In the beautiful hilly lands of cool breeze and crisp air, lies the stunning city of Dehradun. It is a culturally rich place with the best educational institutions, schools and great places to have food as well. You can explore many things to do in Dehradun and places of historical importance like The Kalinga War Memorial, The Gurkha Fort, The FRI Museum, The Chetwode Hall etc. There are many places of worship as well, like the Mindrolling Monastery, Ram Rai Darbar, Tapkeshwar Temple, Sai Darbar Temple, The Char Siddhs etc. There is also the Sahastradhara, which is a cold sulphur water spring, wherein you can go for a fun day out picnicking with family and friends. You can also drive down to Dakpathar which is a village downtown for sightseeing and relaxing.
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What to Do in and around Dehradun
Enjoy 22 best Dehradun attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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P.O. New Forests, Dehradun, Uttaranchal, India
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
The Forest Research Institute, also known as The Imperial Forest Research Institute was established in 1906 to organize and take off forestry research programs in India. It was originally founded by Dietrich Brandis under the British School of Forestry.
The rare Greco- Roman style of architecture makes it even more stunning and gives it that classic look. It is a structure made of red bricks is a classic style with Mughal style towers as a fusion to the former. The arches and Roman columns that form patterns of quadrangles with cloistered corners just look perfectly designed. The architecture is a complete combination of various Indo-Western styles.
There are six vast halls with displays of Indian Forestry that look like remnants from a school fair. The whole museum consists of six sections of pathology, Social Forestry, Silviculture, Timber, Non-Wood Forest Products and Entemology. The major attractions here are the fantastic paintings by Afshan Zaidi of beautiful animals, birds and plants. The other objects worth admiring are the exhibits on medicinal uses of plants and the unique cross-section of a 700 year old Deodar tree.
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Vijaypur, Gopiwala, Anarwala, Guchhupani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Robber’s Cave is a cave formation located a few kilometres away from the centre of Dehradun. It is locally known as Guchhupani. The interiors of the cave are so beautifully designed that it is hard to believe that is a naturally formed structure. It derives its name from the story that says that the robbers used this place as their hideout to escape from the British. The cave is a long, narrow structure and is divided into two portions. The cave boasts of the highest waterfall of the country. The central part of the cave is like a fort wall structure that is almost completely broken now, most probably due to the forces of water. It is an ideal picnic spot for all the tourists. The best feature is the surprising flow of the river. The river actually flows underground and cannot be seen, but once you go along a little more you will again spot the river flowing. The cave is guarded by hills all over as you walk a little more.
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Vijaypur, Gopiwala, Anarwala, Guchhupani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Sahastradhara literally means ‘flow of thousand springs’. It is a place where the Baldi River flows through the hilly terrain. History says, it was here that the teacher of the Pandavas and the Kauravas, Sage Dronacharya had his residence. The river water flows from quite a height leaving residues of limestone and thus making this fall water full of sulphur when it goes into the stream.
The stream is said to have many medicinal values due to the presence of sulphur. It has collection of water pools where water drips from limestone stalactites, turning it to sulphur spring. The best thing is the temperature of the water which is not at all extreme, given the temperature of the surroundings. This place also serves as a popular tourist attraction and a picnic spot. The picture perfect backdrop of the Himalayan Range and the serene greenery makes it heavenly.
The attractions surrounding this place of are the Robber’s cave which is formed due to actions of nature and limestone residues. The water rippling down the ceiling and playing hide-n-seek is a must visit. Besides this is the Tapakeshwar Temple. There is also an amusement park called ‘Joy land’. It is an ideal place for the children to have lots of fun.
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Vijaypur, Gopiwala, Anarwala, Guchhupani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
06:00 am - 07:00 pm
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.
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Clement Town- 248002, Dehradun, Uttaranchal, India
07:00 am - 07:00 pm
The Mindrolling Monastery is one among the 6 major monasteries of the Nyingma School in Tibet. It was founded by Rigzin Terdak Lingpa in 1676. The Mindrolling Monastery in India was re-established by Khochhen Rinpoche and a small group of monks in the Clement Town of Dehradun in 1965. It also consists of the Ngagyur Nyingma College, which is one of the largest Buddhist Institutes in the country.
Not only is this monastery famous for its spiritual significance but is also a piece of architectural masterpiece. Everything about this monastery seems unnaturally beautiful starting from the large area, beautiful gardens, the large university complex and most importantly the tallest Stupa in Asia. This shrine was inaugurated in 2002 and is of 5-storey. It contains of many shrine rooms, murals and Tibetian art forms. The most eye-catching feature here is the tall golden statue of Buddha heading over the monastery, which is said to be a dedication to the great Dalai Lama. There is a huge stretch of lush green gardens that circles this majestic shrine. The frontage of the Stupa has the two forms of Lord Buddha painted on it- the Maitreya or the future form and the Shakyamuni or the present form. Many sacred remnants are also found here.
The Mindrolling lineage has other monasteries in Kalimpong, Delhi, Taipei, Chang Hua, Taichung City and Kaohsing City.
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Indian Military Academy, Uttarakhand- 248001
The Chetwode Hall which is more widely known as the Indian Military Academy was named after the legendary founder of the academy, Field Marshall Sir Philip Chetwode. He founded this hall and academy in the year 1930.
It is spread over a vast area and boasts of having every modern amenity for the Indian Army at par with any other developed nation of the world. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dehradun. The Chetwode Hall is located around 8 km away from the main city of Dehradun.
Another branch is the new addition of the Central Library. It comprises of thousand of books and a separate multimedia segment also. The main attraction is the Chetwode War museum where videos of war and other old gallantry activities are played. There are also many war related remnants and objects of historical importance. The most important amongst these is the pistol of Pakistani Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, who had surrendered in front of the Indian brave hearts during the Indo-Pak War. Apart from this you can also experience live the procedures of making the weapons. There is also a shooting demonstration room and a 18-holes FRIMS golf course.
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Darbar Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji Maharaj, Jhanda Moholla, Dehradun- 248001, Uttarakhand, India
05:00 am - 08:00 pm
This can be considered as the most important place of the Doon Valley. The name of the valley itself has a link with this place. History says that, Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji, the son of the seventh Guru Shri Har Rai ji set up his camp here in the 17th century. It is called ‘dera’, which means set up in the valleys, meaning ‘doon’. Thus, the name Deradun, which was later on, converted into Dehradun.
It is known that the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was very pleased with the charm of Shri Guru Ram Rai Sahib and ordered his officials to extend all held needed to him. Initially just a gurudwara was built in Dhamawala. This beautiful present day building was built in the early 18th century.
There are many portraits of various gods and goddesses in this holy place. Not only are there symbols of the Sikhs, but of all other religions. This is a symbol of harmony and religious tolerance followed by the Sikhs. There are other inscriptions and paintings of other holy people, sages and religious books and epics on the walls of this lovely gurudwara. There are pretty paintings of flowers, trees and birds. The most striking feature are the paintings of similar faces with tipped noses and big eyes which depict the color and art scheme of Kangra-Guler and Mughals. The high towers and minarets are the traditional forms of Muslim architecture.
Another stunning feature of this whole place is the big lake or pond which had once dried up and had become a dumping zone, has now been renovated and revived. This place is one bathing destination for the pilgrims who visit the gurudwara.
The gurudwara trust is one of the largest philanthropic societies here who work towards proper health, education and living for the local people. There is something else also that will definitely catch your eye here. It is the huge langarkhana or the eating room where food is served to 1000 of pilgrims who come to the shelter of god every day.
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33 GMS Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand- 248001, India
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Wadia Institute of Himalayan geology is an autonomous association of the department of Science & Technology. It was originally established as a small two roomed destination in 1968. This was later shifted to Dehradun in 1976 with the name of Institute of Himalayan Geology. It was later named after its founder Prof. N.K.Wadia, given his contributions towards the geology of the Himalayas.
This was set up with the vision of putting light on the knowledge about the earth process and ways of healthy and standard living in the Himalayas. The mission of this institute was to bring out mysteries behind the ways of mountain buildings, and improving the geodynamic process of climate variability, natural resources, evolution of life and remedies to natural hazards and other problems.
It is working very efficiently and is carrying out various research projects in the field of geodynamics, exploration strategies of the unutilized mines and minerals of the valley to help in the economic development of the people in the Himalayas, taking efforts towards discovering newer and more effective remedies of natural hazards and other accidents and most importantly to serve as an information center for database on the geological facts of the Himalayas.
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Sahastradhara Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand- 248001, India
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Kalinga War Memorial is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Dehradun. This place is stressed as a must visit by the Uttarakhand government. It is a heritage site.
This place is unique, given the reason behind its construction. In 1814, when there was war between the Gurkhas and the English army, the Gurkhas guarded the Nalapani Fort for 6 long weeks bearing and surviving through all the barriers put in front of them. They even survived without a drop of water. Finally, the British defeated them. But, the English were so impresses with the valour and dedication of the Gurkhas that they decided to honour them by giving them positions in their army.
This War Memorial is the one and only example to see how an opponent can honour an enemy. This memorial was built by the British after the war of 1814 – 1815, dedicated to the Gurkha Gentry. It is the pride of the Gurkhas.
This place still gives you the essence of the courage and spirit of those brave hearts who lost their lives protecting their regiment. You will not be able to turn back without paying one salute to the warriors.
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Chakrata Road, Dehradun- 248001, Uttarakhand, India
Dakpathar, also called Dakpatther or Dak Pather is a small town located in Uttarakhand. It is a place of abundant natural beauty and lush greenery surrounding it. This place is now a luxurious tourist spot. It is the perfect place for a family picnic amidst the picture perfect setting.
The fact that makes the place even more attractive is the nearby hydel power plant situated on the mighty River Yamuna. Another attraction is the ancient rock edict of Ashoka at Kalsi. The Asan Barrage Water sports resort is the best amongst all with its facilities for various water activities.the Lakha Mandal is also a place worth visiting besides the Guru Pant Sahib Gurudwara. It houses many beautiful archeological statues on display. This place is on the lower Shivalik Range and is also known as the Dakpather Barrage. This barrage is the source of water conversion to East-Yamuna Canal from the river for uses in the Dhakrani and Dhalipur power plants. The first stone was laid here by the first Prime Minister of India, Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru. This project stretches till it gets connected to the Asan Barrage.
This is a place where hundreds of tourists come every week to take a view of the surrounding greenery from the raised concrete barrage platform over the river. The striking view of the Yamuna waters is a visual treat.
It is just not a tourist attraction, but also an ideal place to spend a day or two in the lap of Mother Nature admiring its gifts to manking.