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. Additionally, government-owned guesthouses (GMVN) are also present.
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Lansdowne Food Guide
Since Lansdowne is not as popular as Mussoorie, there are only handful of good restaurants available. Some luxurious hotels and resorts have in-house restaurants that serve delicious cuisines. Otherwise, there are many roadside dhabas and local restaurants that serve north Indian and popular Chinese dishes like noodles, momos etc.
History of Lansdowne
Traditionally Lansdowne was known as ‘Kaludanda’ village by the locals which literally suggest the 'Black Hills'. However, the place owes the credit for its development and name to Lord Lansdowne, then Viceroy of India (1888-1894) who founded Lansdowne in 1887.
On November 5, 1887, when the first battalion of the Garhwal Rifles migrated from Almora to Lansdowne, the town was developed as a cantonment and a Recruits Training Centre of the Garhwal Rifles was introduced by the British. During the British era, Lansdowne was a hub for all the major activities done by the freedom fighters of the British Garhwal.
At present, the command office of the Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army is located in Lansdowne. Even today, one can admire the rustic buildings, churches and old taverns at Lansdowne, narrating the unheard colonial history of the British era, reminding the visitors of the pre-independence period.