Lansdowne is a Serene weekend gateway in the lap of Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. It lies in the district of Pauri Garhwal. It is primarily a cantonment area and headquarters Garhwal Regiment of Indian Army. It is named after the Viceroy of Indian in 1887, Lord Lansdowne. It is about 250 kilometers from Delhi and a beautiful weekend gateway. We had heard a lot about the place and one fine day we decided to explore it. It was a family road trip. We tool the following route:
Delhi -> Ghaiabad -> Merrut -> Bijnor by pass -> Najibabad -> Kotdwara -> Lansdowne via NH 58 and NH 119
Mountains start from Kotdwara area.
Since we had visited just after the monsoon in the month of August, there was slush at many places and for a low GC (Ground Clearance) car it was at times difficult to cross the same. It tested all our driving skills. Garhwal area is prone to landslides during monsoon and one should be very careful while visiting during that period.
The scenery kept on changing after crossing Kotdwara and we could enjoy the cool breeze of pine trees.
There are few good staying options in Lansdowne and if visiting during season advance booking is recommended. There is nothing much to do here, but there are few places which pone should visit.
The War Memorial, at the Parade Ground of the Garhwal Rifles Center
Tip and Top View Point
Kaleshwar Mahadeo Temple
Tarkeshwar Dham Temple
Bulla tal (A small lake where boating is also organised)
St. Mary’s Church (Located near Tip and Top view point)
St. John Church
Other things to do: the area is good for birding and one should take nature walk in the forest. One can also ask the hotel to organise a village walk. Do not forget to have breakfast with the locals.
We went trekking to a village and had breakfast made in front of us of local ingredients available. I had written a separate post for the same. You can read the same here: https://wildtravellersblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/a-taste-of-village-life-in-garhwal/
Enjoy some beautiful photographs of the area:
Few Sunset Pictures taken from our hotel
Hope you enjoyed the place.