12 Best Things to Do in Lansdowne: 2021 (Updated List)
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Activities to Do in Lansdowne

Boat Ride in Bhulla Lake, Hike to Tip n Top Viewpoint, Visit St. John’s Church, Visit Darwan Singh Sangrahalaya, Visit Bhim Pakora, Visit Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Visit Kanavashram, Kalagarh Tiger Reserve,  Camping ,Nature Walk, Shopping and many  more.

With a wide range of things to do in Lansdowne, it is one of the fastest emerging holiday escapes in the state of Uttarakhand. Located at a distance of 270 km from the national capital Delhi and 157 km from the state capital Dehradun, this quaint hill town is popular for its peaceful atmosphere and an impressive collection of tourist attractions. But the real charm of this lesser known tourist haven lies in the wide range of activities it boasts of.

Whether your idea of fun is to indulge in relaxing experiences or you want to try some adrenaline-charged action, Lansdowne has plenty of interesting options for activities for you to choose from. From sightseers and adventure junkies to architecture buffs and history enthusiasts, every kind of traveler is bound to fall in love with the treasure of unique experiences Lansdowne possesses.

The major activities in Lansdowne are not limited to temple visits, sightseeing, and boating. The trekking trails nearby also make Lansdowne an ideal choice for trekkers.  If you wish to embrace the serenity of Lansdowne, you can enjoy boating at Bhulla Lake, or if you like wildlife exploration, Kalagarh Tiger Reserve is there for you. Besides, you can learn a lot about culture and history by visiting sites like Darwan Singh Sangrahalaya and St. John’s Church.

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COVID-19 : LANSDOWNE is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 08 Feb 2021
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Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel.

  • Masks are mandatory while out in public places
  • All tourist must obtain a COVID negative test result in order to be exempted from quarantine
  • All social distance norms to be followed when out in public
  • Night curfews in Lansdowne have been lifted according to the MHA guidelines for Unlock 3.0
  • All markets, malls, parks, places of worship, except those in containment zones, are open.
  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel. 
  • All travellers need to register themselves at the Smart City web portal and upload the required documents to be able to enter the state.
  • A screening process will be done for all travellers at the entry points
  • All passengers travelling to Uttarakhand need to register on state website: http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in and also obtain a COVID negative test
  • Thermal screening to be conducted for all passengers at airports and railway stations.
  • Travellers from high-load COVID-19 infected cities must follow 7 days of institutional and 7 days of home quarantine. The list of high-load infected cities can be found on the state government website.
  • Pregnant ladies, senior citizens (Age>65 years), seriously ill passengers and people accompanied by children below 10 years of age are exempted from institutional quarantine but must follow home quarantine for the given time period.
  • Travellers from non-high load COVID-19 infected cities must follow home quarantine for 14 days.
  • All travellers with negative RT-PCR report from ICMR authorized lab, done not more than 72 hours prior to travel, shall be exempted from quarantine. They must upload the report on state website http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in/  
  • Asymptomatic business travellers are exempted from quarantine on showing the authorization letter from concerned authorities.

The Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport to Lansdowne. Flights are functional to this airport from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and 3+ other destinations.

Local Transport

Local transport in Lansdowne is functional including taxis and buses.

Thrillophilia recommends you follow all safety guidelines issued by the government and practice good personal hygiene to stay safe.We also recommend you get a COVID negative test report in order to avoid quarantine.

Covid test mandatory for inter-state travel in Uttarakhand Updated: 08 Feb 2021

Inter-state travellers from other states (especially Delhi), will require to submit a Covid-19 negative test report. The tests are conducted at the Jolly Grant airport and at railway station of Dehradun. People can entering the state through Asharodi, Kulhan and Passgate border checkposts only after they undergo a Rapid Antigen Covid-19 test. If found symptomatic, RT PCR test is to be conducted Read more.

No Permission Required for Inter-District Movements in Uttarakhand Updated: 08 Feb 2021

In reference to the fresh guideline updates for the state, people travelling inter-district don’t need permission. However, registration on the official Uttarakhand web portal is mandatory.

Registration On Smart City Web Portal Mandatory For Entry Updated: 08 Feb 2021

All travellers visiting Rishikesh will have to register on the Smart City Web portal and upload all documents asked during the process online.

Resorts, hotels, homestays in Uttarakhand open to accommodate travellers Updated: 08 Feb 2021

Stay and hospitality services, except the ones that fall under containment zones, have been allowed to re-open in Uttarakhand with all the precautionary measures. 

Mandatory Thermal Screening To Be Done On Entry To Lansdowne Updated: 26 Sep 2020

A mandatory screening process will be done on each traveller entering Lansdowne- be it by road, railways or by air.



One of the best things to do in Lansdowne is camping. The many dense forests of deodar, rhododendron and oak trees are some of the best areas for camping. With the glittery night sky acting as the perfect backdrop, tourists can choose to go a different, one of a kind way to spend their holiday for an overnight camping session. 

Lansdowne boasts of many lush green open lands, along with famous forests, which are best for setting up your tent for a couple of nights. Additionally, this is an activity best enjoyed with your group of friends. 

Location: A few kilometres from Lansdowne

Price: Free

Boat ride in Bhulla Lake

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Bhulla Lake is surrounded by lush green forests of Deodar, Oak and Rhododendron trees, and is an ultimate treat to your eyes. The most recommended way to soak in the scenic beauty of the place is to indulge in a boating experience. A boat ride on the calm waters of this pretty lake will help you make unforgettable memories with your family and friends.

This ride will also bless you with opportunities to capture some great frames. You can also enjoy bird watching while taking a boat ride here. The serene environment around the lake will help you rejoice the tranquility of the place. This soothing activity undoubtedly makes for one of the best things to do in Lansdowne. 

Location: 1 km from Lansdowne 

8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Closed on Wednesday)

Entry Fees- INR 20
           Boating Fees- INR 95 per person
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Visit Kalagarh Tiger Reserve

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Kalagarh Tiger Reserve is a part of the renowned Jim Corbett National Park. This tiger reserve is blessed with rich biodiversity and teems with an exotic range of flora and fauna. The landscape of the park is covered with verdant forests of Sal and Sheesham and is one of the best things to do in Lansdowne.

Imagine the thrill of exploring this tiger reserve in an open jeep where you can any moment spot a magnificent tiger, leopard, elephant, barking deer, sambar, chital, porcupines, or all of them. One can also enjoy bird watching here, as this park is home to more than 580 species of birds. Exploring the wide array of wildlife is counted among the most exciting activities in Lansdowne.

Location: 36 km from Lansdowne

Timings: Remains open from 15th November to 15th June  
               6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Price: Entry fees-   INR 100 for Indian Nationalist
                               INR 500 for Foreign Nationalist
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Visit Darwan Singh Sangrahalaya

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A visit to this historical defense museum will surely make your day. Explore and get to know more about the history and achievements of Garhwal Rifles. You will be amazed to be transported to the old times while looking through rare photographs, weapons, artifacts, uniforms and citations dating back to the era of British India.

Unfortunately, photography isn’t allowed inside the museum premises. History enthusiasts and patriots will cherish every moment spent at this museum. There is also a beautiful garden outside the museum which is famous for housing a variety of roses.

Location: Near Parade ground, Lansdowne

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM; 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

INR 50 per person
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Visit St. John’s Church

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St. John’s Church is the only church in Lansdowne that is still functional. Known for its unique colonial architecture and tranquil atmosphere, St. John’s Church is counted among the most iconic buildings and tourists attractions in the town. The construction of the church was completed in 1937.

Located at the bustling location of the Mall Road, this holy spot is your escape to rejuvenation in the town.  A visit to this church is one of the best things to do in Lansdowne, especially if history and architecture fascinate you. The church is equally popular among locals as well as tourists.

Location: Mall Road, Lansdowne 

Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price: Entry is free.

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Trek to Snow Viewpoint

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Trekking to Snow Viewpoint is the most enthralling activity in Lansdowne and is an absolute treat for thrill seekers. This rewarding short trek will let you witness the most spectacular views of mighty Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks.

The scenic trail takes you through dense forests encompassing Himalayan vegetation and offers you an opportunity to take in the scenic landscapes of this region. Also, famous for its colorful sunsets, this trek is one of the best things to do in Lansdowne. Adventure enthusiasts, photography lover and nature lovers should definitely undertake this venture to make their trip to Lansdowne memorable.

Location:  2 Km from Gandhi Park, Lansdowne 

Timings: Open 24 hours.

Price: Entry is free.

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Nature Walk

For a holiday when you need to be at one with nature, you can experience one of the many nature walks in Lansdowne. With numerous forests of oak and pine trees spread across its hills, a nature walk in Lansdowne offers tourists a chance to soak in the fresh mountain air, while reeling in the best of what nature has to offer.

On a nature walk in Lansdowne, you get to experience the sounds of birds singing, animals and even insects humming in the forests. This nature walk is one of the most tranquil and rejuvenating things to do whilst in Lansdowne. You can also enjoy other activities, such as photography, sketching and even camping while you walk amidst the mesmerising natural beauty of Lansdowne. 

Location: The thick forests of Lansdowne

Price: Free

Hike to Tip n Top Viewpoint

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The trail to Tip n Top Viewpoint takes you through lush green forests of pine and oak trees. The view from the top is magnificent and you would be able to get a panoramic view of snow-capped Gharwal Hills with a Himalayan range in the backdrop.

This is the ultimate site for all – thrill seekers, families, picnic lovers as well as nature lovers. If trekking is not your style then you can hire a cab to reach Tip n Top Viewpoint and walk for just 200 meters to get there. A hike to Tip n Top is one of the best things to do in Lansdowne.

Location: 2.5 Km from the Lansdowne market.

Timings: Open 24 hours

Price: Entry is free.

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Visit Bhim Pakora

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Your Lansdowne exploration is incomplete without a visit to this magnificent site. The legend has it that during their exile, the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata came here to stay for a night. Bhim owing to his great strength placed a rock on another rock such that it looks that the rock can be easily pushed with a finger but no amount of strength can actually make it move and it is one of the famous things to do in Lansdowne.

The two rocks look like a pakora, (Indian snack) that is why it is named as Bhim Pakora. This place is thronged by religious devotees as well as tourists alike as it fascinates all. Moreover, it can only be reached by a trek and the trail takes you into the woods for a short, tranquil journey.

Location: 2 Km from Gandhi Chowk, Lansdowne

Timings: Open 24 hours

Price:  Entry is free.

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Visit Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple

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A short drive with breathtaking views of Himalayas will take you to this temple, located at an altitude of 1800 meters, surrounded by thick pine and deodar forests. This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is almost 1500 years old. The architecture of this temple is unique and praiseworthy and it is one of the amazing things to do in Lansdowne.

A  short walk from the parking lot to this temple will surely bring you closer to the nature. While soaking in the beauty around you, take a plunge into the world of spirituality at this Hindu Shrine.

Location: 36 Km from Lansdowne.

Timings: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Price: Entry is free.
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Visit Kanavashram

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Add a touch of divinity to your overall experience in Lansdowne by visiting Kanavashram which claims an interesting history as per the followers of Hinduism. This gracious ashram is located on the banks of the River Malini. According to the Hindu mythology, the stepdaughter of Sage Kanvan, Shakuntala gave birth to his son Bharath here and it is one of the famous things to do in Lansdowne.

Tourists visit this ashram in great numbers because it is, apart from being a prominent religious attraction, set amidst a scenic landscape encompassing lush green forests. Exploring the nooks and corners of this ashram complex is an activity you must not skip when in Lansdowne.

Location: 55 Km from Lansdowne. 

Timings: Open 24 hours.

Price: Entry is free.

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When in Lansdowne, shopping is one of the many enjoyable activities you can take part in. The quaint town of Lansdowne is something that could be called a collector’s paradise. With a few shops and markets spread across the town, Lansdowne is known for its small, crafty souvenirs that you can find at Lansdowne Market or Alaknanda Market.

Leather products are also popular here, which could be bought from shops located opposite the Garhwal Rifles Camp at really affordable prices. 

Location: Multiple Locations 

Price: Starting from INR 50
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15 March 2016
Chandrakin Varma Blue Pine Resort, Lansdowne
Good resort, experience power cuts here and there, but otherwise the overall experience was really nice and we had an amazing time.
08 March 2016
Dwaipayan Bhattacharya Blue Pine Resort, Lansdowne
A gorgeous gorgeous resort, this is amongst the best places in Lansdowne to stay and it is indeed a place where you can see the pines bathed in the warm dawn of every morning... ok I am getting too poetic! But, seriously it was worth being there. Worth every moment, penny and second we spent there.
18 December 2015
Uttarakhand is damn beautiful and Lansdowne is certainly an asset to this state. I loved the entire experience. I so wanted a break from the busy city life and this place was something that I had just dreamt about. Great experience.
18 March 2016
This was complete family outing. M glad my parents picked this place. We all loved the place - its damn peaceful. Great experience guys.
03 December 2015
the resort is located at an awesome place. you can touch the clouds here and the beauty is so good here...i love the food a lot...the staff was also polite and helpful... :)
20 February 2020
Priya Khan Seclude, Lansdowne
A place to rejuvenate and reconnect with nature. The views are so awesome from the stay, The interior of the stay is beautiful and there is also a library with some amazing books, It is a perfect place for a relaxing weekend, the rooms are cozy and comfortable, great hospitality, food is also amazing. Overall I had an amazing time, thanks Thrillophilia for the wonderful stay experience with the activities at such reasonable price.
20 December 2019
Nimit Bandopadhyay Seclude, Lansdowne
Visited Seclude Lansdowne with my family, they maintained proper hygiene at the stay and the staff was so helping & friendly. We had a nice time at the stay and we even enjoyed the bird watching activity. Highly recommended to stay if you are visiting to Lansdowne.
Tanushri Kakkar Blue Pine Resort, Lansdowne
The discounted price during the booking of this resort is a great deal we got from Thrillophilia. The resort is worth staying to see the best views.
The discounted price during the booking of this resort is a great deal we got from Thrillophilia. The resort is worth staying to see the best views.
Staying here with my girlfriend was so romantic. The stay is cosy and the views from the open balcony were mesmerizing. The open restaurant adds to the beauty of this resort.

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People Also Ask About Lansdowne

  1. What are the romantic things to do in Lansdowne?

    1. Boat Ride in Bhulla Lake: Nestled amidst the rocky formation, Bulla Lake is a tranquil place to go for a romantic boat ride. Also the wooden bridge made across the lake takes the beauty of the place to the next level.

    2. Hike to Tip n Top Viewpoint: Offering the views of the distant mountains covered in the misty clouds, Tip n Top Viewpoint is a great place to hike up to and have a mini picnic.

    3. Birdwatching: The sky of Lansdowne is filled with exotic species of the birds. So, if you both are a nature person then pick up your binoculars and try spotting as many of these birds as you can.

    4. Visit Sun Set Point: Go to the Sun Set Point and witness the sun drowning behind the mighty Himalayas and the sky blushing into pink and orange hues.

  2. What are the best Lansdowne trekking trails?

    These are the best Lansdowne trekking trails: 

    1. Hawaghar Trek: Enjoy the picturesque views of the Himalayas and lush green valleys as you undertake this trekking trail that is dotted with the bounties of nature.
    2. Tip n Top Viewpoint: Immerse into the expansive view of the Shivalik range by trekking through this route that takes you through several meadows and emerald green valleys. 
    3. Kandoliya Devta Sanctuary Trek: This trek starts from Kala Ghati and takes you through several forests and valleys, offering you the best trekking experience of your life.
  3. What are the best adventure things to do in Lansdowne?

    1. Camping: Camping in a hilly area never fails to give you the tranquility you desire. Lansdowne is brimming with various campsites where you can have a great experience.

    2. Trek to Snow Viewpoint:
    Trek to the Snow Viewpoint to get an interrupted view of the adjacent valley which is extremely deep and filled with dense coniferous greenery.

    3. Nature Walk:
    Lansdowne has many forested patches enlacing the exotic flora and fauna along with the picture-perfect views of the surroundings. You can take a nature walk to soak in all this said beauty in your soul as well as your camera.

    4. Visit Bhim Pakora:
    A huge rock formation set against the backdrop of the Himalayan valley of the hill town Lansdowne is Bhim Pakora. It gets its name as it resembles the Indian dish pakora.
  4. Why is Lansdowne famous?

    The present-day Lansdowne got its name from Lord Lansdowne, who was the Viceroy of India from 1888 to 1894. As of now, it is one of the most offbeat hill stations in the country. Lansdowne is also one of the quietest hill stations in India, catering to tourists of all types and ages. Be it a romantic honeymoon for couples, or a weekend retreat for a family, Lansdowne has it all. It is also a great place for adventure junkies who love hiking and nature walks.
  5. Is Lansdowne worth visiting?

    Yes, Lansdowne is worth visiting. If you are someone who is looking for a quick escape from the bustling city limits, Lansdowne is an amazing place you can go to. With small cantonments scattered around the Garhwal Himalayas, Lansdowne is not only close to nature, but also quite tranquil.
  6. What is the best time to visit Lansdowne?

    The best time to visit Lansdowne is between the months of March to June and then again from September to early November. These are the months when the weather here remains very pleasant all throughout the day, making sightseeing and other adventure activities like camping and walking quite enjoyable. Moreover, the tourist crowd during these months remains a lot less.
  7. Which is better: Mussoorie or Lansdowne?

    Lansdowne is definitely a much better place to visit when compared to Mussoorie. Boost of more relaxing holiday, with pleasant weather, less crowd and activities that help you get close to nature, Lansdowne is your best bet.
  8. Is there snowfall in Lansdowne?

    Yes, there is snowfall in Lansdowne. During the winter months, from October to January, this hill station experiences heavy snowfall.

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