Places to visit in Lansdowne – Perched at an elevation of 1780 mt. above sea level, the beautiful town of Lansdowne is surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forests offering great mountain views and is south of Pauri enroute Kotdwar. It is a charming place for a quite holiday as it is devoid of the usual hustle and bustle of other hill stations in Uttarakhand.
Lansdowne was established as a hill station in the British Raj. Tempted by its salubrious climate and natural beauty, Britishers also established a cantonment here. It was founded by the, then Viceroy Lord Lansdowne in 1887AD, thus the place has been named after him and then regimental centre of famous Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army had shifted here.
Places to visit in Lansdowne
Lansdowne is a cantonment town since British Raj, which is still the serving as recruiting centre for the Garhwal Rifles. The forests of Lansdowne are lovely, dark and deep which is perfect for those long walks and picnics. You can enjoy picturesque views of the Western Himalayas from a number of vantage points like Snow View and Tip-in-Top. You can get information about Places to visit in Lansdowne from below: –
Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial
The War Memorial at Lansdowne was inaugurated on the Armistice Day (11 November 1923) by his excellency Lord Rawlinson of Trent, the then Commander in Chief of India. Located at the Parade Ground, it is one of the places to visit in Lansdowne which attracts tourists from all over India and the world.
Kaleshwar Mandir is the oldest temple building of Lansdowne which is believed to be about 500 years old. When the Garhwal Rifles reached here on 04 November 1887, the site had only the idol of God Shiva. Nowadays, The temple attracts lots of civilian devotees as well as is deeply worshipped by locals and villagers who flock it frequently specially on Shivratri.
St. Marry’s Church
Construction of St. Marry’s Church began in 1895 by Colonel (then Lieutenant) A. H. B. Hume of Royal Engineers and was completed in 1896. St. Marry’s Church fell into disuse after 1947 and gradually began deteriorate. The building has now been restored by Garhwal Rifles Regimental centre with additional facilities of relevant pre independence photographs and audio-visual display of Regimental history
Name Bhulla means younger brother in Garhwali language and is dedicated to the young Garhwali youth of the Garhwal Rifles who contributed their services day and night in its construction without any Government funds. The boating facilities are also available and the areas around the lakes formed by teh dams have been beautified. A children park, bamboo machan (tree house) and fountains have been erected as part of entertainment and beautification of pristine surroundings.
Tip-in-Top is a popular vantage point amongst the tourists visiting Lansdowne. It is on the ridge close to St. Marry’s Church. One can plan a trek on a bright sunny day to feel the glorious view of the Himalayas, which is unforgettably enchanting.