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Tourist Places To Visit In Lansdowne
Rested amongst the Garhwal Hills of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is a hidden, old-world charm town. Located 5670 feet above sea level, enclosed by soaring, snowy peaks and rich forests, Lansdowne has an unspoiled atmosphere that entices tourists all year round. Unlike other hill-stations Lansdowne is largely untouched, making for an ideal escape for visitors looking to enjoy some peace and solitude.
Here are our top picks for the best tourist places to visit in Lansdowne.
Tip N Top
Tip N Top or Tiffin Top is a hilltop lookout situated 1700 m above sea-level. Only 1.5 km from the main city, it is the focal point and star attraction of the area. It affords tourists splendid panoramic visuals of the main town, the neighbouring woodland zone, and the Garhwal Hills with the elegant Shivalik Mountain ranges in the background. The point is frequented by thousands of travellers every year, looking to experience moments of serenity in self-introspection or with loved ones.
A smaller but pristine one, Bhulla Lake or Tal is a brief 1 km walk from the Lansdowne city centre. Finished and upheld by the Indian Army, it is also called Bhulla Tal by residents. With a wide variety of boating activities available, an amusement park for children nearby and the backdrop of an impeccable picnic location, it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out for families and couples alike.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Positioned 1800 m above sea level and 38 km from Lansdowne, this ancient temple is a tourist favourite in Lansdowne. Erected in devotion to Lord Shiva, it is understood to be one of the holiest places or “Siddha Pitas” in honour of Lord Shiva. The Mahashivratri festival attracts hordes of people from across the country.
Darwan Singh Museum
An epic, two-storey structure christened after Darwan Singh Negi, the museum contains old uniforms, photographs of army generals and patriots, unique weapons and "Garhwal Rifles". Situated close to the Parade Ground in Lansdowne, Pauri Garhwal, the Darwan Singh Museum was inducted in 1983 and is a treat for old and young history buffs alike. There is a neighbouring procession ground, so any fortunate guests can catch a preview of the trainings. It is open all days, except Wednesdays.
Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple
Named after Sage Kalun who ruminated here, this 500-year-old temple is a hub of piety for natives and Garhwal Troops. It is thought that Kaleshwar Mahadev temple has the Shivlinga which is “Swayambhu” (formed by itself). It is the first shrine devoted to Lord Shiva in Lansdowne and a key abode of conviction and adoration. It is open all days, located in Lansdowne city and can easily be reached by foot.
St. John’s Catholic Church
A Roman Catholic Church established in 1936, under the direction of Agra Diocese. The erection of the church was finished in 1937. St John's is the solely operational church in the city and a famous tourist attraction. The striking interiors and lovely ambiance of the church draws both travellers and pilgrims. Located just 1 km away from Lansdowne city and open all days, the church can be reached on foot.
St. Mary’s Church
An Anglican structure, created by AHB Hume of the Royal Engineers in 1985, St. Mary's Church has been partly converted to a reading-room. Located 1.5 km away from Lansdowne’s main city, the church can easily be reached by foot. St Mary’s continues to attract visitors for its stunning design and intricate stained-glass frames. There is also daily Video Exhibition on the Lansdowne’s heritage that is quite informative.
The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial
The museum was initiated on 11th November, 1923 by the then Commander in Chief of India, Lord Rawlinson. Still a major hotspot for sightseers, this monument is situated in the city centre, on the Parade Ground, next to the Darwan Singh Museum. It is frequented by visitors and historians alike.
Built in 1888, the structure serves as another reminder of the colonial architecture of the British Raj. One of the earliest constructions in Lansdowne, the Garhwali mess offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and on a clear day the major peaks of the Himalayas can be spotted as well. Inside, one can observe well-maintained awards and decor, an antique piano, and a famous dial that enables tourists to focus on a specific Himalayan peak in order to get comprehensive knowledge of the same.