#KuchDinTo Gujaro Lansdowne Me

#KuchDinTo Gujaro Lansdowne Me

Lansdowne is a small, less heard of hill station in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand in north India. A convenient location for those in the north especially in and around Uttarakhand and Delhi to avail their well-earned weekend vacation for a laid back time. 


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Deriving its fancy name from the then Viceroy of India Lord Lansdowne, this hill station was developed as a garrison for the Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army by the British in 1887. Its historical significance being the prime attribute to the place, Lansdowne is till date where the commanding officer of the Garhwal Rifles is based. With nothing more than a few colonial remnants such as the buildings, the lush green of the forest cover around and the beautiful glimpse of the Himalayas this small town offers the best experience for a lazy laid back time out of the hustle and bustle of the city and its hectic life. 

1. Bhulla Lake

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Also known as Bhullatal lake, it is located 1 km away from Lansdowne and is an artificial lake. The lake is maintained by the Indian Army and is dedicated to the youth of the Garhwal rifles who helped in the construction of the lake and also to those who died in the service of the nation.
A peaceful and serene lake, surrounded by greenery and small animals sprinting helter-skelter makes for the perfect picnic spot. It is also known for the boating rides that are offered which takes one into the picturesque realm of the hill station.

Timing- 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


2. Tip N Top

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A very popular spot in Lansdowne located about 3 km from the centre, Tip N Top is a place for everyone to lounge and enjoy to have a laid back time. Catering to all sorts of people and groups- families, children, friends, couples- this place is multifaceted!
Known as a great hiking spot, picnic zone, viewpoint for the snow-capped Himalayas and the Shivalik ranges this place has a lot to offer and is a must-visit for all tourists. There is also a resort of the same name in that place.

3. St. Mary’s Church

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Close to Tip N Top, St. Mary’s Church on the Mall Road, 1.5 km from Lansdowne, was built by Colonel A. H. B. Hume in 1896.
Currently, the maintenance of the Church is undertaken by the Garhwal Rifles who brought it out of disuse after 1947. The Church is now a museum with pre-independence photographs and displays. British colonial architecture can be appreciated in the structure of the Church. 

Timing- 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entry fee- none

4. Garhwal/ Darwan Singh Regimental Museum 

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The museum is located around 1 km from Lansdowne. It is located in Parade Ground, a showcase of the Garhwal Rifles itself- its history, achievements, their soldiers, their lifestyle and life itself.
It has on display their uniforms, arms, photographs, contributions and is named after Darwan Singh Negi the first Victoria Cross holder from Garhwal Rifles.

Timings- 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon) and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Entry fees- Rs 50 per person

Where to stay?

To thoroughly enjoy a place like Lansdowne, there should be no compromise on the accommodation. The stay should be as comfortable and enjoyable as one can afford.

Hotels:

Lansdowne has options of star hotels ranging from 2 stars to 4 stars with properties which simply enhances the beauty and charm of the place and surroundings and caters to your needs with at most care.

Cost- Rooms can range from Rs. 1200 to Rs. 4000 per night

Resorts:

There is also the option of resorts with the option of cottages, which is located in rather scenic spots of the hill station and offers astounding views.

Cost- Range from Rs. 1200 to Rs. 5000 per night

Homestays: 

Lansdowne also has homestays that offer a homely, relaxing stay at more affordable prices also giving a glimpse into the lives of the local people.

Cost- Rent can vary from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 3000 per night

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