Things to do
Explore Landsdowne - This little cantonment town is all about leisure. With colonial bungalows, revered temples and old churches, Lansdowne is packed with sites to keep you busy for a day. This full day tour begins with a visit to the viewpoint of Tip and Top. As the name suggests, it is one of the highest point sin Lansdowne and one can get some amazing views on a clear day. You move on to the Garhwali Museum, which traces the history of the Garhwal Rifles regiment, which still trains in the town. Close by is the St Mary's Church which was built in the year 1895. The Victorian architecture is clearly reflected in its design and it still stands the tests of time.
Best time to visit October to April
The best time to visit is from October to March. The rain recedes by September and the mountains are a lovely shade of green. The flora comes alive and you can catch a glimpse of the snow clad mountains as the haze disappears.
The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February. It does get pretty cold and it snows at higher elevations. The skies remain clear and you can get a good view of the snow-clad peaks.
Clear skies stay on through March till the haze sets in by mid-April. You need to be lucky to get a view of the peaks during this time. But this is the best time to witness some wildlife action, especially the tiger.
The rains arrive by mid-June and it's officially monsoon time. Everywhere you see, you'll come across the brightest shade of green. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.
How to reach
Jolly Grant Airport (DED) is the only airport situated 150 kilometre away from Lansdowne. There are many flights from Air India, Jet Airways, Spicejet and Indigo connect Dehradun to Delhi. You will find many connecting flights from different cities in India. Including Mumbai, Lucknow, Srinagar, and Jammu. You have to take cab or bus from airport to reach Lansdowne.
Kotdwar (DDN) is the nearest railway station located at a distance of 40 kilometres. Kotdwar also known as Khohdwar (means gateway of river Khoh) lies in Pauri Garhwal district. You will find direct train (Mussoorie Express and Garhwal Express) from Delhi to Kotdwar. You can take bus from kotdwar from the railway station to reach Lansdowne.
Speak of roads, Lansdowne is well-connected to road network. You can take bus from any major destinations like Haridwar(102km), Kotdwar(45km), Meerut (175 km) and many more in Uttarakhand heading towards Lansdowne. While traveling through bus or cab you will come across many beautiful valleys, small waterfalls, and astonishing natures' beauty.