Lansdowne is a quaint little hill station that’s perfect for birdwatchers, hikers, and weekenders from Delhi.
Located 258 km from Delhi in Pauri district of Uttarakhand, this hill town is a hidden gem that’s just waiting to be explored.
Lansdowne’s colonial past is evident in its architecture, with guesthouses that offer stunning views of the mountains from their balconies. But don’t worry, you won’t be stuck in the past here! Lansdowne offers a range of unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else.
Take Tip-n-Top for example, also known as Tiffin Top. This hilltop viewpoint offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the mist-shrouded Shivalik range. It’s the perfect spot to catch a sunrise or sunset, surrounded by towering oak and pine forests. And if bird watching is your thing, then Bhulla Taal is a must-visit spot. This artificial lake is just a little way from the hilltop and offers boat rides too.
If you’re feeling adventurous, head to Hawaghar, another hilltop viewpoint in Lansdowne. You’ll feel the cold mountain air blowing through your hair as you gaze out towards the snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks.
But Lansdowne isn’t just about the views. To get a taste of the town’s history, make sure to visit the Garhwali Mess, one of the oldest existing British buildings in Lansdowne. Now owned by the Indian Army, this place offers an insight into India’s post-Independence history. And if you’re a history buff, then you can’t miss the Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial.
Of course, no trip to Lansdowne would be complete without trying the local cuisine. Phaanu, Kafuli and Kulath ki dal are just some of the local delicacies you should try, along with desserts like Arsa and Gulgula.
So what are you waiting for? Arrive at Dehradun airport or Kotdwar railway station, and transfer to Lansdowne in a private cab. Check-in at the hotel and start exploring! On Day 1, visit St John’s Church and the Darwan Singh Regimental museum. On Day 2, trek to Tiffin Top, visit the Bhulla Lake, and don’t forget to check out the Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple too. Trust us, you won’t regret it!