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Lansdowne Hill Station

Lansdowne is one of the quietest and unspoiled hill stations of India and has been a  popular destination since Britishers came to India. Encircled by the dense oak and blue pine forests, Lansdowne appears like an old painting. Located far away from the maddening crowd of the cities, Lansdowne is an ideal retreat for the holiday makers.

Lansdowne is unlike other hill stations, as it is well connected with motorable roads but remote in its own way. It is situated at an altitude of 1780 mts above sea level surrounded with thick oak and blue pine forests in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state.

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Lansdowne is the ‘Home of the Garhwal Rifles’ is one of the most quaint and unspoiled hill stations of Uttarakhand.  Lansdowne got its name from Lord Lansdowne, who was the then Viceroy of India during the period of 1888-1894. Presently, Lansdowne has the command office of the Garhwal Rifles division of the Indian Army.

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Why Visit Lansdowne?   

The pristine surroundings and the salubrious weather of Lansdowne encourage many travellers to indulge in meditation. One can enjoy an array of recreational activities at Lansdowne such as trekking, bird watching, boating, paddling etc. 

This place also offers a marvellous view of the sunrise and sunset, accompanied by the tangy hues of the sun. Some of the famous tourist attractions of Lansdowne are the Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial, Garhwali Mess, Regimental Museum, Kaleshwar Temple, St. Mary’s Church, Bhulla Tal, Tip-in-Top, and Bhim Pakora. 

For excursions, one can visit the Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple and Bhairav Garhi temple. Lansdowne is a perfect weekend getaway as it is the closest hill station from Delhi NCR region. The best time to visit this place is between the months of March to November. 

Some Features of Lansdowne

  • Quiet, less crowded, not over a developed and relatively undiscovered hill station.
  • Much cleaner and well maintained because of the Cantonment Area of Garhwal Rifles.
  • Have many old buildings of British colonial architecture and military history.
  • One of the closest hill stations from Delhi NCR region and a perfect Weekend Getaway.

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 Kotdwar-Lansdowne Road.

Lansdowne Travel Tips

  • Lansdowne is an ideal weekend destination from Delhi NCR to enjoy with family and friends. 
  • Tourists traveling in monsoon, it is wise to check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions before you actually start your journey. 
  • Being situated in the cantonment area, the hill station is quite peaceful, clean and well maintained. It is also not as crowded as other famous destinations like Nainital or Mussoorie

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.

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’ or "Kalu Danda" 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.

Why Visit Lansdowne Hill Station?

The salubrious weather and pristine environment of Lansdowne leaves an immortal impact on the tourists. It is the perfect place to meditate and rejuvenate your soul. Adventure activities like, trekking, bird watching, boating, paddling etc. can be done while a visit to Lansdowne. It is one of the best weekend destinations of Uttarakhand.

Lansdowne is ideal travel destination for a lazy, relaxing holiday. It is one of the most popular weekend Getaway from Delhi NCR Region. It is one of the most sought after destinations for 2020 New Year, Winters Holidays & Summer Vacation.

Lansdowne a perfect example for eco-tourism

While most parts of the world are destroying their naturally abundant places, by interfering with the course of nature to develop them as tourist spots. Lansdowne is one such place that is popularizing the concept of eco-tourism by preserving its natural beauty.

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Majestic View of Pine trees and Clouds in Lansdowne
Red clouds over lansdowne mountains.
benches for tourist near bhulla tal Lansdowne.
Jungle Resort - Retreat Ananda, Lansdowne
Majestic Himalayas as seen form lansdowne.
Garhwali Mess, Lansdowne
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Lansdowne Weather

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Lansdowne Weather in May

The minimun and maximum temperature in May in Lansdowne is 20°C and 39°C respectively. The weather is generally sunny and clear in May and you would feel pleasant throughout the day. Summer Clothes clothes are recommended for Lansdowne in May.

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