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Place : Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand
Altitude : 1,706 metres above the sea level
Temperature : Summers: 15°- 30°C. Winters: 0°C - 24°C
Significance : Lansdowne boasts the command office of the Garhwal Rifles division of the Indian Army
Best Season : March to October.
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Lansdowne is a quiet beautiful hill station with a feel of the good old days. Located at Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand (previously known as Uttaranchal) state, it is a favorite spot among the peace lovers who loves to spend some time in the lapse of the hills. It is also one of the charmingly unspoiled and tranquil hill stations in North India. It was founded by 'Lord Lasndowne' the then Viceroy of India (1888 - 1894) and hence the place was named after him as Lansdowne. Presently, Lansdowne boasts the command office of the Garhwal Rifles division of the Indian Army.

Situated about 81 kms from Pauri, Lansdowne located at a height of 1,706 metres above the sea level. The hill resort became popular when the Britishers came to India and shifted a part of the cantonment board to Lansdowne from Almora on 5th November, 1887. During that time, Sahibs, galloped across the ridge that overlooked a sprawling and the Greater Himalayas, or assemble to the Church on the hill every Sunday in their horse drawn vehicles. 

Unlike other hill stations, Lansdowne is well connected with motorable roads but still remote in its own way. Blessed with salubrious climate and natural beauty, this pretty hill station is surrounded by thick tall oaks and blue pine forest. Lansdown has several trekking routes and a number of treks into the hillside are started from Lansdowne. Since the stretches are not steep compared to the other hill stations, trekking at Lansdowne is very easy. Usually the nature trek takes few minutes to few hours or one day’s duration and the tougher climbs lasting 2 days. Besides, trekking other activities at Lansdowne are camping, snow viewing and forest walk.The hill resort has many temples and shrines mostly devoted to the various forms of the Mother Goddess.

Places to See in Lansdowne

The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial: 
One of the major tourist attractions at Lansdowne, this war memorial is located at the parade ground. It was founded by Lord Rawlinson of Trent the then Commander in Chief of India on 11 November, 1923. It is a decorated bronze statue of a Garhwali soldier dressed at the time of First World War. 

Garhwali Mess
 It is one of the oldest and well maintained heritage buildings of Lansdowne. Built in January 1888 by the Britishers, it is considered as a prominent museum in Asia. It boasts a rare collection of wild animals’ skin, furniture and trophies. There is a dial with a arrow marks directing towards Nandadevi, Chaukhamba, Kamet and other snow-clad peaks of the Himalayan range. It was presented by Lt.Col.M.B.Rober. 

St. Mary’s Church

Built in 1896, this artistic church is situated on the way to Tip-in-Top. Built by Col. AHB Hume of Royal Engineers, this 113-year-old church has separate rooms inside which displays pre independence photographs. One can see an audio and visual display of the Regimental history. 

It is a popular tourist destination at Lansdowne. Lies adjacent to the ridge leading to St. Mary’s Church it offers a clear view of the Himalayan ranges. The point is also a good route for trekking.

St. John’s Church
It is a Roman Catholic Church situated on the mall road. It was previously a forest bungalow and reopened as a church on Nov 29, 1980. 

Bhulla Tal
It is an artificial lake dedicated to Jawans of Garhwal Rifles who made distinguishable contributions in its construction. The word ‘Bhulla’ literally means younger brother in Garhwali language. Boating and paddling facilities are also available at Bhulla Tal. Adjoining the lake is a small children’s park with a garden which is an ideal entertainment for the children as well adults.

Lover’s Lane
It is one of the best treks in Lansdowne with cloudy valley and view of distant peaks on one side and teak, oak and blue pine trees on the other.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev
It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and known for the oldest Sidhpeeths. The temple was set up by Aaadi Sankaracharya. Surrounded by dense forests of deodar and pine, it is situated 38kms from Lansdowne on Lansdowne-Deriakhal road. During the festival of Shivrati, a special worship is held at the temple.