Lansdowne is a picturesque scenic hilly town, perched at an elevation of about 1700 m above sea level, amidst the thick oak and pine forest, blessed with nature trails, serene lakes, and misty mountains. Situated in Pauri district of Uttrakhand, named after Lord Lansdowne- the then Viceroy of British India-has well preserved British heritage bungalows and Churches. From trekking the treacherous trails of viewpoints and exploring the vibrant streets of Lansdowne to visiting the holy shrines of Jwalpa Devi Temple and Durga Devi Temple, there is a multitude of ways to quench your wanderlust in this snow-clogged beauty. Lansdowne, A lesser-known hill station, a clean and well-maintained town that houses the command office of Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army. Bestowed upon with indescribable natural beauty, it is a perfect gateway for peace seekers, solo travelers, and nature lovers.
This place hosts a lot of fascinating things to do in Lansdowne however mentioning those which can be explored in 3-4 hours as heading back to the next place requires enough time in hand as sometimes it is difficult to get a shared taxi or cab or if you are traveling solo and especially when it is a budget trip. So, plan wisely and have enough time in your hand. To have a relaxed and rejuvenating time in this peaceful hill station, decide which all the places you want to visit in advance to have a hassle-free traveling. Uttrakhand is a state of spirituality, temples, pilgrimage, and mountains. And in Lansdowne, there are many holy and religious places.
Hence, if you are planning a trip to Lansdowne, Uttrakhand, do not forget to pay a visit to these key tourist place:
Tip N Top point is one of the most beautiful places to view some of the panoramic Garhwal hills with the majestic Himalayan range at the backdrop. At 1700 meters high, travelers experience here the unmatched beauty of Lansdowne as this place is still an uncrowded place and attracts travelers who want to take some salubrious Himalayan air with a peaceful mind. Also known as Tiffin Top, located at a distance of 2.5 km from Lansdowne market, and can be reached easily by trek. So if you are a trek lover, you will be going to love these places and also this place is covered with pine and oak forest. One can witness an uncounted number of hills and a long series of snow-capped mountains.
Durga Devi Temple is an ancient temple situated on the bank of River Khoh at Duggadda in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttrakhand. This temple is located inside a cave and dedicated to Goddess Durga and is considered to be one of the oldest Siddh Pitths. It is situated on the slope of a hill near the road to Pauri. Many devotees from far away come here to take blessings of Goddess Durga as it is believed that here Goddess Durga makes all their wishes fulfilled.
Timings: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Located at a distance of 2 km from Lansdowne Market, St. John's Church is a Roman Catholic and the only running Church in Lansdowne. Established in 1936 under the supervision of the Agra Diocese. After 1947, St John's Church was kept abandoned for years and it was eventually handed over to the Government of India in 1951. It was in 1980, that the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi granted permission to handover the church to the diocese. Since then, daily prayers are being offered at the church. Heard a lot that this church is designed in colonial architecture and has a beautiful interior. Could not go inside as the church was closed that due to some reason but still saw the church from outside and it was beautiful.
Timings: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple situated at a distance of 37 km from Lansdowne. Located at an elevation of 2092 m, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is believed to be one of the ancient holy sites known as Siddha Piths dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is located amidst the thick forest of Deodar, Cedar, and Pine. Earlier, there was a Shivling present at the Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple but now Lord Shiva idol performing tandava is worshipped. the Shivling in the temple is placed under the deity. Couldn't go to the temple as wasn't much aware of this that's why mentioning it to others so that they don't miss out.
Bhulla Tal is an artificial lake situated in the town of Lansdowne at a distance of 2 km from Lansdowne Market. It is a very well-maintained, clean, and serene lake as it is created and maintained by the Indian Army. Bhulla means younger brother and this lake is dedicated to the young Garhwali youth of Garhwali Rifles. This lake offers boating facilities with beautiful duck-shaped boats. It is a famous picnic spot in Lansdowne attracting people of all ages. A children's park, bamboo machan, and fountains are the beautification of this pristine surrounding. Do not forget to take a picture on a small bridge over the lake.
Timings: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The establishment of the War Memorial dates back to 1923 when the then Commander in Chief of India, Lord Rawlinson laid its foundation, this museum was founded to mark the achievements of Garhwal Regiments. Situated at the Parade Ground. this museum exhibits the old uniforms, photographs, certificates, arms, and ammunition of the soldiers of Garhwal Rifles. If you wish to unveil some of the lesser-known facts of Garhwal Rifles, then this is one of the best places to reach out.
Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
A renowned pilgrimage center, Jwalpa Devi Temple is located on the Pauri-Kotdwar Road, surrounded by nature's bounty, it offers a lush green ambiance to tourists from different corners of the world. Jwalpa Devi Temple is a holy and religious place. It is a renowned Siddhapeeth that is located at the hills close to the river.
Santoshi Mata Temple is located near Tip N Top point. It is a small temple, one has to climb some steps to reach the temple. The temple is at a spot higher than the Tip N Top point. This temple is maintained by the Garhwal Rifles people and is quite clean. No shop exists selling flowers or anything and also no pandit can be found inside. If you visit Tip N Top point, we must not give this temple a miss.
Kotdwar is the nearest place to Lansdowne, located just 40 km away. Quite a few options either by rail or by bus. The nearest Airports to reach Lansdowne are:
From Indira Gandhi International Airport, Lansdowne is 248 km away. Two ways to reach Lansdowne:
a. By Rail: Delhi to Kotdwar, Kotdwar to Lansdowne by a shared cab or taxi or book a personal one.
b. By Bus: Delhi to Kotdwar, Kotdwar to Lansdowne by a shared cab or taxi or book a personal one.
From Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, Lansdowne is 152 km away. Two ways to reach Lansdowne:
a. By Rail: Dehradun to Kotdwar, Kotdwar to Lansdowne by a shared cab or taxi or book a personal one.
b. By Bus: Dehradun to Kotdwar, Kotdwar to Lansdowne by a shared cab or taxi or book a personal one.
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