Located in

Pauri Garhwal, Garhwal

Recommended stay

     2 days

Best time to visit

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Oct, Nov, Dec,

Railway Station

Kotdwar Railway station, 40 kms

Nearest Airport

Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, 148 kms

Famous for

Hill Station, Peaceful Surroundings, Himalayan Views, Lake

Lansdowne | Uttarakhand

Lansdowne is a hill station in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. It was founded as a military garrison under the British Raj, and the Garhwali Museum traces the history of the Garhwal Rifles regiment, which still trains in the town. Close to colonial-era St. Mary’s Church, Tip-n-Top viewpoint is perched up on a ridge overlooking forested hills. Hindu devotees worship Shiva at the centuries-old Kaleshwar Temple”

Top 10 hill station to visit in Lansdowne – Divine Travels

Thick oak forests, mesmerizing hills, and spellbinding views, there are numerous places to visit in Lansdowne which will take you a step closer to nature. A quaint hill station which is perched at an elevation of 1700 meters, Lansdowne brings to you a potpourri of attractions and memorable experiences. From trekking the treacherous trails of Lover’s Lane and exploring the vibrant streets of Lansdowne Main Market to visiting the holy shrines of Jwalpa Devi and Durga Devi Temple, there are multitude of ways by which you can quench your wanderlust in this snow-clogged beauty.

A town situated in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is well-known for its pine timberlands and rich history of Garhwal rifles. Apart from this, it has also enjoyed an undisputed attention of nature buffs for its exotic wildlife. Its close proximity to the Jim Corbett National Park makes it an ideal site for bird watching and nature walks. Here you can also get to see some of the beautiful wild creatures including tiger,sambhar, barking deer,hog deer, and porcupines. Hence, if you are planning a trip to Uttarakhand, don’t forget to pay a visit to these key tourist places in Lansdowne.

Lansdowne Hill Station

Lansdowne is one of the quietest and unspoiled hill stations of India and has been a  popular destination since Britishers came to India. Encircled by the dense oak and blue pine forests, Lansdowne appears like an old painting. Located far away from the maddening crowd of the cities, Lansdowne is an ideal retreat for the holiday makers.

Lansdowne is unlike other hill stations, as it is well connected with motorable roads but remote in its own way. It is situated at an altitude of 1780 mts above sea level surrounded with thick oak and blue pine forests in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state.

Lansdowne is the ‘Home of the Garhwal Rifles’ is one of the most quaint and unspoiled hill stations of Uttarakhand.  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.

Why Visit Lansdowne?

The pristine surroundings and the salubrious weather of Lansdowne encourage many travellers to indulge in meditation. One can enjoy an array of recreational activities at Lansdowne such as trekking, bird watching, boating, paddling etc. 

This place also offers a marvellous view of the sunrise and sunset, accompanied by the tangy hues of the sun. Some of the famous tourist attractions of Lansdowne are the Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial, Garhwali Mess, Regimental Museum, Kaleshwar Temple, St. Mary’s Church, Bhulla Tal, Tip-in-Top, and Bhim Pakora. 

For excursions, one can visit the Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple and Bhairav Garhi temple. Lansdowne is a perfect weekend getaway as it is the closest hill station from Delhi NCR region. The best time to visit this place is between the months of March to November.

Top 10 Best hill station and places to visit in Lansdowne by The Best Tour and Travel Agency in Rishikesh – Divine Travels

Some Features of Lansdowne

    1. Quiet, less crowded, not over a developed and relatively undiscovered hill station.
    2. Much cleaner and well maintained because of the Cantonment Area of Garhwal Rifles.
    3. Have many old buildings of British colonial architecture and military history.
    4. One of the closest hill stations from Delhi NCR region and a perfect Weekend Getaway.

Activities in Lansdowne

    1. Adventure Activities: Lansdowne offers exciting opportunities for adventure activities like bird watching, trekking, rock climbing to name a few. Lansdowne is famous for being a birdwatcher paradise as one can spot many beautiful feathered birds.  
    2. Nature Walks: The salubrious and serene climate at Lansdowne surrounded by undulating verdant hills makes it an ideal place to go for long walks amidst lush greenery in the morning and evenings. 
    3. Boating: Tourists can enjoy boating, paddling in the man made lake named Bhulla Lake. Tourists also enjoy water activities at Kho River near Durga Devi Mandir which is located on Kotdwar-Lansdowne Road.

History of Lansdowne

Traditionally Lansdowne was known as ‘Kaludanda’ or “Kalu Danda” village by the locals which literally suggest the ‘Black Hills’. However, the place owes the credit for its development and name to Lord Lansdowne, then Viceroy of India (1888-1894) who founded Lansdowne in 1887. 

On November 5, 1887, when the first battalion of the Garhwal Rifles migrated from Almora to Lansdowne, the town was developed as a cantonment and a Recruits Training Centre of the Garhwal Rifles was introduced by the British. During the British era, Lansdowne was a hub for all the major activities done by the freedom fighters of the British Garhwal. 

At present, the command office of the Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army is located in Lansdowne. Even today, one can admire the rustic buildings, churches and old taverns at Lansdowne, narrating the unheard colonial history of the British era, reminding the visitors of the pre-independence period.

Why Visit Lansdowne Hill Station?

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. It is one of the best weekend destinations of Uttarakhand.

Lansdowne is ideal travel destination for a lazy, relaxing holiday. It is one of the most popular weekend Getaway from Delhi NCR Region. It is one of the most sought after destinations for 2020 New Year, Winters Holidays & Summer Vacation.

Lansdowne a perfect example for eco-tourism

While most parts of the world are destroying their naturally abundant places, by interfering with the course of nature to develop them as tourist spots. Lansdowne is one such place that is popularizing the concept of eco-tourism by preserving its natural beauty.

What is Lansdowne famous for?

Lansdowne is famous among tourist as Hill Station, Peaceful Surroundings, Himalayan Views, Lake.

Lansdowne is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups.

Lansdowne is popular destination for following activities/ interests – Boating, Cantonment Area, Christmas and New Year, Hill Station, Honeymoon Destination, Leisure, Romantic, Weekend Getaway.