Dehradun is located in the Doon Valley in the foothills of the Himalayas nestled between two of India’s mightiest rivers, the Ganga and to the East and the Yamuna to the West. Dehradun is famous for its picturesque landscape and pleasant climate and is a gateway to the surrounding regions. The city of Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and the headquarters of Dehradun district.
Height: 435 m
Climate: The summer is hot and light cottons are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are chilly and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Dehradun
Road: Dehradun is well connected with all major destinations.
Rail: Dehradun is well connected to major cities of India by an extensive railway network.
Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Dehradun and is at a distance of 25 kms from the city.
Tourist Attractions in Dehradun
Tapkeshwar Temple: Tapkeshwar Shiv Temple is an ancient place of worship and is situated on the banks of a rivulet in the Garhi Cantt. It is named Tapkeshwar as water droplets originating from the rock, fall on the Shivling places in the shrine. People in large numbers participate in the fair organized on the occasion of Shivratri.
Laxman Sidh Temple: 12 kms from Dehradun towards Haridwar is a famous temple known as the Laxman Siddh. Legend has it that a sage underwent penance here. The temple is visited by a large number of people especially on Sundays.
Santala Devi Temple: About 15 kms from Dehradun is the famous temple of Santala Devi. The temple stands as a symbol of the faith people have and has a great cultural and religious significance. Santala Devi, along with her brother, on realizing that they would not be able to face the Mughal Army, abandoned their weapons and began to pray. A light flickered and within moments they both were transformed into stone images. It is within the fort that the shrine was built and Saturdays mark the transformation of the Goddess into stone.
Malsi Deer Park: 10 kms from Dehradun, en-route to Mussourie is situated a beautifully developed tourist spot lying at the foot hills of the Shivalik range. Malsi Deer Park is a mini zoological park comprising of a children’s park enveloped by beautiful natural surroundings. Along with attractive environs, the availability of refreshments makes the place an ideal sightseeing cum picnic spot.
Robber’s Cave (Guchhu Pani): An ideal place for a picnic, Robber’s Cave is just 8 kms away from the city bus stand. Local bus service are available up to Anarwala Village from where it is a one km trek.
Mindroling Monastery: Mindroling Monastery is located in Clement Town area of Dehradun. It is locally called the Tibetan Monastery also. The Stupa in the Mindroling Monastery was inaugurated on 28th October 2002 and constructed for World Peace. Also called the Great Stupa, it is about 185 feet tall and 100 square feet in width. These dimensions make it one of the world’s largest Stupas. A two acre lish green garden surrounds this magnificent Stupa. The façade of the Stupa is decorated with the colourful and spiritual paintings of Maitreya or the future Buddha and Shakyamuni (the present Buddha) descending on the steps. This shrine has many floors, each one with one elaborate Tibetan Buddhist School of Art mural over other. Many sacrosanct relics are also there in the Stupa.
Guru Ram Rai Darbar, Jhanda Mohalla: Built by Guru Ram Rai, son of Guru Har Rai, it attracts many Sikh pilgrims from the nearby state of Punjab. Admission is free and non Sikhs are also welcomed.
Clock Tower: Built by the British, this remains the icon of the downtown area.
Moigad Falls: 69 kms from Dehradun towards Yamunotri is the serene and tranquil Moigad Falls. This waterfall is located on the main Delhi-Yamunotri road via Dehradun-Vikas Nagar. On the way to Yamunotri, one can bathe at the foot of the falls, which is a refreshing experience.