungle walk, small treks, Boating, Stargazing in night, Bird watching, water activity in Kho river (Kotdwar road) are some of the adventure activities you can enjoy in Lansdowne, India.
There are many places of tourist interest near Lansdowne. All these tourist and pilgrimage destinations are easily accessible by road. You can visit these tourist places while staying in Lansdowne.
The following tourist places are near Lansdowne.
Kanvashram: Situated at a distance of around 40 Kms from Lansdowne or 14kms. from Kotdwar, Kanva Rishi Ashram is an important place from the historical and archaeological point of view. It is th eplace where Lord Bharat, after whom our country was named as Bharat spent his childhood.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev: Dedicated to lord Shiva, Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple is surrounded by dense Deodar trees. This ancient shrine is located 38kms from Lansdowne at an elevation of 1,800mts above sea level on Kotdwar-Rikhnikhal road.
Siddhbali Temple: The residing deity of Siddhbali Temple is Lord Hanuman. Siddhbali temple holds enormous religious importance amongst the people of Uttarakhand and especially with the people living in Pauri Garhwal district. Siddhbali temple is situated on the edge of the mountain, 38km before Lansdowne, just 2 kms from Kotdwar city.
Durga Devi Temple: Dedicated to Goddess Durga, Durga Devi Temple is highly revered by the locals. Durga Devi temple is situated 25kms before Lansdowne and a small seasonal stream is flowing from below the temple. The water level is very low in the river and you can spend some time there as the place is calm and quaint.
Pauri: Pauri is situated 78kms from Lansdowne on the northwest slopes of Kandoliya Hills in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Diverse in topography and filled with places of tourist's interest, most locations in Pauri offers the invigorating view of the majestic snow-capped peaks of Himalayan range. You can also visit the famous sports field and Kandoliya temple of Pauri for amazing Gangarswun valley view and sunset.
Khirsu: Khirsu is situated 91 kms from Lansdowne at an altitude of 1,700mts above sea level. Khirsu is a tranquil place with numerous oak, deodar trees and apple orchards around. Located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state, Khirsu affords captivating views of the imposing Himalayan range.
Ulkha Giri: Ulkha Giri can be reached after a 2 km drive to Chaudatakhal and an easy 2 km trek. Ulkha Giri is situated at a breathtaking elevation of 1900 mts above sea level affording ravishing views of the imposing Himalayas and misty valleys.
Jwalpa Devi Temple: This is one of the famous temple of Pauri region, located just 45 Kms from Lansdowne. It is situated on the left bank of the River Nawalika on the way to Pauri. This temple is famous among the boon seekers.
Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple: There is a centuries old holy temple, Kaleshwar Mahadev temple in Lansdowne city. This is Lord Shiva temple known as meditation field of many sages.
Bhairav Garhi Temple: Located at 18 km from Lansdowne in Kirtikhal, Bhairav Garhi temple is a famous Sidhpeeth. Here Lord Bhairav is worshipped and on the month of May-June a big festival is organized by locals.
Langoor Garhi Temple: Located at about 9000 ft height, Langoor Garhi is also known as Hanuman Garhi as Lord Hanuman is the diety of the temple. It is situated near the Bhairav Garhi temple, 18 km from Lansdowne. This temple was built in 1950 by Neem Karoli Baba.
By Rail : The nearest railhead for Lansdowne is Kotdwar (2 hours), which is well connected by buses. Lansdowne is also linked by a motorable road to almost all the important cities in Uttaranchal. Lansdowne is 295 km from Delhi, 95 km from Haridwar and 150 km from Dehradun.
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