Lansdowne: Nestled up in heart of nature

If you wish to take a short trip to a hill station around New Delhi, the capital India, you would have to take out at least 3-4 days out of your schedule, which means missing out on office or studies. But, Lansdowne provides you with an opportunity that allows you to experience the best of nature that too over the weekend, in just two days. It is situated almost 250 km from New Delhi, and well connected by rail and road, even though a private vehicle will make the whole journey more comfortable.

Lansdowne is a quiet place set in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttaranchal, and christened after Lord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India in 1884, who was mesmerized by this quaint land upon his visit. The town has an army cantonment, which maintains it and the cantonment board oversees the development of the whole town. There are two pre-independence churches established here, out of which one is still functioning. Apart from these, the places of worship in the town include a major temple as well as many around the town placed at various distances, ranging from 18-40 km.

The town is located 1700 m above sea level, quite old all year long and the visitors can catch a glimpse of the peaks of Himalayas on any clear day. The tourists always enjoy trekking around the city, which is very clean and not much commercialized, unlike other hill stations of India. Vacationers can enjoy checking out Santoshi Mata Temple Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Tip-in-Top, Snow View, Garhwal Rifles Museum, Bhulla Lake, St. James Church, St. Mary Church and GRRC Officer’s Mess. The accommodation and food is not expensive and the open spaces are very inviting to all holidayers who love a quiet time in the heart of nature.

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