One of the beautiful hill stations in the state of Uttarakhand is Lansdowne. The hill station still remains as one of the unexplored destinations in the state that is filled with natural beauty and has a surprising aura hidden in it.
The cool air and the pleasing views which it offers, gives you an unforgettable experience. The soothing and pleasant climate of the region attracts a large number of tourists who wish to spend their time here.
It is paradise for a nature lover as well as for the newlyweds keeping in mind the scenic and natural beauty.
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By Train: Kotdwar is the nearest major railway station which is approximately around 40 km away from here. The station is well connected to most of the major cities in the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc.
By Road: Lansdowne is well connected by roads, and has regular buses which ply to and fro from here to Delhi and other major points at regular intervals. It is at a distance of 261 km from Delhi, 160 km from Dehradun and 251 km from Nainital.
Best Time To Visit
Lansdowne is a very unique destination which can be visited any time during the year, thanks to the comfortable climatic conditions and the pleasant environment.
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The place gained immense popularity starting from the time of the British rule. It was discovered by Lord Lansdowne who was the then Viceroy of India. The hill was developed by the British and was meant to be the regimental centre of the Garhwal Rifles.
There are plenty of buildings and churches which were constructed by the British and can still be seen as proof of the architectural wonder of the British. The place played an important role in the Indian independence struggle.
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In the year 1887, the first battalion of the Garhwal Rifles moved into Lansdowne from Almora. Very soon the place was developed into a Cantonment and a training centre was established by the British, which still is very active to this day.
It is famous for its various eco tourism activities, which offers visitors mountaineering, trekking and jungle safaris.
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At a height of 1800 m is the temple dedicated to Tarkeshwar Mahadev. The temple is surrounded by deodar trees which add on to the peaceful atmosphere of the area. The place was a much sought after destination since time immemorial for sages to meditate.
2. Bhulla Tal
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The Bhulla Tal or lake is the brain child of the Indian army; it was constructed as a tribute to the soldiers of the Garhwali Rifles. The lake is well known for its serene and peaceful atmosphere which leaves the tourists dumbfounded.
3. Tip N Top
It is a small hill top view point and is one of the highest points in Lansdowne. The view point offers you a brilliant view of the entire Shivalik ranges and allows you to enjoy the mighty Himalayas in its full splendour.
One can witness a large number of snow-capped hills and breathe in the unpolluted Himalayan air and rejuvenate oneself.
The church was constructed in the year 1936, with impressive interiors and surroundings. The church was abandoned after independence and was later handed over to the Indian Government in the year 1951.
Renovated in 1983, the church was used for daily worship and other services, which is continued until this day.
5. Bhim Pakora
A short trek downhill on a rough path takes you to this unique structure, which is nothing but two huge boulders placed one above the other. The interesting fact is that the stone can be moved by a single finger, but has never fallen down till this day.
According to legends, it is believed that Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers placed one rock on the other to make a shelter for them during their exile and since then the rock has stood still without falling down.