Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand, Located in the Garhwal region. Dehradun is made up of ‘Dehra’ which pronounced as “dera”, deriving from griha and meaning home and “Doon” is known for the valley that lies between the Himalayas and the “Shivaliks”.
Dehradun is another most beautiful and famous city for tourism in India. Dehradun is in the Doon Valley between the river Ganges on the east and the river Yamuna on the west. The city is well connected to Himalayan tourist destinations such as Auli and Mussoorie, as well the Hindu holy cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar.
The city is also called as the ‘Rainy City of India’ due to continuous rainfalls especially in monsoon. Basmati rice and bakery products are the popularity of Dehradun. The nearby hill stations in Dehradun are well known for their natural scenery, temples for people’s faith dimensions, and the wildlife sanctuary for animal and bird lovers.
Near Dehradun, Maa Bala Sundari Mandir is a Hindu temple located in Sudhowala is also very popular amongst tourists came here. It is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Maa Bala Sundari, which is also known as Bal Roop of Maa Vaishno Devi. This temple is a manifestation of the Hindu’s Mother Goddess Mahalakshmi. Rajpur Road and Paltan Bazaar are the economic heart of Dehradun. To reach Dehradun, tourist can refer by Air as well as Railways also.
Must Visit Places in Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Tourists can visit the splendid hill station ‘Dehradun’ throughout the year. Dehradun is the stronghold of so many tourist destinations to visit. Most popular attractions them are below:
When we break down the name Sahastradhara it is ‘Sahastra’ and ‘dhara’, which literally means ‘The Thousand Fold Spring’. It is a popular tourist destination in Dehradun. Tiger Falls, Robber’s Cave, Tapovan, Mindrolling Monastery, Tapkeshawar Temple, Rajaji National Park, Forest Research Institute, Asan Barrage Water Sport Resort, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun zoo, Kalanga monument, Chandrabani, Lakshman Siddh Peeth, Santala Devi temple, Sai Mandir, Central Braille Press any many more.
Local people also called this cave as Guchhipani or Guchu Pani. This is 600 mts long divided into two major parts. The cave is very close to Sahasrara springs in Uttarakhand. This Cave is located in Himalaya, which is around at a distance of 8 km from the main city. As locals call it GUCHU PANI, that means as the home of Lord Shiva. If tourists visit in the cave they will figure out in the cave a splendid waterfall with a mesmerizing scene. The cave is actually a narrow gorge. It will give a look of a thriller movie in which you see the black limestone with echo of a voice repeating.
The monastery is the one of in the six major Monasteries in Tibet. Firstly, it was built in 1665 by Khochhen Rinpoche along with a group of monks. Again it was re-established by Rigzin Terdak Lingpa in 1676. Monastery has a perfect look with garden and large area. It is the greatest spiritual place, where hundreds of people attain daily. It also has a university campus and tallest stupa in Asia. People attracted to the tall statue of Lord Buddha.
Lacchiwalla is a picnic spot that is only 11 kilometers far from the main Dehradun city area. It is a wonderful place with greenery around everywhere which is unspoiled by the man activity. One will enjoy here the great pleasure in the lap of nature.
Har ki Dun
Far away from the hustle bustle of the city, it is cradle shaped valley. It is referred by the ‘valley of god’. It is a very peaceful area where you can do thrill. The beauty of this is totally untouched by human activity. People who have an interest in geography also can visit to experience the beauty of Himalaya. Here you will find the house in the primary style also.
Malsi Deer Park
It is a geological garden located in the Himalaya’s Shivalik range. Here you will find two horned deer, tiger, nilgai, peacock and other animals. This beautiful place is heaven for nature lovers. One should spend time with this flora and fauna. The part is part of malsi forest reserve which is the second best wildlife attraction in Dehradun after Rajaji National Park. If you are planning on going to a relaxing place full of natural beauty out with your family and friends, this is the place to go.
Forest Research Institute (FRI)
The Forest Research Institute has an imposing Colonial and Greco-Roman styles of architecture spread over 4.5 square kilometers, Established in the year 1906. Institute has a very large area and also it is a greater attraction of media as well as Bollywood. You can be shocked to listen that many of the Bollywood film’s shooting has also done here. Some of the famous productions are- Krishna Cottage, Paan Singh Tomar, Kamra No. 404, Dulhan Ek Raat Ki, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, Dilli Khabar, Yaara, Dear Daddy and Student of the Year. Forest Research Institute which is abbreviated as FRI, is an institute of the ‘Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education’. It was granted the status in the year 1991 of a deemed university by UGC. Also here you will find museums related to the forest.
Trekking in Dehradun
If you are in Dehradun, then you can’t stop yourself to have a Trekking experience. It has been one of the favorite activities among adventures here. Jwala Devi, Shivalik ranges, George Everest, Doon valley, Dakpather, Asan Barrage are someplace where tourist can enjoy trekking. For many of the treks, Pachhwadun region is one of the starting points.
Bali Pass Trek
The Bali Pass Trek is the Indian Himalayan region, that connects the Har Ki Dun Valley with Yamunotri. It is one of the least explored treks in Himalaya. The trail crossing the Govind National Park, which houses several species of animals and birds, colorful orchards, and pens and clicks the trekker’s diary and lenses with enrapturing moments.
All the given places are just only a few in the tons of here. You must visit here once in your life to enjoy the great experience of nature. You will also find some places like Kalinga War Memorial, Ram Rai Gurudwara, Assan Barrage etc.