Famous For: Dehradun is famous for institutions like Indian Military Academy, Forest Research Institute, Wildlife Institute of India, National Institute for the Blinds, Indian Institute of Petroleum, ONGC, Survey of India & the most popular Doon Basmati Rice. However, it is one of the famous tourist destination of India. There’re some interesting places to visit. Such as –
Robber’s Cave, Sahastradhara (Thousand-fold Springs), Nature Park, Paragliding (Fly in the sky), Forest Research Institute, Mindrolling Monastery, Tapkeshwar Temple, Chetwode Hall, Tibetan Market, Rajaji National Park, Nag Tibba, Tiger Falls, Malsi Deer Park, Paltan Bazaar, Old Rajpur Road, MDDA Park (A Green Space), Fun N Food Kingdom, Buddha Temple, Shiv Mandir, Assan Barrage (Amidst Migratory Birds), UCOST (Science Fiesta), Clock Tower, Tapovan Temple, Ram Rai Gurudwara, Assan Barrage, Kedarkantha Trek etc.
Major Attractions: Robber’s Cave, Sahastradhara (Thousand-fold Springs), Assan Barrage, Kedarkantha Trek, Bali Pass, Mindrolling Monastery, Fun Valley, Malsi Deer Park.
Ideal Visit Time: The summer season, which starts in March and ends in June, is the ideal time to visit Dehradun. The weather is pleasant during this season and the sky is clear and sunny. The average temperature varies from 17°C to 35 °C. This season is ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
The city of Dehradun is a very popular hill station and is located in the middle of the Doon Valley in the state of Uttarakhand. The city is located about 1400 feet above sea level. It has a pleasant climate almost all year round, which indicates a lone traveler, family and couple alike. It is also called the winter capital of Uttarakhand. Dehradun was home to freedom fighters whose names are engraved in gold on the Clock Tower. It was called “The Gray City” in the initial days because ex-Army officers and VIPs considered this place ideal for residence after retirement. After becoming the capital, there has been continuous growth in education, communication and transport. As the state capital, Dehradun is home to many government institutions.
However, it is one of the best tourist destinations in India. The tourist destinations can be divided into four or five areas: nature, sports, sanctuary, museums and institutions. The nearby hill stations are well known for their natural environment, temples for its faith dimensions, sanctuary for animal and bird lovers.
So, let’s talk about some attractive places of Dehradun below:
Robbers Cave, locally known as “Gucchu Pani”. It is located about 8 km from Dehradun in Uttarakhand. It is a river-cave formed in the river originating from the foothills of the main Himalayas. Believers also consider this river cave to be the abode of Shiva. It is located very close to Sahastradhara or ‘Thousand-fold Springs’ in Uttarakhand. The specialty of the cave is that the water and currents of the river flow through the middle of this cave. With extraordinary cold water underground springs, the cave cools down during the scorching-hot summer-afternoon.
The cave is a narrow ghat formed naturally with a solid layer of limestone. It creates a mysterious atmosphere and creates a feeling similar to the movie scene. Every sound you make will resonate as you descend into a solid cave surrounded by dark limestone. But it certainly promises a sense of kinship, because nature slows you down and resonates with you in its enchanting beauty. It is also a perfect picnic spot amidst the natural beauty of Uttarakhand and must be visited at least once.
Sahastradhara (Thousand-fold Springs)
Sahastradhara is one of the tourist spots in Uttarakhand. It literally means “Thousand-fold Springs”. This famous spot is located near the Robber’s Cave, about 14 km from the city of Dehradun. In addition to being a popular tourist attraction, it is also famous for its medicinal and therapeutic quality, as its water contains a considerable amount of Sulphur. The area has widespread serenity and tranquillity, with rich Himalayan vegetation. The water here has a fall of around 9 m. Since this region has a sedimentary accumulation of Lime and Sulphur, one can spot a plethora of brownish-orange elements in the surrounding caves.
Interestingly, it is also known as “Sulphur Springs”. This is because of the waterfall cascades through limestone stalactites to enrich the water with sulphur. The temperature of the water here is slightly lower than the temperature around it. Its picturesque beauty attracts a lot of travelers from home and abroad. On a fun ropeway ride you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the mountains.
This Assan Barrage is a wonderful place in Dehradun. Located 32 km west of the city of Dehradun, Assan barrage is a wonderful place to be one with nature and bask in its infinite glory. Filled with the enchanting look and beauty of nature, this barrage is a bird lover’s paradise. It is a wonder that it is an artificial lake. The Assan Barrage was formed by the confluence of the two great rivers of Uttarakhand, the Assan and the Jamuna. Built by their mating, the region is home to life, biodiversity and the world’s most unique bird population today.
Assan Barrage attracts thousands of species of birds into its waters each year, including some of the rarest and endangered bird species in the world. It is also known as Dhaulipur Lake and is crowded with tourists and students who are amazed by its beauty and bird life. It is also a valuable place for those who study birds.
Kedarkantha is one of the most interesting places to visit which offers a simple and classic trek. It is located in the foothills of the Ton River Valley. It is a lovely ridge peak accessible throughout the year with plethora of rewarding adventures. The trek also gives you the opportunity to explore the exotic flora and fauna of the protected area of Govinda National Park. The top of the trek reaches an altitude of about 3850 meters, from where you can see Rangalana, Banderpooch, the black and heavenly sun-soaked (Swargarohini) peaks. The place is limited with natural beauty and is suitable for light adventure seekers. Such adventures are really very enjoyable.
Bali Pass: Bali Pass, which is set at an elevation of about 4,800 meters and located in the heights of Garhwal Himalayan region, is an exhilarating getaway where from you can capture the majestic trio of Kalanag at 6,387 meters, Bander Poonch 6,316 meters and Swargarohini group of peaks at a maximum elevation of 6,252 meters. The trail crossing the Govind National Park, which houses several colourful orchards and species of animals and birds, pens and clicks the trekker’s diary and lenses with enrapturing moments.
It is one of the shortest trails in the Himalayan region of India, connecting the “Har Ki Doon” Valley with the Yamunotri. The Bali Pass Trek is a beautiful trip that should be tried once in a lifetime.
The Mindrolling Monastery is also known as the “Buddha Temple Complex”. It was established in 1965 by Khochhen Rinpoche in Clemet Town, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Located in the middle of the Pacific foothills of the Himalayas, Mindroling Monastery is one of the largest Buddhist centers. Being a masterpiece of architecture, it has become one of the most spectacular wonders. The monastery is beautiful because of its gardens, university complex and the longest mound in Asia. Surrounded by greenery, it has many temple houses, Tibetan art forms and murals. What attracts the attention of every tourist is the presence of a tall statue of Lord Buddha.
Hundreds of individuals attain spirituality here on a daily basis. Beside this, it attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country as well as abroad. So, This beautiful place should definitely be visited if you are planning a trip to Dehradun.
Fun Valley’s reputation as a fully-fledged entertainment venue for families and friends to spend a quality time. Located within Uttarakhand’s Golden Triangle – Dehradun, Haridwar & Rishikesh, this amusement park cum resort is the perfect arena for a bonding experience with your loved ones. Housing a vast interior complex, multi-cuisine restaurant and kiosks, thrilling rides that include an exciting water park, deluxe rooms and a motel, Fun Valley is the largest amusement and water park in North India.
It’s a great recreation place that serves as the ideal place to unwind yourself a little during leisure time on weekends or from the center of your busiest daily life. It gives you the opportunity to share exciting and adrenaline racing rides with your family or friends. It is now a popular tourist destination and offers amenities such as conference rooms, party halls and luxury cottages.
Malsi Deer Park
This famous park is located at the beginning of the Shivalik Range in Dehradun. It is also known as Malsi Zoo. This is a zoo. One of the most entertaining places for nature lovers. The beauty of the place is highlighted by the rich flora and fauna. Though the park is mainly famous for deer, the tourists there can also spot peacock, nilgais, rabbits, and tigers to name a few. Apart from nilgais, the park is home to Himalayan antelopes which draw children and animal lovers from all over the world to the place. The park is a part of the Malsi Forest Reserve and is the second-best wildlife attraction in Dehradun following Rajaji National Park.
This has made it an amazing place for photographers. The park is blessed with a natural and serene environment, perfect for sightseeing or picnics. If you are planning on going out with your family and friends to a relaxing place full of natural beauty, this is the place to go.
How To Reach
By Road: Dehradun is well-connected with many other major cities of India. It has a number of public and private bus services. Uttarakhand Transport Corporation serves as the main public sector inter-state and intra-state transport service. The corporation has a fleet of buses, connecting Dehradun to other cities and towns in the state as well as cities in the neighbouring states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
By Train: Dehradun is well-connected to various cities and towns in India via rail. Dehradun Railway Station is part of the Northern Railway network and it is the last station on the railway line. Superfast trains operating from this station are Dehradun Shatabdi Express and Kochuveli Dehradun Superfast Express. Other trains include Dehradun Jan Shatabdi Express, Dehradun Express, Allahabad Link Express, Varanasi Dehradun Express Doon Express etc.
By Air: Dehradun’s airport is the Jolly Grant Airport, which is located about 22 km away from the city centre. Air India, Jet Airways, Jet Konnect and Spice Jet have regular flights to Dehradun. So tourists from abroad can reach the city via international airports located in metropolitan cities of India such as Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc. You can easily hire a taxi or cab from the airport to reach the city.