Lansdowne, situated nearly 81 kms away from Pauri, at a height of 1,706 m is famous for its serene environment. In fact, it is one of the most tranquil hill stations of India. You won't find the hustle-bustle generally associated with other hill stations at this place. On a tour to Lansdowne, the calm environment enriched with natural beauty of the place will enthrall you for sure!
Lansdowne got its name from Lord Lansdowne who was the Viceroy of India during the period of 1888 to 1894. This place had many British admirers during the British rule. Even at present, this place draws many tourists, from every nook and corner of the world, not to forget the huge base of domestic travelers. The climate of this place is pretty enjoyable during summer but it is extremely cold in winter. So, adequate woolen garments should be brought if you are planning to visit Lansdowne during winter.
During the British rule, Lansdowne served as a chief base for the various activities carried on by freedom fighters. At present, this place plays host to the command office of Garhwal Rifles division of the Indian Army.
Travelers arriving via air route may use the nearest airport of Jollygrant to reach Lansdowne. Kotdwar lying 41 kms away is the nearest railway station. This place is also well connected via road to the key cities of Uttarakhand. So, whichever way you choose to come to Lansdowne, you would be able to reach here without any problem.
The beautiful Oak and Pine forests surrounding Lansdowne will offer you a breath taking sight. There are many tourist attractions in and around Lansdowne. The ancient Karnva Ashram positioned 14 kms away from Lansdowne is such a location. According to popular legend, Bharat, son of Shankuntala was born here. India, often called Bharat Varsh, derived its name from Bharat. Some other nearby locations of interest includes Charaik Hills (at a distance of 20 kms) and Sidhbali Temple (lying 3 kms away).
Jwalpadevi, lying 52 kms from Lansdowne, is another celebrated religious region which draws a lot of tourists for pilgrimage, especially during Ashtami (in the months of April and October).
Some other spots that should not be missed are Santoshi Mata Temple, Tip-n-Top, Church Point, Bhairav Garhi temple and Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple. During autumn season, the Annual 'Shardotsav is celebrated at this place with grand fervor.
So, make sure to book yourself for a Tour to Lansdowne so that you can enjoy the natural splendor of the region to the optimum.