Tapkeshwar Temple

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  • Address: Vijaypur, Gopiwala, Anarwala, Guchhupani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot

The Tapakeshwar temple which is also known as the Mahadev Temple is situated a few kilometers away from the center of the city. The feature that makes the location more beautiful is its situation on the banks of the Tons Nadi River.

History says that Sage Dronacharya once lived here with his wife Kalyani. Kalyani gave birth to Ashwothama but was unable to feed him with milk. On the other hand the sage was not able to buy any cow or milk as he did not have much money. Surprisingly, the little boy was smart enough to understand this and is said to have prayed to Lord Shiva for milk. The lord was so pleased that he dropped milk from his abode in such a way that the ‘shivalinga’ in the cave had milk rippling from it, though the source was still a mystery. Such was the story that the cave is also known as the Drona Cave.

It is another part of the Robber’s Cave or Guchhupani. This cave is also unnaturally beautiful inside. The fall waters make it picture perfect. There is a shivalinga inside which is said to be self situated. The ceiling above has some invisible source of leakage from where water trickles down the shivalinga and then disappears once it reaches the surface. This unique fact is the main reason behind the name of the temple as ‘tapak’ means ‘pouring drops’. Another surprising thing about this place is that the water appears in the form of a stream once you move along forward. There are also cool water streams near the cave that makes it an ideal bathing place for tourists.

Apart from these unique experiences, it is also a very popular picnic spot for tourists, given the perfect ambience and background of the quiet Himalayan Range.

  • Take a set of extra clothes to change after you take a bath.
  • There are not much local transport facilities so it is better to hire.

  • Nearest bus stop is at Anarwala.
  • Nearest railway station is at Dehradun.
  • Nearest airport is Jolly Grant.

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  • Tapkeshwar Temple Address: Vijaypur, Gopiwala, Anarwala, Guchhupani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
  • Tapkeshwar Temple Timing: 06:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Tapkeshwar Temple Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Tapkeshwar Temple(preferred time): 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Tapkeshwar Temple: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Dehradun include Tapkeshwar Temple in their plan

  • 53.26% of people start their Tapkeshwar Temple visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Tapkeshwar Temple

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tapkeshwar Temple

People normally club together Chetwode Hall and Robber's Cave while planning their visit to Tapkeshwar Temple.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Probably the most beautiful place I've seen on my trip to India. The colours of the buildings and idols stand out, along with the river flowing through the centre of the property. It's definitely a go-to place for the more religious Indians and it was fascinating to watch them worship there. It was busy but not in a bad way, more lively and bustling. The queue to the main attraction was crazy long though so go early. Also bring a lot of small denomination money as donations are expected for blessings and viewing the idols. A lot of the holy people there tried to explain to me what the different idols and customs meant but their English was limited. It was nice to interact with them though. Some people complain about the steps but I think they have a lift for those that cannot walk stairs. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying it here as it is so vibrant and colourful. A must-see in my opinion.

  • It was a nice experience. You will feel relaxed. A must visit...

  • Good place at edge of the town with a stream flowing in middle of the temple. Reminded me a lot of Jageshwar temple. It also got caves and is also associated with Hindu mythology.

  • Though Mandir is a Mandir which all have their importance. But this certainly not meant to be missed, not even by a whisker. It has got its name as water droplets oozes out of a metallic pot Drop by drop strung over LORD SHIVA. It also have a cave and a Small water stream inside in which one can count tiny fishes. I is also one of those rare temples in which you need to go downstairs to reach.

  • Really, a spiritually and eternally engaging place. Visited the place a couple of years back and prayed within the cave. Sighted venomous but friendly snakes in the running water. Amazing experience of closeness to nature. The spiritual place, they say, has vedic-time connections.

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