Lansdowne or Lansdown is a beautiful town and a popular hill station situated on the Kothdwar - Pauri road at a height of 1,706 mt in Uttarakhand, India.
It was the main base of independent movement activities of India during the British Raj and also a popular hill station with the Britishers. Lansdowne has a few buildings built by the the British and these huge buildings combined with quiet surrounding and natural beauty of the place can make the tourist admire with awe and leave a lasting impact on the tourists wanting for more.
Lansdowne can the be proudly said as one of the peaceful and quietest hill - station of Uttarakhand and is also a training area for the famous Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army
Lansdowne lies in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. It spreads over 6.09 sq km at an altitude of approx 1,700 meters from sea level. Mussoorie is surrounded by dense Oak and Pine forests.
One a clear day in Lansdowne we can have a clear view of the some of the beautiful majestic snow clad Himalayan peaks of Bandar Poonch, Swarga-Rohini, Jonli, Gangotri Group, Jogin Group, Thalaiya- sagar, Kedarnath, Sumeru, Chaukhamba etc.
The population of Pauri Garhwal according to the 2011 census was 6,87,271 in the Lansdowne Cantonment Board has population of 5,667 of which 3,533 are males while 2,134 are females as per report released by Census India 2011. Female Sex Ratio is of 604 against state average of 963. Literacy rate of Lansdowne is 95.90 percent higher than state average of 78.82 percent.
Hindus form the majority of people in Mussoorie and Hindi and Garhwali and the major languages spoken by the people. Other languages spoken in the region are Kumaoni, Punjabi and English.
Almost all Hindu festivals are celebrated here in Mussoorie. The Mussoorie Winter Carnival is celebrated during the winter months between 25th December to 31st December.
Mussoorie is around 250 km from Delhi, 136 km from Rishikesh and 110 km from Haridwar and 175 kms from Dehradun city. The town is divided into 6 small sub areas known as wards where elections are held every 5years.
Lansdowne has a favourable climate so summers are cool and winters colder. Lansdowne does not receive snowfall during the winter. Lansdowne can be visited any time of the year..
Lansdowne is a small hill - station surrounded by thick forest of tall oaks and blue pine tree that stand tall along the mountainside. The view of the Garhwal Himalayas from this beautiful hill station is breathtaking.
It is considered as a gateway of romance due its breathtaking surroundings, pleasant weather, calm and peaceful environment. The perfect climate of Lansdowne, pleasant summers and winters make it a perfect getaway for the holidaying tourist.
Magnificent views of snow covered mountain peaks and forests, fresh cool air and unpolluted clean fresh atmosphere make it a perfect holidaying spot.
Lansdowne draws a lot of sight seekers, tourists and travellers alike who come here all year along to get away from hustle and bustle of the city. The annual festival Shardotsav, is celebrated with much fanfare and reverence.
The Darwan Singh Sangrahlya : Garhwal Army Museum here proudly displays artefacts, photographs, captured weapons, campaign history and the Victoria Cross awarded to Darwan Singh Negi and Gabar Singh Negi.
The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial is dedicated to all the brave soldiers of the proud Garhwal Rifles.
Bhulla Tal ( 3 kms ) from Lansdowne is a beautiful picnic spot with a lake dedicated to all the younger brothers of Garhwal. Boating facilities are available at the lake.
Tiffin Top or Tip N Top ( 3 kms ) or Tiffin Top is a beautiful picnic spot located at an height of 2000 mts. It provides an awesome view of the Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas.
St Mary and St John Church both these churches were constructed during the British era. It is a popular attraction amongst the tourists visiting Lansdowne. On the way to Tiffin Top.
Snow View or Sunset View Point lies on the way to Tiffin Top. The point provides an awesome view of sunset and also the snow covered peaks of the surrounding Garhwal mountain peaks.
This small temple on top of Tiffin Top is dedicated to Goddess Santoshi Mata.
Legends believe that Bhim one of the Pandavas of the Mahabharata epic placed these stone one atop each other. People fell the vibrations in the stones when touched but cannot make it fall when pushed. It is a long trek to the place but hey why are we here in Lansdowne for anyway. Worth a visit..
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The Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple ( 35 kms ) is a well known temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is surrounded by thick dense deodar forest. Quite and peaceful at the temple and the view of the surroundings is beautiful.
Jwalpa Devi Temple (45 kms from Lansdowne): is situated on the left bank of the River Nawalika on the way to Pauri Garhwal is one of the 64 Shakti Peeth of India. The temple is a highly revered and well known dedicated to Ma Durga.
Bird Watching A lot of migratory birds visit Lansdowne during the summers. So the tourist who enjoy avi fauna there is around 600 different varieties of bird species to see too. Keep you cameras ready.
Trekking in Lansdowne is quite easy a number of small treks can be self taken to nearby villages which are around 1km to 2kms around the town. Some interesting treks can be done to some of the interesting places of visit in Lansdowne. These routes are easy and quite enjoyable and can last for an hour or two.
Visiting Lansdowne and spending holidays here is truly a great experience and the tourists are surely going to enjoy and relax themselves in this lovely and quite hill station and remember it for a long time to come.
The best time to visit Lansdowne would be all year around.
In Lansdowne Gandhi Chowk area is the place for shopping and has some small good restaurants. North Indian food, Chinese, South Indian Dosas are also easily available. We can have some good steamy momos during here too.
We would recommend to taste the local Garhwali food during your visit to Lansdowne here.
For shopping you can find accessories made of pure leather and brass metal items at a reasonable price. It can be a good gift or a memory of Lansdowne to carry back home.
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