Lansdowne or Lansdown is a beautiful town, a famous hill station. It is situated at an altitude of 1700 mts above sea level bounded with thick oak, blue pine forests in the “Pauri Garhwal” district of Uttarakhand. It is situated in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand, 45 kms away from Kotdwar. “Lansdowne” is just like other hill stations, as it is well linked with motorable roads but remote in its personal way.
“Lansdowne” is the quietest, unspoilt hill stations of India and has been popular a destination since Britishers came to India. Lansdowne got it name from Lord Lansdowne, who was the then Viceroy of India throughout the period of 1888-1894. Currently, Lansdowne has the control office of the Garhwal Rifies partition of the Indian Army.
Activities in Lansdowne
Adventure Activities: “Lansdowne” is popular for being a birdwatcher heaven as one can spot many stunning feathered birds. “Lansdowne” offers exciting opportunity for adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing, bird watching, to name a few.
Nature Walks: The healthy, serene weather at Lansdowne bounded by rising and falling verdant hills make it an ideal place to go for long walks amidst lush greenery in the morning and evening.
Boating: Tourists can enjoys paddling, boating in the human made lake named “Bhulla Lake”. Tourists also enjoys water activities at “Kho River” close to Durga Devi Mandir which is situated on the “Kotdwar-Lansdowone Road”.
Best Time to Visit Lansdowne
The weather is brilliant during the year. It can get exceedingly cold in the winters with the temperature dropping to 0 degree C. The district become even prettierin the duration of the monsoon. The summer are enjoyable with highest temperature approximately 25 degree C. “Sharadotsav Festival” throughout the autumn is also a best time to visit Lansdowne.
Best tourism places in Lansdowne:
- Garhwali Mess
- Regimental Museum
- Bhulla Tal Lake
- Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
- St. Marry’s Church
- Darwan Singh Mueseum
- Santoshi Mata Temple
- Durga Devi Temple
- St. John’s Church
- Bhim Pakora
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
“Tarkeshwar Mahadev” is a village 36 km away from Lansdowne, located at a height of 1,800 m. During “Shivratri”, a special devotion is held. The temple team provides a dharamshala for lodging. The place is famous for its temple dedicated to “Lord Shiva”. Bounded by thick forest of pine, it is an perfect place for those who look for for beauty in nature.
“Garhwali Mess” is one of the oldest building in the hill station, which was build by the British in ‘January 1988′. It is one of the old and finely preserved tradition building of “Lansdowne”. The mess reflect the rich heritage of the Army, also of the target in general.<
The mess is measured to be an significant museum in Asia, comprising a typical compilation of skin of wild animals, furnishings and trophies. There is a dial consisting of arrow symbols that direct the route for Nandadevi, Chaukhamba, Kamet and other snow capped peak of the Himalayan Range.
Tip – in – Top
A small hill top view point is “Lansdowne”, Tip N Top also famous as the name suggests one of the uppermost places in “Lansdowne”. Situated at just 1.5 km away from main Lansdowne city centre. Tip in Top is most excellent place in Lansdowne to watch full skyline with wonderful Shivalika range.
How to reach Lansdowne
By Air : “Jolly Grant” is one of the closest airport to “Lansdowne”. This airport provides you with regular flight to different destinations.
By Train : “Kotdwar” is the railway station closest to this Hill station, situated around 40 km away. “Najibabad Junction Railway” Station is also located close by, one can get many trains from here.
By Road : Lansdowne is 250 km from Delhi, and 7-8 hrs drive away. It is located en route Kotdwara – Pauri road, NH 119.