Lansdowne is well-known for its scenic beauty, weather and peaceful surroundings. At a distance of 40 km from Kotdwar, 131 km from Rishikesh, 106 km from Haridwar, 158 km from Dehradun and 247 km from Delhi, Lansdowne is a small hill town in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. It lies at an elevation of 1706 m above sea level and is surrounded by thick oak and pine forests. It is one of the best hill stations in Uttarakhand state and also among wonderful hill stations for a 2 day trip from Delhi. This is also one of the popular places to experience Uttarakhand tourism and also among the top places to visit near Delhi.
Lansdowne is known for its natural beauty and its tranquil environment. In Lansdowne Hill Station you will get a glimpse of the well preserved British heritage bungalows and Churches. Enjoy the enchanting views of Himalayas, with majestic sunrise and sunset from different view points in Lansdowne. On a clear day, see breath taking view of Himalayan ranges and a vast valley view with lower Himalayan ranges.
The War Memorial and Garhwal Rifles regimental museum is a nice place for people who have keen interest in history. Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhairav Garhi Temple, and Bhim Pakora are some of the famous temples near Lansdowne. The Annual ‘Sharadotsava’ (Festival of Autumn) is also organized at this hill station during autumn season. Lansdowne can be visited in summer, monsoon or winter.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport (117 km), in Dehradun. The nearest railhead is at Kotdwar, at a distance of 40 km. Kotdwar is well connected by train with Delhi, Najibabad, Howrah, Haridwar and Dehradun. Lansdowne is also well connected to nearby regions like Kotdwar, Haridwar, Dehradun, Mussoorie and Delhi by bus.
Pay homage to the Victoria Cross Awardee, Naik Darwan Singh Negi of Garhwal Rifles by visiting the two-storey historical defence museum at Lansdowne. This 33-year-old museum exhibits the old uniforms, photographs, certificates, arms and ammunitions 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.
At a distance of 2.5 km from Lansdowne Market, Tip-In-Top also known as Tiffin Top is situated in the ridge near St. Mary's Church in Lansdowne. This is a popular spot among tourists visiting Lansdowne.
Tiffin Top is a beautiful picnic spot located at a height of 2000 m above sea level and it provides an awesome view of the Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas. The sunset view from here is truly memorable. It is an ideal place to spend some quality time with family and friends amidst this beautiful location. This place needs a short walk of about 200 meters from the motorable road.
Snow View or Sunset View Point lies on the way to Tiffin Top. The point provides an awesome view of sunset and also the snow covered peaks of the surrounding Garhwal mountain peaks.
At a distance of 2 km from Lansdowne Market, Bhulla Tal is a small artificial lake situated in the town of Lansdowne. Created and maintained by Indian Army, Bhulla Lake, also known as Bhulla Tal, is one of the top places to visit in Lansdowne.
Bhulla Tal is dedicated to the young Garhwali youth of Garhwal Rifles, who helped in the construction of this lake. This tourist attraction gets its name from the Garhwali word, Bhulla which means younger brother. Bhulla Lake is a famous place and a perfect picnic spot in Lansdowne.
Bhulla Lake is a well maintained lake with clean environment. The lake offers boating facilities with beautiful duck shaped boats. A children park, bamboo machan and fountains have been erected as part of beautification of pristine surroundings. One can also find small souvenir shop, a cafe, herbal plants nursery, enclosure for rabbits near the Bhulla Lake. A small over bridge on the lake attracts visitors for a best lake view.
Timings : 8 AM - 6 PM
At a distance of 37 km from Lansdowne and 69 km from Kotdwar, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple situated in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Located atop a hill at an elevation of 2092 m, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is believed to be one of the ancient holy sites known as Siddha Piths dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the famous temples of Uttarakhand state.
The Presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. The temple is located amidst thick forests of Deodar, Cedar and Pine. Earlier there was a Shivling present at the Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple, but now a Lord Shiva idol performing tandava is worshiped. The Shivling in the temple is placed under the idol of the deity. A temple dedicated to Goddess Shakti lies adjacent to the main temple. According to another myth, it is said that Goddess Parvati had transformed herself into 7 deodar trees, in order to provide shade to Lord Shiva and the deodar trees of the region have been originated from these 7 trees. The shape of the deodar grove is believed to be in the form of the letter Om. There are open pools for bathing, before entering the temple and closed pools for the ladies. There is a kund in the premises, the holy water of which is used for offering to the Shivling, inside the temple. Bells are offered to Lord Shiva on special occasions in the Hindu families such as a wedding or birth of a new born child.
At a distance of 2 km from Lansdowne Market, St. John's Church is a Roman Catholic Church located at the Mall Road near St. Mary's Church in Lansdowne.
St. John's Church is the only running Church in Lansdowne and was established in 1936 under the supervision of Agra Diocese. The beautiful interiors and beautiful surroundings of the church attract pilgrims and tourists. The construction of this church was completed in the year 1937.
St John's Church was designed in colonial architecture. The church is spread over wide area and encompasses various sections that were used for different purposes by the Church administration.
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM
At a distance of 28 km from Lansdowne and 12 km from Kotdwar, Durga Devi Temple is an ancient temple situated on the bank of River Khoh at Dugadda in Pauri Garhwal district of Himachal Pradesh.
This temple is located inside a cave and is dedicated to Goddesses Durga and is considered to be one of the oldest Siddh Piths. The temple is situated on the slope of a hill near the road to Pauri. Visitors from far away come here to this small temple to take blessings of Goddess Durga. Devotees believe that here Goddess Durga makes all their wishes fulfilled. People also tie red cloth as per their belief. A small cave having a Shivling is located near the main temple.
A small seasonal stream flowing below the temple is a special attraction of serene place. Several small waterfalls make this place a spectacular sight.
Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM