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Lansdowne is a calm & quite Hill Station located in Uttarakhand, Lansdowne was originally a popular hill station established of the British. Lansdowne attracts tourists by its lovely climate and natural beauty. Lansdowne has cantonment and proudly preserves its links from the past. Altitude 6000 ft approx (above sea level)

Language Hindi and English
Best Time to Visit Round the year
STD Code 1386
Distance from Delhi 245 km

Tiny Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill station in India. So quiet and so hidden that you know you've reached only when you actually turn past the gates of the elegant Garhwal Rifles Cantonment. And theLansdowne town is as picturesque as you were led to hope for by the drive up the road from Kotdwar- past a mountain stream (the 'lost River Khoh) so clear you can see the pebbles on its bed from your car window - far up the mountainside.

Back in the Raj, Lansdowne was one of the popular hill stations where the Sahibs, mostly from the Army, galloped across the ridge that overlooked a sprawling valley and the Greater Himalayas, or drove to the church on the hill (the popular Tiffin Top ) every Sunday in their horse-drawn carriages. The Lansdowne town itself is named after Sir Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, 6th Earl of Kerry and Viceroy of India from 1888 to 1894. Shaded, winding roads are still lined with colonial bungalows, some in a state of disrepair, some steadfastly retaining their charm with ornate gates and windowsills hidden behind blanketing bougainvillea and creepers.

Lansdowne is the only remaining "Living" hill station in the north Himalayas situated at a height of 5800 ft and located only 245km from Delhi. There are only 8000 inhabitants, 50 times that number of trees that feed on myriad streams and and check dams and a main market that you could finish visiting in 15 minutes. So what does one do Lansdowne ??? Good question...

One comes to Lansdowne to do nothing....Letís face it, all of us deserve to do nothing every once in a hectic while and........Lansdowne offers you just that and more..........

Its green hill and varied fauna and flora makes it a colorful and picturesque hill station, commanding a wonderful view of the extensive Himalayan snow ranges as also a glittering view of the river Ganga. Un-spoilt nature, bracing air and a magnificent view of the snow covered peaks inspire peace and tranquility. If you dream of the romance of the mountain, then Lansdowne is perfect place for you.

Just let your body and soul rejuvenate at their own pace amidst the pine, oak and rhododendrons forests. Natureís aromatherapy has a way of making you breathe deeper and send in that fresh dose of oxygen which is said to activate the right side of your brain. No softy stalls, no video game parlors, no fancy tandoori joints, no instant dosa`s or noodles, and no, not even a movie hall at Lansdowne. The cantonment board keeps the Lansdowne town as fresh as a daisy. The proud "Garhwal Rifles" has a major presence inLansdowne town and this is where some of the bravest sons of India are trained on the huge parade ground right in the middle of the Lansdowne town. They also pride in the second best kept Regimental Mess in Asia, complete with old armory, weapons, hundreds of animal trophies and the regimental ghost.

Route  Delhi to Lansdowne

National highway to Meerut,

Bijnore, Kiratpur Najibabad and Kotdwara.State

Roads to Lansdowne via Dugadda.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO AT LANSDOWNE


Apart from going on the best wooded walks one gets to see the unique War Museum and the World famous Garhwali Mess.

Hike up to Tiffin Top and Snow View to get a panaromic view of the snow clad Himalayas or for a glimpse of St Mary's Church,

which, despite losing most of its glory over the years, boasts of beautiful stained glass windows.Then one can visit the St Johns Church and the Santoshi Mata Temple.

The Bhulla Tal(a lake created from harnessing rain water)

Durga Devi Temple
This locally important temple lies on the right bank of the Khoh River, 27 km form Lansdowne. The temple itself is really 13ft inside a cave. Deep within is a Shivling and locals whisper that wishes made here are bound to be granted.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev
Tarkeshwar Temple is dedicated to Shiva, the god of Kedar Khand, which is the original name of the area that now comprises Kumaon and Garhwal. There is a mention of Kedar Khand in Skanda Purana, one of the anceint Hindu texts. Tarkeshwar is considered to be one of the ancient Siddhpeethas and is nestled in a thick forest of deodar, blue pine and oak. Water pools around the temple lend as aura of mystery to the place. Tarkeshwar is approx. 36 km from lansdowne.

Jwalapadevi Temple
This famous temple is a 10 minute trek down to the banks of the Nawalika River, off the Lansdowne-Pauri Road, 42 km from Lansdowne. This temple is most interesting for its legends. In ancient Garhwal, the demon king's daughter Sachi wanted to marry Indra, the King of Heaven, who was not inclined to tie the nuptial knot with the besotted girl. Sachi prayed to her favourite deity, Jwalpadevi. Moved by the girl's heartfelt prayers, the godess granted her wish. Since then, Garhwalis say, a wish made here is often granted, Boon-seekers crowd the shrine during Ashtami in April and October.

 

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