Lansdowne is a beautiful town and hill station which is located in the Pauri District of Uttrakhand (45kms from Kotdwar). It is at an altitude of 1700mts and the time of visit can be throughout the year. It is peaceful and relaxing hill station with Valley view, Himalayan views and sunset. It is one of the closest hill stations from Delhi NCR and is much cleaner and well maintained because of Cantonment Area of Garhwal Hills. It is one of the less crowded and undiscovered hill station, having many old buildings of British Colonial and Military history.
The tourists can enjoy at Lansdowne is various ways as it offers exciting opportunities like rock climbing, trekking and bird watching. The tourists can enjoy war sports at Kho River and boating at Bhulla Lake.
Lansdowne can be reached by:
Train: Nearest station is Kotdwar, then drive from Kotdwar to Lansdowne the drive is scenic and steep.
Air: Nearest airport Jolly Grant Airport, near Dehradun. The distance between airport and Lansdowne is 152 kms.
Road: Lansdowne is approx. 248 kms from Delhi NCR.
PLACES TO VISIT:
- BHULLA LAKE
It is located at a distance of 1 km from Lansdowne. Bhulla Lake is a boating place and a picnic spot maintained by Indian Army and it is the best place for children, elderly, couples and for parents to enjoy in the lap of nature. Along with this, there is also amusement and Children Park located near the lake. Many shops and Cafés are located near the lake along with enclosure of rabbits and plant nursery.
Timings are 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
- TIP N TOP
It is the highest place located in Lansdowne which is at the height of 1700m. It is 1.5km away from Lansdowne and can be easily reached by trek. It is surrounded by Pine and Oak forests and it a beautiful peak to watch complete skyline with Shivalik Range.
- BHIM PAKORA
It is a historical place which is located at 2km from Gandhi Park and can be easily reached by trek. This place has two large stones one above the other in a perfect balance and the rocks can be moved by single finger but never falls even by the push by both the hands. It is historical because Pandava’s once stayed here for a night during the exile period. Bhim the most powerful amongst them placed one rock above the other.
- St. JOHN’S CHURCH
It is located on Mall Road and is 1.8 km away from Gandhi Park and can be reached by trek. It was built in 1936. It is a must visit place with beautiful interiors and serene atmosphere.
- DARWAN SINGH REGIMENTAL MUSEUM
It is named after Darwan Singh Negi and is 0.6 km away from Gandhi Park. This museum is two story building has display of arms, uniforms, certificates and rarest photos of Army Generals. Outside the museum is a flower garden which consists of 10-12 variety of Rose. There is no entry for kids below 10yrs of age and photography is prohibited.
Entry Fees- Rs50 per person
Timings- 9 am- 6 pm
- KALESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE
It is located at 1.5 km away from Gandhi Park and can be easily reached by trek. This temple is named after Sage Kalum who meditated here in front of a Shivling. This temple is the favourite place for the Lord Shiva Devotees and is known to be land for meditation for sages.
FAMOUS HOTELS IN LANSDOWNE:
- BLUE PINE RESORT, Lansdowne:
Blue Pine Resort is 3 Star Hotel with 33 valley facing fully furnished rooms with 19 Deluxe rooms, 4 family suite and 10 Premium rooms. It one of the most luxurious and comfortable hotel at the hill station which provide the best view of green hills and valley from each window of hotel rooms. Hotel provides various facilities like Dance, Bonfire, DJ, Gym, Snooker, Pool table (at Rs300 per hour) and the hospitality and the delicious food served by a multi cuisine PELICAN RESTAURANT will make the holiday memorable.
The Hotel is located at 3.5kms away from Gandhi Chowk and 40kms from Kotdwar Railway Station.
- LANS CASTLE, Lansdowne:
Lans Castle is a 3 Star Resort having total 20 rooms with 6 Valley view rooms with Private terrace, 10 valley view rooms with balcony and 4 Deluxe rooms. It is one the most scenic location with 2 large terrace gardens which make the stay relaxing and memorable. Hotel provides free access to various facilities like TT table, Soccer table, music and dance hall, slide, glider slide, Gym, Himalaya terrace garden and toddlers indoor play area. The delicious food served by Valley View multi cuisine restaurant providing exotic range of Indian and Chines dishes and The Himalaya Terrace providing morning and evening snacks.
The Resort is located at 3kms before Lansdowne on the main Kotdwar-Lansdowne road and 40kms from Kotdwar Railway Station.
- FOREST PALACE, Lansdowne:
Forest Palace is a newly built 2 Star Hotel having rooms categorised as Deluxe, Standard, Premium and Family rooms offering Great Himalayan View. Hotel provides various facilities like Taxi for local visit (Rs100 per point) and pick up from Kotdwar Bus or Railway station (Rs1200).
The Hotel is located at 6kms from Lansdowne in Jaiharikhal and 40kms from Kotdwar Railway Station.
- GALAXY, Lansdowne:
Galaxy Hotel is 2 Star Hotel having the best deluxe hotel at budget price located in Lansdowne having 11 rooms categorized into 5 family rooms, 3 deluxe rooms, 2 super deluxe rooms and 1 standard room. The Hotel having a multi cuisine restaurant serves North Indian, Chinese and Western cuisine.
The Hotel is located at 40 kms from Kotdwar Railway Station.
- LANSDOWNE VILLA:
The Villa is the is centrally located and the best budgeted 1 Star Hotel located at main Gandhi Chowk having 6 well maintained rooms with all modern facilities including a kitchen and fridge in each room. The Hotel provides various facilities like open space for sitting, a tree house for having morning and evening snacks and a glass room for all the meeting purposes. Travel bookings can easily be made on demand as taxi stand is located very near to the Villa. The hotel lacks is restaurant facility as there is no-in house restaurant but as the Villa is located is the market there are many restaurants available to enjoy the food which too provide free home delivery facilities.
- LANS IN, Lansdowne
Lans In is a newly built 1 Star Hotel located in the main market of Lansdowne which provide rooms as at cheap prices having 10 rooms with all the facilities which make the stay comfortable. The hotel also provides meal facilities to the tourists which cost between Rs125-Rs200.