Lansdowne has the lush green open lands which are best-suited for setting up your tent for a night or two, sitting around the bonfire and dining out in the open. The way of holidaying as you goes for overnight camping and outdoor activities in Lansdowne are the pretty hill station ever. The best times to enjoy camping in Lansdowne are March to June in summers and September to November in autumn.
Trek to Snow Viewpoint and Hawaghar
Lansdowne is the right place for hiking and trekking because of its geographical location, many treks are launched from this little town into the hillside. The treks range from small hiking trails lasting a few hours to tougher climbs that can take up to 2-3 days. The famous treks here are up till Snow Viewpoint and Hawaghar. Apart from winters and monsoons months, the whole year is good for trekking and hiking in Lansdowne.
Hike to Tip n Top Viewpoint
You can trek to Tip n Top view point and enjoy a panoramic view of surrounding Shivalik Hills and snow covered the Himalayas where you just can’t stop clicking. Hike to Tip n Top Viewpoint for a gorgeous sunset can be a very memorable moments. You can visit Tip n Top any time of the year depending upon what you want to see.
Boating in Bhulla Lake
Bhulla Taal is a small and quiet man-made lake maintained by Indian Army. A boat tour of this picturesque lake and to spot swimming ducks in the lake and the agile rabbits hopping around the banks are the best things to do here. Also, there is an amusement park which is a great place to have fun. One can also enjoy beautiful bird watching near Bhulla Taal Lake. Summers (March-June) and autumn (September-November) are the most suitable time to enjoy boating in Bhulla Taal Lake.
The forests of pine and oak trees on the hills of Lansdowne can realize & feel the real Refreshing. The fresh air, singing birds, sounds of animals, humming of insects on the forest floor and every bit of nature are gives real peace of mind. It’s one of the most peaceful and rejuvenating things to do in Lansdowne. The best time to enjoy leisurely nature walks in Lansdowne is in morning and evening during summers and autumn when the weather is favorable.
The best time to enjoy bird watching is during the spring season and post-monsoons in September and October. Lansdowne also attracts a wide variety of migratory birds like northern shoveler, ruddy shelduck, northern pintail, red-crested pochard, common merganser and many others. If you’re a nature enthusiast, you would love to indulge in bird watching.
Two famous temples here are Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple (38 Km from Lansdowne) and Santoshi Maa Temple, which is at a walking distance from Tip n Top Viewpoint. There are two churches as well, St John Church – the only functional Roman Catholic Church in Lansdowne located on the Mall Road.
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.
The best way to get to Lansdowne by road is as follows:
Stage 1: From Delhi to Meerut 70 kms, Mawana 30 kms, Bessuna-Ramraj-Meerapur
Stage 2: Take the Right turn from here for Bijnor-kiratpur 16 kms, Najibabad 17 kms, Kotdwara 25 kms, Dogadda 15 Kms.
Stage 3: 2 kms from Doggada there is a T Junction. Take the RIGHT Turn on the Lansdowne road (the left turn goes to Pauri).
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.
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.
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.
Location of Lansdowne in Uttarakhand >> , India
Coordinates: 29.83°N 78.68°ECoordinates: 29.83°N 78.68°E
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Day 1: Delhi to Lansdowne (244 kms, 10 hrs)
Begin your journey with drive to Lansdowne. 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
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.
Nearest Best Hill Staion to New Delhi
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.
Quick Glance at Lansdowne