Tucked in amidst the mighty ranges of the Himalayas, Lansdowne in Uttarakhand is one of the cleanest hill stations in India. Named after the British Viceroy Lord Lansdowne, the historic army cantonment is acknowledged for the Garhwal Rifles, one of the most decorated regiments of the Indian Army. Being one of the safest places for a solo female traveler, Lansdowne is well known for its panoramic views, bottomless lakes and infinite mountain ranges. Enlisted here are the 7 must things to do in Lansdowne.
1. Gasp at the old hills from Tip N Top
Gasp some wonderful and charming views of the Himalayas from the observing hillocks of Tip N Top. People say that this place was the favourite place of Lord Lansdowne as well for his evening tea. Make sure that you don’t miss the sunset (or the sunrise) from this highest point in Lansdowne.
2. Enjoy boating at the tranquil Bhulla Lake
Bhulla Lake or Bhulla Tal is the perfect place to rejoice your hill side afternoon. The man-made lake is surrounded by a colourful and jubilant flower garden. You can paddle across the waterlines or enjoy an afternoon stroll amidst the oak and pine trees in the garden. You will also find a small café and souvenir shop nearby.
3. Stroll across the timeless churches
Visiting St. Mary’s Church and St. John’s Church are two not-to-miss things to do in Lansdowne. While the first one has been long converted into a museum, daily prayers are still offered at the later. The galleries inside St. Mary display pictures and frames dating back to pre-independence times. Nevertheless, St. John is the only church in Lansdowne.
4. Salute the unsung heroes of the Garhwal Rifles
Dig deep into the history of the Garhwal Regiment through memorials like Garhwali Mess, Darwan Singh Museum, Shatabdi Dwar and War Memorial. The porticos display several portrayals of war heroes, weaponries and chivalry awards.
5. Pay your homage at the shrines
Some of the old and famous temples in and around Lansdowne are Tarakeswar Mahadev Temple, Santoshi Mata Temple and Sidhbali Hanuman Temple. Out of these, Sidhbali Temple near Koteswar is an ancient place to dwell in. With a backdrop of the hills, the temple is located beside a small gushing river. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
6. Get mesmerized into the divine beauty of nature
7. Shopping at local markets; the quintessential part of women-only tours
Shopping is both the first and the last thing to do on a Lansdowne trip. Gandhi market is one of the best places to visit in Lansdowne for a shopping spree. Leather belts, bags, shoes, wallets, trendy jewelry, handicraft items and winter garments are some of the best buys at this place.
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