Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India and is recently declared as the Provisional Capital of newly created Uttaranchal (Now Uttarakhand) State in the month of Nov’2000. Also known as the ‘Adobe of Drona’, Dehradun has always been an important center for Garhwalrulers which was captured by the British. 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.
Dehradun is a popular tourist destination enrouteMussourie and is flocked by the tourists in summers. It has several places of interest including the Rajaji National Park, several notable Hindu temples and Gucchupani (or the criminals cave).
Places to Visit
Tapkeshwar Temple :
The Tapkeshwar temple is in the Garhi Cantonment zone around 6.5 kms from the Dehradun city. Tapkeshwar is a radiant place along a regular waterway in the thick woods valley where an extensive number of Lord Shiva Devotees throng amid the Shivratri. The water or dampness gathers from the slopes and trees and streams down as drops onto the shivling, thus the name (Tapkeshwar). Thousands and a great many individuals group to this spot to see the uncommon wedding function of Shiva and Parvati.
Situated at a distance of 14 km from the Dehradun is Sahastradhara, a colorful outing spot and a famous vacation destination of Dehradun. With its strict importance being 'Thousand Fold Spring', Sahastradhara is a lovely sulfur spring, having a fall of pretty nearly 9 meters and leaves an incrustation of lime on every thing it touches. Particles along these lines gathering over the course of the hundreds of years have framed an anticipating edge, and a kind of cavern, from the top of which falls an unending shower. There is additionally a sulfur spring in which guests frequently wash up. Its water is said to cure skin diseases and have other restorative properties.
Laxman Siddh Temple :
The famous LaxmanSidh Temple is around 12 kms from the Dehradun city along the Haridwar/Rishikesh way and is frequented by tourists and pilgrims. The Laxman Siddha fair is very popular.
Malsi Deer Park :
Malsi Deer Park is situated at around 10 km from the city on way to Mussoorie. Malsi Deer Park is home to the two horned deer, Neelgai and an assortment of birds. This is a zoological park that lies at the foothills of the Shivalik range. It also has a kids park and is a good family destination.
Located 7 Km from Dehradun on the Dehradun-Delhi road is the acclaimed Chandrabani Temple(GautamKund). As per the mythological conventions, this spot was occupied by Maharishi Gautam, his wife and girl Anjani who are generally revered by the individuals. It is accepted that the girl of paradise Ganga had showed herself on this spot which is currently prominently known as the GautamKund. Devotees take a dip in this sacred kund in large numbers.
Sai Darbar :
The Sai Darbar Temple is a standout amongst the most beautiful and well known temples in Dehradun. Situated on Rajpur Road, 8 kilometers from the Clock Tower, found far from the rushing about of Dehradun. Devoted to ShirdiSai Baba, the temple is regularly visited by numerous aficionados crosswise over diverse beliefs. The SaiDarbar Temple is built out of marble and the icon of Sai Baba is set amidst the temple. There is a huge lobby in the temple where requests to God are held each night.
Tibetan Temple :
Its a Tibetan temple situated in Mohabewala, Clement Town,dehradun only couple of kilometers far from ISBT Dehradun. Its otherwise called Buddha Monestry or Buddha Garden.
Robber’s Cave :
A perfect spot for an outing, Robber's Cave is only 8 Km far from the City Bus Stand. Neighborhood transport administrations are accessible up to Anarwala Village, from where it is only a Kilometer's trek to the spot.
Lachhiwala is a popular picnic spot located on the Haridwar – Rishikesh road, 22 kms from Dehradun.Encircled between Sal trees, Lachhiwala is a fun loving destination for visitors of all age groups. There are man made water pools in which visitors can enjoy bathing whilst also appreciating the great nature views. This is also a popular trekking place and is usually crowded over weekends.
Santala Devi Temple :
Santala Devi Temple is situated at a distance of around 15 km from Dehradun. Explorers can reach the temple by bus till Jaitunwala, and from that point, it is a 2 km drive to Punjabiwala. From Punjabiwala, explorers need to trek around 2 km to achieve the temple. According to historical proof , when Santala Devi and her sibling understood that they would not have the capacity to battle the Mughals, they discarded their weapons and began to implore. All of a sudden, a light gleamed on them two, and they transformed into stone symbols. Temple is thronged by devotees on Saturdays, as it is accepted that nowadays stamp the change of Santala Devi into a stone statue.
Tapovan,a hallowed spot, is situated at a distance of around 5 km from the city of Dehradun. It is a picturesque place on the banks of the consecrated Ganges. This spot is known for its prevalent view that Guru Dronacharya had experienced his retribution here. Master Dronacharya was the Guru of the Kauravas and the Pandavas in the epic Mahabharata. This conviction prompts the interest among the sightseers and the religious individuals.
Assan Barrage Water Sports Resort :
For the Water sports lovers Dehradun Valley is a quite loved name. Itswell known water game resort, Asan Barrage is 43 Km far from the primary city.A number of water games like water skiing, kayaking, sculling, paddling, paddling, and so on one can appreciate here. For winged creature watchers amid winter it turns into a most loved destination.