Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill stations of India. Lansdowne is well connected with motorable roads but also remote in its own way so that weekend nuisance crowd remains far away from this scenic place. It is situated at an altitude of 1,700mts above sea level surrounded with thick oak and blue pine forests in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state.
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.
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. Lansdowne is one of the most popular hill station of Garhwal region when it comes to weekend destination.
The regimental centre in Lansdowne, is considered the hub of training for the regiment. About 2500 recruits are trained here as soldiers every year. Earlier, the recruitments were held only at Lansdowne but now the recruitments take place at other places in the region as well. The centre has trained more then 60 thousand soldiers since Independence. At present, over 25 thousand soldiers are serving in different battalions of the Garhwal Rifles.
Lans Castle,a Boutique Hotel is one of such Lansdowne resorts that provide the ultimate stress buster holiday. Lans Castle, A Boutique Hotel will soon become a sought after and a much frequented destination among the Resorts in Lansdowne for as it provides tourists with a spectacular view of many of the natural wonders in Lansdowne and also gives them all the modern amenities which make it special among the Lansdowne Resorts.
It is the nearest hill station from Delhi and can be reached from Delhi by either road or train. The nearest railway station is Kotdwara at a distance of 41 km situated an elevation of only 370 m. Since Lansdowne is more than 1,500 m higher than Kotdwara, the drive from Kotdwara to Lansdowne is quite steep and scenic.
The other and better route to reach Lansdowne is from Delhi via Meerut , Bijnore, Najibabad, Kotdwar and on to Lansdowne. It saves about 50KM and the road quality is also good all the way to Kotdwar baring a few patches.
Day 1: Delhi to Lansdowne (244 kms, 8 hrs)
Begin your journey with drive to Lansdowne. It will take approx 5.5 hours for you to reach Kotdwara, Your scenic route starts from Kotdwara and it is an excellent drive till Lansdowne. Enjoy your trip and drive safely. Reach Lansdowne by late evening and On arrival, check-in to your hotel. Spend the evening at leisure, and return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Lansdowne Site Seeing
After breakfast this morning, you may choose to proceed for local sightseeing. The tourist spots nearby are Tiffin Top, St Johns Church, Bhullatal, Hawagarh etc. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Lansdowne to Delhi (244 kms, 10 hours)
After breakfast, drive back to Delhi with memories of a lifetime trip.
Location of Lansdowne in Uttarakhand >>
The thick forest surrounding the Lansdowne is an apt place for Jungle safari. The thick Oak trees and blue pine woods make the environment of the surrounding forest challenging for the adventurous tourist. The forests enclose many wild flora and fauna. The atmosphere is very cool all through the year and well planned Jungle safari or forest walk will give the enthusiasts travelers the much needed challenge, physical activities and dynamic benevolence. Many tour agents arrange the planned jungle safari with affordable rates in the forests surrounding the Lansdowne hill station. Jungle Safari
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, located nearby Lansdowne and situates atop of a hill of height 2092 meters, is believed to be one of the ancient holy sites or SiddhaPitas. The main deity is Lord Shiva and many devotees visit this ancient temple to offer prayers and it is believed that the offerings here makes the wishes of the devotees be fulfilled. Mahashivarathri is celebrated annually with grandeur. The temple place is surrounded by thick blue pine forests, oak trees and dense Deodars. The spectacular feature of this place is that even at this high altitude, there are many water pools, flowing continuously
Kanvashram, a sacred ashram located near Lansdowne hill station, is a gateway to Puri, the most sought temple town in India. This ashram is bordered by thick forests and hillocks, making it a beautiful place for feasting the eyes of tourists. A spectacular attraction nearby is the famous Malini River flowing near to this Ashram. This ashram bears mythological importance related to the Sage Kanvan. It is believed that ‘Shakuntala’, the step daughter of Sage Kanvan has given birth to her son “Bharath in this Ashram. Accommodation is available for those who want to spend holidays here. This is a right place to take meditation and mix up with the natural blessings of Earth.
Best Time to Visit Lansdowne
The best time to visit Lansdowne is during the summer months of March to June when the weather is pleasant and suitable for outdoor activities like trekking, hiking and leisurely walks. Since summer is also the peak season, it is advised to make reservations for your hotel well in advance. If you happen to visit between July and August then don't forget to carry your rain-gear as it pours during the monsoon and if you're a nature lover then Lansdowne is at its best between September and November after the rains with greenery and breathtaking views of the majestic mountains. The winter months between December and February get very cold and often witness heavy snowfall with chances of landslides, so you should avoid visiting Lansdowne then, unless you're the adventurous type. The Maha Shivaratri Festival is celebrated sometime between February and March.
By Road: Lansdowne is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Kotdwar and Dugadda are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Lansdowne are available from Kotdwar, Dugadda, Pauri and other major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Lansdowne is connected with National highway 119.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Lansdowne situated at a distance of 148kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Lansdowne is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Lansdowne.
By Rail: The nearest railhead to Lansdowne is Kotdwar situated at a distance 40 kms. Kotdwar is well connected by railway networks with major cities of India. There are regular trains running to Lansdowne from major destinations of north India. Taxis and buses are easily available from Kotdwar to Lansdowne.