Sometimes all one wants to do is leave behind all their work and worries, simply cast them aside and find a quiet, peaceful spot to rejuvenate themselves. Nice pleasant weather, peaceful atmosphere, a soft comfortable bed, cozy blanket all combined together can do wonders for a person. If that is what you are looking for then Lansdowne is the perfect place! Explore your perfect place with MBT and travel to Lansdowne under 15k.
Lansdowne is a small, less heard of hill station in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand in north India. A convenient location for those in the north especially in and around Uttarakhand and Delhi to avail their well-earned weekend vacation for a laid back time.
Deriving its fancy name from the then Viceroy of India Lord Lansdowne, this hill station was developed as a garrison for the Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army by the British in 1887. Its historical significance being the prime attribute to the place, Lansdowne is till date where the commanding office of the Garhwal Rifles is based. With nothing more than a few colonial remnants such as the buildings, the lush green of the forest cover around and the beautiful glimpse of the Himalayas this small town offers the best experience for a lazy laid back time out of the hustle and bustle of the city and its hectic life.
How to Reach?
Lansdowne is at a height of 1700 metres above sea level. Yet, it is quite accessible and is well connected.
The closest city being Delhi which is around 258 km from Lansdowne and a 7-hour drive away can be covered via NH534. It is at a distance of around 72 km from Pauri Garhwal district which is a 3-hour journey. Access to Lansdowne is available to the neighboring cities and towns as well through the national and state highways.
You can easily reach through Train Journey. The closest railway station is Kotdwar which is around 44km away from Lansdowne. From there Lansdowne can be reached through the roadways.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport which is around 152 km from Lansdowne. The rest of the journey would be covered via the road. You can take a road journey through a cab, bike and enjoy the scenic views!
Irrespective of the means of transportation, it would be hard to miss the picturesque and breath-taking scenery with snow-capped mountains and thick flourishing forests which transports you to another world.
Where to stay?
To thoroughly enjoy a place like Lansdowne, there should be no compromise on the accommodation. The stay should be as comfortable and enjoyable as one can afford.
Lansdowne has options of star hotels ranging from 2 stars to 4 stars with properties which simply enhances the beauty and charm of the place and surroundings and caters to your needs with at most care.
Cost- Rooms can range from Rs. 1200 to Rs. 4000 per night
There is also the option of resorts with the option of cottages, which is located in rather scenic spots of the hill station and offers astounding views.
Cost- Range from Rs. 1200 to Rs. 5000 per night
Lansdowne also has homestays that offer a homely, relaxing stay at more affordable prices also giving a glimpse into the lives of the local people.
Cost- Rent can vary from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 3000 per night
What to explore?
1. Bhulla Lake
Also known as Bhullatal lake, it is located 1 km away from Lansdowne and is an artificial lake. The lake is maintained by the Indian Army and is dedicated to the youth of the Garhwal rifles who helped in the construction of the lake and also to those who died in the service of the nation.
A peaceful and serene lake, surrounded by greenery and small animals sprinting helter-skelter makes for the perfect picnic spot. It is also known for the boating rides that are offered which takes one into the picturesque realm of the hill station.
Timing- 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
2. Tip N Top
A very popular spot in Lansdowne located about 3 km from the centre, Tip N Top is a place for everyone to lounge and enjoy to have a laid back time. Catering to all sorts of people and groups- families, children, friends, couples- this place is multifaceted!
Known as a great hiking spot, picnic zone, viewpoint for the snow-capped Himalayas and the Shivalik ranges this place has a lot to offer and is a must-visit for all tourists. There is also a resort of the same name in that place.
3. St. Mary’s Church
Close to Tip N Top, St. Mary’s Church on the Mall Road, 1.5 km from Lansdowne, was built by Colonel A. H. B. Hume in 1896.
Currently, the maintenance of the Church is undertaken by the Garhwal Rifles who brought it out of disuse after 1947. The Church is now a museum with pre-independence photographs and displays. British colonial architecture can be appreciated in the structure of the Church.
Timing- 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry fee- none
4. Garhwal/ Darwan Singh Regimental Museum
The museum is located around 1 km from Lansdowne. It is located in Parade Ground, a showcase of the Garhwal Rifles itself- its history, achievements, their soldiers, their lifestyle and life itself.
It has on display their uniforms, arms, photographs, contributions and is named after Darwan Singh Negi the first Victoria Cross holder from Garhwal Rifles.
Timings- 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon) and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Entry fees- Rs 50 per person
5. Garhwali Mess
The Garhwali Mess is the oldest building in Lansdowne which was built in 1888 and is located 1 km from Lansdowne.
This historical building is admired by people far and wide and is a distinguished and noteworthy heritage of Lansdowne and its past. The colonial life of the British era is reflected in this building which is now preserved by the state government.
Timings- 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
6. Kalagarh Tiger Reserve
A part of the Jim Corbett National Park, the Kalagarh Tiger Reserve located around 13 km from Lansdowne and is known as the name suggests for the Royal Bengal Tiger. Must visit for all wildlife enthusiasts who can spot several other fauna like leopards, deers, bears, etc and flora indigenous to the region as well.
Nature lovers can enjoy a good long walk, photographers can spot and capture the exotic and wild of nature, others can take the safari to admire the animals in their habitat.
Timing- Open from 15 November to 15 June for tourists.
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry fees- Rs. 100 per person
7. Lansdowne Trip Travel Café
The Lansdowne Trip Travel Café is a haven for all travellers and tourists in that area. It is located a little far from Lansdowne at a distance of 17 km.
Made to make the travelers feel at ease, it is an aesthetic café with cozy seating areas and decorations with books and board games for the tourists to have a laid back time! It also showcases the heritage of the place and is worth the drive!
Timings- 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Food is one of the most important part of travelling and the local cuisine is not one to miss. The Garhwali cuisine is largely vegetable-based and is known for dishes like kafuli, phaanu, thechwani, kulath ki dal, baadi etc. For those with a sweet tooth gulgula and arsa are famous.
Lansdowne as a land for laid back time promises travelers everything they could ask for in order to reenergize themselves. The lack of tourists is a bonus point as it adds to the serenity and peace of the hill station. Travelers can let themselves loose and explore nature and themselves basking in the treasures and making it an enriching experience!