Kanvashram is one of the major tourist attractions of Lansdowne situated amid lush green forests and hillocks. The river Malini flows close to this ashram, further enhancing the beauty of the place. The ashram is an ideal place for meditation with proper accommodation facilities. The Sahastradhara Falls is located close to Kanvashram.
According to a legend, the famous sage, Rishi Vishwamitra once meditated at this place. The story states that the intense meditation of the sage frightened Indra, the Lord of Heaven. So, he sent a celestial maiden called Menka to disturb the sage. Menka succeeded in distracting Vishwamitra, a girl child was born of their union and she was named Shakuntala.
Later, Menka left the child in the care of Sage Kanva in this ashram. When Shakuntala grew up, she got married to King Dushyant, who was the ruler of Hastinapur at that time. After a few years, she gave birth to a baby boy and named him Bharat. It is believed that India, often regarded as Bharat or Bharatvarsha, was named after him.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is a renowned shrine located on a hilltop at an elevation of 2092 m above sea level in Lansdowne. The temple is devoted to the Hindu Lord Shiva and is visited every year by numerous devotees. People believe that the prayers offered here are always fulfilled.
The Hindu festival, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated here annually, with much grandeur and religious fervour. The temple premises are surrounded by lush green pine, oak and deodar forests. There are numerous small continuously flowing water pools.
Jungle Safari is an activity popular among tourists visiting Lansdowne. The lush green oak and pine trees make the place an ideal spot to unwind in the lap of nature. These forests abound in endemic flora and fauna, making the exploration interesting. The place experiences a cool weather all round the year. Apart from jungle safari, one can also go for a nature walk in the lush green forests.
Regimental Museum is a well known tourist attraction of Lansdowne named after the famous personality Darban Singh Negi. He was one of the earliest Indians to receive the Victoria Cross, the most prestigious award for bravery. The museum was inaugurated in the year 1983. Various antique articles belonging to the Garhwal Rifles are put on display in the museum.
The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial is counted among the prominent tourist attractions of Lansdowne. This museum was set up by Lord Rawlinson of Trent, the then Commander in Chief of India on 11th November 1923. It is located at the Parade Ground in Lansdowne. Travellers can get to know more about the history of the Indian Army from this museum.
St. Mary’s Church is a popular tourist attraction of Lansdowne. It was built in 1895 by Col. A.H.B Hume of the Royal Engineers. This church was into disuse after 1947 and was later converted into a museum by the Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre.
Pictures of India from the pre-independence era are displayed in this museum. Travellers can get an insight of the regiment’s history by watching the audio visual clips.
St. John’s Church is a noted religious-cum-architectural attraction located on the Mall Road in Lansdowne. This Roman Catholic Church was a forest bungalow earlier and was reopened on 29th November, 1980. Interestingly, it is the only church for worship in Lansdowne.
The church was established in 1936 under the guidance of Agra Diocese, and its construction was completed in 1937. After India's independence in 1947, Agra Diocese could not manage this church because of the scarcity of priests. Later, the management of the church was handed over to the Indian Government in 1951.
In 1977, Rev. Gratian Mundadan wanted to start a new mission in Lansdowne. He gave the responsibility to Fr. John who took up the subject to the highest authority of India so that the church could be started again.
In 1980, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, granted the permission and handed the responsibility of the church to its legitimate owners. Dr. Paulinus Jeerakath CMI blessed the re-erected on 26th April 1983, and since then daily prayers are offered here.
Garhwali Mess is one of the ancient heritage sites of Lansdowne. This building was constructed in 1888 by the British and later became a mess in 1892. This mess represents the rich heritage of the Indian Army and is regarded as a prominent museum in Asia.
The museum has a rich collection of wild animal skin. There is a dial in this museum which directs the route to the peaks such as Nandadevi, Chaukhamba, Kamet and various other peaks of the Himalayas.
Bhulla Tal is counted among one of the fun-filled tourist attractions of Lansdowne. This artificial lake is devoted to the soldiers of the Garhwal Rifles as they had helped in the construction of the lake. The name of this lake is derived from the Garhwali word ‘bhulla’, which means ‘younger brother’.
Activities like boating and paddling can be enjoyed here. There is also a children's park, bamboo machan and several beautiful fountains in the premises of the lake.
Hawaghar is a picturesque location in Lansdowne, which offers beautiful views of the snow-covered Himalayas. The serene ambience of the place is a treat for nature lovers, who can also choose to embark on trekking expeditions to explore the places nearby. The popular trekking route traverses through Jaiharikhal all the way to the Khyber Pass.
Durga Devi Temple is a noted cave temple located at a distance of about 25 km from Lansdowne. It is situated on the banks of the river Khoh and is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Durga. This temple is regarded as one of the oldest Siddha Peethas in the country.
Bhim Pakora is a historical attraction located at a distance of about 2 km from Gandhi Chowk in Lansdowne. According to legends, the Pandavas, the mythological characters from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, used to cook their food here during their exile.
People believe that Bhim, one of the Pandavas, had placed one rock on top of the other. These are so perfectly balanced that the upper rock never falls down. One can move the upper rock by one finger, but it never falls.
Tip-In-Top is a popular tourist spot located on the ridge close to St. Mary’s Church in Lansdowne. The place is also known as the Tiffin Top and offers an amazing view of the snow-clad Himalayan Ranges. Travellers can also see some parts of Tibet from here.
Lover's Lane is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Lansdowne. It is considered as the best trekking route present in the entire area. The overcast valley, located on one side of the trek, offers wonderful views of the mighty Himalayan Ranges. On the other side, the trek is surrounded by oak and pine trees.