Lansdowne is a mesmerising hill station located in the state of Uttarakhand in India. It s one of the quieter hill station destinations of India that is remains well connected yet is uncommercialised. Lansdowne is beautifully nestled amidst lovely surroundings of blue pine and oak trees. The surprising charm and disarming beauty lures travellers from every corner of the world to this popular hill station. Another important aspect of Lansdowne is Eco-tourism wherein the people residing in the place firmly believe in conserving nature. If you love holidaying among lofty mountain peaks, Lansdowne is your dream destination.
Location : State/District
Lansdowne is situated in Pauri Garhwal district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The latitude of Lansdowne corresponds to 29.8300⁰ N whereas the longitude coordinates are 78.6800⁰ E.
Lansdowne is a spectacular hill station destination that offers stunning views of the Himalayas and surrounding valleys.
Family vacation, Weekend getaway, Honeymoon destination
Lansdowne is an ideal destination for a relaxed holiday with family members and your loved ones. It is wonderful getaway from the rustic life of city dwellers in Delhi. Lansdowne is most suitable honeymoon destination for couples who love romancing around the mountains. The place is also popular for outdoor activities like hiking and trekking making it a sought after adventure destination as well.
Summers in Lansdowne starts from March till June and the minimum and maximum temperature recorded being 15⁰C and 30⁰C respectively. The climate remains hot and humid but is ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the adventure activities around the place. During the monsoon season from July to October, the place receives heavy rainfall. The beauty of Lansdowne during this time of the year is unparalleled and it is the ideal time for nature lovers. However you must ensure to carry your rain gears during this time. Winters time is the most ideal time to visit Lansdowne if you enjoy cold climate. Snowfall is also a common occurrence during the months of December to February. You will need heavy woollen clothes to keep you warm in the freezing temperature. Lansdowne is a year round destination and the choice of season depends on individual preference.
Resident citizens of India can visit Lansdowne at their free will. Tourists from outside India however require taking visa permission from the governing body of the country. They must also carry their valid passports and all the mandatory travel documents.
Places to Visit
Lansdowne has an ideal mix of heritage churches and religious temples to dramatic view points and enchanting lakes.
Kanvashram is a popular attraction in Lansdowne that is visited by pilgrims all year round. The ashram is bordered by hillocks and dense forests. From visiting the Kanvashram you also get the spectacular view of the River Malini.
Bhulla Tal or Lake is a wonderful man-made lake in Lansdowne. ‘Bhulla’ in Garhwali language implies ‘younger brother’ and this lake are dedicated to the young generation of Garhwal Rifles division. Bhulla Lake is ideal for paddling and boating and the children park present here provides good entertainment to kids.
Tip-in-Top or Tiffin Top as it is fondly called is a famous viewpoint in Lansdowne located in the ridge close to St. Mary’s Church. The view point offers a panoramic view of the magnificent Himalayas and is also called the snow viewpoint of Lansdowne. The route to Tip-in-Top is also a good trekking trail for outdoor lovers.
It is a known fact that Lansdowne is under the Garhwal Rifles division of the Indian Army, therefore a vacation to this place is incomplete without visiting The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial. This War memorial was unveiled in the year 1923 by the Commander in Chief of the Indian Army, Lord Rawlinson of Trent. This place is visited by tourist to pay their homage to the brave soldiers.
The Garhwali Mess is the oldest building in Lansdowne built in the year 1888. The architecture of the place resembles the Victorian period and this place is considered an important heritage site of Lansdowne.
St. Mary’s Church is an artistic and ancient church built in the year 1896 by Colonel AHB Hume. The church is left in ruins but the architecture of the place is still very admirable. St John’s Church located on the Mall Road is the only remaining Church of Worship in the town of Lansdowne.
Jungle Safari is a popular activity in Lansdowne that takes you through dense forests of blue pine and tall oak trees. You can spot the untamed wildlife in a cool climate. The Jungle Safari attracts all adventure and wildlife lovers to this place.
Lansdowne is a superb destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The place has ample scope for activities like trekking, hiking, bird watching and leisure walks.
Durga Devi Temple is located on the banks of Khoh River. It is a cave temple that is at a distance of 24 kms from Lansdowne. This temple is highly revered by tourists and locals alike.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is one the ancient and religious destination located at a distance of 30 kms from Lansdowne. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Shivlinga here is among the oldest Sidhpeeths of India. This temple is a seat of natural beauty as it is surrounded by thick oak trees, deodars and blue pine forests. The temple is visited by devotees all through the year and the Mahashivratri festival celebrations are well-known.
The Jwalpa Devi Temple is situated at 47 kms from the town of Lansdowne on the road between Pauri and Kotdwar. Thousand of devotees visit this holy temple to offer prayers to their Goddess.
Food and Accommodation
Lansdowne has very restaurants scattered around the place. Guests have to be dependent on their in-house restaurants for meals and snacks. Pelicon is a popular multi-cuisine restaurant in the Blue Pine Resort that serves gourmet local food along with Indian and Chinese cuisine. To feast on the scrumptious organic Garhwali cuisine visit the Garhwali Inn in Lansdowne.
Being a small hill station, Lansdowne still has a varied selection of hotels and resorts to suit the budget of each traveller. Some of the good hotels of the place that offer best food and service are Blue Pine Resort, Fairydale Resort, Lans Castle and Kasang Regency Hill Resort. These hotels have rooms available at INR 3500 per night. Some mid-range hotels of Lansdowne are Bright Sunny Pines Resort, Garhwali Inn, Lansdowne Villa, The Oak Grove and Shantiraj Hill View Resort. The room tariffs here range from INR 2000-2500 for each night. For budget conscious travellers looking for accommodation below INR 1200, there are hotels like SB Mount Resort, Shri Gobind Highway Motel, Lans Inn, Ajanta Guest House and Lans View.