Another gem lying 453 meter elevation on the ever-spectacular Himalayas is Dehradun. Mist obscured tall Oak and Pine trees, hills peeking form moving clouds, cobbled streets with tourists pedaling around this little town of unending treats to shutterbugs, Dehradun tourism will leave you mesmerized at every view.
Quick Tourism Facts:
The nearest airport:Jolly Grant, 24 km from Dehradun city.
Winter-December to February
Summer- March to June
Autumn -October to November
Rajpur Road to find best food
Literally means “The Thousand Fold spring”. This place is a conglomerate of waterfalls, caves and steppe farming lands. The water here drips from the lime stone stalactites in the caves. Indulge in some rafting provided by the Dehradun tourism outlets there to appreciate the terrain better!
2. Tiger Falls:
At 1400 meters above sea level, Tiger falls are 50 meters high. Right at the foothills of Himalayas, the falls are nestled between dense forests. The fall forms a small pool, an ideal picnic spot for people who have arrived in a family to enrich your Dehradun tourism.
3. Robbers Cave/ Gucchupani:
It is a river cave for 600 meters long with Waterfalls as high as 10m in it. Specialty being, the stream disappears in the cave. It is said to be used by robbers during colonial times and thus the name! Boating is available at this point. Try it out!
Tapovan is an ashram located on the banks of Ganga and is surrounded by amazing meadows, Nandavan. The myth behind it says that Dronacharya performed his penance here. Trekking to the Tapovan ashram is the most sought after thing to do here. Dehradun tourism without some trekking is incomplete.
5. Mindrolling Monastery:
Established in 1965, the monastery serves as an institute to teach Buddhist learnings. A 60m high stupa and curations of murals, relics and statues of Buddha stand as highlights. The final showdown is the 35m gold statue of Buddha. The monks here entertain the guests with some insights into the Buddhist way of living, might just be one of the things to do to have a clear head!
6. Tapkeshawar Temple
Ancient Shiva temple built on the banks of river Nandi is located in a cave as water naturally drips on the lingam. Offer your prayers here when paying a visit.
7. Rajaji National Park Falls
A massive spread of 820sqkm the reserve houses broadleaf forests and a plethora of fauna. The Asian elephant and the Royal Bengal Tiger are the highlights. Hire a safari to enjoy the beauty the park has to offer.
8. The Forest Research Institute
Premier institute for Forestry service was established in 1906 by the British. It contains 6 museums for pathology, social forestry, silviculture, timber, non-wood products and entomology. Invest a solid morning in these museums.
9. Asan Barrage
Located at the Dhalipur Lake, the Asan Barrage offers an array of water sports like boating, canoeing, kayaking and is also home for many migratory birds. Kick your adrenaline with the water activities or indulge in some bird observation.