Situated in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, the hill station of Lansdowne is a cantonment town and the head quarters of Garhwal Rifles regiment. Surrounded by thick oak and pine forests, Lansdowne is 150 km from Dehradun.
Unlike the other popular hill stations in Uttarakhand, Lansdowne manages to mesmerize its tourists with its natural beauty and pleasant quietness.
Lansdowne got its name from Lord Lansdowne who was the Viceroy of India when the hamlet was found in 1887. It was developed as a cantonment town for the Garhwal Rifles regiment.
Initially known as Kaludanda, Lansdowne is home to one of the most ancient temples in the country- Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple. Large numbers of people visit the tiny hamlet during Mahashivratri.
Lansdowne is a perfect place for trekking, bird watching, boating, etc. The thick forest surrounding the hamlet is also ideal location for nature lovers to undertake jungle treks.
Where to stay
There are limited accommodation options in Lansdowne. Apart from hotels and few lodges, there are quite a few rest-houses as well. Many of the rest-houses and hotels are located at Dhura.
Apart from GMVN rest-houses, Army Welfare Board rest-houses, PWD inspection bungalows and Uttaranchal Forest Department base camp are also available for budget travellers. Budget accommodation is also available at the dharamshala maintained by Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple.
The hill station tends to get crowded during May-June. It is advisable to book rooms in advance if one is visiting Lansdowne during these months.
Where to eat
There are limited eating options in Lansdowne. Momos and parathas are popular in the small restaurants of Lansdowne. Most of the restaurants are found near Gandhi Chowk.
The restaurants attached to hotels serve a variety of cuisines like Indian, Chinese and Continental.
Best time to visit
Lansdowne can be visited all through the year. However, during winter it tends to get very cold. Summers are pleasant in the hill-station. March- November is the best time to visit Lansdowne.