Lansdowne- Command office of the Garhwal Rifles division of the Indian Army

Location : Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand

Height :
1,706 meters over the mean sea level

Temperature :
Summers: 15°- 30°C. Winters: 0°C - 24°C

Importance :
The command office of the Garhwal Rifles division of the Indian Army

Best time to visit Lansdowne :
March to October.

Lansdowne is a calm gorgeous hill station with an experience of the excellent older days. Positioned at Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, formerly identified as Uttaranchal state, it is a preferred location among the lovers of tranquility who feel affection for spending several time in the drop of the hills. It is as well one of the enchantingly undamaged and serene hill stations in North India.

The place came into light by Lord Lansdowne the then Viceroy of India (1888 - 1894) and consequently the place was named after him as Lansdowne. At the moment, Lansdowne possess the command office of the Garhwal Rifles division of the Indian Army.

Positioned nearly 81 kms from Pauri, Lansdowne placed at an elevation of 1,706 metres over the sea level. The hill resort became trendy when the British came to India and reallocated a portion of the cantonment board from Almora to Lansdowne on 5th November, 1887. For the duration of that time, Sahibs, dashed transversely the ridge that unnoticed an expansive and the bigger Himalayas, or gather to the Church on the hill each Sunday in their horses pulled vehicles.

Contrasting further hill stations, Lansdowne is well associated with motor able roads but still isolated in its own approach. Sanctified with wholesome environment and natural exquisiteness, this appealing hill station is delimited by lofty oaks and bulky blue pine forest. Lansdowne has quite a few trekking routes and several treks into the side of the hill are on track from Lansdowne.

Ever since the elongations are not sheer in comparison to the further hill stations, trekking at Lansdowne is exceptionally effortless. Habitually the nature trekking requires not many minutes to little hours or duration of a day and the tough climbs lasts for 2 days. Above and beyond, trekking along with other actions at Lansdowne are camping, snow view and forest walking. The hill resort has a lot of temples and shrines habitually dedicated to the diverse forms of the Mother Goddess.
Places to See in Lansdowne

The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial:

One of the most important tourist magnetism at Lansdowne, this war commemorative is positioned at the parade ground. It was established by Lord Rawlinson of Trent the then Commander in Chief of India on 11th November, 1923. It is an ornamented bronze statue of a Garhwali soldier clad at the moment of First World War.

Garhwali Mess

It is one of the aged and finely preserved heritage buildings of Lansdowne. Erected in January 1888 by the British, it is well thought-out as an important museum in Asia. It boasts an atypical compilation of skin of wild animals, furnishings and trophies. There is a dial with a arrow symbols that direct en route for Nandadevi, Chaukhamba, Kamet and other snow caped peaks of the Himalayan range. It was offered by Lt. Col. M. B. Rober.

St. Mary’s Church

Erected during 1896, this artistic church is located on the approach to Tip-in-Top. Constructed by Col. AHB Hume of Royal Engineers, this 113 year elderly church has detached rooms within which put on show photographs of pre independence. One can observe an audio and visual display of the Regimental history.


It is an accepted tourist objective at Lansdowne. Situated alongside the ridge which leads to St. Mary’s Church it offers a comprehensible outlook of the Himalayan ranges. The point is as well a superior route for trekking.

St. John’s Church

This is a Roman Catholic Church positioned on the Mall Road. It was formerly a forest bungalow and re opened as a church on Nov 29, 1980.

Bhulla Tal

It is a non-natural lake devoted to Jawans of Garhwal Rifles who made noticeable contributions in its erection. The word ‘Bhulla’ factually means younger brother in Garhwali words. Boating and paddling amenities are as well obtainable at Bhulla Tal. Adjacent to the lake is a minute park for children amid a garden which is an idyllic amusement for the children over and above adults.

Lover’s Lane

It is one of the most excellent treks in Lansdowne with overcast valley and vision of far-flung peaks on one side and teak, oak and blue pine trees on the further side.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev

It is committed to Lord Shiva and acknowledged for the eldest Sidhpeeths. The temple was established by Aadi Sankaracharya. Encircled by impenetrable forests of deodar and pine, it is positioned 38kms from Lansdowne on Lansdowne Deriakhal Road. For the duration of the celebration of Shivrati, an exceptional worship is performed at the temple.
How to Reach Lansdowne
By Air: adjacent airport is Jolly Grant, 152 km, via Kotdwar-Haridwar.

adjoining railway station is at Kotdwar (40km).

By Road:
Well connected to Kotdwar, Nainital, Pauri, Gopeshwar and other places of the region. Lansdowne is 250 KMs from Delhi and quite a lot of buses run off for Kotdwar from ISBT Kashmir Gate. From Kotdwar one can opt for a bus or sign up a taxi to Lansdowne.

For further details Contacts :
• Tourist offices
GMVN Tourist Rest House,
Ph: 01386-262509
• GMVN, 102, Indraprakash Building
21, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
Ph: 011-23350481; Fax: 23327713

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