Lansdowne,The most quite,clean,managed hill station in the district of Pauri Garwal of Uttarakhand India.On the altitude of 1700 meters above the sea level,its still untouched unlike other hill stations in other parts of India such as Manali,Nainital etc.Lansdowne is well connected with a motorable road but its so salient,less crowded and quite so that it makes your mind so calm and relax and this is the uniqueness of Lansdowne.Lansdowne is surrounded by oak and blue pine forests and wild life.
Why visit Lansdowne?
Lansdowne is not only famous for its quite,salient and calmness but also for its monuments of the time of Britishers and for its museums. Lansdowne reflects the culture combination of Pauri Garwal. Lansdowne is also popular with tourists as a starting point for various adventurous activities which include trekking, paddling, boating, bird watching and more.
Activities in Lansdowne-
Adventure Activities: Lansdowne offers exciting opportunities for adventure activities like bird watching, trekking, rock climbing to name a few. Lansdowne is famous for being a birdwatcher paradise as one can spot many beautiful feathered birds.
Nature Walks: The salubrious and serene climate at Lansdowne surrounded by undulating verdant hills makes it an ideal place to go for long walks amidst lush greenery in the morning and evenings.
Boating: Tourists can enjoy boating, paddling in the man made lake named Bhulla Lake. Tourists also enjoy water activities at Kho River near Durga Devi Mandir which is located on the Kotdwar-Lansdowone Road.
Staying in Lansdowne-
Being a fairly popular weekend destination, there are plenty of accommodations in Lansdowne where tourists could spend the night. One can easily find luxury hotels as well as budget guesthouses with limited amenities at Lansdowne
Places to visit in Lansdowne-
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple: Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an ancient temple and the belief is that the deity here fulfills ones wishes. The Mahashivarathri festival is celebrated in this temple with great enthusiasm in Lansdowne.. You can get the view of thick blue pine forests, dense deodars and oak trees in the surroundings of this temple.
Bhulla Tal (Lake): Landsowne is an army camp and has the Bhula Tal, a man-made artificial lake, dedicated to the soldiers of the Garhwali Rifles as they were dutifully involved in its construction. It literally means ‘Younger Brother’ and presents the perfect, idyllic spot for a leisure day-out. The lake flaunts a cool ambience and serene surroundings for tourists to stay engrossed in its enchanting beauty
At the entrance to the lake is a plant nursery which is followed by an iron bridge that runs across it. A wonderful time can be enjoyed by boating, watching the wading ducks, looking at the playful rabbits or just lying under the trees that engulf the lake. One could try a handful of snacks at the close-by restaurant. The place is best savoured in solitude, feeling the freshness of the breeze, listening to the angelic sound of birds and gazing at the endless sky while lying on the lush-greens.
St Mary Church: St. Mary’s Church, located close to Tip-N-Top Point in Lansdowne, is one of those places that is filled with tranquil surroundings. The church was constructed by Colonel AHB Hume of Royal Engineers during 1895. This place is a must-see for historians and nature lovers. Due to the beauty of the place, it is known as the “Jewel of Lansdowne”.
The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial: The War Memorial at Lansdowne was unveiled on a suitable vantage point on the Armistice Day (11 November 1923) by his Excellency Lord Rawlinson of Trent, the then Commander in Chief of India. Located at the Parade Ground it is a major attraction which brings tourists from all over India and the world. The forests here are lovely, dark and deep, just ideal for those long walks and picnics. You can enjoy amazing views of the Western Himalayas from a number of vantage points like Snow View and Tip-in-Top.
How to reach Lansdowne?
Bus – There are regular, AC and deluxe buses available to Kotdwar from ISBT Kashmere gate and from Kotdwar, one can hire a taxi or a bus for Lansdowne. Uttarakhand state transport buses are economical if on budget, will charge 200 -250 from Delhi to Kotdwar and 50 -60 from Kotdwar to Lansdowne.
Total journey can take 5–6 hours from Delhi to Kotdwar and 1 hour from Kotdwar to Lansdowne.
Train – Kotdwar is the nearest railway station to Lansdowne and it is well connected with all the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Lucknow.
Flight – The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is 140 km away and there are regular flights from Delhi to Dehradun. From there – buses, cars, cabs are available to reach Lansdowne.
Cab – Most of the people prefer traveling from Delhi to Lansdowne by car, thereby covering the distance of 261 km in ~5 hours. Road from Delhi to Lansdowne is in excellent condition, which in turn has made it a favorite way of travelling.