Weekend Stay near Gumkhal and Lansdowne :-

Originally known as Kaludanda (Garhwali: कालुडांडा) after kalu (black) and danda (hills) in Garhwali, Lansdowne was founded and named after the then Viceroy of India (1888–1894), Lord Lansdowne in 1887. Lansdowne is one of the most serene hill stations in India and has been popular since the British came to India. Lansdowne is different from other hill stations as it is well connected by motorable roads but remote in its own way. It is surrounded by dense oak and blue deodar forests at an altitude of 1,706 meters above sea level in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state.

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There is a road located between Jaiharikhal and Lansdowne called Thandi Road, where Indians were not allowed to go during the British period, it was only for Europeans. A parallel road below this road was used for movement of Indians.

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Local attractions :-

The war memorial located at the parade ground of the Garhwal Rifles Center is an attraction for the visitors. Prior permission must be obtained from the military authority. The places of interest around the city include Tip n Top View Point, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, which is the most visited temple in Lansdowne and attracts thousands of devotees in the month of Sawan (Indian Monsoon), Santoshi Mata Temple, Regimental Museum ( also known as). as Lansdowne. Darwan Singh Museum, Bhullatal Lake, St. Mary's Church and Lover's Lane. Tarakeshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhairav Garhi Temple, Bhim Pakoda can be visited for excursions from the city. The annual 'Sharadotsav' (Festival of Autumn) is also organized at this hill station during the autumn season. The old cemetery is in Kitchener Lines. Many war veterans are buried in the old cemetery and graves date back to the mid-1850s.
The Garhwal Rifles Regimental Museum, also called Darwan Singh Sanghralaya, houses artefacts from the beginning of the Regiment. The Garhwal Rifles participated in the two world wars amongst other battles through its more than 100 years of history. Many artifacts, including photographs, arms used by regimental commanders, captured weapons, campaign history and other information are displayed. There are medals won by erstwhile Garhwal Rifle soldiers, that have been put on display, including the Victoria Cross awarded to Darwan Singh Negi and Gabar Singh Negi.

How to reach Lansdowne

It is the nearest hill station to Delhi and can be reached by road or train. The nearest railway station is Kotdwar which is situated at a distance of 44 km at an altitude of 370 m. Since Lansdowne is at an altitude of more than 1,300 meters above Kotdwara, the trek from Kotdwara to Lansdowne is quite difficult and beautiful. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, near Dehradun at a distance of 152 km via Kotdwar- Haridwar Road. Another road way to reach Lansdowne is from Delhi to Lansdowne via Meerut, Bijnor, Najibabad, Kotdwar. The road quality is mostly good since the opening of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway. The Garhwal Rifles has painted a huge signboard with directions on the rocks at the right turn of NH- 119 leading to Lansdowne. Lansdowne is 83 km from Pauri and about 276.5 km from Delhi.

Nearby places

The Tarakeshwar Mahadev Temple with its Shivalinga and a Kund (a small pond) known as Gauri Kund is located 39 km from Lansdowne. People take bath in Gauri Kund before entering the temple. Durga Devi Temple is situated between Kotdwara and Lansdowne, at a distance of 24 km from Kotdwara. And Jwalpa Devi Temple is situated on the Pauri-Kotdwar road, which is situated at a distance of 93 km from Kotdwar. Durga Devi Temple is one of the oldest Siddha Peethas in India.
Kanvashram is located 14 km from Kotdwara Railway Station. Shakuntala, the wife of King Dushyanta and abandoned by him, is said to have given birth to Bharata in the hermitage of sage Kanva in ancient India. India got its name 'Bharat' in Sanskrit when Bharata became the king after the death of his father.

Kotdwar is a city, municipal council in Pauri Garhwal district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is just 105 km away from the district headquarter, Pauri town. It is the eighth largest city of Uttarakhand. Due to its location on the banks of river Khoh, its old name was 'Kootdwar', which means the entrance of the high hill as 'Chitrakoot'.

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