Dehradun – Lansdowne – Gurgaon

My Family was enjoying their summer vacations at my in laws place – Dehradun , so we decided to visit Lansdowne while coming back to our home Gurgaon. I reached Dehradun on 7th May 2009 from Gurgaon. In Dehradun we enjoyed family (wife , kids , sisters in law & brother in law ) picnic in Robber’s Cave (Guchchu Pani). After staying there for 2 days we left for Lansdowne on Tuesday i.e 9th May 2009 at 10.00 AM, after one hour drive we reached Hardwar which is around 60 kms from Dehradun In Hardwar I got my car’s tank full , just want to inform that there is no petrol pump in Lansdowne, so it’s better that you refuel your car before Kotdwar.



We reached kotdwar around 1.00 PM and stopped there for lunch at Angan Restaurant, Food was good there. From kotdwar we started our drive for Lansdowne which is approx 40 km. On the way you will find very worth seeing views , we parked almost at 4-5 places for photography before reaching Lansdowne. We reached Lansdowne by 2.30 pm .


Lansdowne is a quietest hill station at a height of 5800 ft from the sea level. The whole area is very neat and clean and plastic bags are banned there. It is Head quarter of Garhwal Riffles. There are some places to visit like Garhwal Rifles Museum (1 km), War Memorial (1Km) , Bhulla Lake (1/2 km), St. Mary Church (2 km) , St. Johns Church (2 ½ Km), Lovers lane (1 Km) , Tiffin Top (3km) , Tarkeshwar temple (35 Km) & Jawalpa Devi mandir (40 km).

Best Part to make your holiday enjoyable is that your mobile won’t work there except BSNL, so there is a pleasant change that makes your stay cool.

In Lansdowne there are few good options to stay like Blue pine resort, fairydales resort , GMVN etc . Blue pine resort is approx 3 km from the market so GMVN & Fairydales could be the better option. We decided to stay in GMVN , here you can get a Hut in Rs. 1400/- +

We reached Lansdowne at 2.30 pm after taking some rest and tea in evening we walked down to Bulla Lake.


After boating children enjoyed swings at nearby park. We had dinner in GMVN restaurant. One must try local dishes like Garhwali Dal (cheswani) & Jhangore ki Kheer.

Next day morning after a light breakfast we left for Tarkeshwar Mandir at 10. am.. I would like to suggest not to use your own car as there is uneven & narrow Road to temple which is around 5-7 km so better to hire a jeep that costs around Rs. 900/- for to & fro. which is worth after seeing the road condition. We reached Temple at 11.30 pm.


Visiting the temple is a good experience, temple is surrounded by pine trees. By 2.30 we were back to Lansdowne, we had our Lunch at Hotel Mayur , food was good there. I recommend for B/fast , lunch / dinner only at hotel Mayur in Lansdowne market other than your resort restaurant . After having our Lunch we came back to our hotel.


After evening tea we went to Garhwal Rifles Museum, , St. Mary Church , St. Johns Church, Lovers lane, Tip in Top. From Tip in Top you can see the beautiful Himalaya Ranges & view of Lansdowne. By 7.30 we were back to our hotel.


Next day i.e 11th May 2009 we checked out from hotel, had our breakfast at Hotel Mayur & left for Kotdwar . We stopped at Durga mandir , it is around 10-12 km before kotdwar . You can enjoy the cold water of river by taking bath. After a nice bath in river we stooped at Sidh Bali Mandir .We stayed with one of my cousins and next day we were back to home.

  • It was nice to read the travel ifo provided by you.

    • Mahesh Semwal

      thanks Manish

  • April

    Pretty nice post. I just found your site and wanted to say
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    I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

    • Mahesh Semwal

      Thanks for you appriciation.

  • Welcome to Ghumakkar !!

    I went to Lansdowne 7 odd years back and your post just refreshed all those long walks :-) Quite a bit of driving though. The info about the petrol pump would be very useful, considering that Lansdowne is a cantt. its strange to know that there is no petrol pump there.

    Where do you take us next ?

    • Mahesh Semwal

      Yes Nandan, its really surprising that there is no Petrol Pump in Lansdowne .
      Some of the local shopkeeprs keep petrol & Diesel,but must you can trust on the quality.

  • Sarita

    After reading your story i would also like to go there,will plan soon. gud summer holiday destination.

    • Mahesh Semwal

      Thanks you.

      If you are looking for a peaceful hill station it could be a good choice.

  • tanya

    a post with lotsa info….lansdowne is one of my priority destinations!!!
    i like the tarkeshwar mandir pic…can sense the serenity around it….

  • tanya

    a post with lotsa info….lansdowne is one of my priority destinations!!!
    i like the tarkeshwar mandir pic…can sense the serenity around it……

    • Mahesh Semwal

      Thanks, all pleasure is mine.
      Yes Its worth to see Tarkeshwar Mandir. Mandir is surronded by tall Pine trees.

  • Krishan Dutt Semwal

    Hi Mahesh, How R u… It is nice to read your info…..

  • bhuwnesh

    Reading your post I m planing to visit lansdown , as i belongs to kotdwara

    • Mahesh Semwal

      Thanks Bhuwnesh

      you must visit this place. Visit Tarkeshwar Temple also.

  • Tathagat

    Very nice description…..

    Thanks Bhuwnesh.

    • Mahesh Semwal

      Thanks Bhuwnesh for liking it.

  • ajit

    Hi Mahesh
    My old memories are refreshed
    specially with the dal and kheer
    good pictures
    god bless you and your family

    • Mahesh Semwal

      Thanks for liking the post & pictures.

  • zeevie

    mast experience

    • Mahesh Semwal

      Thanks Zeevie

  • meenu

    Exquisite review for a nice n peaceful hill station …seems to b nice place as described by you .would like to see the place but already feel that u have shown it through your wonderful description…hope to visit it soon…

    • maheh semwal

      Thanks Meenu for your golden words.

  • meenu

    what is Jhangore ki Kheer ?

    • maheh semwal

      Jhangora is like small rice but it is starchless, in Uttranchal people use it in place of rice. Too good for diabetic patient.

  • rkumar02

    I am driving there from Delhi on 24th June. Any tips on hill driving as I have driven before till Shimla only where NH22 is in great shape. Hope road towards Tarkeshwar Temple would have constructed by now and can be done by car.

    • maheh semwal

      If you have been to Shimla by your own than you can drive easy to Lansdowne , road is in good shape & don’t have sharp bends.

      For Tarkeshwar , I will suggest to hire a jeep.

      Wish you a happy journey & share your experience once you are back.

  • nona

    hi mahesh
    we r going to landsdowne on diwali n hav our bookings for blue pine..could u plz tell whether its a fine choice…leaving aside the distance from the market..i mean from cleanliness,food,rooms n view point of view

  • Mahesh Semwal

    Blue pine is the best choice , hotel is surrounded by oak trees.

  • hindi mein isliye likh raha hoon kyun ki ap bhi uk ke ho theek hai (okies) or main bhi 2 din pehle lansdown tha or …………….. bahut kuch coz main woh mast apko bol nahi sakta…

  • rs

    hi mahesh
    we havent as yet booked a hotel for lansdowne.. could u suggest a few choices? i tried looking up the hotel you mentioned in the blog ( where you stayed) but couldn’t find.

    • Mahesh Semwal

      Quoting again “In Lansdowne there are few good options to stay like Blue pine resort, fairydales resort , GMVN etc . Blue pine resort is approx 3 km from the market so GMVN & Fairydales could be the better option. We decided to stay in GMVN , here you can get a Hut in Rs. 1400/- +”

      Hope this helps.

  • Mahesh Semwal

    Garhwal mandal vikas nigam

  • sandeep badola

    mahesh sir thanks for this post,I am from pauri garhwal and I like to go their again and again for have posted all the pictures which I like most.the church in very beautiful place you should also post tip in top pictures here.

  • Thansk Sandeep for liking the post !

  • kashish

    can u tell me the name of the person in second picture

  • kashish

    may be that’s why i want to confirm it..pls….and i am also from uttarakhand

  • kashish

    no i think he is a teacher ……….if u r not interested to tell his name then it’s ok , anyway thanks ………………….

    • This post was written by me , I am not a teacher. …my detailed profile is givej in this site.
      so nothing to hide.

  • Toshi

    Nice Post Mahesh Sir! :)
    This weekend only I am visiting Kotdwar to attend a friend’s wedding.
    I wish time permits me and I get a chance to see beautiful Lansdowne.
    Is there any local place to see in Kotdwar only?
    Where I can go alone also!

    • You can visit Lansdowne in one day , hardly one hour distance from Kotdwar.

      In kotdwar visit sid bali temple.