Activities In Lansdowne

Infamous for its opulent surroundings having an essence of the British regal period, the cantonment town of Lansdowne allures many wanderers to pack their bags and hit the station. At this outlandish hill station you can rejuvenate your senses by engaging in a plethora of activities that are only possible here, so quickly check them out.

List of Activities you can do in Lansdowne

1. Trekking

Trekkers are sure to define Lansdowne as a haven, what with the hill station providing umpteen opportunities for hiking. You can indulge in simple treks that last for an hour or go for those that last for a couple of days. Some of the trekking trails:

  • You can also visit the waterworks and the Malini Barrage, which are just a kilometer away from the GMVN Tourist Rest House.
  • There is also a trek from Kalal Ghati, a small junction, which takes you to a bifurcation.
  • If you have the time, visit Pauri (82 km from Lansdowne) and undertake the trek to Kandoliya Devta temple, which offers you an awe-inspiring view of the glorious Himalayan peaks and the spectacular Gangwarsyun Valley.

2. Wildlife

The large stretch of wilds in the Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary would rightly cater to your interest, making the trip an absolutely pleasurable experience. The cool and subtle atmosphere will act as a boon further stimulating your craving for adventure.

3. Boating in Bhulla Lake

Take your partner on a romantic boat ride at the petite man-made Bhulla Tal, carousing in the comely environs of Lansdowne. This ravishing lake is dedicated to the martyrs of Garhwal Rifles and is maintained by the Indian Army. Spot lazy ducks paddling in the lake and the agile rabbits hopping around the banks while boating at Bhulla lake. Enjoy bird watching or slurp some delicious food at the restaurant.

4. Best Time for Boating in Lansdowne

The ideal time for hitting Bhulla Tal is from March-June and September-November. The lake remains open on all days of the week from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

5. Bird Watching

Watch the playful Himalayan birds chirping in ecstasy at the comely vistas of Lansdowne. Take your binoculars along as here you can spot a wide variety of migratory birds like the Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Pintail, Red Crested Pochard, Common Merganser, and many others.

6. Best Time for Bird Watching in Lansdowne

The migratory birds make their journey to Lansdowne during the spring season and post-monsoons i.e. from September and October, which is indeed a good time to catch up with the feathery creatures.

7. Visit the War Museum

Pay homage to the Victoria Cross Awardee, Naik Darwan Singh Negi of Garhwal Rifles by visiting the two-story historical defence museum at Lansdowne. This 33-year-old museum exhibits the old uniforms, photographs, certificates, arms and ammunition of the soldiers of Garhwal Rifles. If you wish to unveil some of the lesser-known facts of Garhwal Rifles then this is one of the best places to reach out.

Timings- Summers- 09:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
 Winters- 08:00 am to 12:00 noon and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Entry fee: INR 50 per person
Note: Kids below the age of 10 years and photography are not allowed.

8. Shopping at Lansdowne:

The quaint town of Lansdowne has never been a shopper’s stop but as great surprises come in small packages, you can buy some of the best souvenirs at Lansdowne Market or Alaknanda Market. If you are into suede’s then you must visit Javed’s shop opposite Garhwal Rifles Camp where you can get some cool leather stuff at a cheap bargain. Lansdowne is also a good place to buy brass metal, silk and porcelain items.

9. Wildlife at Kalagarh Tiger Reserve:

Let the wilderness of Kalagarh Tiger Reserve invoke the wild child in you, chase the invigorating winds and hear the eerie calls of the jungle. Sprawling over 300 of area, the Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary covers the northern part of Jim Corbett National Park and is one of the most significant tiger reserves in India. Here you can spot some of the wild animals like tiger, barking deer, hog deer, goral, sambhar, and porcupines.

Best Time to visit Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary:  The ideal time to visit is from October to March. 

10. Photography

Bequeathed with nature’s bounty and stunning landscape, Lansdowne is a photographer’s muse. If you are a professional photographer then you can take some life-like pictures of the myriad Himalayan birds that flutter in the jade blue skies of Lansdowne.

11. Nature Walk

The best way to have an enthralling stay in this hill station would be to indulge in a nature walk. You can walk up to Tip n Top, near the Supply Depot, and even stroll around to the Snow View Point, from above the State Bank of India branch.

12. Bird Watching

The close proximity of Lansdowne to the Sona Nadi division of Corbett National Park makes it an ideal bird watching area as well. There are about 600 species of birds that migrate to Lansdowne every year. The colorful birds forming a spectacular plumage in the sky would be an enthralling site for you to revel in.

Other Activities in Lansdowne

Jungle walk, small treks, Boating, Stargazing in night, Bird watching, water activity in Kho river (Kotdwar road) are some of the adventure activities you can enjoy in Lansdowne, India.

Lansdowne Festivals

  • Sharadotsav (October): Sharadotsav is held annually in the month of October with great enthusiasm. It is a festival of autumn season.
  • Maha Ashtami (April and October): This is celebrated twice a year in the month of April and October at Jwalpa Devi Temple. Lots of devotees take part in the festival.

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