Lansdowne, a serene and natural hill station in the high reaches of Uttaranchal is beautiful because it is untouched by commercialization and because its people have developed a unique cultural identity for themselves. Encompassed by beautiful oak, silver fir, spruce, bamboo and pine forests, Lansdowne is located in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand, around 45 kms from Kotdwar Formerly established as a British cantonment in 1887, named in the honour of the Earl of Lansdowne, the then Viceroy of India (1888-1894). Today is it the headquarters of the famous Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army.
Having maintained its old colonial beauty, the sheer location of the hill station provides tourists with many options for enjoying their stay. From visiting nearby temples and centres of cultural activities, to taking long treks in the forests, or absorbing the scenic view of the Himalayas from the vantage points, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
The various cultural groups living together in harmony have created a unique harmonious cultural identity for the people at Lansdowne. The presence of the Army has also contributed towards the town’s culture, making the youth and the general public disciplined and responsible citizens.
The various places to see in Lansdowne are The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial – It was unveiled on Armistic Day 11 November, 1923 by His Excellency Lord Rawlinson of Trent, the then Commander in Chief of India. Garhwali Mess – Built in January 1888, this is one of the oldest buildings in the town. Regimental Museum – Named after Darban Singh Negi, the museum displays a rare collection of Garhwal Rifles amongst other things. St. Mary’s Church – Originally built in 1895 by Colonel AHB Hume of Royal Engineers, this church has been restored by the Regimental Centre. St. Jhon’s Church – This has been the only Church of worship since 1980. Bhulla Tal - Bhulla literally means “younger brother” in Garhwali and is dedicated to youth who contribute their services. Tip-In-Top - A popular vantage point to see the panaromic views of the Himalayas. Tarkeshwar Mahadev – An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Durga Devi Temple – Situated inside a cave, this is a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.