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 attracts trekking enthusiasts.
Timings: 6 AM - 8 PM