Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand is a major tourist attraction in North India. It is located in the Garhwal area and is a popular hill station and a preferred tourist destination for travellers both from India and abroad. The district is blessed by natural attractions such as the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers. The unique flora and fauna add to the beauty of the place. It is also a must visit destination for adventure enthusiasts as the place offers ample opportunities for trekking. The place is also famous for its many educational institutions of repute. So, relax, rejuvenate and calm your senses at this beautiful destination.
This charming destination has a different appeal in every season. While the period of March to June is ideal to visit Dehradun as the weather is pleasant and people can go for different adventure activities too. During monsoons from July to September the city is at its beautiful best with lush green sites all around. It is an extremely soothing view to the eye. During winters from October to Feb the city experiences a cold climate with snow fall happening in the nearby towns like Mussoorie.
How to Reach
Dehradun is well connected by all means of transportation. The Dehradun Airport has regular flights scheduled from all major cities of India. There are many regular trains, express and Shatabdi trains plying from different parts of the country. If you wish to travel by road to the city, it is also well connected with all the major cities of the country.
Key attractions/Sight seeing
Some must-see places in Dehradun are:
Forest Research Institute: was founded as Imperial Forest Research in the year 1906 and the architecture of the building is unique as it flaunts the Greco-Roman style. The building has achieved the status of National Heritage. The lush greenery around the building only adds to the beauty of the place.
Sahastradhara: is a picnic spot, which is a must visit. The place attracts with sparkling springs flowing down the hills along with Baldi River. Waterfalls and hot springs at this location are quite famous for their healing powers.
Tapkeshwar Temple: is an ancient cave temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple lies in Garhi Cantonment area. This also has a seasonal river, which enters the cave through the ceiling. The Sericulture Centre is a research centre, which conducts researches on fishes and other marine creatures.
The Central Braille Press: is the biggest producer of Braille textbooks in India.
Malsi Deer Park: is a great place to visit. It’s an interesting zoological park with creatures like horned deer, birds and nilghai. Picturesque surroundings make it an ideal location for outings.
Dakpatthar: has natural surroundings with lush greenery contrasted with colorful gardens. The place has a government owned guest house with a swimming pool.
Rajaji National Park: is yet another great place to visit in Dehradun. The beautiful surroundings of this national park are a major highlight of the place.
Robber’s Cave: is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Dehradun. It is a beautiful location, which is popularly known as Guchu Pani or Guchhipani. In the soothing atmosphere you will enjoy having a picnic. You can go for a trek and enjoy the wilderness of the place.
Durbar Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji Maharaj: has both religious and historical importance. This is a Gurudwara, which attracts travellers from all corners of the world. The white monument is a beauty in its own. Tapovan, lying on the banks of the holy Ganga River, is known to be the penance ground for the famous saint Dronacharya.
And if you are an adventure seeker visiting Dehradun, do not miss out on the opportunity of going on an exciting trek. The city serves as the base camp for a trek to the Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. Chakrata, almost 98 km from Dehradun, is also a destination for trekkers and nature lovers. Dehradun also offers its tourists the option to indulge in their favourite sport of golf. There is a mini golf course, called ‘The Small Putt’ in ‘The Club’. Then, there is DSOI Golf Clubhouse as well, situated on Vijay Path.
For the cycling enthusiasts, the city offers the perfect tracks. Water Springs surely merit a visit from tourists. The former is known for its freezing spring that goes underground at some place and resurfaces a few meters away from the underground tunnel.
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