Being a cantonment town, (Lansdowne) isn’t an exploited and over-explored hill station-turned-concrete jungle. One actually gets to see beauty, green mountains all around!
– Pragya Taneja
Lansdowne (and Jaiharikhal) offer visitors with several interesting things to see and do during your stay…though most of these are of the kind that need some walking if you want to really enjoy the experience.
Lansdowne Cantonment: Extremely well planned cantonment complex which is responsible for Lansdowne’s aesthetic appeal and home to the Garwhal Rifles, which has a great tradition of valour.
Bhulla Tal Lake:
Drop in at this charming little lake and enjoy a few rounds of paddle boating. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in Lansdowne, and was constructed by the Jawans of Garwhal Regiment.
Garwhal Rifles Museum: Visit this amazing museum which tells the story of the entire history of the regiment and its exploits as well as a lot of antique arms and armaments of yesteryears.
A favourite hill station of the British, Lansdowne is therefore home to some excellent examples of colonial architecture like the St. Mary’s chapel and St. John’s Church.
Tiffin Top: This is one of the most popular spots in Lansdowne with spectacular panoramic views which seem out of a scenic painting. You can see the mighty Himalayas with numerous mountain hamlets peppered along its slopes.
Scenic Walks: For those who enjoy a brisk evening walk, the short trail (3 kms) to Lansdowne (from Jaiharikhal) will be an invigorating experience.
Ethnic Breakfast Trek: For all of you who are foodies (and who isn’t?!), there is a 50 minute trek to the village below. A delicious pahadi breakfast awaits you to make every single step worth your while. Just remember that the walk back up is tougher, despite well satiated appetites, and can take upto 1 hr 15 mins. Prior notice is needed to arrange this experience.
Nature Hikes: More adventurous visitors can embark on one of several hikes – from a day-long 30 km hike to Satpuli on the Nayar River or an hour long climb to Bhairav Garhi.
Temples: There are several temples worth visiting near Jaiharikhal including the Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) which is amidst a think forest of beautiful Deodar trees.