The state of Uttrakhand has fascinated millions of people towards its mystic beauty. Some people call it as a gateway towards the spiritual attainment (Hindu Devbhoomi) while others label it as a perfect honeymoon destination. Whatever way it is, the state is frequented by innumerable tourists every year. Lansdowne is one such destination located in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttrakhand area. The people who come here get drenched in the beauty of nature.
A sneak peek on how the name has been derived
Lansdowne got its name from the then Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne during the 1888-1894 era. Presently, the place has the command office of the Garhwal rifles division of Indian Army.
Here’s a snapshot of this place
- Located at the Altitude of 1700 mts
- Best season to visit- Throughout the year
- Proximity to Delhi-248kms
- Nearest Railway Station- Kotdwara
- Known For- Quite and relaxing hills station that provide enticing overviews of Himalayas, Sunset and sunrise attracts tourists towards this place
- Popular for- This is known as lazy holiday destination and is popular as weekend getaway
Photo by priyam.n
A brief history of this place
Traditionally, Lansdowne was known by the name of Kaludanda village by the locals which meant the Black Hills. However, the credit for development of this place goes to Lord Lansdowne the then Viceroy of India (188-1894) who founded this place way back in the year 1887. On November 5, 1887, the first battalion of Garhwal rifles transcended its place from Almora to Lansdowne, the town was further developed as recruitment training centre. During the British regime, the place was a hub of major activities done by the firefighters against the British rule.
What all you can do in this place?
The place is a hub of adventurous activities like bird watching, trekking, rock climbing, to name a few. The place is eminent as a bird watcher paradise and here one can spot different species of birds easily.
Nature walk– the unexploited beauty of this place makes it ideal for nature walk. Walking amidst lush green trees in the morning and evening will keep you disease free.
Boating– Tourists come here to enjoy boating and paddling in the man-made lake called as Bhulla Lake. The tourists here enjoy a wide range of water activities at Kho River near Durga Devi Mandir.
Being a fairly popular tourist destination, there are a plenty of accommodation available in Lansdowne where tourist can relax themselves. Starting from luxurious destination to budget guesthouses, here you will a wide range of amenities. Additionally, government owned guest houses are also offered.
Food and cuisine
Since this area is not as popular as Mussorie, there are only a handful of restaurants available here. Some luxurious hotels and resorts have restaurants that serve delectable cuisine. Otherwise, there are many roadside stalls and local restaurants that offer north Indian and popular chinese food like momos, noodles, etc.
Kanvashram– People who wishes to explore historical places can’t afford to miss it. Situated at a distance of 40 kms, the place is a home to Lord Bharat (after which our country is named). The lively picturesque of this place make it immortal.
Tarkeshwar Temple– Imagine when spirituality meets nature. Yes! This temple is a perfect example of it. If you are a dedicated follower of Lord Mahadev or you believe in the power of supreme entity this temple is a must visit.
Sidhbali Temple– the temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman. It is of significant importance among the people residing in Pauri Garhwal district. The temple is located at the edge of the mountain.
Lansdowne is a heavenly paradise for the nature lovers. A trip to this place is nothing less than memorable.
Featured Photo by Chinchu2