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Lansdowne is one of the popular destinations and a beautiful hill station in India. It is known for its beautiful old sculptured tourist attractions, outdoor activities, temples and cafes. Lansdowne is located in the Pauri-Garhwal district of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most favourable places for people of all ages and categories. This small hill station has an elevation of 1,706 meters above sea level and is considered one of the best romantic places for honeymoon and Adobe Beauty describes it as best for family vacations. Except for the monsoon, the hill station is open to all, also it is the nearest hill station to Delhi. Let’s know detailed information about Lansdowne Hill Station and the places to visit there. 

Places to Visit in Lansdowne:

Bhulla Tal: 

Bhulla Tal is the most loved and favourable picnic place for tourists and locals. It is a man-made lake famous for its natural beauty and amidst hilly trees. Bhulla Tal is just 1km away from the main city centre, which can be reached by trek or by any means of transportation. One can experience boating here under the lush greenery. 

  • The Lake welcomes tourists throughout the week from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and then from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • To visit the lake, the entry fee is there. 
  • The boating activity is chargeable and costs around rs.50-150/ depending on the boat you are riding on. 

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple:

This Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple is a Hindu temple of lord Shiva. Tarkeshwar resembles the three lords Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, as the shivling here has three faces resembling three gods and is known as Tarkeshwar. The temple is 5,905 meters above sea level, at an altitude of 1,800 meters. This place is surrounded by the thick forests of cedar and pine. It is famous for its old architecture as the temple is more than a century old.

  • During Shivaratri, a special pooja is held here
  • The darshan timing here is 6:00 am to 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • One can reach here by road by cab, public transport or any means of transportation. 

Santoshi Mata Temple: 

The Santoshi Mata temple is a Hindu temple of the goddess Santoshi Maa. One unique thing about the temple is there is no priest in this temple, still, it is clean and beautiful, also known as the perfect sunset point. Santoshi Mata temple is 3km away from the main city centre. One can visit here by road, and have to go 100-odd upstairs to experience the holiness of Santoshi mata. 

  • One can visit the temple between 5:00 am to 8:00 pm but the best time to visit here is 5:30 to 6:30 pm because the view at sunset is mind-boggling. 
  • The mandir is located just above the tip & top point. You can visit the tip-top point by road and then from the tip & top point by walking you can reach the temple in a short time.  

Tip & Top Point: 

Tip & Top is also known as Tiffin Point, Tiffin point is at 3,000 meters above sea level with a height of 17,000 meters and 1.5 km away from the main city of Garhwal. One can reach here by road, travelling or you can reach here by trekking. At Tiffin Point, you will experience some of the panoramic views of the Garhwal hills with the majestic Himalayan range as the backdrop. 

  • You can visit here anytime in 24 hours. 
  • Carrying warm clothes is necessary here, as it becomes so chilly at night.

St. Mary’s Church, Lansdowne:

St.Mary Church was established in 1895 and was constructed by Col. It is a catholic church with historic memories. No dress code is there to visit the church but one should avoid denim before entering the church, no short skirts, or hats should be removed outside and please cover the shoulder. 

  • St Mary’s church is free to visit here, you can donate as per your choice here for the maintenance and cleanliness of the Catholic church. 
  • The Church is providing a free guidance tour on at sunday 2 pm. The cathedral shop is the meeting point. 

Darwan Singh Museum:

Darwan Singh Museum is a pride of Lansdowne and a historical defence museum, which was constructed in 1923 to celebrate the victory of the Garhwal Rifles. This unique museum is a collection of unique uniforms, photos of army people and many more. 

  • The timing of the Darwan Singh Museum is 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • It has an entry fee of 50 INR

Bhim Pakora: 

Bhim Pakora is one of the best places to visit in Lansdowne. It is just a 2km downhill trek away from the city. The place is satisfying with a surprising view of two stones maintaining balance over each other for years and when you touch it both will tangle but not fall off. The place is underneath the laps of nature. You will be witnessing the scenic beauty by visiting here. The road to Bhim Pakora is steep so avoid visiting there by car although you can trek here. 

  • It is open 24 hours
  • Avoid visiting here by car or by any transport. The place is only 2 km away, so try to visit by trekking.  

How to reach Lansdowne

We have shared the information about the most famous places to visit in Lansdowne. Now it’s the peak time to look into the right and easiest way to get there. 

For your reference, we are sharing some additional details about the Lansdowne surroundings. Some of the small places that are close to this hill station are Jaiharikhal, Gumkhal, Kimar, Satpuli, Dadamandi and Dugadda. On its south, the Beni forest and Sona forest lie. The Sona Nadi range is beside the Sona forest cover. On the south of these forests, the Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh state border exists. We can say, that Lansdowne is pretty close to the Uttar Pradesh border. Let’s scroll into the distance chart of this popular hill station. 

Distance of Lansdowne from: 

  • The distance between Lansdowne and Kotdwar is only 40 Km. So you can reach there in approximately 1 hour and a few minutes. You should know that Kotdwar is only a few kilometres away from the Uttar Pradesh state border. 
  • Another nearby town is Najibabad, which resides in the District Bijnor of Uttar Pradesh. It’s about 63 Km away from Lansdowne. 
  • Haridwar, one of the most important cities of Uttarakhand is 109 km away from here. If you are in Haridwar and have enough days left for the trip, then you can plan to visit this nearby hill station. 
  • The distance between Rishikesh and this site is 125 Km. 
  • While Dehradun is 155 km from here. 
  • Mussoorie is located 186 km away from this location. 
  • And Delhi is about 281 km away from here. 

By Train: 

The Nearest railway station to Lansdowne is in Kotdwar. That is only 40 km from the centre of Lansdowne Hill Station. Hence you should not take the stress of the journey to your destination. Just book the online tickets on the IRCTC website from your hometown to Kotdwar. Once you reach here, then book any cab or taxi present over there to your destination site. 

By Airway: 

The distance between Lansdowne and Jolly Grant Airport, located in Dehradun is only 143 Km. So you should prefer to book air tickets to this airport only. From here onwards, you can reach your hill station in approximately 4 hours. 

Lansdowne Weather 

Generally, the weather in this place is on the colder side of the Mercury scale. From November to February, the hill station remains occupied by cold breezes and low temperatures. Many people say that it’s the perfect location to celebrate the 25th of December, that is Christmas. So, if you are searching for any location to spend quality time with your loved ones on Christmas Eve then consider Lansdowne at least once in a lifetime. 

All the tourists who prefer colder places to enjoy vacations must plan their journey in winter. However, the temperature of this site doesn’t rise much in summer and offers pretty normal weather to visitors. Overall, whenever you have idle time, you can think of exploring this hill station. Because it has various wonderful sites to wander and lovely weather to relax. 


Lansdowne is a heavenly beauty, known for its tourism and old-sculptured temples, churches and lakes. There are thousands of visitors, who visit Lansdowne every year to make beautiful memories. The best time to visit this place is throughout the year except for the monsoon. Visiting hill stations in the monsoon is a little more scary, although witnessing the sunset one must visit tip-top Point and Santoshi Mata temple as all the details about these places are discussed above the timing and distance. I hope the article is helpful for you. If you have something related to ask, feel free to contact us below in the comment section. 

Q1. How many days are enough for Lansdowne?

A1. You should plan at least 2-3 days to explore this place. Otherwise, you will miss out on some places to explore here. 

Q2. Is Lansdowne safe in the rain? 

A2. Generally, you should avoid visiting here in the monsoon months from July to Early October. Because you will not be able to enjoy wandering in the rainy season. 

Q3. Which is better, Chakrata or Lansdowne? 

A3. Both hill stations are distinct and have different vibes. It depends on your choice of wanderlust. We’ll recommend you go through our Chakrata blog once, then it would be easy to choose one out of two for you. 

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