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Nearest Airport: Dehradun Check Flights

"Quaint little hilly town"

Lansdowne Tourism

Lansdowne is a quaint little hill town located at a distance of 258 km from Delhi in Pauri district of Uttarakhand. Laden with oak and pine forest and dotted with buildings of the colonial era, this hill station is a haven for bird watchers, casual hikers and weekenders from NCR.

The town was discovered by British and got its name from the then Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne. The guesthouses here are fading reminders of the colonial period, and they offer a stunning view of the mountains from their balconies.

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What Makes Lansdowne an Amazing Tourist Destination

Lansdowne doesn't have a huge number of tourist attractions, but the ones it does have offer experiences you will not get anywhere else. The most prominent tourist spot in Lansdowne is Tip-n-Top (also known as Tiffin Top), which is a hilltop in Lansdowne that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the mist-shrouded Shivalik range. Surrounded by towering oak and pine forests, this hilltop viewpoint is an amazing place to view sunrises and sunsets. An artificial lake named Bhulla Taal, a little away from the hilltop, is a popular bird-watching spot, and it offers boat rides as well. Another hilltop viewpoint in Lansdowne that tourists frequent is Hawaghar, which, as the name suggests, is a place where you can feel the cold mountain air blowing through your hair as you look out towards the snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks.

To get a feel of the town's history, visiting the Garhwali Mess is a must. One of the oldest existing British buildings in Lansdowne, the Garhwali Mess is now owned by the Indian Army and offers an insight into India's post-Independence history. Other tourists spots in Lansdowne include St. Mary's Church, St. John's Church, and the Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial, which is a must-visit for history buffs.

Lansdowne is known for its local Garhwali cuisine, so don't forget to try out the local delicacies such as Phaanu, Kafuli and Kulath ki dal, as well as desserts such as Arsa and Gulgula.

History of Lansdowne

Located in the Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, the history of Lansdowne is culturally influenced by the British rule during the Raj era. Earlier known as ‘Kalundanda’ meaning Black hill in Garhwali, the place got its name after the then Viceroy of India Lord Lansdowne in 1857. The British rulers established the Garhwal Rifles cantonment of the armed forces here, and the first battalion was shifted from Almora to Lansdowne. The untouched serenity and calmness made it an ideal escape for troops and troopers to hide in. Central Lansdowne cradles one of the oldest war museums, maintained and only accessible by the army which showcases the historical influences this place holds.

Restaurants and Local Food in Lansdowne

The most delicious and convenient option for food here would be the hotels, lodges and resorts, since there aren't too many restaurants here. One can find Chinese, Indian, Mughlai, Marwari, Garhwali as well as Continental cuisines. One can also relish Chinese, Tibetan as well as a number of non-vegetarian delicacies here. The local cuisine of Uttarakhand the you might find here includes Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Rus ( a preparation of many dals) and more.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Dehradun airport or Kotdwar railway station. Transfer to Lansdowne in a private cab. Check-in at the hotel. Visit St John's Church and Darwan Singh Regimental museum.
Day 2: Trek to Tiffin Top, to enjoy the beautiful and panoramic view of the Shivalik ranges. Visit the Bhulla Lake and enjoy the serene ambience. Later, visit the Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple, located at an elevation of 2092 meters.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Very peaceful and serene. Offbeat destination, hence less crowded. Good alternative for Rishikesh.

What's Not So Great?

Nothing much to do apart from sightseeing. Foreigners are not allowed for the overnight stay without the visa permitting them to stay in a Cantonment area.

For Whom?

For avid travellers and anybody who is looking for a peaceful getaway in the Garhwal region.

How To Reach Lansdowne

228 km off Delhi, Lansdowne can be easily reached via roadways- by either buses or cars in about 4 hours.

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Bharat Taxi 4 weeks ago
Lansdowne is a very nice hill station nearest to Delhi, It is the paradise surrounded by beautiful valleys. Lansdowne is one of the beautiful tourist places of Uttarakhand. Nature can be seen here in its untouched form as compared to other hill stations. The Natural beauty here is mesmerising. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year. The greenery spread everywhere makes you feel a different world. the weather here is pleasant from March to November. The Tip-N-Top is a favourite tourist spot here, which is situated very close to St. Mary's Church. Lansdowne has many activities like trekking, paddling, bird watching, etc. which are full of thrill and adventure.
Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- Carry warm clothes whenever you travel to Lansdowne. Winters are extremely cold. Hence, carry boots and jackets during winters. Also, carry packages of snacks or fruits since sight-seeing places don't usually have eateries around.
Surbhi Parashar 1 year ago
Unspoilt by human activities, Lansdowne is also popular as one of the British Hill stations and is home to the cantonment of the Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army. The area is home to some of the most mystical and breathtaking views. This place also served as one of the main bases of independence struggle activities during the Colonial times. Lansdowne is famous for its eco-friendly tourism revolving around mountaineering, trekking, and jungle safaris. The Shardotsav festival celebrated annually during autumn draws tourists from across the country.
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