Grandeur of North India
Lansdowne, a serene Hill Station situated in the lap of Uttarakhand, is one of the lesser-known places in India. It was a popular Hill resort for Britishers. The cantonment board administers the entire town and is named after the British ruler, Lord Lansdowne, who visited India in 1884. Indeed, Lansdowne is a much cleaner and well-maintained village that houses the command of Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army. Lansdowne weather is serene throughout the year. The winters are almost frigid. It is one of the hill stations with enriched beauty and lush green forest, which will enthrall you.
Lansdowne is ideal for a perfect getaway during the weekend and holiday retreat. It has blue pine and dense oak forests on all sides at an altitude of 1700m above sea level. Lansdowne weather is the best if you want to seek solace and rejuvenate your mind from the hustle of crowded city life.
History and Lansdowne
The Hill station offers breathing views of the Himalayas with many beautiful sunrise and sunset viewpoints. Also, Lansdowne is famous for its history and temples. From the Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial, St.Mary’s Church, Kaleshwar temple, St.John’s Church, Durga Devi Temple, Bhairav Garhi Temple, to Mahadev Temple, Bhim pakora, Bhulla Tal, Tip-in-Top every place has a story to tell. The serenity of the place and the experience will leave you spellbound.
Each year during the autumn season. The Annual ‘Sharadotsav’ is organized in Lansdowne. Going to overnight Camping, having a boating ride at Bhulla lake, Trekking to Snow Point, and Hiking at Tip-N-Top, and Birdwatching the migratory birds, seeking blessings at religious sites are some of the best things to do in Lansdowne. The Darwan Singh Sangrahalaya is a two-story historical museum that is one of the popular Lansdowne attractions.
Also, a must-place for history lovers, as the History of Lansdowne dates back to the year 1887. The first battalion of Garhwal Rifles from Almora was stationed here, which led to the development of a recruiting center in this town. Evidently, the place served as a first base for the Garhwal freedom fighters. But currently, the present business is a command office and division of Garhwal Rifles and the army.
Places to visit in Lansdowne:
Lansdowne, a not-so-crowded Hill Station, is one of the closest Hill stations from the Delhi NCR region, perfect for a weekend getaway. Here is a list of the top 11 tourist spots in the hidden gems of the village, which you must explore for a memorable Vacation.
Bhulla Tal Lake:
Bhulla Tal is an artificial lake. The credit of its maintenance goes to the Indian Army. Bhulla Tal is a quiet lake and ideal to spend time in the lap of nature is located 1km from the Lansdowne city center. You will be enthralled to witness the flower garden, which creates a riot of colors. Undoubtedly, a boat ride to explore the picturesque lake is a fun activity. There is also an amusement Park, coffee cafes, Souvenir, and nursery close to it.
Tip N Top:
Tip N Top is a quiet hill viewpoint in Lansdowne. The place is a major tourist spot because of its amazing sunsets and sunrises. For this reason, it is cherished by lovers, honeymoon couples, families, and friends. Also, if you are a Star-gazer, visiting this hilltop will relieve your experience with sweeping views of the Valley.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple:
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is about 1800m above sea level. Beautiful Deodar and pine trees encircle the serene temple. Santoshi temple and Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple are must-visits in Lansdowne with lush greenery, and the spiritual environment will rejuvenate your mind.
Darwan Singh Museum:
It is named after Victoria Cross holder Darwan Singh Negi is a historical museum. It is one of the prominent attractions in Lansdowne. The museum has an old collection of arms, ammunition, old uniforms, certificates and photographs. It also displays the rare collection of Garhwal Rifles.
St. Mary’s and John’s Church:
Indeed an old charm of the town is the St.Mary’s Church which was a preaching center converted into a museum. Also, St. John’s Church floats for its British architectural designs, which is the only running church for mass on Sundays.
The Historical place will leave you amazed by its name itself. As two perched large stones, one above the other attracts thousands of visitors each year. The top rock is movable, but no one is able to do so, which tricks everyone.
Hawagarh offers exquisite views of the snow-covered Himalayan valleys. It is one of the major tourist attractions and trekking expeditions in Lansdowne. Also, the popular route is Jaiharikhal which transverse to the khyber pass.
Things To do in perfect lansdowne weather :
You can totally enjoy it to the fullest in Lansdowne. Apart from sightseeing and simply wandering in the beautiful place. You can go for a nature walk, bird watching, and shopping. Further to extend your experience why not trekking.
Enjoy the leisure walk through the winding roads of Lansdowne, which will leave you compelling to nature. From listening to the hummingbirds, fresh breath of air, to watching the mother earth’s core. Soak yourself in this endless beauty and take a stroll through the snow point in Nawagarh to capture the gushing of winds through your face.
Due to its clear blue skies and pine trees, Lansdowne attracts migratory birds that flock worldwide. The hamlet here is home to 600 exotic species, which is closest to Jim Corbett National Park.
Surrounded by lush green forest and its wilderness Lansdowne offers the best jungle Safari experience. The Kalagarh Tiger reserve, which covers the northern part of the famous Jim Corbett National Park is exclusively famous for sightseeing big cats. It is one of the most enthralling experiences to witness the wildness of animals in Lansdowne.
They saw great things come in small packages. The place is a shopper’s stop for buying Souvenirs at Alaknanda market or Lansdowne market to gifting your loved ones leather gift items from Javed’s shop opposite Garhwal Rifles Camp. Further, it is full of shopping centers, Cafes, and restaurants.
Trekking & Camping:
One of the exciting things to do in Lansdowne is trekking to Bhim pakora. Because of the lush green open grounds, overnight Camping at Lansdowne can add to your experience in so many ways. You can easily set up a tent and enjoy the born fire in your own cozy little way.
How to reach Lansdowne:
By Air: One can travel to Lansdowne Air via Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun. It is the nearest airport about 117kms away from Lansdowne. You would be amazed to know that it takes only about 30 mins from Delhi to Lansdowne by plane. The flight rates are also so affordable that while writing this article, I booked myself a ticket again for a visit.
By road | Delhi to Lansdowne: It is best connected via roads. In fact, it is well-connected to all major cities in Uttarakhand. If considering from Delhi, it is a 6 hours scenic drive that leaves you spellbound.
By Train: Taking a train to Kotdwar, which is 40kms away from Lansdowne. Kotdwar is well-connected to all major cities in North India.
By Bus: One can travel to Lansdowne by State-run or private buses from Delhi, Dehradun, Kotdwar, Haridwar, and Mussoorie.
Accommodation and Accessibility:
Lansdowne has the best accommodation and Accessibility facilities. Places like Jaiharikhal offer panoramic views and a calm environment that we can easily explore in a local taxi. And one can access all the tourist spots of the city on foot. Places like Gandhi Park are the main center of the location to enjoy a breath of fresh air in their lush gardens.
Nature surrounds the Gumkhal region and offers rejuvenating vibes, which is essential to keep yourself sane and calm. There are plenty of accommodation options. But very few resorts and hotels offer the best facilities to enjoy the best of all the Lansdowne offers. As a consequence of this, you might have to try a little hard to find your happy place.
Delicacies of Landsdowone
Nevertheless, it is full of small cafes and restaurants which offer tasty and hygienic food at moderate prices. For instance, Kalanda Cafe is best for snacks and dosa. At the same time, restaurants near Gandhi chowk are the best place for backpackers and budget-friendly. There are expensive resorts that feature in-house restaurants with lip-smacking cuisines. Additionally, there are roadside Dhabas that offer authentic momos, hot chili Noodles, fried rice, and other Indo-Chinese dishes.
Each year during the autumn and summer season, it conducts Art festivals and major religious festivals like Sharadotsav and Ashtami, which attracts thousands of pilgrims. Untouched by the epitome of beauty. Lansdowne is the best way of connecting with yourself. To conclude Lansdowne is the best place to cherish and relax away from the hustle-bustle of city life.