Thursday, 18 August 2011

Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Lansdowne was founded in 1887 by Lord Lansdowne. Lansdowne was originally one of the most favorite hill stations of the British. Surrounded by thick forests of oak and blue pine, Lansdowne is a charming hill destination devoid of the usual hustle bustle other hill stations. 

Lansdowne was developed by the British as the recruits training centre for Garhwal Rifles of British Indian Army. Today, Lansdowne is home to the command office of the famous Garhwal Rifles regiment of the Indian Army. 

It is interesting to note that originally this picturesque hill destination was known as Kaludanda, Kalun meaning Black and Danda meaning hill in local language. It was only after the British found out this charming hill destination and decided to develop it, that Kaludanda was named Lansdowne (named after the then Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne). 

The best way to explore the pristine surrounds of Lansdowne is by going for nature treks. There are a number of trails through the woods that one can take. Camping and river crossing are very popular tourist activities besides hiking expeditions, for which Lansdowne proves to be more than a comfortable base camp.


Places to See:

Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial


Founded on 11 November, 1923 by Lord Rawlinson of Trent, the then Commander-in-Chief of India, the Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial is one of the most popular destination to explore in Lansdowne. The memorial has portraits of war heroes and war weapons. People who are on the expedition trip to Lansdowne should explore the rustic charm of the memorial. 

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple


Situated atop 2092 mts, the Tarakeshwar Mahadev Temple is located close to Lansdowne. One of the ancient holy sites or SiddhaPitas, the temple enshrines the deity of Lord Shiva. The location of the temple is an added advantage. Amidst hick blue pine forests, oak trees and dense Deodars, the temple extends a panoramic view. One of the spectacular features of the hotel is that even at this high altitude, there are many water pools that flow continuously. Though people flock to the temple in large numbers regularly, the occasion of Mahashivratri witnesses a humungous crowd. 

Kanvashram


Bordered by thick forests and hillocks, Kanvashram is a sacred ashram located in Lansdowne. The temple bears a mythological importance related to the Sage Kanvan. As per a school of thought, it is believed that that ‘Shakuntala’, the step daughter of Sage Kanvan had given birth to her son Bharath in this Ashram. The lovely location of the ashram makes its all the more an inevitable place to explore, when on an escapade in Lansdowne. 

Jwaladevi

A popular religious place in Garhwal area, the place adores a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. The place is of utmost importance. Worshippers flock to the temple in large numbers all round the year. However, during Navratras, the crowd gets enormous. On each day of the Navratras, a special religious festival is held at this this temple.

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