Quiet and far enough from the more crowded Himalayan hill stations in Uttarakhand, Lansdowne in many ways reminds you why so many travelers escape to the mountains. Lansdowne has been a popular spot since the days of the British Raj, and evidence of its colonial history remains to this day, in its heritage bungalows and buildings. With a strong presence of the armed forces, Lansdowne is also pretty well-kept and sorted out, a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of the cities down below. Here, then, is how you can head to this hill station located 1,700 meters above sea level. ALSO READ: Nepal Bans Solo, Blind, Double-Amputee Climbers from Ascending Mount Everest Also Read - Travelogue: One Big Happy Family Travels Pvt Ltd, Lansdowne And The Mad Run to Catch a Flight - A Perfect New Year 2018
How to reach Lansdowne by air
Lansdowne doesn’t have an airport of its own. The closest airport is in Dehradun, which is well-connected to all major Indian cities, including Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Air India and other airlines fly to Dehradun, and buses and taxis are readily available to Lansdowne, 145 km away. However, poor visibility can cause flight delays during the monsoon and winter months. Also Read - Best Places to Visit near Delhi on Gandhi Jayanti 2017 Long Weekend
How to reach Lansdowne by rail
The closest railway station to Lansdowne is Kotdwar, which is around 40 km away and at an elevation od 370 meters. The station is connected to New Delhi via the Garhwal and Mussoorie Express trains, with the latter being the better train, leaving Old Delhi station at around 10:20pm and taking you to Kotdwar at 6am. From there, Lansdowne is a quick drive through twisting roads up the hills. NOW READ: Festivals and Events in India in January 2018 to Kick off a Year of Travel
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How to reach Lansdowne by road
Lansdowne is probably best-reached by road, with excellent connectivity to other major destinations in Uttarakhand. From Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate, you can catch frequent buses to Dugadda and Kotdwar. You can catch buses and taxis to Pauri, Dugadda or Kotdwar from several destinations within Uttarakhand. Lansdowne is also connected to NH119.