The untouched valley of Lansdowne is located in the Pauri ? Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, known for its snowy serenity. The small cantonment town located in the Garhwal region of Himalayas is a popular destination for leisure outings that attracts avid travellers. Situated at an altitude of 1700 m, this place is at a distance of 240 kilometres from Delhi.
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.
Hotel Ravine Palace
Staring from INR 2,900
Corbett Hill Resorts
Staring from INR 4,399
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.
Get Stunned by Lansdowne - 3 Days-2 Nights
Staring from Rs. 6,000
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Great location if you're looking to go off-mainstream and over-crowded hill stations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0UgiMAm9Wg
By Pallavi Siddhanta
What all can I do in Lansdowne? Does it have nice cafes where I can chill?