About Dehradun

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Dehradun

Nearest City to Dehradun: Dehradun, Chandigarh (157 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Dehradun: April to June & November to January

Peak Season: April to May & December to January

State: Uttarakhand | District: Dehradun

Dehradun Weather: Summer: Maximum - 33°C and Minimum - 18°C
Winter: Maximum - 20°C and Minimum - 7°C

At a distance of 33 km from Mussoorie, 157 km from Chandigarh, 231 km from Delhi, 144 km from Ambala, 225 km from Shimla and 278 km from Nainital, Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand and also the headquarters of Dehradun district. Dehradun is located in Doon Valley in the foothills of Himalayas nestled between two of India's mightiest rivers - the Ganges on the east and the Yamuna on the west. It is one of the wellknown destinations to experience the Tourism in Uttarakhand and also one of the popular tourist places near Delhi.

The history of Dehradun city is linked to the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that after the battle with Ravana, Lord Rama and his brother Laxmana visited this site. Dronacharya, the legendary Royal guru to the Kauravas and Pandavas, is believed to have been born and resided in this region. Ancient temples and ruins have been found in the nearby areas, which are almost 2000 years old.

The city is famous for its picturesque landscape and pleasant weather. Dehradun is the gateway to the famous hill stations of Mussoorie, Nainital and the pilgrimage spots of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Some of the other attractions of the region are Tapkeshwar Temple, Santala Devi Temple, Tapovan, Rajaji National Park, Malsi Deer Park and several others. The city is also very famous for its Basmati rice.

Dehradun hosts some important festivals of the region like Jhanda Fair, Tapkeshwar Fair, Laxman Sidh Fair, Bissu Fair, Mahasu Devta Fair, and the Shaheed Veer Kesari Chandra Fair. The city also boasts of some of India's finest schools like the Doon School for girls, Welham School for boys and institutions like the Forest Research Institute, the Indian Military Academy. Dehradun is also a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Various activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing and water sports can be experienced in Dehradun.

Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is about 28 km from the city center. It is well connected by flight with Delhi. Dehradun, India has a major railway station which has direct trains from Delhi, Okha, Indore, Trivandrum, Ujjain, Madurai, Saharanpur, Mumbai, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Amritsar, Howrah and Kathgodam. Dehradun can also be reached by State run buses that connect to nearby cities in the region as well as New Delhi. There are regular bus services from Dehradun to Mussoorie.

Dehradun has a pleasant climate and it can be visited throughout the year. There would be occasional snowfall in the month of January.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 0135
Languages Spoken: Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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How to Reach Dehradun

By Air

Nearest Airport: Dehradun - Jolly Grant Airport (28 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Dehradun Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: ISBT Dehradun (6 Kms)
Mussoorie Bus Station (0.3 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Dehradun

Hill Station

#3 of 29 Places to Visit in Dehradun

At a distance of 33 km from Dehradun, 187 km from Ambala, 197 km from Chandigarh, 278 km from Delhi, 263 km from Shimla and 310 km from Nainital, Mussoorie is a popular hill station in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. This is one of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand and also one of the best tourist places near Delhi. Mussoorie is one of the wellknown Uttarakhand tourism destinations.

It is one of the best 2 day trip from Delhi city. Mussoorie is situated atop a horseshoe crest on the mountains of Garhwal at an average altitude of 1880 m. Mussoorie offers commanding views of the underlying Doon Valley and the magnificent Himalayas. The highest in the region is Lal Tibba in Landour, with a height of over 2,275 m. Mussoorie is called the gateway to the Yamunotri and .....

Distance (From Dehradun Railway Station): 33 Kms
Trip Duration (From Dehradun Railway Station - Including Travel): Full Day
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Pilgrimage

#4 of 29 Places to Visit in Dehradun

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 that this temple dates back to the era of Mahabharata. According to legend, .....

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Nature

#5 of 29 Places to Visit in Dehradun

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 Cave.

This place is a popular tourist spot around Dehradun. Local bus .....

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Backwaters | Nature

#9 of 29 Places to Visit in Dehradun

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. .....

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Heritage | Museum

#10 of 29 Places to Visit in Dehradun

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 institute is fully equipped campus comprises of laboratories, libraries .....

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Pilgrimage

#13 of 29 Places to Visit in Dehradun

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 in 2002. Popularly known as the Great Stupa, it is 220 feet in height and .....

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Pilgrimage

#28 of 29 Places to Visit in Dehradun

At a distance of 26 km from Rishikesh, 54 km from Dehradun, 86 km from Mussoorie, 192 km from Chandigarh and 208 km from Delhi, Haridwar or Hardwar is an ancient religious city in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand. Haridwar is one of the best tourist Places to visit in Uttarakhand apart from being a popular pilgrimage site in India and also one of the well known tourist places near Delhi.

Haridwar, literally translated as Gateway to God, is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus, located on the banks of River Ganges. It is the place where river Ganga descends to the plains. Haridwar is situated at an altitude of 314 m. It serves as a gateway to the Char Dham destinations of Uttarakhand which are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

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Distance (From Dehradun): 54 Kms
Trip Duration (From Dehradun - Including Travel): Full Day
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Pilgrimage | Adventure

#29 of 29 Places to Visit in Dehradun

At a distance of 26 km from Haridwar, 42 km from Dehradun, 74 km from Mussoorie, 201 km from Chandigarh and 233 km from Delhi, Rishikesh is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganges and is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is one of the top pilgrimage sites in India and among the best places to visit near Delhi. It is also a popular 2 day trip from Delhi and is also base for several trekking trails in Uttarakhand state.

Rishikesh is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath). Rishikesh is situated at an elevation of 356 m above sea level and consists of three distinct areas known as Rishikesh, Swargashram and Muni Ki Reti. Rishikesh has been a part of the legendary .....

Distance (From Dehradun): 42 Kms
Trip Duration (From Dehradun - Including Travel): Full Day
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Waterfall

#1 of 29 Places to Visit in Dehradun

At a distance of 111 km from Dehradun, 105 km from Mussoorie and 26 km from Chakrata, Tiger Falls is a magnificent waterfall located amidst hilly terrain near Chakrata in Uttarakhand. Tiger fall is also known as Keraao Pachad and Kailu Pachad in local languages.

At an elevation of 1395 m above the sea level, this waterfall cascades down from a height of 50 meters. The waters of this majestic fall are collected in a small pond. Visitors can enjoy a rejuvenating bath in the pond. Tiger Falls is a favorite attraction for the people of Chakrata and surrounding region.

During monsoon Tiger fall can be seen in its full glory. Tiger fall could be approached by a 25 km road drive on Chakrata - Lakhamandal route followed by 1 km trek. Alternatively, travellers can take 5 km trek from Chakrata through forest to reach Tiger Falls. The trekking route takes the travellers through the dense forests with rhododendron and oak trees.

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Waterfall

#2 of 29 Places to Visit in Dehradun

At a distance of 14.5 km from Mussoorie Library Bus Stand and 48 km from Dehradun, Kempty Fall is a fascinating waterfall and one of the best tourist places to visit in Mussoorie. This fall is located on Mussoorie-Yamunotri Road. Kempty Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Uttarakhand and also among the top waterfalls in India. It is most often represented to promote Mussoorie Tourism and also one of the wellknown Uttarakhand tourist places.

Kempty Falls was developed as a tourist destination by a British officer John Mekinan, around 1835. The name of the place is derived from Camp-tea, the place where Britishers organized tea parties during colonial period.

Kempty Falls is situated at an altitude of 4,500 feet. It offer a remarkable view as the water dropping from a height of about 50 feet flowing through five cascading falls .....

Distance (From Dehradun): 48 Kms
Trip Duration (From Dehradun - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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