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Weekend Getaways from Delhi - Lansdowne
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Lansdowne is a beautiful town and a popular hill station situated on the Kotdwar-Pauri road at around 230 kms from Delhi, is quite a serene, secluded & non-commercialized weekend getaway. Named after its founder Lord Lansdowne, it was the main base of independent movement activities of India during the British Raj.


Magnificent views of snow-clad mountains & forests, bracing cool air and unpolluted clean fresh atmosphere make Lansdowne a perfect place for eco-tourism - conserving and preserving nature. Surrounded by lush greenery, the town has a soothing climate all year round. This makes it all the more attractive holidaying option. Lansdowne is also considered as a gateway of romance.

Ensconced with the world’s highest and most beautiful mountain ranges – the Himalayas, naturally Uttaranchal Hills are endowed with extra ordinary. The annual festival ‘Shardotsav’, celebrated during the season of autumn is a grand draw of tourists. The unspoilt nature & serene environment of Lansdowne, assures you a relaxing & truly, a rejuvenating holiday.


Tiffin-Top and Snow View Point: Popular vantage points – Tiffin-Top & Snow-view point, offer a startling view of the snow-clad peaks of Chaukhamba and Trishul. Tiffin Top is locally called Tip and Top, located on the ridge close to St. Mary’s Church. The way to Snow View Point is from above the State Bank of India branch. The sunset view from here, is especially remarkable.


St Mary’s and St John’s : While St. Mary’s is an Anglican Church that has been partially turned into a reading room, St. John’s is a Roman Catholic Church. Both the churches are at Tiffin-Top.St Mary’s is a must-visit for its beautiful stained glass windows and quaint aura, or merely to read the papers.
Timings Closed between 2 and 4 pm Library timings 8 am-1 pm, 2-5 pm

Darwan Singh Sangrahalaya: The War Museum is the only thing the army has open for the tourists. A motivational hall displaying the rare collection of Garhwal Rifles was inaugurated at Lansdowne in 1983. This museum is name after Darban Singh Negi. Entry fee: Rs 10. Timings: 9 am-noon, 3-6 pm

Officers’ Mess Museum: Visitors are not welcome here without permission but you can try your luck still. The Mess Museum gives you a unique opportunity to go back to the aura of 19th century. The beautiful building and its immaculate preservation, right down to the oldest book in the library, gives a chance for the present to see the past.

Bhim Pakora
: When the Pandavas were in agyaatvaas, the legend goes; Bhim picked up a small (for him) rock and placed it atop another small (for him) rock here, on the outskirts of Lansdowne. Climb the rock at the bottom and lightly push the one at the top. It moves, the huge thing, it moves! You may tip it and feel good about it, but try as you might, it will not topple down the slope. Location: Dhura Road, ahead of the Kaleshwar Mandir

Tarkeshwar Mahadev: It is an ancient temple dedicated to lord Shiva situated at an altitude of 2092 m, surrounded by thick Cedar trees. Located on the Lansdowne-Deriakhal road, 38 kms from Lansdowne, is among one of the ancient ‘Siddhpeethas’. The highlight of this place is that even at an altitude of 2092 m, there are water pools.

Hawaghar: Trek to Hawagarh passes through Khyber Pass along the road to Jaiharikhal. The walk is very refreshing with the view of snow covered peaks of the Himalayas.

Things to Do
Jungle Safari,Lansdowne

Jungle Safari : 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.

Boating at Bhulla Lake: This very small, shallow lake has been developed with the twin aims of attracting tourists and harvesting rainwater. While you spend time boating in the lake, remember that this lake has revived some of the dead natural springs in the town. And bhulla is Garhwali for little brother, a minor example of the warmth the people of the place exude.
Location Near Army School Boating charges Rs 10 for three rounds Timings 9 am-noon, 3-6 pm

Bird Watching,Lansdowne

Bird watching : Lansdowne is visited by many migratory birds due to its proximity to the Sonanadi Division of Corbett National Park. Of the roughly 2,000 species that come to India every year, about 600 visit Lansdowne, just when the summer tourist does. Keep a bird encyclopedia handy to study them like you were Lord Lansdowne, or just ask them to take your love to that special person across the globe.

Places near Lansdowne

Tarkeshwar Mahadev (12 km): It is an ancient temple dedicated to lord Shiva situated at an altitude of 2092 m, surrounded by thick Cedar trees. Located on the Lansdowne-Deriakhal road, 38 kms from Lansdowne, is among one of the ancient ‘Siddhpeethas’. The highlight of this place is that even at an altitude of 2092 m, there are water pools.

Kotdwar: (45 kms.) : It’s a gateway to the hills and one of the rail terminus for Garhwal. The nearby places of interest include ancient Karnva-Ashram (14 kms.), where Shakuntala gave birth to prince Bharat, after whose name the country is called Bharat Varsh, Sidhbali Temple (3 kms.) and Charaik Hills (20 kms).
24 from Kotdwar lies Durga Devi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga.  This cave temple, situated on the bank of river Khoh, is highly revered by the locals.

Jwalpadevi Temple (47 km): Situated on the left bank of River Nawalika the road to Pauri, Jwalpa Devi Temple is very famous especially among the boon seekers. Legend has it that a demon king’s daughter Sachi wanted to marry the Lord of Heaven, Indra, who was not inclined to tie the nuptial knot. The besotted lady then prayed to her favourite deity, Jwalpa Devi. Moved by her prayers, the deity appeared before her and granted her wish. Since then, it’s believed that a wish made here is often granted.

Kanvashram (54 km): Through the tiny valley of high hills, runs the Malini River. Both, the valley & the river Malini are an intrinsic part of Indian folklore. An hour’s trek to a group of tiny ponds served by several, small waterfalls, makes it an interseting part of the trip.

Places to Stay at Lansdowne

Accommodation options vary in Lansdowne from luxurious hotels such as HPTDC's Palace Hotel to budget hotels, cottages and tourist lodges, which are available at reasonable prices.
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How to reach Lansdowne and Best time to go

By Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradoon which is about 100 km away from Lansdowne. Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun is well connected to Delhi airport. Taxi services are available from airport to Lansdowne and it costs about Rs 2000. Delhi is the nearest international airport which is 235 km away from Lansdowne.

By Train : Nearest railway station is Kotdwar, which is nearly 40 km away from Lansdowne. This station is connected to all major cities in India. Taxi services are available from Kotdwar to Lansdowne, costing about Rs 750.

By Bus: Lansdowne is well connected to many cities in the region by buses. Private and public buses offer services from Lansdowne to Kotdwar (40 km) in regular intervals. Kotdwar is connected to Delhi by tourist deluxe buses. Lansdowne is connected to Hardwar, Dehradun and Mussoorie.

Best Time to Go: March to June & September to November

About LANSDOWNE: LANSDOWNE Information & Fact File
Altitude 1706 meters
Summer 45 (Max) & 25(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 20 (Max) & 1.3 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go March to June & September to November
Monsoon July to September
Summer April to June
Winter December - January
Clothing Cottons in Summer and heavy woolen in winters
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant – 152 km
Nearest Railway Station Kotdwar
Bus Station Kotdwar
Hospital & Doctor

Cantt. Board Hospital Tel: 62234, Army Hospital

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