The beautiful town of Lansdowne is situated at a elevation of 1780 m, south of Pauri en-route Kotdwara and surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forest, with great mountain views. It is a very charming place for a quiet holiday as it is devoid of the usual hustle and bustle of other hill stations. Lansdowne was originally a popular hill station with the British. Attracted by its salubrious climate and natural beauty, they established a cantonment here. It was founded by the then Viceroy Lord Lansdowne in 1887 and thus this place has been named after him. The famous Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army has its command office here.
Height: 1780 m
Climate: Summer is mild and cottons and light woollens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and heavy clothing is required. Through the rest of the year, light woollens/cottons are suggested.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Lansdowne
Rail: The nearest rail station is at Kotdwara at a distance of 45 kms.
Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 145 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Lansdowne
The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial: Located at the Parade Ground, it is a major attraction, attracting tourists from all over Indian and the world. The forests here are lovely, dark and deep, just ideal for those long walks and picnic. One can enjoy amazing view of the Western Himalayas from this place.
Garhwali Mess: This Mess was built in 1888 which subsequently became the present Mess in 1892. It is one of the oldest buildings in Lansdowne and speaks volumes of heritage and has a very high quality of maintenance.
Regimental Museum: A motivational hall was inaugurated at Lansdowne in 1983 to display the rare collections of Garhwal Rifles over the period of 119 years.
The Regimental Temple: To suitably honour and match the deep religious feelings of wondrous Garhwali troops and also as tribute to the wonderful Dev Bhoomi, the work to renovate and beautify the old Regimental Temple was undertaken on 01 Apr 1993.
Kaleshwar Mandir: It is the oldest temple building of Lansdowne and is believed to be more than 500 years old. When the Garhwal Rifles reached Lansdowne on 4th November 1887, this site had only te idol of Lord Shiva. The temple now draws lots of civilian devotees and is deeply worshiped by locals and villagers who flock it frequently, specially on ‘Shivratri’.
St. Marry’s Church: Construction of this Church began in 1895 by Colonel A.H.B. Hume of royal Engineers and was completed in 1896. This building has now been restored by Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre eith additional facilities of relevant pre-independence photographs and audio visual display of Regimental history.
St. John’s Church: On the Mall, the Roman Catholic Church (now St. John’s Church) is situated just above the road on the spur below the Forest Bungalow, was completed in 1934.
Bhulla Tal: Name Bhulla means younger brother in Garhwali language and this is dedicated to the young Garhwali youth o the Garhwal Rifles who contributed their services day and night in its construction. The lake has boating facilities, a children park, tree house and fountains.
Tip-in-Top: Tip-in-Top is a popular vantage point amongst the tourists visiting Lansdowne. It is on the ridge close to St. Marry’s Church. One can plan a trek on a bright sunny day to feel the glorious view of the Himalayas, which is unforgettably enchanting.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev: It is an ancient Lord Shiva Temple which is a beautiful picnic spot surrounded by thick Cedar trees. It is located 38 kms away at a height of 6000 feet to the north-east of Lansdowne.
Bhairav Garhi: A conical shaped hill approximately 6100 feet high is situated near Gumkhal and it overlooks Eastern Nayar River. This is a historical place where a pitched battle was fought between the British and the Gorkha troops in 1814.
Rathi Point Trek: Planning a trek in the early hours of the day to Rathi Point gives one opportunity of having a look of beautiful sun rise. It is a beautiful site to watch the sun peeping from behind the snow clad ranges of the Himalayas. In this trek, one can encounter herds of Monkeys. The trek is covered by splendid wild flowers and rhododendron trees.
Deriakhal Trek: This provides an excellent view of the valley which lies east of Jaiharikhal village. The trek passes along the picturesque village of Deriakhal with terraced fields and village life presenting a glance of Garhwali culture. Entire distance on this trek is 8.6 kms.
Hawaghar Trek: Trek to Hawagarh passes through Khyber Pass along the road to Jaiharikhal. The walk is very refreshing with the view of snow covered peaks of the Himalayas in the north east.