Lansdowne – the beautiful remote hill town in Uttarakhand, makes the second part of the series ‘From the lap of Himalayas’

This place is slowly becoming famous as a great weekend spot or a day trip for the people in the nearby states. 

Where Is Lansdowne?

Looking over lush green valleys and breath-taking mountain slopes, Lansdowne is home to the famous Garhwal Rifles Regiment of Indian Army. A part of Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, this place is around 1700mts above the sea level. It is located mere 44 km away from Kotdwara.

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There is a difference of about 1300mts altitude between Kotdwar and Lansdowne within a span of 44 km. Although the roads are steep, you get amazing scenic beauty all the way to your destination.

How To Reach Lansdowne?

Gaining its popularity as one of the closest hill-points near Delhi-NCR regions, Lansdowne is connected through roads to all the major areas nearby. 

The closest railway station near Lansdowne is Kotdwar Railway Station and the nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. Travelling through road, one needs to go on to Kotdwar-Pauri Road to arrive at this lovely destination.

History

I came to know about Lansdowne through my maternal grandfather. He was posted there while working in the army.

Lansdowne was not the original name of this place. It was previously known as Kaludanda which meant the Black Hills. It was founded and named after the British Viceroy of India Lord Lansdowne in 1887. 

From then onwards, this place was developed as the command area of Garhwal Rifles. Britishers developed this hill station and built many colonial buildings here. Lansdowne came into the limelight during the Indian struggle for independence as well.

What Places To Visit In/Near Lansdowne?

As told before, Lansdowne has been consistently becoming one of the favourite weekend destinations for people living in the Northern Region of India. To escape the sultry heat of summers, many people come here for a day or two. During winters this place looks even more beautiful as it is mostly covered with snow.

Although tourists visit Lansdowne for the marvellous weather all through the year, there are many places here which are worth watching.

Tip N Top-

View from Tip N Top in Lansdowne

View from Tip N Top   PC: Google

Also known as Tiffin Top, it is a hill point overlooking the Shiwaliks. The panoramic view from this hill point is fascinating. Many at times the valley beyond is shrouded with mist and looking from this point, one feels to be floating over the clouds. People come early morning to capture the natural beauty spread all around this area. It is one of the most frequented points in Lansdowne.

 

Bhulla Taal-

Bhulla Taal in Lansdowne

Bhulla Taal   PC: Google

After enjoying the view up at Tip N Top, many tourists come down to this man-made lake for enjoying a day-picnic. Amidst the trees, this lake is serene and calm. People relax here enjoying the blissful view all around. One can also enjoy boating in this lake.

 

Darwan Singh Regimental Museum and War Memorial-

Museum

War Memorial

If you are interested in the historical aspect of the place then visit this museum. However, entry to these places is only allowed by military officials. It is advisable to get permission beforehand. This museum was named after Darwan Singh Negi who was the recipient of Victoria Cross. 

The museum boasts of the various accolades received by Garhwal Rifles from the time of its establishment. In the same premises stands the pride of Lansdowne- The War Memorial, in the memory of the brave soldiers who gave up their lives bravely for the country.

 

St John’s Church-  

St John's Church in Winter

St John’s Church in Winter   PC: Google

Most of these tourist spots lie around the main road of Lansdowne. This church is also not an exception. On your way to the TIp N Top hill point, you will come across this Roman Catholic Church. This monument in Colonial architecture was established in 1936. After the independence, it was abandoned for few years but restarted functioning in 1980. 

The church is visited by the devotees and tourists alike. The interior of the church is very beautiful. The nearby surroundings of the church are serene.

 

Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple-

Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple

Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple   PC: Google

It is one of the most popular and recommended place to visit near Lansdowne. Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple is situated 38km ahead of Lansdowne at an elevation of around 2000mts. To reach this place it is better to start early morning so that one can enjoy the natural landscape and absorb the tranquillity all around the temple.

Sitting amidst the forest of deodar and pine trees, this place is visited by thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva. During the month of Shravan and the day of Mahashivratri, there is an atmosphere of festivities all around.

Tadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir is an age-old temple. Sages used to come here for meditating. The story goes that the demon named Tarakasur meditated relentlessly for seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva. He asked for a boon of being immortal when Lord Shiva was pleased by him. Lord Shiva gave him blessing that except his first-born, nobody could kill Tarakasur. The demon was happy as he knew that Lord Shiva lived a life of an ascetic. Tarakasur started his demonic activities and soon it was impossible to stop him. 

Small Streams in the Trail

Small Streams in the Trail

When Lord Shiva married Parvati and Kartikeya was born, he was sent by the Gods to relieve the world from the clutches of Tarakasur. As the demon was being slain by Kartikeya, he prayed to Lord Shiva for mercy and repented his crimes. Lord Shiva blessed him saying that his name will be attached to Mahadev and they will be worshipped together even in Kalyug. That is how this temple came into being.

There are a couple of Dharmshalas which provide a pleasant stay near this temple. They provide simple and good food to the visitors at a reasonable price.

 

Jungle Safari-

Jungle Safari

Jungle Safari    PC: Google

Few parts of Lansdowne are close to the forests of Kalagarh Tiger Reserve. This is a good option for tourists to have a glimpse of wildlife and pleasing scenic beauty of tall deodar cedar and pine trees. Many hotels and resorts organise such trips for their guests.

Where To Stay?

As it is rising as a favourite spot for weekend getaways around the region, many hotels and resorts have cropped up on this belt. But there is one particular resort which needs to be mentioned. We stayed here during our visit to Lansdowne and the experience was truly memorable.

Vanvasa Resort

It is located in Lansdowne in the outskirts of Kalagarh Tiger Reserve. Vanvasa Resort is a luxury holiday resort spread on 30 acres of land over a hill. You need to cross the village Jui and go up the hill to reach this wonderful destination. The road to Vanvasa is a little bumpy as it is a non-metalled road. 

Vanvasa Entrance

Vanvasa Resort Entrance

However, when you reach the gates, it looks as if you have stepped into another world. The beautiful pathways in between the mesmerising gardens and trees with fairy lamps on either side welcome you to your cottages. The rooms are huge and airy with a panoramic view of the nearby surroundings. 

Sunrise in Vanvasa

Sunrise in Vanvasa

As the name suggests, Vanvasa (Van mein vaas) resort is all about living in the forest. The whole concept of this luxury resort is to be away from all the distractions and enjoy the moments spent here. There is no telecommunication network around except in the dining and reception area. This helps to have more fun with your family members and you end up taking beautiful memories back.

Rooms in Vanvasa Lansdowne

Rooms in Vanvasa

The food served is good. There is a recreation area nearby with a small library and set of indoor games. A swimming pool and a meditation centre overlooking a valley will occupy you during the evenings. With so many pathways winding around this resort, you can stroll admiring the nature all around.

My Take

Overall, Lansdowne is one destination if you are seeking peace and break-away from the hustle-bustle of the city.  Being situated in the cantonment area, the hill station is quite peaceful, clean and well maintained. It is also not as crowded as other famous destinations of Garhwal which makes it a perfect pick for the nature lovers.

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Next post in this series will take you to one of the spectacular districts of Uttarakhand – Pauri.

Stay tuned for catching the glimpses of untouched regions of Himalaya

Till then

Written by Preeti

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51 Comments

Manas Mukul · September 18, 2019 at 7:13 pm

It is a such a wonderful place. You have covered it brilliantly with great pics.
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Tina Sequeira · September 17, 2019 at 4:18 pm

Such a lively visual post on Lansdowne. You inspire me to visit the place. #TinaReads

DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter · September 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm

Had never heard of this place …thank you for the detailed and informative post. Keep writing such informative posts. #MyFriendAlexa #DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter

Sanjota Purohit · September 17, 2019 at 5:56 am

woww! That image with hills and clouds.. Stunning. I need to explore many places in India.

Arti · September 16, 2019 at 11:34 pm

awesome, you have written brilliantly

Disha · September 16, 2019 at 12:22 am

I was not aware of the history of Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple & thanks for the information. This is a very detailed post of all the things to do in Lansdowne. A

Vashi · September 15, 2019 at 3:15 pm

This is such a beautiful explore and i have added it to my list now, your blog is thorough and insightful. Keen to visit this place soon

Samidha Mathur · September 15, 2019 at 12:51 am

an awesome post. Aapne mere andar ki nomad ko jaga diya hai… 😀

FabZania · September 14, 2019 at 1:52 pm

A lot to explore in Himalaya. Lansdowne is an unspoilt hill station of Uttarakhand. And have heard about the centuries old Kaleshwar temple from a friend. Hope to visit it soon.

preetjyotkaur · September 13, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Wire! This looks MESMERISING. Seems like we would have to plan a trip to the Himalaya soon.

Rohan Kachalia · September 13, 2019 at 2:18 pm

I didn’t knew about this place at all and you have really made me know about the destination in detail. Probably one of the places a to visit soon.

little Duniya · September 13, 2019 at 4:47 am

Never heard about this place. You have showcased an unexplored gem of the destinations.

forbabynmommy · September 12, 2019 at 11:47 pm

Wow that’s such a beautiful place, I loved all the pictures and surely going to plan my next trip here

Charu · September 12, 2019 at 8:53 pm

I have never been to this place. But it looks beautiful by all the pics you have shared.

Anwesha · September 12, 2019 at 8:42 pm

I stayed in Gurgaon for a couple of years but never got a chance to visit Landsowne, Rishikesh or even any nearby weekend getaway destinations except Alwar. Your post was great, very detailed.

Swarnali · September 12, 2019 at 10:45 am

I love reading about The Himalayas. Yours was a nice one, as I could see the beauties around the mountains while reading it. Great work.

Shalzzz · September 12, 2019 at 10:27 am

Ah, we were living so close to Landsdowne and yet we missed visiting this place. Great post that I feel like packing my bags right away.

Dr. Surbhi Prapanna · September 12, 2019 at 1:31 am

wow what a place, loved the pics and after reading your post would love to visit some day there with my family. you had covered all important points so well in the post. #Surbhireads #Myfriendalexa

mahekg · September 12, 2019 at 12:40 am

The place looks so beautiful. A perfect break that I need, will check this place.

lifewithmypenguin · September 12, 2019 at 12:32 am

Has your blog got revamped since last I visited? Or have I forgotten it? Making a reason to visit you often my friend when you take us, readers to such wonderful places. I last went to Himalayas in childhood and hardly remember anything. And coming across this series urging me to plan one.

Archana · September 11, 2019 at 11:44 pm

Seems something very blissful travel point ,Would love to visit once there.thanks for sharing!!!

anecdotesofmylife · September 11, 2019 at 11:43 pm

What a detailed description.I haven’t been to Lansdowne and I am bookmarking this page,Vanvasa looks amazing.thanks for sharing.#wordsmithkaurreads #MyFriendAlexa #BlogChatter

My Words My Wisdom · September 11, 2019 at 10:31 pm

I so want to go to this place, once we were planing but then a colleague told me that there is some headless ghost there and then the plan never happened. Now you have motivated me 🙂

Aurora M · September 11, 2019 at 10:11 pm

#journeysays Yes ! It is in my travel list. It is really a beautiful place.

Ruchie · September 11, 2019 at 9:41 pm

I cannot take away my eyes from the beauty of the nature…SO much happy to read this !!

Richa MIna · September 11, 2019 at 9:35 pm

Landowne is my favourite retreat too. i’ve mostly stayed in the GMVN cottages. next time i’ll explore the resort.

Pooja Priyamvada · September 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm

Grew up in the hills, this was nostalgia

Aadhira · September 11, 2019 at 8:33 pm

So lovely! The place and the write up!
😄

Varsha aka Yogita · September 11, 2019 at 8:17 pm

I have heard a lot about Uttarakhand but these places new to me 🙂 I always wish to visit North India and this post makes me plan pne trip soon.
#MyFriendAlexa #vigorousreads

Brinda · September 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm

This post makes this beautiful place look so tempting! I am planning my next trip, so maybe Lansdowne can be on the list!

ghazala786 · September 11, 2019 at 7:18 pm

This seems like a perfect holiday destination would like to visit 🙂 Thanks for sharing details.

Trapti · September 11, 2019 at 7:12 pm

Lovely pictures with a lovely explanation. Thanks for giving me a virtual trip😊

PRB · September 11, 2019 at 6:48 pm

Lansdowne is on my list forever! Thanks for the recommendation.
#ReadByPRB

soniadogra · September 11, 2019 at 5:21 pm

Okay I visited a few places in Garhwal this summer and guess what…I missed Lansdowne…But your post is so tempting that I’m making up next time!

gemini1420 · September 11, 2019 at 3:54 pm

Seems to be a lovely place…hope to visit it some day…

simritbedi · September 11, 2019 at 3:01 pm

I have heard about Lansdowne but never got a chance to visit it! after reading your beautiful post, I definitely want to visit Lansdowne soon.

Geethica · September 11, 2019 at 2:52 pm

It is good to know that so many unknown hill stations are getting popular near Delhi NCR. This is on my wish list now. I would love to see that Church during winters and go on Tiger safari. Not to miss Mahadev Temple.

Sweetannu · September 11, 2019 at 2:21 pm

I think your post is brilliant, sharing more information on lesser Traveled places in India. I was very by the rooms in Vanvasa.

shravmusings · September 11, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Thanks for introducing a beautiful, charming little town in Himalayas. Looking forward for your series to know more little places in the lap of great mountains

kinshooagrawal (@kinshooagrawal) · September 11, 2019 at 1:15 pm

Wow love the amazing scenic beauty. Would love to visit such place.

Noor Anand Chawla · September 11, 2019 at 12:42 pm

I have been on a lovely vacation to Lansdowne many years ago and remember it fondly. Thoroughly informative post.

abhijit · September 11, 2019 at 12:37 pm

You enticed me to visit Lansdowne. Though I love mountains, every time I go there I feel so sad looking at mismanagement of our beautiful hill stations. Many of them, namely Shimla and Musoorie have become concrete jungles. I was saddened to see degradation of Almora. One has to admit during British rule hill stations were. maintained in a prim and proper condition. Colonisers had made buildings and churches but they had not affected the pristine purity of the places to a great extent. In recent past as more people from plains as well as locals come to these places with pure commercial interest in mind, there is rampant degradation. We cannot blame people earning money. But that does not make me feel any less sad. I have stopped going to hill stations. My loss.

Misha · September 11, 2019 at 12:34 pm

We went Lansdowne in winters.. and undoubtedly it was so so beautiful covered with snow.. Will share my pictures too

Ninu Nair · September 11, 2019 at 11:09 am

This seems to be a beautiful place…I am more of a beach person but your post surely makes me plan for a trip to Lansdowne sometime soon! Great post and lovely pics

Pr@Gun · September 11, 2019 at 10:37 am

I have been to Landsdowne and had fallen in love with its calm, peaceful serenity.
The place is alluring, appealing and awesome.
Lovely picturesque post
eagerly waiting to roam with you to kotadwara.
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matheikal · September 11, 2019 at 9:03 am

That was a lovely, virtual tour of a beautiful place.

trendtofit · September 11, 2019 at 8:45 am

First of all congratulations on having such a beautiful blog. And secondly, you have written a wonderful post covering every possible detail about Lansdowne with beautiful pictures. So much enjoyed reading it!

Rashi Roy · September 11, 2019 at 7:19 am

That looks like a beautiful place to visit. Very well written post with all the details.

Rohit Verma (@rohitcadz) · September 11, 2019 at 6:33 am

Spectacular is what one can say about Lansdowne!

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