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BEST OF DEHRADUN

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: New Delhi City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 2 Days

Ideal Start Time: 4 AM (Day 1) & 8 AM (Day 2)

Total Places Visited: 10

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
Day 1 Attractions | Day 2 Attractions

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO DEHRADUN & SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Delhi City to Dehradun

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 9 km from Dehradun Railway Station, Robber's Cave, popularly known as Gachhupani, is a cave formed by a river near Anarwala village. It is one of the popular Dehradun tourist places.

Robber's Cave is a natural cave formation where the river flows inside the cave. The cave is about 600 m long and is divided into two parts. The cave has a highest fall of about 10 m. One can enter the cold water and witness the waterfall. In the central part there is a fort wall structure which is now broken. It consists of an extremely narrow gorge formed in a conglomerate limestone area on Doon Valley's Dehra plateau.

The place is famous for a strange phenomenon, where the stream of water suddenly disappears from the sight and appears again few meters away. According to a popular belief, it is said that robbers used to hide themselves from British here. Hence, the place earned its name, the Robber's .....

Wildlife

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM, Closed on Monday
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 per Person

At a distance of 11 km from Dehradun Railway Station, Malsi Deer Park is situated at Malsi on Dehradun - Mussoorie Road. This is a beautifully developed mini-zoological park.

Malsi Deer Park is one of the major tourist attractions in Dehradun. The park was established in 1976 and spread around 25 hectares of land. The park is surrounded by the Malsi Reserve Forest which is located at the foothills of Shivalik mountain range and offers natural habitat to animals. The park is home to animals like two horned deer, tiger, neelgai and peacocks.

The park also has a children play area and it is surrounded by beautiful landscape. Kids can enjoy playing and learning about animals at the same time at this park. A resourceful canteen in the park serves eatables. It is extensively visited by tourists throughout the year.
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Monday.

Lake & Backwaters | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 8 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 16 km from Dehradun Railway Station, Sahastradhara is one of the most popular places of sightseeing in Dehradun. It literally means thousands fold spring.

Sahastradhara is a beautiful waterfall cascading down from a height of 30 feet. It has collection of water pools where water drips from limestone stalactites, turning it to sulphur springs. The water contains medicinal properties and can cure skin ailments. Apart from medicinal springs, Sahastradhara has tranquil environment with rich Himalayan vegetation. The beauty of this spring is further enhanced by the surrounding caves and Baldi River.

A ropeway is provided to reach the hill top in Sahastradhara. From the top one can enjoy the panoramic view of Sahastradhara and surroundings. A water park named Joy Land Water Park is an added attraction to this place. The villages around Sahastradhara are known for step farming. The hills cut in the form of steps are marvelous to watch and is simply a visual delight. .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 7 km from Dehradun Railway Station, Tapovan is a sacred place located near Raipur on the banks of River Ganges in Dehradun. This is famous for its beautiful surroundings and serene location. The name of temple comes from two Sanskrit words - Tapas (meaning penance) and Vana (meaning forest).

Tapovan holds a significant religious importance. Chanting of rituals and Vedas add the holiness of the serene location. This temple is visited by large number of devotees who throng here to witness to the rituals and other religious ceremonies. The popular belief is that this is the place where Dronacharya had undergone his penance. In the epic Mahabharata, Dronacharya was the Guru of Kauravas and Pandavas.

Tapovan is a well-known site for meditation and other spiritual activities. The ashram also holds periodic yoga courses. The greenery of the surroundings and sound from the river makes the ambiance very soothing. Situated above the Gangotri Glacier, the place also .....

Shopping

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM - 10 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3.5 km from Dehradun Railway Station, Mall Road is located in the heart of the Dehradun City near the famous Doon School. This is one of the busiest shopping centers in the city. Shopping in Mall Road is one of the top things to do in Dehradun.

Shopping at Mall Road can be a memorable experience and this place acts as the central place for several activities. It is a one stop place for shoppers and exhibits a wide range of products such as electronic items, ornaments, books, handicrafts and readymade garments. Though the main attraction in this place are the woolens items like Tibetan carpets, blankets and Garhwali shawls, other products like wooden bangles, traditional jewellery, dry fruits and traditional embroidered garments are easily available.

Mall road is considered as a popular attraction in the city of Dehradun. It is also the perfect place for a walk around these historic streets.

Overnight Stay in Dehradun

DAY 2 : DEHRADUN SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO DELHI

Resume Dehradun Sightseeing

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM - 1 PM & 1.30 PM - 5.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 6.5 km from Dehradun Railway Station, Tapkeshwar Temple, also known as Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, is an ancient temple situated in the Garhi Cantonment area in Dehradun. It lies on the banks of Asan River and is one of the most famous temples in Dehradun and also among best places to visit in Dehradun.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main Shiva Linga at the temple is situated inside a natural cave known as Drona Cave. The Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple houses two Shiva Lingas, both believed to be self manifested. The name of the temple is derived from the Hindi word Tapak, which means water drop. Water drops from the ceiling of the cave trickle down over the Shiva Linga in a continuous downpour. This water eventually disappears underground to reappear as a stream near the temple. The Tapkeshwar Temple also has cool sulphur springs nearby where pilgrims take bathe.

It is believed .....

Historical & Heritage | Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 9.30 AM - 5 PM,Guided Tour: 9 AM - 1 PM & 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: Museum: Rs.25 per person

At a distance of 4.5 km from Dehradun Railway Station, Forest Research Institute (FRI) is located on the Kaulagarh Road in Dehradun. It is one of the oldest institutions of its kind and boasts of beautiful architecture. It is also one of the top places to visit in Dehradun.

It 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. This institute was established by British in 1906 as an Imperial Forest Research Institute. In 1991, it was declared as a deemed university by the University Grants Commission. Set in a lush green estate spread over 450 hectares, with the outer Himalayas forming its back drop; the institute's main building is styled in Greco-Roman and Colonial architecture by C.G. Blomfield. The main building is larger than the Buckingham Palace and is a heritage monument which was inaugurated in 1929.

The .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3.5 km from Dehradun Railway Station, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology is an autonomous research institute of the Department of Science and Technology situated in Dehradun.

Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology was established in the year 1968 by Government of India. This Institute mainly focuses on Earth Sciences like Glaciology, Earthquakes, Landslides, Natural Resources and Geodynamics. Formerly known as the Institute of Himalayan Geology, it was renamed in 1976 as Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology in honor of the late Prof. D.N. Wadia who founded this research organization.

The institute carries out basic research in Himalayan Geology along with several related fields, which include mountain building processes, seismotectonics, geodynamic evolution and natural resources. The institute also has field search stations at Naddi-Dharamsala, Dokriani Bamak Glacier Station at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.

The research center also houses a massive .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per Person

At a distance of 3.5 km from Dehradun Railway Station, Subir Raha Oil Museum is a small museum located inside Tel Bhawan, the Headquarters of ONGC, in Dehradun.

Subir Raha Oil Museum was inaugurated on 14th August 2005. ONGC is the foremost exploration and production company in India. The museum was set up in Tel Bhawan also known as Patiala House in 1956. It was once the palace of Maharaja of Patiala and was brought by ONGC.

The museum depicts various stages of oil and gas value chain. The museum has two floors and is divided into different sections. First section depicts the oil history. In this section, there were samples of different types of crude oil and several charts explaining their qualities at different temperature. The second section gives an insight on the exploration and production of oil. Third section shows about the transportation methods and refining technologies used in this industry. The museum also has an Audio Visual Room which shows the journey of ONGC .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: AM - 12 PM & 2 PM - 7 PM in Summer, 9 AM - 12 PM & 1:30 PM - 6 PM in Winter
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 9 km from Dehradun Railway Station, the Tibetan Buddhist Temple, also known as Mindrolling Monastery is situated at Clement town in Dehradun. Set amidst the foothills of the Himalayas, Mindrolling Monastery is one of the largest Buddhist centers in India and also one the popular Dehradun tourist places.

The Buddha Temple was constructed in 1965 by Kochen Rinpoche and few other monks for the protection of religious & cultural understanding of Buddhism. It is believed that the temple was designed and built by around 50 artists who took three-years to create the structure. Locally known as Tibetan Monastery, the monastery is known for its architectural beauty. The wall paintings inside the temple depicting the life of Lord Buddha are simply spectacular.

The Monastery was built in Japanese architectural style. One of the major attractions of the monastery is its stupa, which was inaugurated .....

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