Described by some as the gates to the heavenly abode that is the Himalayas, Lansdowne (in Uttaranchal) 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.
Located just 6 Kms from Lansdowne is Jaiharikhal – a small hamlet set amidst tall oaks and blue pines – a snapshot of unspoilt serenity. Enjoying amazing views of the majestic Himalayas it’s the ideal place to relax and rejuvenate for those who love nature.
What others say:
Outlook Traveller magazine – “Glorious as heaven itself must be, I have always thought the gates of heaven must be its crowning glory. That at least is true of Lansdowne, as you reach Kotdwar and find the sky measured out in grey and blue.”
Business Standard Motoring magazine – “Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill stations in India, quiet and so well hidden that you only realize you’re there when you turn past the gates of the elegant Gadhwal Rifles Cantonment.”
HolidayIQ.com – “You won’t find much of popular tourism here and it is as if the town intends to preserve its local charm and sanctity.”