Here you come to Lansdowne, which is a beautiful township as well as a pleasant hill station in Garhwal, Uttaranchal. Situated at an altitude of 1,706 m, from the sea level, Lansdowne is 37 km from Kotdwar City, enroute Kotdwar- Pauri road. This beautiful hill station is surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forests. Far from the noise and crowd of other hill stations Lansdowne can be called a pretty charming place for a quiet holiday.
How to Reach– You can reach to Lansdowne by a continuous 5 hours drive from New Delhi. Lansdowne is surrounded by lush, green hills. Truly, Lansdowne is still untouched from the outer pollution, which gives you a sheer feeling of peace and joy.
Lansdowne: History in Brief- In beginning it was known as Kaludanda, Kalun (Black) and Danda (Hill) in local language. It got its name as Lansdowne after Lord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India in 1887, and by 1901 it was populated by 3943 inhabitants. Developed by the British for catering for the Recruits Training centre of the Garhwal Rifles, Lansdowne was a major place of the activities of freedom fighters from British Garhwal during British period. Today, the famous Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army has its command office here.
Places to Visit in Lansdowne- The town is attracted by many tourists and the soothing climate of the city all through the year, characterized by pleasant summers and cold winters, is very comfortable for holidaying tourist. This place is especially considered as a gateway of romance, thanks to the natural comforts, nice accommodations, pleasant weather, calm environment and secluded atmosphere. This great hill station is completely away from hustle and bustle and hence is distinct from the normal hill stations which are crowded.
Tarakehswar Mahadev– 36 km from Lansdowne and at a height of 1,800 m this place is known for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Surrounded by thick forests of deodar and pine, it is an ideal place for those who seek for beauty in nature. During Shivratri, a special worship is held. The temple committee provides a dharamshala for accommodation.
St. Marry’s Church- During your Lansdowne visit go for this artistically built Church. Built in 1896 by Colonel AHB Hume St. Marry Church had faced ignorance after the Independence of India, as British army had to unoccupied the town. Later this building was restored by Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre.
Lake Bhulla Tal- This is an artificial Lake called, Bhulla Tal in Lansdowne where you can enjoy the boating and paddling. There’s also a Children park near to Lake.
St. John’s Church- On the beautiful Mall road this only Church, (Roman Catholic) Located. Earlier busied as the Forest bungalow and reopened in 1980.
Snowfall is common during the winter season and the quaint town is covered with a blanket of white snow. For those who want to see snowfall and experience the winter chill, Lansdowne is an ideal place to visit during this time.