Lansdowne- A Hidden Paradise of Uttarakhand
So you must have Heard about of Lansdowne from your friends or show some blog or video on the Internet about it. You must be thinking why this little town of Uttarakhand is so famous among the tourist and why it considered one of the top weekend gateways from Delhi NCR.
lansdowne is a simple town which has some fantastic places but the most beautiful thing about this place is its atmosphere which so quiet yat loving.
you can feel the peace in the air of this town and can realize what you are missing in life and you will feel that you are in some other world which is full of peace and happiness.
Lansdowne is surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forests. The town also provides you a majestic view of The Great Himalayan.
The beautiful hill station is situated 1,700 mts above sea level. Another thing about this town which makes special is, its a training center of The Garhwal Rifles. Garhwal Rifles was Established in 1887. You can see some old buildings of British colonial architecture and army monuments on the road of the town.
The name of the town is named after Lord Lansdowne who was the British Viceroy in 1888, Lansdowne was developed by British. Before getting the name of the Lansdowne, the city was known as Kalu Danda.
Why Visit Lansdowne?
Lansdowne is one of the best places in Uttarakhand This hill station is so quiet and clean. There are some fantastic places to visit in Lansdowne, you can go to the Bhula lake the artificial lake is one of the major tourist attractions here. you can walk the road for a romantic walk in a cool road situated between Jaiharikhal to Lansdowne.
Tip N Top, Bhim Pakora, Darwan Singh Regimental Museum, St. John’s Church, war memorial Lansdowne and Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple These are some places that you can visit in Lansdowne. Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is the most visited place by travelers in Lansdowne. This holy temple is so famous among foreign tourists.
Places To Visit In Lansdowne
- Tip N Top
Tip n Top Is 1.5 km from the main Lansdowne market, Tip N Top is a Viewpoint in Lansdowne and one of the places that highly visited by visitors. It’s a romantic place and its surrounded by pine and oak forest.
Tip N Top is located At 1700 meters height which provides the perfect view of entire Lansdowne city you can also see the view of Himalayas range from Tip N Top. If you want to stay a night in tip n top, you can stay in the beautiful cottage house made available by GMVN for the night stay. Tip N Top is a place where you can feel the beauty of Nature.
- Bhula Tall Lake
Bhulla Lake is 1 km from Lansdowne market and its maintained by The Gharwal Rifles. Bhulla Lake is an artificial Lake dedicated to young Soldiers of Gharwal rifles who helped in making the lake, The Meaning Of bhula in Gharwali language is Yong brother.
The atmosphere around Bhumle Lake is very quiet. it’s an Ideal Place For a picnic, you can enjoy boating here. You can go to the bridge over the lake here for the beautiful view of the lake.
The bridge Capacity is 10 person at one time. You can see some ducks floating in the lake water and some rabbit also around the lake. There is a restaurant, a cafe near the lake. All in all Bhulla lake is just a Fantastic place to visit in Lansdowne.
- Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is the most visited place in Lansdowne, The holy temple in 38 km from Lansdowne. Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is 1500 years old and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year Pepeol come here in large number, it’s believed that if you wish something here then your wish will come true.
Temple is surrounded by Deodar trees and the atmosphere around the temple is very quiet. Near the temple, there are five pine trees that look like a trident. Those people whose desire is fulfilled bind the bell here, when you hear the sound of these gongs, your mind will feel the peace.
The Atmosphere here is very tranquil which make this place perfect for meditation. foreign tourist especially comes here for meditation. There is ashram named Maheshwari Asaram if wish to come here for stay for some day then you could stay in the ashram, but before you come you have to book this ashram one week before your arrival.
There are not enough words to describe this temple. Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is just a like heaven. you must visit this temple once in your life. you will feel peace when you come to Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple.
- Bhim Pakora
Bhim Pakora is a beautiful historical place, 2 kilometers from the Land of Lansdowne. here are two rocks which are kept in a way that does not fall down. Whether you shake a rock with both hands, even then the rock does not fall.
According to a story told by the people here, Pandavas of Mahabharata stayed here for one night in their relegation time. Then was Bheema kept both rocks on top of each other. you should go to BhimPakora to see the magic of both rocks.
- St Johns Church
St Johns Church was established in 1936, St Johns Church is a Roman Catholic church, its 1 km from Lansdowne market. The interior of the church is very beautiful. The atmosphere around the church is also very good. The Timing of the church is 8 AM – 5 PM.
- Darwan Singh Museum-
Darwan Singh Museum is 1 km from the Lansdowne market. The name of the museum is named after the great Victoria Cross holder Darwan Singh Negi (November 1881 – 24 June 1950) he was part of the 39th Garhwal Rifles during the First World War. The museum is maintained by the Garhwal Rifles.
You can find some information about Garhwal Rifles achievements and the golden history of the Indian army. you can also see some old uniforms.
You can know everything about the heroes of Garhwal Rifles Who has sacrificed their lives for our great nation India. If you love History then you must visit the museum. The museum is open on all days.
- inaugurated in 1983.
- paid entry- Rs.60 per person.
- Timing- 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the evening.
- St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Church is located 2 km from Lansdowne market near Tip N Top. the church was built by Coel AHB Humelon 1895, the church also known as “Jewel of Lansdowne”.
Best Restaurants in Lansdowne
There are many restaurants in Lansdowne where you can taste some delicious food and there are some local dhabas which providing you the taste of Garhwal. Mayur Restaurant, Tipsy, Zaika are some of the best and pocket-friendly restaurants in Lansdown.
You should try Bal Mithai also know as chocolate mithai and Arsa which is famous Garwali sweet which normally prepared at weddings. These sweet are easily available on sweet shops located on market.
Best Time To Visit Lansdowne
It depends on when you want to visit Lansdowne because the weather of town remains pleasant through the year. Summer is the best time for those who want to spend some time in cool weather of Lansdowne. If you want to enjoy snowfall then winters are the best time for you.
In monsoon, the town looks beautiful with lush green forest but the town also gets heavy rains to fall in this season. It would be best for you to check the information about the town situation because some road of the town gets block due to heavy rainfall.
Winters would be the best time for you to visit this town because in winters the weather remains wonderful and the temperature gets below down to 0°C. You can even enjoy snowfall from December to February.
Best Hotels In Lansdowne
lansdowne has luxury and budget range of hotel. Some luxury Hotels provides you great view and hospitality. There are some budgeted hotels in town offers you good service at a low price. Below are some of the info about the best hotels in Lansdown.
- Blue Pine
Blue Pine resort is one of the oldest luxury resort in Lansdown. The resort has total 35 which are view facing rooms. You can see the beautiful green forest from rooms. the resort has a swimming pool and multi-cuisine restaurant. This resort is the best place to stay. The resort is 4km away from the twon.
Services- Carom, Snooker, pool table, Table Tennis, Gym, Bonfire, and live DJ.
Rooms Price- Starting from- 4,500
- Lens Castle
Lens Castle is another top accommodation in Lansdowne which offers you both luxury and budgeted rooms. Lens Castle is a boutique hotel. The hotels offer you a fantastic view of the Himalayan valley. The hotel provides you with some advantages activities on request like Trekking, Sightseeing of town, Half day tour to Tarkeshwar Temple.
Lans Castle has a Terrace Garden called Floor Himalaya Terrace Garde.
Services- Table Tennis, Lido, Carom, Cards, Chess, Archery, Bonfire, Gym, and multi-cuisine restaurant.
Rooms Price- Starting from 4,500
- Vanvasa resort
Vanvasa resort is the most luxury resort near the town. The resort is 60 km away from Lansdowne and located in quiet location. Vanvasa resort is situated in hilltop and surrounded by lush green forest.
If you stay there you truly feel like you are in VAN as the meaning of this resorts name is Van Me Vas. The resort has 23 well-furnished Cottages/ Villas & Family Rooms.
Services- Swimming Pool, Multi-cuisine restaurant, Campfire, Indoor/ Outdoor games, Guided nature walk.
Room Price- Starting from 7,500
How To Reach Lansdowne?
By Air- The nearest Airport to Lansdowne is Jolly Grant Airport, Which is 150 km From twon. Taxi and bus are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi.
By Rail- The nearest Railway station Is Kotdwara which is 40 km from Lansdowne. you can take the taxi and bus from Kotdwara. Kotdwara Railway Station is well connected to major cities of India. You can take Garhwal Express and Mussoorie Express from Delhi.
By Road- Lansdowne is well connected by road network to major cities of India. You can take a bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate Delhi, Delhi is 250 km from twon. Bus from Delhi will take you to Kotdwar and Dugadda only. Then you have to take a GMOU bus or local taxi from here, Which is easily available here.