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  • A little serene town tucked in upper Himalayan district encompassed by tall oaks and blue pines, Lansdowne, heaven to visit during April and June, the best time to visit Lansdowne is a sublime retreat to all the individuals who wish to be near Mother Nature. Roasted at a height of 600 meters above the level of the sea, Lansdowne was at first settled as a cantonment for Garwahl rifles by the British people.

    You can visit this picturesque town at any time of the year as the climate here remains generally charming. For experience searchers and adventure sports lovers, it’s a place not worth missing. It is the mid-year season in the town and the extreme temperature goes around 25-degree Celsius.

    Lansdowne has some vibrant attractions, each home to probably the most thrilling activities.
    It can get amazingly cold in the Winters (October - March) with the temperatures dropping to 0 degree Celsius. The Summers (April - June) are wonderful with the greatest temperature around 25 degree Celsius.

    The region turns out to be considerably prettier amid the monsoon season (July-September). This place is perfect for trekkers to go on trails in light of the fact that the sky stays clear, and the climate stays warm and wonderful. 

    Here are the best seasons to visit Lansdowne:

  • 01Lansdowne in Summer

    Lansdowne in Summer

    Summer that mainly lasts from April to June is the busiest time for Lansdowne, with travelers surging in from all parts of the nation to appreciate some harmony and isolation among the exquisite snow-topped Himalayas. Summers likewise give incredible atmosphere with clear blue skies and sufficiently warm temperatures that people can make the best of their time by going for trekking or climbing at Tip in Top and Hawagarh. This season is best to spot uncommon types of birds and animals particularly in the Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary and even to go for sailing at the Kho River.

    Summer additionally draws travelers because of the festivals associated with this season
    , in particular, The Mahashivratri which is a day to pay your reverence to Lord Shiva. The whole town takes a quiet sanctum of harmony which is incredibly engaging and a distinct affair not to miss. In the event that you end up in Lansdowne amid Mahashivratri, make certain to visit the Tarkeshwar Mahadeva Temple which is the most renowned God Shiva abode and is the focal point of Mahashivratri festivities. 

    Ashtami is likewise fabulously celebrated at another temple called the Jwalpa Devi Temple which is a standout amongst the most acclaimed purposes of fascination in Lansdowne.
     

    Places to visit in Lansdowne in summer:-

    Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial:
    The Regimental Center of the first class Garhwal Rifles regiment of the Indian armed force is situated in Lansdowne. This memorial on the Parade Ground is committed to all the fearless fighters of this regiment who have laid down their lives in different wars from the pre-autonomy days till present. It is befitting for all sightseers here to go and offer their regard to the martyrs here.

    Tip-in-top View Point: Also known as the Tiffin Top
    viewpoint, this is likely a standout amongst the most beautiful viewpoints in all of India. You can get an all-encompassing view of the Himalayan pinnacles and parts of Tibet on a clear morning. It is prescribed to fit in this visit while on your Lansdowne Travel Package amid dawn, to catch a glimpse of the exceptional views.

    Regimental Museum: This is an exhibition hall that houses collectibles and memorabilia related
    to the world-class   Rifles Regiment. It is named after Darban Singh Negi - a warrior of the regiment who served for long.

    Durga Devi temple: This temple, situated inside a characteristic cavern, is at a distance of 25
    km from Lansdowne. It is much adored by the local people and is dedicated to worship Goddess Durga.

  • 02Lansdowne in Monsoon

    Lansdowne in Monsoon

    Lansdowne amid monsoon season that lasts from July till September is something that numerous people keep away from because of the persistent precipitation. When it rains, fog takes over. The downpours in and close Lansdowne may likewise result in unfriendly street conditions or avalanches, because of which it isn't fitting to visit the town amid this time.

    If you can overcome the associated dangers and climatic conditions; you are in for a treat as rainy season in Lansdowne is a standout amongst the most entrancing things you will see. The whole town is shrouded in dew amid the early mornings and the landscape sparkles with rich green trees and woodlands which may make it worth for the bold.

    Places to visit in Monsoon in Lansdowne:-

    St Mary's Church:
    Built in 1895, in transit to the Tip-in-Top Point, this church had fallen into dilapidation over the ages. Garhwal Regiment had it re-established and changed it over into a little gallery which displays the memorabilia from the pre-autonomy days.

    Lover's path:
    A pleasant trekking course with an appealing name, this is well-known with sightseers coming here on a Lansdowne tour package. The scenic beauty of the Himalayas up and down the trek is awesome.

    Garhwali Mess:
    This is one of the most established structures of the town and is a declaration to the rich history and legacy of the Army. It houses different show cataloging the widely varied vegetation of the district, the history and wars battled in the zone. This also directs to the most heavenly views of the Himalayan pinnacles.

  • 03Lansdowne in Winter

    Lansdowne in Winter

    Winter in Lansdowne is another incredible sight and is also the best time to visit Lansdowne. The winter season temperature ranges from 4 degrees to 15 degrees. The whole town is canvassed in pale whites of snow because of regular snowfall from the month of October to January which may extend till March. If you are hoping to encounter the monsoon perspectives and its exciting magnificence, the early months of the winter season may likewise be the best and well inside your compass while additionally being less hazardous.

    The winters likewise are home to festivities that are celebrated with utmost fervor. The temperatures in winter may frequently drop to below zero, and it is thus a need to carry proper woolens. 
    Amid the fall season, the Sharadotsav is a ten-day festival that is placed up in Lansdowne to love and welcome the Goddess Durga and her triumph.

    The celebration is commended boundlessly crosswise over Uttarakhand and everyone gets together to demonstrate their commitment to the goddess. Music and dance, just as other social festivals, are additionally a part of Sharadotsav which makes it an extraordinary ordeal for people.

    Places to visit in winter in Lansdowne:-

    Hawaghar: It is another grand viewpoint from where you can get a fabulous view of the snow-topped pinnacles. This trekking course eventually leads to the Khyber pass and is a major attraction amongst the genuine trekkers.

    Bhulla Tal: This is a fake lake devoted to all the Garhwali youth who helped in its development. The name of the lake itself signifies a sense of commitment as "
    bhulla" in Garhwali implies young and valiant brothers. Touristy conveniences like oar watercraft, rowboats, a kids' park and delightful place for chit-chat and eat make this a famous stop for individuals who have come to this place with a Lansdowne tour package.

    Bhim Pakora: This is a characteristic arrangement brought about by wind and water disintegration. Here one rock sits dubiously roosted on another one. The truth to be told is that the voyagers can move the stone with a light touch, yet can't dismantle it completely. An associated legendary story around it says that this is where the Pandavas stopped and prepared a dinner amid their outcast, and it was Bheem who adjusted the gigantic stone in such a way.

    Lansdowne is known to be a standout amongst the best towns in India to celebrate the enticing Christmas festival. The curious town is shrouded in snow this time which makes up for a truly flawless white Christmas. The
    snow-topped mountains can be seen from the town. It looks like the whole town is lit up by lights and warmed by the delight and this fervor is noticeable all around which pulls in plenty of people to Lansdowne for Christmas.

Attractions

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Kanavashram

Popular as the birthplace of Bharat and Siddh Peeth of sage Kanva, Kanavashram is cradled on the banks of river Malini and is surrounded by dense forests and hills. Apart from this, this 5500 years old ashram also holds a significance for being the gateway to Puri. 

If you wish to reside in the premises of this ashram and practice meditation, you can avail the accommodation facilities provided at this place. The impeccable views of Sahastradhara Falls from here further adds to its charm.

Distance: 53.8km, Lansdowne 

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

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Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple

This famous temple in Lansdowne is dedicated to Lord Shiva and sees a huge crowd of devotees throughout the year. The name of this temple is derived from Kalash Rishi. Kaleshwar Mahadev is an important pilgrimage centre which is maintained by the Indian Army. 

The prayers in this temple are conducted by a Major. It is the most ancient temple in the town which is said to be around 500 years old. The holy temple is also known to be the meditation site for many sages.

Distance: 1.0km, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Timing: 7:00 AM-11:00 AM and 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Entry fee: No entry charges.

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Bhim Pakora

Situated in Dhura, around 2 Km away from Gandhi Chowk, this site is popular as it has many mythological tales linked to it. It is said that during the period of exile, Pandavas took a halt at this place and cooked food. It is also a popular tale that Bhim placed a rock above another in a way that it can never topple. 

Now tourists can move this rock by merely one finger but it can never fall down. If you have always been keen about Indian mythology, Bhim Pakora is one of the major places to visit in Lansdowne.

Distance: 41.km Lansdowne

Timings: Any time of the day

Entry Fee: No entry charges.


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St Johns Church

Situated at the Mall Road, this church is reckoned among the key places to visit in Lansdowne since 1936. Though the church remained abandoned for years, it was finally handed over to the GOI in the year 1951. Apart from its lush green surroundings, it also flaunts alluring interiors which have captivated the hearts of numerous travellers. 

St. Johns church is a roman catholic church that shares close proximity with the tourist spots situated on the Main Road of Lansdowne.

Distance:14.9km Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Timings:
8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Entry Fee:
No entry fee.


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War Memorial Lansdowne

The establishment of War Memorial dates back to 1923 when the then Commander in Chief of India, Lord Rawlinson laid its foundation. The museum was founded to mark the achievements of Garhwal Regiments. The war memorial is situated at the Parade Ground and forms the major attraction for tourists as well as natives. 

Tourists who love to explore the history of the Indian army also throng this museum quite often. One can also visit the Regimental museum situated in close proximity to this iconic site.

Distance: 450.0m, Lansdowne Market road

Timings: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Entry Fee: INR 50 per person.

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Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple

Nestled on a hilltop at an altitude of 2092 meters, Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple is an ancient holy spot dedicated to Lord Shiva. This popular tourist place in Lansdowne witnesses a huge influx of devotees during the Mahashivratri Festival. The holy site is situated at a distance of 69 km from Kotdwar and 37 km from Lansdowne. 

Since it is surrounded by dense Deodar and Pine forests, it is also an ideal spot for photo fanatics and nature lovers. You can also find 2 Dharamshalas for accommodation nearby the temple.

Distance: 37.3km from Lansdowne.

Timings: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.

Entry Fee: No entry charges.

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Kalagarh Tiger Reserve

Sprawled over an area of 301.18 sq km, Kalagarh is a beautiful abode for numerous wildlife species of Shivalik. This tourist place in Lansdowne boasts a huge population of tigers, leopards, and other members from the cat family. You will also get to spot a herd of elephants while being in this area. 

Apart from this, the park has around 580 birds species including wagtails, kingfishers, hornbills, and eagles. So, if you are a wildlife lover, this tiger reserve is truly a paradise for you.

Distance: Lansdowne Forest Division, Uttarakhand

Timings: 6:30 AM-5:30 PM

Entry Fee: INR 100 for Indian nationalist and INR 600 for a foreign nationalist.


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Darwan Singh Sangrahalay

Situated near the Parade ground, this historical defence museum is named after Darwan Singh, a Victoria Cross holder. The museum is a well-decorated 2-storey building which flaunts a unique collection of uniforms, arms, and photographs of army persons. 

Darwin Singh museum was constructed in 1923 to celebrate the achievements of Garhwal Rifles and is popularly known as the pride of Lansdowne. If you wish to explore the rich historical past of the city, this museum is an important place to visit in Lansdowne

Location: 250m from main market Lansdowne.

Timings: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM.

Entry Fee: INR 50 per person.

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Snow Viewpoint And Hawaghar

If you wish to enjoy the breathtaking view of snowclad Himalayas, there is not a better place to visit than Snow Viewpoint and Hawaghar. With its serene surroundings and irresistible views, it is truly a treat for nature buffs. In addition to this, it also serves travellers and adventure enthusiasts with an opportunity to engage in adventure sports such as trekking and explore the nearby places.

A short trek from Lansdowne will lead you to Hawaghar and this trekking route passes through Jaiharikhal and leads to Khyber Pass. With a confluence of beauty and adventure, Hawaghar is among the best places to visit in Lansdowne.

Distance: 2km Main market road, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Timings: open for 24 hours

Entry Fee: No entry charges


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Tip-in-top Point

Also known as Tiffin Top, this point is a tiny hilltop which is nestled at an altitude of 1700 meters above the sea level. With its alluring views and magnificent surroundings, it attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year. 

This popular spot is situated around 1.5 km away from the main city and is considered as the highest point of Lansdowne. If you are in search of a serene place to spend some time with your loved ones, Tip-in-top Point is an ideal spot for you.

Distance: 3.2km Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Timings: Any time of the day

Entry fee: No entry fee.

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Bhulla Lake

Considered as the most popular picnic place to visit in Lansdowne, Bhulla Lake is an enticing lake made and maintained by the Indian Army. The lake is known for its serene atmosphere and enthralling boat rides. You can also find an amusement park situated in close proximity to the lake which sees a huge influx of kids throughout the day. 

Bhulla Lake is one of the unexplored spots in the city where you can spend peaceful time away from the boisterous city crowd.

Location: Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Timings: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM  throughout the week

Entry Fee: 35 INR per person (Boating charge).

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