Lansdowne Sightseeing Tourist Places

Lansdowne Tourism


Lansdowne is a tiny cantonment town, in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttaranchal state, India. The main language spoken in the region is Hindi. People of all religions live harmoniously in this region. It was formerly known as Kaludanda, meaning a black hill, in the local language. Lansdowne was named after the British Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne, in the year 1887. This area served as the training centre for the new recruits of the Garhwal Rifles. It is a quiet and remote hill station. The area is covered in thick oak and blue pine forests, along with Sal jungles.

The following are some of the sight-seeing places in Lansdowne:

St. Mary’s Church

This is a typical hill town church, which is creeper ridden and covered in flowering thickets. It has not been in use for a long time. However, one can read about the colonial days of the region, from the books kept in the church.

Bhulla Taal

It is an artificial lake created by the Indian army. Bhulla means, ‘younger brother’ in the local language, referring to the soldiers of the area. One can take a boat ride on the lake, while the children can play in a perfectly manicured park, surrounding the lake.

Garhiwal Rifles Regimental Museum

This museum is also known as Darwan Singh Sanghralaya. Several artifacts from the regiment such as photographs, arms, captured weapons, the campaign history and medals are exhibited in the museum. The prestigious Victoria Cross given to Darwan Singh Negi and Gabar Singh Negi, can also be found here.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple

This temple has a special shivlinga, along with the Gauri Kund. The devotees bathe in the Gauri Kund, before entering the temple. This temple is distanced at 39 kilometers from Lansdowne.

Tip n Top

This is the highest point in Lansdowne town. It is an open terrace, with a fantastic view of sunrise and sunset. One can take a log hut stay at Tip n Top, to enjoy the view to the maximum.

Some of the other excursion spots in and around Lansdowne are Santoshi Mata Temple, Lover’s Lane, Bhairav Garhi Temple and Bhim Pakora.

The buildings and churches date back to the pre-independence era, as they were constructed by the British. Lansdowne is an ideal destination for eco-tourism, as due to the strong military presence, the area is perfectly maintained sans littering. One can meditate and rejuvenate one’s soul, in the serenity of this hill station. The weather is pleasant throughout the year; however the region experiences snowfall in the months of January and February.

At this weekend destination, one can go for trekking, bird watching, boating and paddling. The Festival of Autumn, ‘Sharadotsav’ is celebrated annually, to commemorate the autumn season. Lansdowne is located en route Kotdwara-Pauri road. It is 81 kilometers from Pauri, being the nearest hill station from the capital city Delhi. The nearest rail head is at Kotdwara, 41 kilometers from Lansdowne. It is a cheap and less crowded hill station in Northern India.