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Lansdowne is a small hill-station in Pauri-Garhwal District of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Described by some as the gates to the heavenly abode that is the Himalayas, Lansdowne is also one of the most unusual hill stations in India. Far from the crowded, overdeveloped and noisy places that most of the popular hill stations of the north have become, Lansdowne has retained its quiet and serenity thanks to the presence of the local Army Cantonment Board which manages and regulates the development in the town. The town is named after Lord Lansdowne the then Viceroy of India who visited the place in 1884. The town has two churches that were built in the pre-independence era, although only one, St. James, is functional. The town also has a major Hindu temple. The town is located at an average altitude of 1,700 metres above the sea level and has cold winters, cool summers and wet and foggy rainy season. It experiences snowfall during winter months. From the snow view point on a clear day one can view great Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba. The town has several pre-independence era bungalows, some of them in good shape. The connectivity is good as the roads maintained by the army. The hill station itself is administered by the cantonment board of the Indian Army and therefore is cleaner, much less commercialized and in good shape, although your mobile phones/wireless net may not work unless BSNL. Any time of year is good to visit, although May/June may be a bit crowded and rooms difficult to find.

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Lansdowne is a small hill-station in Pauri-Garhwal District of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Described by some as the gates to the heavenly abode that is the Himalayas, Lansdowne is also one of the most unusual hill stations in India. Far from the crowded, overdeveloped and noisy places that most of the popular hill stations of the north have become, Lansdowne has retained its quiet and serenity thanks to the presence of the local Army Cantonment Board which manages and regulates the development in the town. The town is named after Lord Lansdowne the then Viceroy of India who visited the place in 1884. The town has two churches that were built in the pre-independence era, although only one, St. James, is functional. The town also has a major Hindu temple. The town is located at an average altitude of 1,700 metres above the sea level and has cold winters, cool summers and wet and foggy rainy season. It experiences snowfall during winter months. From the snow view point on a clear day one can view great Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba. The town has several pre-independence era bungalows, some of them in good shape. The connectivity is good as the roads maintained by the army. The hill station itself is administered by the cantonment board of the Indian Army and therefore is cleaner, much less commercialized and in good shape, although your mobile phones/wireless net may not work unless BSNL. Any time of year is good to visit, although May/June may be a bit crowded and rooms difficult to find.

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Bhulla Lake 29.8435178.678031 Bhullatal Lake. An artificial man made lake dedicated to the Garhwali youth of The Garhwal Rifles who helped in construction of the lake.  Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple. A favorite place to visit by Lord Shiva followers as well as a place of devotion for Lansdowne.  Garhwal Rifles Museum (Darwan Singh Sanghralaya). Houses artefacts from the beginning of the regiment. The Garhwal Rifles participated in the two world wars among countless other battles throughout their more than 100 years of history. Artefacts including photographs, arms used by regimental commanders, captured weapons, campaign history and other information are displayed in this museum.  GRRC Officer's Mess. Visitors are allowed upon request. The mess contains trophies of wild animals and other regimental mementos.  Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple. Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Surrounded by thick forests of cedar and pine.  St. James Church. One of two churches still in use today and popular with visitors to this hill station. It is located on the way to Tip-n-Top.  29.84722378.6819652 St. Mary's Church. One of two churches in town. Though it is not in use today, it is popular with visitors to this hill station.  29.5102178.403413 Santoshi Mata Temple. Located at the top of Lansdowne, this temple area offers great views of the Himalayan Range.  Snow View Point (Tiffin Top). Located close to St. Mary's, this spot offers spectacular views of the Himalayas.  Tip-in-Top. Offers excellent views of surrounding shivaliks.  The War Memorial. Located at the Parade Ground of the Garhwal Rifles Center, this is a popular attraction for the visitors. Mainly made up of Garhwali soldiers, this regiment has a distinguished record and a unique identity. 

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