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Dehradun


Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand is a great place to spend a couple of days.
Dehradun is located in the Doon Valley in the foothills of the Himalayas nestled between two of India's mightiest rivers - the Ganges on the east and the Yamuna on the west. Famous for its picturesque landscape and pleasant climate Dehradun provides a gateway to the Garhwal region. It is well connected and in proximity to popular Himalayan tourist destinations such as Mussoorie, Nainital and Auli and the the holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Char Dham.

The Forest Research Institute which is world famous for its research work in forestry and is the only institution of its kind in Asia is situated here. Headquarters of important establishments like the Oil and Natural Gas Commission(ONGC) Survey of India and The Indian Military Academy are also located here.

The Gurudwara built by Guru Ram Rai during the reign of Aurangzeb in the Dhamanwala locality of the town is a religious place of eminence. For many years Dehradun has been one of the best known educational centres in northern India. Earlier known for its schools, Dehradun is fast emerging as a hub for higher education. Dehra Dun is well linked by rail and road with Delhi Bombay Calcutta Lucknow and Varanasi.

Dehradun is an hour’s drive from religious places like Haridwar and Rishikesh and located en-route to the hill station of Mussoorie. Here are some suggestions with an insider’s comments on places to visit in and around Dehradun.

Mindrolling Monastry

Located in Clement Town Mindrolling Monastry is a beautiful Buddhist monastry . The Stupa is open everyday of the week from 9:00 a.m. The great Stupa is 185 feet tall and 100 square feet in width. It is the world largest Stupa and is a magnificent example of Buddhist art and architecture. The Stupa is surrounded by a 2-acre landscaped garden. On the facade of the Stupa Maitreya the future Buddha has been beautifully painted.

Descending the steps is the present Buddha the Buddha Shakyamuni. On the several floors inside the Stupa are shrine rooms with elaborate murals executed in the finest tradition of Tibetan Buddhist art. Sacred relics have also been placed in the Stupa. Constructed to benefit all beings and dedicated to world peace the Great Stupa was inaugurated on 28th of October 2002.

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple

Located at the outskirts of the city at a distance of 5.5 km from the city centre this cave temple sprawls on the banks of a seasonal river. It is dedicated to the Hindu Deity Shiva and derives its name from the Hindi Word Tapak which means to drip. Water naturally drips on the shivling (holy stone) from the ceiling of the cave.

According to legends during the time of the Mahabharata Lord Shiva made milk flow from this cave for Ashwarthama son of Rishi Dronacharya.

Forest Research Institute (FRI)

Located to the northwest of the city center on the Kaulagarh Road is the vast campus of the Forest Research Institute (FRI). Established by the British in 1906; the institute constantly strives towards the preservation of the various species of Indias forest wealth and is one of the best institutes in the world on the science of forestry.

The six museums located within its premise house diverse specimens of Indian flora and fauna and remain open for the public on weekdays. It is sheer pleasure to stroll in the verdant FRI campus.

Survey of India

Established in 1767 the office of Survey of India is located at a distance of 4 km from the city centre and forms an important landmark of the place.

A repository of ancient maps and documents; it determined the height of Mount Everest under the initiative of Sir George Everest; the then Surveyor of India. The peak was later named after him. It is a must-visit especially if you are on the lookout for ancient maps.

Wadia Institute Of Himalayan Geology

One of the best institutes of the country on Himalayan Geology Wadia Institute conducts various studies and research works on the subject.

It also houses a museum that displays the geological diversity of the Indian subcontinent with its different samples of rocks and semi-precious stones. With the display of the fossils unearthed in the Himalayan region the institute also throws light on the birth of the Himalayas.

Sahastradhara

Located around 14 km from the city centre the cold sulphur spring of Sahastradhara is believed to have healing powers. People visit the place to bathe in the therapeutic waters of the spring and the dripping caves nearby to get rid of various skin diseases.

Many people also bathe here for fun. With its picturesque surroundings and a 9-meter high waterfall the place also serves as an ideal picnic spot.

Malsi Deer Park

Situated at a distance of 10 km from Dehradun en-route to Mussoorie this park lies on the foothills of the Shivalik mountain range. With its tranquil atmosphere and its collection of deer neelgai ducks and rare birds this sanctuary delights the children no end. People traveling to Mussoorie generally halt here for a short break before resuming their journey.

The mini-zoo coupled with a children park with lots of swings makes it very popular among children. Refreshments are available and one can have a picnic lunch here amongst the verdant surroundings but be careful because monkeys are always lurking around waiting to grab the food.

Char Siddh Temple

The Char Siddhs, comprising a group of four temples around Dehradun : Lakshman Siddh (along the Dehradun-Rishikesh road 12 km from Dehradun), Kalu Siddh (near Baniyawala), Manak Siddh (near Shimla Bypass Road) and Madu Siddh (near Premnagar).

They are student Rishi who together prayed God Shiva and spread the light of truth to whole humanity. So the SIDH are named on the name of the four saints who received Sidhi at their respective places. It is commonly believed that visitng all four Siddhs in a single day will fulfill a devotees wishes.

Robbers Cave

Famous as Guchu Pani among the locals; the Robbers Cave located at a distance of 8 km from the city centre and 1 km from the nearby village of Anarwala. At this place one can witness a strange phenomenon of nature - a stream of water gushes underground and quite mysteriously re-appears a few meters away.

The cave itself is a beautiful sight but sadly rampant commercialization has marred the nearby surroundings so much so that one can hardly find a spot to spread out a picnic lunch.

Chetwode Hall (IMA)

It is a matter of pride that the great Indian Military Academy is located in Dehradun. India is the fifth largest nation in regards to the military power possessed. The Indian army possesses the latest and sophisticated ammunition which are displayed in Chetwode Hall.

Apart from direct displays this museum also shows video clips describing various weapons. This war gallery serves as a prominent part of the Indian Military Academy (IMA).

BEYOND DEHRADUN

 

Lachhiwala

3 Kms from Doiwala and 22 Kms from Dehradun on the Haridwar/Rishikesh road is Lachhiwala. An extremely popular picnic spot it is frequented by large crowds on weekends.

One can pack a picnic lunch and have it there and cool off in the water. Do carry towels and swimming trunks. The place also provides accommodation to tourists in the Forest Rest House nestled in the greenery.

Kalsi

Located on the outskirts of the city about 5 kms from Dak Pathar on way to Chakrata is Kalsi. Here you can have a look at a third century rock inscription discovered in 1860. The rock inscription is the earliest tangible evidence of the history of the Doon Valley.

There are 14 edicts carved on a rock and adjacent to these is the site where Raja Shilvarma of the Vrisheri dynasty made three horse sacrifices during his rule in the third century BC. At the site large inscribed bricks are arranged in the shape of a bird with a fire altar in the middle. National Archaeological Department preserves it.

Asan Barrage Water Sports Resort

A water sports resort has been developed at the Asan Barrage by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam in the year 1994. Asan Barrage was created in 1967 and it is popularly known as Dhalipur Lake.

Situated 43 kms from Dehradun on Chandigarh-Shimla highway the resort offers facilities like water skiing boating rowing kayaking canoeing etc. Wildlife lovers have an added bonus as during the winter season migratory birds can be seen in the vicinity.

Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park is situated at a distance of 23 kilometres from Dehradun. Rajaji National Park was founded in 1966 and spreads over an area of 830 sq.kms. The park with its magnificent ecosystem is nestled in the lush valley of Shivalik ranges.

The forest around this region contained 3 sanctuaries Rajaji Motichur and Chilla. In 1983 these three parks were merged into one and named Rajaji National Park after the great freedom fighter C. Rajagopalachari. The park is known for its elephant population. The park is also home to the forest tribe of Gujjars who have lived in these forests for over 200 years. Rajaji is a magnificent ecosystem. It represents the flora of several zones of the forest reverine broad leaf mixed forest chirpine forest scrub land and grassy pasture lands. It is home to as many as 23 species of mammals and 315 species of birds.

By Flight
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Dehradun city of Uttarakhand state. It is situated 25kms from Dehradun city with motorable roads. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Dehradun. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights.

By Train
Dehradun is well connected with railways and you can reach up to Dehradun by train from major cities of India. There are two trains that run daily between Delhi to Dehradun and vice-versa.  Shatabdi Express and Mussoorie Express are the two major trains connecting Dehradun with major cities of India like Amritsar, Howrah, Bombay, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi etc.
By Road
Dehradun is well connected with all major road transportation facilities. Luxury and normal Buses to Dehradun are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. Buses and Taxis to Dehradun are also available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Dehradun is connected with National Highway 72 making it easier to access.

Month

Climate

Details

Jan


Very Cold, Foggy
 

January is snowbound and offers a freezing climate.

Feb


Very Cold

February offers very cold climate. Ideal month for planning honeymoon trip.

Mar


Moderately Hot

March has moderately cool climate and the regions looks inviting with rejuvenated tourist activities. This is the beginning of the tourists’ season for Dehradun and is perfect for enjoying host of activities and local attraction.

Apr


Pleasant
 

April is very pleasant and the imposing environment makes the season inviting for travelers. Plenty of sunshine and cool winds give a new life to the nature as well, making it one of the most sought after attraction in Dehradun. For snow, tourists need to go to higher altitudes.

May


Moderately Hot
 

May is moderately hot and is suitable for all kinds of tourist activities. May is considered to be the hottest month but the temperature is still pleasant. The crowd is high as during this month the hill station becomes a summer retreat and tourists from all over North India come here to escape from the sweltering heat. Snow can be found on very high altitudes and in the places which can be reached only via trekking.

Jun


Moderately Hot
 

June presents beautiful weather and the temperatures ranges between mild to medium with intermittent monsoon showers. The lush green region looks extremely beautiful and the month is ideal for tourism. Tourists should go to very high altitudes for enjoying snow.

Jul


Moderately Hot
  

July offers temperate climate suitable for hill station stays.

Aug


Pleasant
 

August is good for exploring the natural attractions in the region. The nature looks fresh and beautiful. This is the wettest month of the year, but the rainfall don’t cause any inconvenience to the traveler.

Sep


Pleasant
 

September offers an ideal time for exploring the hilly terrains and good for all kinds of tourist activities. Good climate for holidaying as the rains completely stop at the end of this month. Clear blue skies and immense sunlight keeps the region warm and pleasant.

Oct


Pleasant
 

October is good for exploring the inviting outdoors and all types of tourist activities can also be enjoyed. Rainfall has completely stopped, the skies are clear and the sun shines through. The natural beauty is at its peak. It is one of the best months for taking up holiday packages for Dehradun.

Nov


Moderately Cold
 

November is cool and is good from tourism perspective. The sky is a mix of blue and white clouds and the sun is dominant. Temperature starts to dip at the end of the month marking the dawn of the winter season. Since the high altitudes start receiving snowfall, snow can be found on lower level of altitudes as well.

Dec


Very Cold

December offers cool winter days and chilly nights. The cozy climate and the blossomed ambiance of the region are ideal for honeymoon trips. Heavy woolens are required and if you are travelling with kids and old people then extra care needs to be taken. There won't be any snowfall, but snow on the ground can be found on the slopes and high altitude.

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