Lansdowne is a cantonment town in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttrakhand. It is located 260 km from Delhi and it takes about 6-7 hours to reach Lansdowne via the Meerut Pauri National Hwy. It is a beautiful hill station formerly known as Kaludanda meaning Black Hill in the local language. It was then christened after the then Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne in 1887. People willing to ride to the hill station on bikes can approach Delhi bike rentals and get bikes on rent in Delhi to travel to Lansdowne. Hiring bikes from Delhi have been a boon for many bike lovers who do not wish to travel via public transport and be in charge of their own journey. Many other two-wheelers on rent are also available to suit the needs of the customers.
Lansdowne was developed by the British to serve the Recruits Training center of the Garhwal Rifles. Even to this day, the famous Garhwal rifles of the Indian Army have its command office in Lansdowne. It is surrounded by oak and pine forests and is one of the quietest hill stations of India.
The townhouses the Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is considered to be a Siddha Peetha. An idol of Lord Shiva performing tandava has been installed in the sanctum of the temple. Devotees flock in from all parts of the country and the world to offer their prayers in the temple on Mahashivratri.
There are many places of interest that make this place a famous tourist spot. The Bhulla Tal, perhaps the most famous tourist spot is located only 1 km from Lansdowne and is maintained by the Indian Army. It has a tranquil atmosphere and serves as a perfect picnic spot. Located amidst Oak and Banj forest, it is a perfect picnic spot. One can also go for a boat ride in the lake and see a few ducks paddling in the water. A small bridge over the lakes provides a beautiful view.
Tip and Top another much-loved tourist spot acts as a vantage point providing a scenic view of the snow clad Himalayas at a distance. The beautiful viewpoint is nestled among pine and oak trees that refresh the mind and uplift the spirits of the visitors. Hawa Ghar is another such location which provides a picturesque view of the Himalayas. Trekkers can embark on a trekking expedition here as the popular trek trail passes through the Jaiharikal trail all the way to Khyber Pass.
Bhim Pakora is surprising place in Lansdowne. It consists of two giant stones one on top of the other in perfect balance. The upper stone can be pushed with both hands, it does move, but never ever falls down. This place lies 2 km from the main city so you can trek down to see the perfectly balanced stones. According to t the legend, when the Pandavas were in exile, Bhima, one of the five Pandavas, put the stone of the bigger rock in such a manner that it would never fall down.
There are many other places like the War Memorial, Victoria’s cross and the Darwan Singh Museum to keep the tourists entertained at all times.
Lansdowne has become a popular tourist spot among the Delhi- NCR people who wish to get away for a quiet weekend. They can hire two-wheelers in Delhi and visit this quiet little hill town. Scooters on rent in Delhi are available too but given the hilly terrain, we would advise people to hire bikes instead of scooters. If you are a die-hard bike lover, you can get a Royal Enfield on rent in Delhi and add class to your road trip to Lansdowne.