Lansdowne is located in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand, 45 kms from Kotdwar. Un spoilt nature, bracing air and a magnificent view of the snow covered peaks inspire peace and tranquility. If you dream of the romance of the mountains than Lansdowne is the perfect place
Ensconced with the world’s highest and most beautiful mountain ranges – the Himalayas, naturally Uttarakhand Hills are endowed with extra ordinary beauty and most of it is unseen the outside world. This makes Lansdowne an ideal location for eco-tourism. While rest of the world is selling tourism by destroying nature, we at Lansdowne are also selling tourism but by preserving and conserving nature. A clean fresh and invigorating environment makes Lansdowne a preferred destination to relax and unwind and it is a truly rejuvenating experience.
Lansdowne culture inherited only the good things from its migrants’ cultures. Social evils never became a part of Lansdowne culture. Though Pashu-Bali (Animal Sacrifice) is a common phenomenon is various parts of Garhwal and Kumaon, it never developed in Lansdowne. It always stood apart from evils like Sati Pratha, Child Marriage, Animal-Sacrifice or any other orthodox tradition. Every good practice or thought which was for the common good of the society and the country was openly adopted by Lansdowne.
Places to see in Lansdowne
Garhwali Mess This Mess was built in Jan 1888 which subsequently became the present mess in 1892. It sis one of the oldest building in Lansdowne and speaks volumes of heritage and a very high quality of maintenance
Regimental Museum A motivational hall was inaugurated at Lansdowne in 1983 to display the rare collection of Garhwal Rifles. This museum is name after Darban Singh Negi.
St. Marry’s Church Construction of St. Marry’s Church began in 1895 by Colone AHB Hume of Royal Engineers and was completed in 1896. St Marry’s Church fell into disuse after 1947 and gradually began deteriorate. The building has now been restored by Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre with additional facilities of relevant pre independence photographs and audio visual display of Regimental history.
Bhulla Tal Bhulla means “younger brother” in Garhwali and is dedicated to the young Garhwali youth of the Garhwal Rifles who contribute their services day and night in its construction without any Government funds. The boating facilities are also available and the areas around the lakes formed by the dams have been beautified. A children park, bamboo machan and fountains have been erected as part of entertainment and beatification of pristine surroundings.
Tip-In-Top Tip-in-Top is a popular vantage point amongst the tourists visiting Lansdowne. It is on the ridge close to St. Mary’s Church. Once can plan a trek on the bring sunny day to feel the glorious view of the Himalayas which is unforgettably enchanting.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev It is an ancient temple dedicated to lord Shiva surrounded by thick Cedar trees. It is located 38 kms from Lansdowne at an altitude of 1800 m to the north east of Lansdowne on road Lansdowne-Deriakhal.
How to Reach
Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant (Dehradun) 145 kms.
Rail: The nearest railhead for Lansdowne is Kotdwar (45 kms)
Road: Lansdowne is well connected by a motor able road to almost all the important cities in Uttarakhand. Lansdowne is approx 250 kms from Delhi, 145 kms from Dehradun and 95 kms from Haridwar. 45 Kms fromKotdwar. Up to Kotdwar you can Board a train from Delhi.