Lansdowne Originally known as Kaludanda after Kalu (Black) and Danda (Hill) in Garhwali, Lansdowne was founded and named after then Viceroy of India .(Lord Lansdowne ) Lansdowne was developed by the British for catering for the Recruits Training center of the Garhwal Rifles. Lansdowne was a major place of the activities of freedom fighters from British Garhwal during British period. Nowadays, the famous Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army has its command office here.
Lansdowne renown as one of the quietest destination surronded by forest have warm day time with cold nights.Best time to visit is from March to October with pleasant climate,among themthe most highliting time is during Maha Shivratri festival celebration.If you are a snow lover then December to february the best time which also make it honeymoon destination of Uttarakhand.Best part of Lansdowne is regular snowfall through out the winter season.Lansdowne summers are hot mostly and winters are cold. Summers temperature in Lansdowne range from 30 °C max to 15 °C min while in winters temperature range from 24 °C max to 0 °C min. Best time to visit is throughout the year although May/June may be a bit crowded and rooms difficult to find.
More about Lansdowne
Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill stations of India and is popular since Britishers came to India. Lansdowne is unlike other hill stations as it is well connected with motorable roads but remote in its own way. It is situated at an altitude of 1,706 mts above sea level surrounded with thick oak and blue pine forests in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state.From the snow view point on a clear day one can view great Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba etc.
The town has several Pre Independence era bunglows, some of them in good shape. The connectivity is good as the roads maintained by the army. The hill station itself is administered by the cantonment board of the Indian army therefore is cleaner, much less commercialized and in good shape although your mobile phones/wireless net may not work unless BSNL.
Reviews about Lansdowne
Outlook Traveller magazine –“Glorious as heaven itself must be, I have always thought the gates of heaven must be its crowning glory. That at least is true of Lansdowne, as you reach Kotdwar and find the sky measured out in grey and blue.”
Business Standard Motoring magazine –“Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill stations in India, quiet and so well hidden that you only realize you’re there when you turn past the gates of the elegant Gadhwal Rifles Cantonment.”
HolidayIQ.com –“You won’t find much of popular tourism here and it is as if the town intends to preserve its local charm and sanctity.”
How To Reach
Lansdowne is around 240 Kms from Delhi and is the nearest hill station from Delhi (in any direction). National Highway 58 runs from Delhi to Meerut and then National Highway 119 takes all the way to Lansdowne and will take you from Delhi to Lansdowne in about 6 hours.
Kotdwar is the nearest railway station and is 40 kms drive uphill. Buses and taxis are available from the Kotdwar railway station directly upto the Lansdowne market, a shared taxi charges INR 50. Having your own vehicle will enable you to easily visit nearby towns and temples.
Delhi - 60 km - Merrut - 75km - Bijnore - 40km - Najibabad - 25km - Kotdawar - 45km - Lansdowne
Various small restaurants offer decent selection of snacks, lunch and dinner and most of them are located around Gandhi Chowk (Town centre)
All the restaurants serve your regular tea and coffee but do not expect to splurge in lavish cocktails or high end spirits!
Though it is a nice place, however there is nothing much to shop as a souvenir. You can spend some time in the Lansdowne market or at the Alaknanda market. While in Alaknanda market do pay a visit to the shoe store and leather bags store - may double as souvenir ! Don't forget to try out mithais (sweets/desserts) called 'Chocolate' (not the usual chocolates that you buy in general stores!)) and "Baal Mithai" that are popular to this region and available at local sweet shops.
Cantt General Hospital not only caters to the needs of civil population residing in Lansdowne Cantt but also to the people in surrounding villages.