Lansdowne at an altitude of 1,706 m on a hillock is famous for its pristine Himalayan beauty, oak and pine forests, snow-covered peaks and lovely fresh air.
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.
Lansdowne offers many resorts, self-catering villas and guest houses for a comfortable stay.
Very peaceful and serene. Offbeat destination, hence less crowded. Good alternative for Rishikesh.
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 avid travellers and anybody who is looking for a peaceful getaway in the Garhwal region.
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.
It's best to have your own vehicle or rented cab in Lansdowne. Alternately, you can also travel in the local buses. Jungle safaris and walking are some of the other ways to explore Lansdowne.
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.
Lansdowne has been an important attraction for the tourists seeking a peaceful vacation away from the hustle-bustle of the cities. Lansdowne at times is a very good alternative for Rishikesh. Many travellers visit Lansdowne instead of Rishikesh to avoid the tourist rush. With the same scenic beauty, Lansdowne offers the tranquillity and antiquity of the British era.
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.
By Pallavi Siddhanta
What all can I do in Lansdowne? Does it have nice cafes where I can chill?