Touring a hill station during sweltering summer always works as a boozer. The more you plunge into it, greater is the glee. One such hill station is Lansdowne, which is located in the Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Lansdowne is one of the lesser known and least explored hill stations in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Dotted by scenic beauty with a blend of mesmerising lake, sacred shrines, dense woods, holy churches, and much more exhilarating activities, Lansdowne boasts every single delight required for a tranquil retreat.
If you turn over the pages from the past, this hill station first came into notice way back in 1887 during the British rule. Earlier, this place was popular as Kaludanda, and further it was founded by the Viceroy of India Lord Lansdowne. Accordingly, the place was named after him, which you know today as Lansdowne hill station. Being situated in the Garhwal district, this hill station was further evolved as the regimental centre of Garhwal Rifles. Till today, you will get to observe several buildings and churches in the region, which were constructed during the British rule.
Though, in comparison to many other eminent hill stations in northern India, Lansdowne is least explored, yet the breathtaking magnificence of this place allures plenty of visitors from different parts of the country. Picturesque vista and pleasant ambiance around the region are considered as treasure trove of love and serenity. Travellers flock around the hill station mostly during April and October when some of the popular festivals and events are celebrated here with great enthusiasm. If you happen to be there during that period, make sure to attend the local festivals like Shardotsav, Ashtami and Lansdowne Arts Festival. Garhwali and Hindi are the major languages that are spoken here.
Akin to any other hill station, the terrain of Lansdowne also goes through the climatic blend of summer, monsoon and winter. Summer hits the region in the month of March and lasts here till June. During summer, the maximum temperature climbs up to 300C with gentle breeze. Despite of 300C temperature, you can still feel the natural charm here. After summer, monsoon enters the hill station in the month of July and it continues till September. For a nature lover, this is the best time to visit Lansdowne. Intense rain fall reveals the best out of its natural magnificence. Moving ahead, winter blankets the hill station for three months (December-February) with a chilling temperature that curbs to zero and less. Winter is the best time to take pleasure from the whitey snowfall in Lansdowne.
Best time to visit:
Lansdowne can best be visited in summer and during winter. Although, for rain lovers this place is an absolute paradise, but heavy rainfall often refrains the visitors from witnessing its actual splendour.
Places to see in Lansdowne:
Having depicted its scenic grandeur, Lansdowne is laid out with some enchanting attractions to offer. Let’s catch a glimpse of those leading attractions around the place:
#Tip N Top
Every hill station has a pinnacle point offering you an aerial view of the adjoining environs. Tip N Top is one such point in Lansdowne. This is relatively a small hilltop, which is perched nearly 2Kms from Garhwal. On scaling the acme, you can get a spectacular vista of Shivalik range kissing the misty sky and mesmerising Garhwal hills with grandiose ranges of the Himalayas. Amongst visitors and local inhabitants, this point is also popular as Tiffin Top point. This is one of the best sites to explore the soothing climate and tranquil atmosphere.
Located around 1.5Kms from the main market, Bhulla Lake is a must visit in Lansdowne. This man-made artificial lake is a perfect location for the people of all age groups. Especially, if you are here with your family and kids, they can have a blissful outing at Bhulla Tal Lake. Locals mostly gather here for picnicking and hangout. When in Bhulla Lake, don’t skip the opportunity of joyful boating. Surrounded by lush bush and amusement park, this place is dedicated to the soldiers of the Garhwali Rifles, who were predominantly involved during the contraction of this artificial lake. Apart from boating, you can also observe the wading ducks and candid rabbits in the midst of greeneries. Besides, one can also try some luscious snacks at some of the eateries available near the park.
The enthralling Lansdowne boasts two major churches in that region. One is St. John’s and the next is St. Mary Church. Both these churches carry their elongated existence since the British periods. Constructed way back in 1936, St. John’s is a Catholic church, which is located at the Mall Road. The key attraction of this church is its eye-catching decor and vibrant greeneries. Likewise, St. Mary is one more church that can be a part of your Lansdowne trip. This church is even older than St. John’s church. St. Mary was built ages back in 1896 by Colonel AHB Hume. Today, visitors come here to witness its architectural brilliance.
Sprawled on the banks of river Malini, Kanvashram is one more attraction during your holiday in Lansdowne. Kanvashram is delimited by dense woods and small mounds. The tranquillity in the ashram drives you to a different level of enchantment and theology. Besides, travelers seeking a place of accommodation can also avail the facility here. According to the local inhabitants, it is believed that this is the place where Shakuntala gave birth to her son Bharath. Kanvashram is thus a must visit place in Lansdowne where myths and natural abundance can be witnessed at the same go.
#Darwan Singh Regimental Museum
Incorporated in 1923, Darwan Singh Regimental Museum is situated at the parade ground. This historical museum is considered as the pride of Lansdowne, which was named after Victoria Cross holder Darwan Singh Negi. On accessing the two storey building complex of this defense museum, you can observe an array of photographs of army generals. In addition, the museum also exhibits a wide collection of Garhwal Rifle’s uniforms, certificates, weapons, achievement etc. Darwan’s Museum is an offbeat attraction in Lansdowne.
#Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
This is one of the popular religious sites in Lansdowne for Hindi devotees. As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is positioned at an elevation of more than 2000 meters. Local people often visit this temple to pay their spiritual reverence to Lord Shiva. It is believed that one visiting the temple one’s wishes gets fulfilled. You can witness here massive footfalls of Hindu worshipers on the eve of Mahashivarathri. Apart from its religious significance, the temple is surrounded by galore of oak trees, pine forests and lively greeneries.
How about witnessing two stones balanced reciprocally on each other? Doesn’t it sound interesting? To explore this astounding site, you need to trek nearly 2Kms steep trails downhill. The most tempting part of these stones is that you can move the stone with a finger and it won’t fall apart. This is what the Bhim Pakora is known for. So before you come close to the end of your holiday, make sure this amazing site is well explored.
Lansdowne’s Jungle Safari:
After exploring some spectacular sites in Lansdowne, it’s time now for thrilling jungle safari. There are various travel operators who provides an adventurous Jeep safari to the visitors. Taking a ride amidst oak trees and blue pine forests is something that makes you visit this destination time and again. Jungle safari takes you to the heart of the dense woods offering you a spectacular vista of the Himalayan wild animals enclosed with soothing atmosphere. You may also observe some colourful birds whistling around the tall stand trees. Don’t forget to carry your camera to capture some vibrant moments amidst the jungle.
Food Taste of Lansdowne:
Well, the beauty of Lansdowne is not merely confined to its natural abundance. After a daylong excursion, you can try some scrumptious food at the resorts and hotels. Though, the numbers of restaurants are comparatively not much in Lansdowne. However, you can still manage to find here Garhwali and Marwari dishes. Some of the hotels do serve mouth-watering Chinese and Indian platters. In addition, some of the Tibetan dishes are must try here. In addition, make sure to taste the local food of Uttarakhand like Sisunak Saag, Aloo ke Gutke, Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa and Rus.
Reaching Lansdowne is not a matter of concerns for travellers and visitors. The place is well-accessible from different parts of the country. One can easily get there by any of the following means of commutation:
By Air: Located nearly 145kms from Lansdowne, the nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport. There are different carriers from New Delhi and other destinations that ply Lansdowne on regular basis. From airport, you can hire a taxi to travel further till Lansdowne.
By Train: For railway travellers, the nearest railhead to Lansdowne is Kotdwar. One of the best trains to reach Kotdwar is Mussoorie Express, which runs from Old Delhi. The travel by train time is nearly 8 hours. From here, Lansdowne is nearly 40Kms away by road. From Kotdwar railway station, one may hire a taxi or get into a bus to reach Lansdowne. It takes around 1 hour 25 minutes time to reach Lansdowne from Kotdwar sttaion.
By Road: Travelling to Lansdowne by road is always mesmerising. Scenic beauty on the go leaves you spellbound. The best way to reach Lansdowne by road is from Delhi, which is located around 250kms away. There are several private and public transportations to reach Lansdowne from Delhi. By road, it takes 7-8 hours time to cross the distance between these two places. Being situated en route Kotdwara-Pauri road, Lansdowne can be reached from Delhi via Ghaziabad, Meerut, Bijnor, Najibabad and Kotdwar route.
Places to stay:
Slowly but surely, Lansdowne is turning to a preferred holiday destination in Uttarakhand. Hence, numbers of tourists are steadily picking the pace to visit this least explored hill station. Considering the numbers of vacations in this region, several budget and luxurious accommodations are also set up in and around Lansdowne. Depending on your requirements and type of hotels you book, the charges may range from INR 1000 to INR 5000 and more. In addition, some reasonable homstays are also available here for visitors.
On enquiring about some of the comfy staying options in Lansdowne, the following hotels/resorts are listed for your convenience:
#Corbett Hill Resorts
Corbett Hill Resorts, Palkot,
Lansdowne, India 246155
#Kasang Regency Hill Resort
illage: Palkot, Uttarakhand,
Lansdowne, India 246155
#ADB Rooms Lans Inn
Plot No.138 199, Main Market, Sadar Bazar
Uttarakhand, Lansdowne, India 246155
Kotdwara-Lansdowne Highway, Near Fatehpur on Outskirts of Lansdowne
Lansdowne, India 246127
Near Post Office,Gandhi Chowk,
Lansdowne, India 246155
#Samskara & Samsara Homestays
Satija Estates, Gounu Village, Near Deriyakhal,
Lansdowne, India, 246155
Get ready to explore the least visited hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The enticing exquisiteness of Lansdowne is an absolute paradise for nature buffs and newlywed couples. Startling climate and skyline vista atop the hill takes you no further than falling in an affair with the place. Exploring the natural beauty of Lansdowne is now just a plan away from you. Let’s travel.
Have a spectacular voyage!