Surrounded by viridescent oak and pine forests Lansdowne is named after its founder, Lord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India until 1894. His summer escape, it was used as a recruits’ training centre for the Garhwal Rifles, who still have an army encampment here. From boat trips along the scenic Bhulla Lake to treks up to Snow Viewpoint or Tip n Top, Lansdowne attracts the outdoorsy traveller. It is also popular amongst bird watchers, with hundreds of types of birds to be spotted. Best visited from March to June.