Lansdowne is serene and sheen hill station which is situated at an altitude of 1,706 mts. enroute Kotdwar – Pauri road, which is 37 kms. from Kotdwar. It is located in Pauri district of Uttarakhand which is around 81 kms. from Pauri. The famous Gharwal Rifles of the Indian Army also has its command office here. The first battalion of the Garhwal Rifles was shifted from Almora to Lansdowne, in 1857. Lansdowne attractions are Santoshi Mata Temple, Darwan Singh Sanghralaya, Bhulla Tal, etc.
The handicrafts in Lansdowne town include Dekara and traditional paintings. Dekara,is the art of making clay idols of gods The leather articles and special local sweets from Alaknanda Market are good souvenirs to take home.
Lansdowne was originally a popular hill station with the Britishers and they build a cantonment here. Most of the foreigners are attracted by its salubrious climate and natural beauty for all those who love peace, romance and beauty of nature. Sightseeing of Lansdowne are Garhwali Mess, War Memorial Lansdowne, Jungle Safari, kanvashram etc. Surrounded by thick Oak and Blue Pine forest, it is a very charming place for a quiet holidays as it is devoid of the usual hustle and bustle of hill station. You can visit to Kaleshwar Temple, Garhwal Museum, Bhim Pakora, St John's Church, Bhulla Tal, Army Museum, Santoshi Mata Mandir, St. Mary's Church, Tip n Top, Bhairav Garhi and Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple. The old cemetery in Kitchner Lines is one of the most mysterious places haunted places in Lansdowne. Many war veterans have been laid to rest in the old cemetery and the graves are as old as 150 years. Lansdowne is called cool road where Indians were not allowed during the British times, it was only meant for Britishers. Lansdowne famous tourist places are hawaghar, Bhim Pakora, War Memorial Lansdowne, Tip n Top, Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple. The folk songs and dances are an important among the people in Lansdowne. Some of the famous folk song styles are Jhoda, Thadayas and Panvaras. Dance forms like Thadiyas, Chaufullas and Pandavas dance.
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Tourist can enjoy nature walk, bird watching, trekking, wildlife and boating in Lansdowne.
In Lansdowne you can enjoy traditional Garhwali dishes cuisines like munduwa ki roti, kulath dal, chainsa (made with urad dal) and jhangora ki kheer, as well as Continental dishes. You can find local cuisines like Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Rus ( a preparation of many dals) and more.
Lansdowne hardly has any cafes or stand alone restaurants so to stay. Most of the places to eat and chill are the in-house restaurants of the hotels, resorts or the lodges which can serve the purpose pretty well. You can find government-owned guesthouses (GMVN) in Lansdowne.
Lansdowne was earlier known as 'Kaludanda', which means ‘Black Hill’. The buildings and church of Lansdowne built during British period when Lansdowne was founded by Lord Lansdowne in 1887 A.D., thus the place has been named after him.
Sharadotsava is the festival of autumn which is organised in the autumn season at Lansdowne.