Lansdowne is a small hill-station in Pauri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The town is named such after Lord Lansdowne, the then Viceroy of India, who visited the place in 1884. It is, in fact, a cantonment and much thanks to the Indian Army, remains to be a place that is not yet spoilt by tourist mania. It still retains its quiet and serenity, unlike the other popular hill stations of our country. The entire town is administered by the cantonment board and hence is much cleaner, less commercialized and well connected by super smooth roads.
The buildings and church of Lansdowne built during the British period, which dates back to the pre-independence period. Lansdowne is an ideal location for eco-tourism as it is well preserved by the Government of Uttarakhand and the Garhwal Rifles. There is a road situated between Jai Hari Khal and Lansdowne which is called cool road( ठन्डी सड़क) where Indians were not allowed during the British times, it was only meant for Britishers.
Places to See in Lansdowne
Situated at an elevation of 1,780 m above sea level en route Kotdwar, this hill town is a favorite since the time of the British Raj, when Lord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India from 1888 to 1894, popularised it and developed it as the regimental center of the Garhwal Rifles. Lansdowne has inherited the legacy of the British Raj through the various buildings and churches built during the time.
Durga Devi Temple
Durga Devi temple at Kotdwar is one of the famous places here. The holy shrine is located along the banks of Khoh River and is only 9kms away from Kotdwar. Residing deity of the temple is Goddess Durga who is largely preached by the visitors and devotees here. The temple is located at the hill inclination on the road near Pauri. Durga Devi temple is a sacred shrine that is largely worshipped in Kotdwara.
Considered to be more than 500 years old, Kaleshwar Temple is the oldest temple building of Lansdowne. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and draws civilian devotees as well as the soldiers of the famed Garhwal Regiment. This temple is a special draw on ‘Shivratri’.
This is an ideal picnic spot and a popular getaway for spending time with family and friends. Vehicles can’t go right up to the hilltop hence, you will need to leave your vehicles some 200 meters away from the top.
People are especially drawn to the sight of the setting sun from a point known as the Sunset View Point, which is en route to Tiffin Top. This point is also known as Snow View because of the breath-taking views that it offers of the snow-covered mountain peaks in the winter.
Let yourself loose in the cradle of nature at the Bhulla Lake in Lansdowne built by the Garhwal Rifles. An artificial lake, the reason for its creation was mainly to attract tourists to the city, which has worked in favor of the city. Peaceful and soothing, this is a perfect picnic spot in the midst of flawless beauty.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Positioned 1800 m above sea level and 38 km from Lansdowne, this ancient temple is a tourist favourite in Lansdowne. Erected in devotion to Lord Shiva, it is understood to be one of the holiest places or “Siddha Pitas” in honour of Lord Shiva. The Mahashivratri festival attracts hordes of people from across the country.
Best Time to Visit Lansdowne
The summer and winter months are the best to visit Lansdowne. During summer you can explore the town better, while in winter you can enjoy some snow and chill weather. The winter season is quite freezing with snowfall and offers a beautiful sight for travelers. The monsoon season calls for heavy rainfalls and thus landslides, only becoming more inconvenient, due to poor road conditions.