Lansdowne is a peaceful weekend gateway from Delhi also known as hill station of our freedom fighters It is a drive of 250Kms from Delhi. Lansdowne is a cantonment town in Pauri Garhwal district of the Uttarakhand state of India. It was earlier known as Kaludanda due to the Black Hill of Garhwal. It is surrounded by dense forests of oak and pine and far from the common bustles. Lansdowne appears like an old painting. Lansdowne is one of the quietest and unspoiled hill stations of India and also among wonderful hill stations nearby Delhi. The town is a gem with its rustic buildings, mesmerizing views, old-world charm, and colonial history.
Presently, the office of the Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army is located in Lansdowne
A great way to travel around the perfect backdrop of the Lansdowne is to go on nature treks. Trekking can be done both my the newbies or expert trekkers The place features a number of trails through which one can pass while enjoying the greenery all around The panoramic views of snow-covered Himalayan Peaks add a gleam to the beauty of this place. You can trek to Malini Barrage, Kalal Ghati, trek to Pauri and or Kandoliya Devta Temple to enjoy the fascinating views of the Himalayas. Nature walks, Bird watching, boating, and trekking are the main activities that one can indulge. The annual festival “Shardotsav”, celebrated during the season of autumn is all travelers checklist.
Best Places to Visit in Lansdowne
Along with enjoying the picturesque panorama of Lansdowne; the town features a number of places to visit in and around the town to revitalize your mood. Lansdowne is a peaceful weekend gateway from Delhi also known as a hill station.
Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial
The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial is one of the most popular destinations to explore in Lansdowne. The memorial has portraits of war heroes and war weapons.
Mahavir Chakra Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, (19 August 1941 – 17 November 1962) was an Indian Army soldier serving the Garhwal Rifles who won MVC posthumously for his actions during the battle of Nuranang during the Sino-Indian War in 1962. The bravery shown by Jaswant Rawat was honored by building a memorial and was named as “Jaswant Ghar”. You can watch for 72 Hours Martyr who never died on Amazon prime.
Pay homage to the Victoria Cross Awardee, Naik Darwan Singh Negi of Garhwal Rifles by visiting the historical defense museum. The museum displays an extraordinary collection of Garhwal Rifles which display the old uniforms, photographs, certificates, arms and ammunition of the soldiers of Garhwal Rifles
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.
Bhulla tal lake
Bhulla tal lake is a small, well maintained, and serene artificial lake along with Boating, children park, bamboo machan, and fountains to entertain the travelers. The man-made Bhulla lake was built by the soldiers posted locally and named as a tribute to this spirit of brotherhood (“bhulla means little brother”) lake known as Bhulla Lake or Bhulla Tal and maintained by Indian Army. There is a small handicraft showroom by the lake where one can get some of the finest silk and cotton items. You can relish at all the coffee shops as they serve various local cuisine and other various products.
Entry Fees: INR 20 per person; Boating Charges: INR 95 per person; Opening Timings: 8 am – 8 pm; Opening Days: Closed on Wednesday
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Situated at an elevation of 2092 meters, Tarakeshwar Mahadev Temple is located 38 km away from town. It is one of the ancient holy sites that enshrine the idol of Lord Shiva. It is located amidst blue pine forests, oak trees, and dense Deodars and creates a panoramic view for the travelers. Lord Shiva of Tarkeshwar, is the deity of the local and the Garhwal rifles.
St Mary’s Church
St Mary church was built in 1896. The church was restored by Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre. The must watch the show when you visit the church, you can see pre-independence photographs along with the audio and visual display.
St. John’s Church
It is a forest Bungalow converted into Church. St John Church is situated on the mall road. It is the only church, which is been worshipped . The interior is similar to St. Mary’s Church except the colorful lighting.
Kanvashram is a holy ashram surrounded by dense forests and beautiful hillocks, The beautiful location of ashram makes it an ideal place to explore around. It is an important destination from a historical and archaeological point of view. The temple enjoys great mythological importance linked with the Sage Kanvan. As per legend, ‘Shakuntala’, the stepdaughter of Sage Kanvan gave birth to her son Bharath here. There is Gurukul nearby which conducts massage, yoga, and ayurvedic medicine course.
For unforgettable experiences, one can do trekking to witness the most beautiful Sahastradhara Falls or a simple walk to Malini barrage.
Tip-in-Top is also known as Sunrise Point. It offers an easy trek of 200 meters from the parking, as it passes through the dense forest and rugged terrains finishing at a charming spot offering mesmerizing views of Himalayas as one can watch the entire Shivalik range. It is also recognized as a snow-view point of Lansdowne and watching the sunrise from here is simply amazing.
Take an easy and short yet rewarding trek to Snow Viewpoint. The scenic trail through lush forests takes you to the viewpoint that offers breathtaking views of Trishul and Chaukhamba peaks.
Another beautiful opportunity for trekkers, Hawaghar offers superb views of the snow-clad Himalayas and opens quite a few trekking expeditions.
Two massive stones perched on top of each other sit 2 kilometers away from the city center and attract hundreds of tourists every year because of the peculiar arrangement. The rock on the top can be moved, but cannot be pushed off even if you use your full strength. Come try your luck, if you don’t believe me!
Durga Devi Temple
A short uphill walk from Tip-n-Top takes you to the Bonda Village. It’s here where Santoshi Mata Temple is located. Spend some time sitting in peaceful and quiet surroundings once you take blessings from the Goddess. This temple is located inside a cave and is dedicated to Goddesses Durga and is considered to be one of the oldest Siddh Piths.
Kalagarh Tiger Reserve
Kalagarh Tiger Reserve (Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary) is a wildlife safari plus bird-watching destination. An open gypsy safari here gives a chance to spot barking deer, sambar, porcupines, elephant, chital, leopards, and big cats if you are lucky enough.
Gate Entry Fees: INR 100 (Indians)/INR 600 (foreigners); Gypsy Entry Fees: INR 250 (Indians)/INR 500 (foreigners); Gypsy Charges: INR 4000 (Indians)/INR 4500 (foreigners); Opening Timings: 6 am – 6 pm; Opening Months: 15th November – 15th June every year
You can check out the inforation and booking here https://kalagarhtigerreserve.in/
Best Time to Visit Lansdowne
Lansdowne is magical all through the year. The summer and winters are ideal. However, avoid visiting during monsoon as landslides are quite common in Uttrakhand during the rainy season. Lansdowne is a peaceful weekend gateway from Delhi also known as hill station
Getting there: Lansdowne is around 250 kms from Delhi. It is named after Lord Lansdowne the then Viceroy of India who is said to have visited the place in 1884. National Highway 119 runs from Delhi all the way to Lansdowne and will take you there in about 6 hours. Kotdwar is the nearest railway station and from there it is 40 kms/an hour drive uphill. Buses and taxis are available at the Kotdwar railway station. Jolly Grant at Dehradun is the nearest airport.
I would definitely recommend Lansdowne for all who need a small break, rejuvenate and refresh their mind and souls.
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