The local population of Lansdowne is surprisingly somewhere around just 20,000, and almost all the buildings in the town are fading reminders of the colonial era. The town itself gets its name from the then Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne. Surrounded on all sides by towering snow-capped mountains and lush green forests, Lansdowne has a pristine ambience that lures a steady number of tourists all year round.
Being detached from the race of urbanization and commercialization, Lansdowne has an extremely laid-back air around the entire town. You can always check into a hotel, but the real atmosphere of Lansdowne is experienced by staying in the guest houses at the military cantonment itself. All these guesthouses are extremely reminiscent of the colonial period, and they offer a stunning view of the mountains from their balconies.
Jolly Grant airport Dehradun is the nearest one, 152 km from Lansdowne. Lansdowne can be easily reached by air from major cities like Jaipur, Mumbai, and Delhi. Taxi services can easily be availed from the airport to travel to Lansdowne.
From Delhi tourists can take train to Kotdwara, from where Lansdowne is 41 km. There are two trains connected to Kotdwara from Delhi, Mussoorie Express and Garhwal Express. Other than this, Kotdwara railway station is also connected with most of the major cities of India like Mumbai, Kolkata and Jaipur. Taxis and bus services are available from Kotdwara to Lansdowne.
Tourists can reach Lansdowne from Delhi which is just 250 km, takes nearly 7-8 hours. Buses are available from Delhi to Kotdwara and Dugadda. After that tourists reaches Kotdwara, they can opt for taxis or buses available to Lansdowne. Bus services are also available from major cities like Mumbai, Jaipur and Kolkata.