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Lansdowne

Lansdowne

The beautiful town of Lansdowne is situated at an elevation of 1780 m above sea level. It is in the south of Pauri enroute Kotdwar and is surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forests offering great mountain views. It is a charming place for a quiet holiday as it is devoid of the usual hustle - bustle of other hill stations in Uttarakhand. Lansdowne was originally a popular hill station with the British. Attracted by its healthy climate and natural beauty, they established a cantonment here. It was founded by the, then Viceroy Lord Lansdowne in 1887 AD. Thus the place has been named after him. The famous Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army has its command office here.

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Best Season / Best time to visit

 

The climate of Lansdowne is characterized by cold winters and pleasant summers. Summers during March to June are pretty enjoyable in Lansdowne with pleasant climate. Winters during December to February are extremely cold with minimum temperature falls subzero level. Snowfalls throughout winters are a spectacular characteristic of Lansdowne.

 

Celebrations associated with Maha Shivaratri during February - March are very attractive and are conducted with much devotion and enthusiasm.

 

Best season to visit Lansdowne is from March to November avoiding freezing winters.

 

Things Do In Lansdowne:

 

The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial

The War Memorial at Lansdowne was unveiled on a suitable vantage point on the Armistice Day (11 November 1923) by his Excellency Lord Rawlinson of Trent, the then Commander in Chief of India. Located at the Parade Ground it is a major attraction which brings tourists from all over India and the world. The forests here are lovely, dark and deep, just ideal for those long walks and picnics. You can enjoy amazing views of the Western Himalayas from a number of vantage points like Snow View and Tip-in-Top.

 

Garhwali Mess

This Mess was built in January 1888 which subsequently became the present Mess in 1892. It is one of the oldest buildings in Lansdowne and speaks volumes of heritage and a very high quality of maintenance.

 

Regimental Museum

A motivational hall was inaugurated at Lansdowne in 1983 to display the rare collections of Garhwal Rifles over the period of 119 years. The Regimental Temple: To suitably honour and match the deep religious feelings of wondrous Garhwali troops and also as tribute to the wonderful Dev-Bhoomi, the work to renovate and beautify the old Regimental Temple was undertaken on 01 April 1993.

 

Kaleshwar Temple

It is the oldest temple building of Lansdowne and is believed to be 500 years old. When the Garhwal Rifles reached Lansdowne on 4 November 1887, the site only had the idol of Lord Shiva. The temple now draws lots of civilian devotees and is deeply worshipped by locals and villagers who flock it frequently specially on 'Shivratri'.

 

St. Marry's Church

Construction of St. Marry's Church began in 1895 by Colonel (then Lieutenant) A. H. B. Hume of Royal Engineers and was completed in 1896. St. Marry's Church fell into disuse after 1947 and gradually began to deteriorate. The building has now been restored by Garhwal Rifles Regimental centre with additional facilities of relevant pre independence photographs and audio visual display of Regimental history.

 

St. John's Church:

On the Mall, the Roman Catholic Church (now St. John's Church), situated just above the road on the spur below the Forest bungalow was completed in 1934. It reopened on November 29th 1980. From then, St. John's Church became the only Church of worship in Lansdowne and continues till date.

 

Bhulla Tal

Name Bhulla means younger brother in Garhwali language and is dedicated to the young Garhwali youth of the Garhwal Rifles who contributed their services day

 

City Facts

 

State: Uttarakhand

District: Pauri Garhwal

Famous for/as: Hill Station

Languages: Garhwali, Hindi

Best Season: Mar - Oct

Weather: Summer 15 to 30°C,

Winter -4 to 17°C

Altitude: 1706 m

Pincode: 246155

STD code: 01386,01382,01348

 

Distances From Major Cities:

 

Distance from Delhi to Lansdowne 236 km

Distance from Chandigarh to Lansdowne 315 km

Distance from Indore to Lansdowne 1057 km

Dsitance from Mumbai to Lansdowne 1651 km

Distance from Haridwar to Lansdowne 112 km

 

How To Reach:

 

By Flight

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Lansdowne situated at a distance of 148kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Lansdowne is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Lansdowne.

 

By Train

The nearest railhead to Lansdowne is Kotdwar situated at a distance 40 kms. Kotdwar is well connected by railway networks with major cities of India. There are regular trains running to Lansdowne from major destinations of north India. Taxis and buses are easily available from Kotdwar to Lansdowne.

 

By Road

Lansdowne is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Kotdwar and Dugadda are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Lansdowne are available from Kotdwar, Dugadda, Pauri and other major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Lansdowne is connected with National highway 119.

 

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