A Great Weekend Trip to Lansdowne, Uttarakhand
Nestled amidst the thick green pines and oaks of Pauri district in Uttarakhand, the quaint hill station of Lansdowne rests at 1780 metres above the sea level. Named after the Viceroy of British India from 1888 to 1893, Lansdowne is filled to the brim with a kind of old-world charm that would warm your heart and soothe your soul. A trip to Lansdowne is a great way to spend a weekend in and around the state of Uttarakhand. It has just the right amount of tourist attractions, natural beauty, and adventure opportunities to turn your weekend into a memorable one.
Fun Things to do Over a Weekend in Lansdowne
1. Hiking, Trekking, and Camping
Like every good hill station in India, Lansdowne offers some excellent short trails for hiking, trekking, and camping. For those who love to spend time outdoors and take in the bliss of nature, Snow Viewpoint and Hawaghar Treks are perfect. From both the places, you can enjoy sublime views of the Shivalik Himalayas all around. Right next to St. Mary’s Church in the heart of the town is the Tiffin Top or Tip n Top summit – yet another vantage point for panoramic views of the mountains. Bhim Pakora, a mysteriously balanced stack of boulders 2 km away from Lansdowne, is a fun little hike to kill some time. If you have time to spare, drive to Pauri town and take the trek to Kandoliya Devta Temple.
2. Pay Homage at the War Memorial and Museum
Lansdowne, Uttarakhand is home to one of the most prestigious regiments of Indian Army, the Garhwal Rifles. The War Memorial here by the parade ground is in commemoration of the valour and bravery of the regiment. You will find a two-storeyed museum as well on the premises, dedicated to Darwan Singh Negi, a Naik of Garhwal Rifles and recipient of the honorable Victoria Cross gallantry award in pre-independent era. The museum houses little known facts from that time along with collections of real-life uniforms, awards, certificates, weapons, ammunition, and lots of photographs.
3. Experience Wildlife at Kalagarh Tiger Reserve
Spreading for around 300 square km, Kalagarh Tiger Reserve of Lansdowne is technically a northern part of the world-famous Jim Corbett National Park. The jungle is known for high frequency of wildlife spotting, including the notorious big cats of the region. The forest is home to nearly 80-10 tigers, along with several other wild animals like barking deer, goral, sambhar, and more. Find some time to go on a jungle safari to Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, but you can only get the chance during winter season from October to March.
4. Go Boating at Bhulla Lake
Bhulla Taal is a serene manmade lake in Lansdowne built in memory of the Garhwal Rifles martyrs. Maintained in its pristine conditions by the Indian Army, this is a perfect spot to spend a lazing afternoon with your friends and family. Be ready with your phones and cameras, as you can easily spot colourful ducks wading away in the water, cute little rabbits running around along the bank, and vibrant migratory birds up in the trees. Lansdowne is a place well known for its inflow of migratory birds like northern shoveler, red-crested pochard, common merganser, ruddy shelduck, and many others. You can enjoy boating in the lake water from 9 am to 12 pm in the daytime and 3 pm to 6 pm in the afternoon for a minimal entry charge.
5. Dining and Shopping in Lansdowne
A trip to Lansdowne is never complete without immersing yourself in the heartwarming culture and cuisine of the place. Find a local eatery and try out native dishes like Kafuli, Phaanu, Thechwani, Kulath ki Dal, Alu ke Gutke, and Baadi. Gulgula and Arsa are among some sweet dishes. Find some leisure to shop for a few tokens to take back home with you and remember the trip by. Alakananda Market is a good haunt for you to pick up some souvenirs for gifts.
How to reach Lansdowne
Lansdowne is one of the easiest-to-reach hill stations from Delhi. Means of travel from Delhi to Lansdowne include both roadway and railway. Kotdwar is the nearest railhead, located 44km away. Routes to Lansdowne from Delhi via Meerut, Bijnore, Najibabad and Kotdwar are often regarded as a better road options. The distance between the two cities is 258 km and can be driven in around 6 hours.
Lansdowne travel can also be made via Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, located 143 km away.
Travel far, but travel safe
Safety and hygiene has been the entire world’s new motto for the past many months owing to the pandemic. We at Tripnotision are no different. We take the safety of the travelers very seriously and to take care of that, we have launched the ‘Safety Sixer’ program. It sets the rules of wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and using sanitizers among others.
We also make sure that the cars used for commute and the Lansdowne hotels booked for accommodation are also up-to-date as per the latest safety guidelines.