Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand in the northern part of India. Located in the Garhwal region, it lies 236 kilometres (147 mi) north of India’s capital New Delhi and is one of the “Counter Magnets” of the National Capital Region (NCR) being developed as an alternative centre of growth to help ease the migration and population explosion in the Delhi metropolitan area. Dehradun is in the Doon Valley on the foothills of the Himalayas nestled between two of India’s mightiest rivers — the Ganges on the east and the Yamuna on the west. The city is famous for its picturesque landscape and slightly milder climate and provides a gateway to the surrounding region. It is well connected and in proximity to popular Himalayan tourist destinations such as Mussoorie, Nainital and Auli and the Hindu holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Char Dham.
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’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Dehra Dun is located at 675 meters above sea level in the Doon Valley. It is about 250 kms north-east of Delhi and is well connected to the capital by road and rail and now by air. The Doon School nestles in the Doon Valley with the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas to the north and the sal-clothed Shivaliks to the south. On the east and west, the Valley is bound by two of India’s most famous rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna. The climate has three main seasons- the summer heat is confined to mid-April, May and June followed by a long wet monsoon from July to September.
Sahastradhara meaning “thousand fold spring” is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Uttarakhand state and is located in Dehradun place. It lies on 30.387231 latitude and 78.131606 longitude. The place has an ecstatic beauty of nature where water drips from limestone stalactites, making the water sulphur abundant and thus the place is also called as sulphur springs.
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.
Guchhupani, or popularly known as the Robber’s Cave is a natural cave with a cold spring where it is believed that robbers used to hide from the British during the colonial period. Located in the interiors of Anarwala village, Robber’s Cave is surrounded by majestic mountains that gives it breathtaking scenic beauty. To reach the cave, you have to trek for a kilometer. The place is also quite popular as a picnic spot
Fun ‘N’ Food Kingdom
Fun N Food Kingdom is a complete amusement and waterpark, where children and adults can have a fun outing for a whole day. The park offers 13 high tech rides, a boat club, picnic area, rain dance, wave pool, kids pool and water slides with lush green lawns . The park has a beautiful layout and is equipped with all kinds of modern amenities. Some of the rides offered by the park are, Columbus, Free Fall, Caterpillar rides, Swing Chair, Zyclone and Ferris Wheel.
Forest Research Institute
The Forest Research Institute is an institute of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education and is a premier institution in the field of forestry research in India. It is located at Dehradun in Uttarakhand, and is one of the oldest institutions of its kind. In 1991, it was declared a deemed university by the University Grants Commission. The Forest Research Institute campus hosts the IGNFA (Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy), the staff college that trains officers selected for the Indian Forest Service (IFS).
Lachhiwala is the great sight for the sightseers situated in the state of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is the utmost popular state in India. The state is constituted of various religious shrines and sacred towns. Haridwar and Rishikesh are one of them. Lachhiwala is a popular picnic site. The city is sited at a distance of 22 kilo meter from Dehradun. Kanatal is the nearest tourism destination from Lachhiwala.
It has the eminence of being the second highest peak in Mussoorie. There are two options to reach this peak – either a 30-minute uphill walk or by the ropeway. Travellers come here to enjoy bird eye view of places like Banderpunch, Gangotri, Pithware and Srikanta. Gun Hill is comparatively quieter than its surrounding areas.
5 kms from Chakrata by foot, it is a beautiful water fall, falling from a height of 50 mts.converging into a small pond which creates an enchanting effect in the scenic surroundings. It is in the north east of Chakrata and is at a height of 1395 mts above sea level. Roaring, gushing water, thickly forest and a beautiful view makes it an ideal place for enchanting outing.