Dehradun, one of the oldest and popularly known cities of the country and also the Capital of the hill state Uttarakhand is one of the most perfect cities to live in. Nestled in the Himalyan Ranges, Dehradun is an important destination when one has to explore the higher Garhwal Ranges.

The headquarters of many National Institutes and Organizations like ONGC, Survey Of India, Forest Research Institute, Indian Institute of Petroleum etc are located in the city. Some of the national level  Educational and Training Institutes like Indian Miltary Academy, RIMC (Rashtriya Indian Military College), Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Lal Bahadur Shahstri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA)etc are also there in Dehradun. Its abundance in naturally developed beautiful tourist destinations also has made a ‘once small town’ famous and most cherished upon visiting.

The queen of hill Mussoorie is an important part of the Dehradun District and is among the most visited tourist destinations in the country.

Places must to visit:

1. Tapkeshawar Temple

Tapkeshwar Shiv Temple is an ancient place of worship and is situated on the banks of a rivulet, in the Garhi Cantt. Area, 5.5 Kms from the city bus stand, the temple is well connected by road. It is named Tapkeshwar as water droplets, originating from a rock, fall on the Shivling placed in the shrine. People in large numbers participate in the fair organized on the occasion of Shivratri and pay their obeisance to the deity.

2. Sahastradhara

Sahasratra Dhara, laterally meaning, the ‘thousand fold spring’ is situated at a distance of 11 kms. from Dehra Dun. The place makes an ideal picnic spot and is of immense attraction to visitors. The Baldi river and the caves provide a breathtaking view.

The water here has a fall of about 9 metres and leaves an incrustation of lime of all its touches. Particles thus accumulating over the centuries have formed a projecting ledge, and a sort of cave, from the roof of which falls a perpetual shower. There is also a sulphur spring in which visitors often take bath. Its water is said to cure skin infections and possess other medicinal properties.

3. Laxman Siddh

12 Kms. away from Dehradun towards Hardwar/Rishikesh is a famous temple known as the Laxman Siddh. Legend has it that a sage underwent penance over here. Due to easy accessibility the temple is visited by a large number of people especially on Sundays.

4. Malsi Deer Park

10 kms From Dehradun, enroute Mussoorie is situated a beautifully developed tourist spot lying at the foot hills of the Shivalik range. Malsi Deer Park is a mini-zoological park comprising of a children’s park enveloped by beautiful, natural surroundings. Alongwith the attractive environs the availability of refreshments makes the place an ideal sight-seeing cum picnic spot.

5. Sai Darbar

Situated 8 Kms along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Road, is the Sai Darbar Temple. This place holds a high cultural and spiritual value and is visited by tourists from across the country and foreigners as well.

6. Sai Darbar

Situated 8 Kms along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Road, is the Sai Darbar Temple. This place holds a high cultural and spiritual value and is visited by tourists from across the country and foreigners as well.

7. 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 during the winter season as migratory birds can be seen in the vicinity.

8. Dakpathar

45 Kms from Dehradun, Dakpathar is a beautiful tourist spot in the western Doon Valley, amidst the Shivalik range. Dakpathar has emerged a wonderful tourist spot under the Yamuna Hydel Scheme. The place is connected by a regular bus service from the Parade Ground and Highway Bus Stand near the Railway Station, Dehradun. Accommodation is available in a Tourist Rest House with swimming pool facilities.

9. Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park was founded in 1966 and spreads over an area of 820 sq.kms, the park with it’s magnificent ecosystem, is nestled in the lush valley of Shivalik ranges. It represents the flora of several zones of the forest, reverine, broad leaf mixed forest, chirpine forest, scrub land and grassy pasture lands. There are 23 species of mammals and 315 of avi-fauna here. The Rajaji National Park is named after Late Shri C.Rajgoplalachari, popularly known as Rajaji. Best Tourist season is between November to mid June.

 

Some Popular and Reliable Hotels in Dehradun:

  1. Four Points Shereton – Rajpur Road
  2. Hotel Madhuban – Rajpur Road
  3. Hotel Pacific – Subhash Road
  4. Hotel Softel Plaza – Delhi Road
  5. Hotel JSR Inn – Haridwar Road
  6. Hotel Inderlok – Rajpur Road
  7. Hotel City Star – Subhash Road

Most Preferred Restaurants in Dehradun

  1. Black Pepper (Bar) – Ashtley Hall Rajpur Road
  2. Punjabi Essence – Rajpur Road
  3. Level 1 (Bar) – Rajpur Road
  4. Sagar Ratna – Rajpur Road
  5. My Wife’s Place (Bar) – Rajpur Road