Tourist Attractions in Dehradun City


    Forest Research Institute
Forest Research Institute


The Forest Research Institute 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. It is located at Dehradun in Uttarakhand. It was established in 1906 and is one of the oldest institutions of its kind. The Forest Research Institute is spread over 4.5 km, with the outer Himalayas nearby. The main building has Greco-Roman and Colonial styles of architecture. It has laboratories, a library, herbarium, arboreta, printing press and experimental field areas for conducting forestry research. Its museums, in addition to being a source of scientific information, are an attraction for the tourists.
There are six museums: Pathology Museum, Social Forestry Museum, Silviculture Museum, Timber Museum, Non-Wood Forest Products Museum, Entomology Museum.

Wadia Institute of Himalyan Geology

Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology

A renowned institution of research in Himalayan Geology, the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology at Dehradun has been acknowledged as a National Laboratory of global status with outstanding facilities. Functioning as an autonomous body, this celebrated institute is named after its founding father, Sri D N Wadia, a well known figure in the field of geological research. Besides aiding the research scholars, this institute also controls some of the research stations in the isolated Himalayan regions. The library of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology holds more than 20,000 books along with journals and monographs.
One of the significant characteristics of the institute is its museum, to instruct the general public and students with the help of samples, charts, maps and models and films on Himalayan and general geology. With sophisticated equipments and scientific methods, the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology adorns a prestigious position in the country for excellent research in Himalayan geology.

    Clock Tower

Clock Tower

Amongst the most significant structures in the city, Clock Tower in Dehradun is renowned for its aesthetic beauty. An exceptional formation, this tower is one of its own kind in entire Asia itself. Constructed before independence, this six-faced tower might have adorned a prestigious position in the history of this hilly region.
According to the locals the chime of the clock was perceptible from far-off places of the hill region. Situated in the busiest Rajpur Road, this tower is bounded by the commercial structures of the city. Now this tower is a mere elegant monument of the bygone years rather than a clock tower.



Malsi Deer Park
Malsi Deer Park


A mini zoological park placed at the base of the majestic Shivalik Range, Malsi Deer Park in Dehradun is one among the fast emerging tourist attractions in the hill station. 
This well maintained park is a natural home for two horned deer, Tiger, Neelgai and Peacock. A delight for the bird watchers, this lovely park houses a variety of birds whose chirping and singing is an added attraction to this Park. With a wholesome weather, natural environs and the lush greenery makes the zoological park an ideal spot for picnic and excursion.

Chakrata Town
Chakrata Town


Chakrata or Chakrauta is a cantonment town in Dehradun district. A cantonment of British Indian Army, was established in 1866 by Colonel Hume of the 55th Regiment, British Indian Army. The area has an abundance of conifers, rhododendrons and oaks. The red rhododendrons are the most abundantly found in this region. This region also has several natural caves. A key attraction near Chakrata is the waterfall named Tiger Fall. A leafy hamlet of Deoban offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas stretching from Kinnaur to Garhwal and Kumaon. In chakrata there is a place named DEVBAN from which you can see the great wall of China (partly) and the great majestic himalayas.
The region also has a number of temples including the ones at Hanol, Mahasu Devta Temple dedicated to Lord Mahasu, Radina, Thaina, Indroli, Lakhwar. 

        Dakpathar

Dakpathar

45 kms from Dehradun, Dakpathar is a beautiful tourist spot in the western Doon Valley, amidst the Shivalik range. Dakpathar has emerged a wonderful tourist spot under the Yamuna Hydel Scheme. The place is connected by a regular bus service from the Parade Ground and Highway Bus Stand near the Railway Station, Dehradun. Accommodation is available in a Tourist Rest House with swimming pool facilities.





Jaspal Rana Shooting Ranges

Jaspal Rana Shooting Ranges

One among illustrious sports person of modern India, Jaspal Rana is a familiar figure to all Indians. This institute is started in 2002 to commemorate the victory of this one time world shooting champion. The main objective of this institute is to provide all the modern facilities to those students who are interested in the challenging game of shooting.
Apart from imparting sophisticated techniques to students, this institute also provides teacher's training by offering Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. With in a short span of 6 years, this institute has gained much acclaim in the field of sports. Headed by the great sportsman, Jaspal Rana, this institute tries to get the best sports person of India, who can proudly present the Indian flag in the prestigious realm of Olympic podium.

 Lachhiwala
   
Lachhiwala

A pictorial spot situated in the suburbs of the city, Lachhiwala is a much-desired destination in Dehradun. Easy accessibility and moderate accommodation facilities make this pictorial spot a favourite place among the tourists. It is picturesque spot where one can enjoy a serene and tranquil atmosphere. Lachhiwala is a location whose unexplored  beauty would mesmerize any visitor.
Apart from its lush verdant greenery, Lachiwalla offers a salubrious climate all around the year, which is an attraction for the tourist. With its virgin nature and the fresh aroma of fruit orchards, Lacchiwalla provides the luxury of being in the company of the unruffled nature.

Lakha Mandal Temple, Chakrata

Lakha Mandal Temple, Chakrata

Past Kempty falls, 75 kms on the Mussoorie-Yamnotri road lies Lakhamandal, having a historical as well as mythological significance. The ancient temple, Lakhamandal, situated on the banks of river Yamuna is dedicated to Lord Shiva and traces its existence to the legends of Mahabharata. Legend has it that the Kaurvas made a shelter house and conspired to burn the Pandavas alive here. Lakhmandal is situated on the banks of river Yamuna at a distance of 35 kms from Chakrata and 128 kms from Dehradun.
Several antiquarian temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The five pandava brothers, Parasuram and Kedar are present.


    Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh

Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh

Lakshman Jhula was built in 1939, a 450 ft long iron suspension bridge is situated in Rishikesh. It is made over river Ganga to cross the river and is a landmark of Rishikesh. It is believed that Lakshman crossed Ganga using jute ropes and at its place this bridge has been built built. The view from this bridge is spectacular. Numerous temples and ashrams are spread across the region. Close to the Lakshman Jhula is the Ram Jhula (also called as Shivanand Jhula), a swinging bridge made a few years back.
  




Zonal Museum
Museum

There is a unique Museum dedicated to collect and study various subjects related to the origin, development and sustenance of the mankind on earth. The Museum, which is renowned as the Zonal Museum, is situated on the Haridwar Road in Dehradun. It started functioning in the year 1971.
The museum depicts and explains origin and customs of the people who lived in the foothills of the mighty mountain ranges. Zonal Museum is a graceful endeavor to give a clear account of the cultural and physical anthropology of western and central Himalayas.
   

      Paltan Bazaar

Paltan Bazaar

A shopper's delight, Dehradun displays it's celebrated past in its artifacts. The glorious culture and tradition of this hilly terrain is very well imprinted on its shopping articles. The rich fragrance of the Doon Basmati rice and the gorgeousness of woolen garments present a wonderful ambiance of shopping in the Paltan Bazaar.
The streets are perfumed with the aroma of good quality spices that are so tempting that one would not miss the chance of buying something from there. While shopping in this crowded bazaar, one would get the real picture of the rustic life of this hill station since the woolen clothes reveals the local tribes customary life style.


Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park that encompasses the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the Himalayas. It is spread over 820 km, and three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. In 1983, three wildlife sanctuaries in the area namely, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries were merged into one. Rajaji National Park has been named after C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji), a prominent leader of the Freedom Struggle, the second and last Governor-General of independent India and one of the first recipients of India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (in 1954).
Inhabiting the dense green jungles that form the park, are an impressive array of creatures - 23 species of mammals - including tigers, leopards, elephants, deer, jungle cat, wild boar and sloth bear and 315 species of birds. The most prominent avian species include pea fowl, woodpeckers, pheasants, kingfishers and barbets, supplemented by a number of migratory species that visit in the winters. Besides that, the rivers which flow through the park harbour fish such as trout and mahseer.

Ram Rai Gurudwara

Ram Rai Gurudwara

Ram Rai, the 7th Sikh Guru, established the famous Ram Rai Gurudwara in the early 17th century in Dehradun. Ram Rai Gurudwara is one of the oldest Gurudwaras in the valley that has gained the accolades as a popular pilgrimage centre. Built with the patronage of the then ruler of Dehradun, Ram Rai Gurudwara boasts of a legend behind the construction of it. It says that Guru Ram Rai was thrown away from his native place, settled down at the valley and constructed this shrine.
This gurudwara houses all the features of a typical Sikh shrine. The most holy book Adigrantha adorns the center of the shrine. Other important places include places like the large dining room where meals are served to all at free of cost and the free utility rooms. Like all other Gurudwaras, here also all are welcomed to offer their prayers irrespective of their caste and creed. The serene and tranquil ambiance of this shrine would be clothed with a festive mood at the annual festival of Jhanda mela or the celebration of flags, which is held after holi.

Rishikesh (Hrishikesh or Rushikesh or Hrushikesh)

Rishikesh(Hrishikesh or Rushikesh or Hrushikesh)

Rishikesh, also spelled Hrishikesh, Rushikesh, or Hrushikesh, is a city and a municipal board in Dehradun. It is located in the foothills of the Himalaya and attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists each year, from within India, as well as from other countries. Rishikesh is also known as "Teerth Nagri" or "Yog Nagri", and also as "City of Temples, Yoga and Meditation". It is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas and is located around 25 kilometres from another holy city, Haridwar.
Rishikesh, sometimes nicknamed "the world capital of Yoga", has numerous yoga centres that also attract tourists. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of moksha, as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it. Rishikesh is world famous for Rafting and Adventure. Rafting season starts from the month of March and ends in July. Rishikesh is also home to the 120-year old Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham, an institution dedicated to preserve and promote the traditional Vedantic Studies. Prominent personalities such as Swami Vivekananda, Swami Rama Tirtha and Swami Shivananda have studied at Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham.

Robber's Cave

Robber's Cave
Robber's Cave (also known as Guchhupani) is a river cave formation in Dehradun City, about 8 km from City Centre. The cave is about 600 meters long, divided into two main parts. The cave has a highest fall of about 10 meters. It is a natural cave formation where rivers flows inside the cave. 
Beauty in the midst of adventure is the prime specialty of this scenic place. Bounded by majestic hills, these caves present an amazing scenario of the mother nature. After a trek of one kilometer, one would get the pleasant warmth of a refreshing stream. Tourists folk together in large groups here, to witness this strange and splendorous experience.




Sahastradhara

Sahastradhara

The literal meaning of Sahastradhara is  'Thousand fold spring'. It is a lovely waterfall, with a depth of 9 meters. What makes the torrent so popular is its therapeutic value since its water contains Sulphur. Besides its medicinal merits, the stream presents a pictorial environment  where one can spend hours enjoying the scenic beauty.The Baldi River and the caves adds to the aesthetic beauty of the site.
Since this astonishing natural splendor is situated within the city limits, the tourists can easily reach Sahastradhara. It poses a salubrious climate and so can be visited at any time. But the gorgeousness of the place could be best viewed in the rainy season when the stream proposes the appearance of a gushing torrent. The mere sight of the gurgling waters fills one's soul with a vitalizing energy. Sahasradhara's water is filled with lime, and the residues left behind forms a projecting ridge, in the shape of a cave. This enchanting scenery and the lush vegetation makes this stunning spot a tourist's dream destination, where one avail a tranquil holiday.

Santala Devi Temple
Santala Devi Temple

This temple is located at a distance of 15 kms from Dehradun. The temple stands as a symbol of faith. It also has a great cultural and religious significance. Legends say that Santla 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 after which a light flickered and within seconds they both were transformed into stones. 


Tapkeshwar Temple
Tapkeshwar Temple


Tapkeshwar which is a holy abode of Lord Shiva is a cave temple in Dehradun. Placed at the banks of a rivulet, this temple is one of the busiest pilgrim centers in the valley. The water droplets dribble from the rocks on the Shiv Linga. The Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun gains its name 'Tapakeswar' from this natural dribbling of river water over the deity from the ceilings of the cavern. Cool sulphur springs around the temple with therapeutic value make it a superb dipping spot for pilgrims.
It is believed that Lord Shiva poured milk to Ashwathama, the son of Dronacharya from this cave. the most appropriate time to visit this picturesque site is during the time of Shivaratri, when the holy matrimony of Shiva with Parvathi is performed. A big Tapkeshwar fair takes place here on the day of Shivratri. Thousands of devotees congregate at this place on the day to offer prayers.

Trekking in Dehradun

Trekking in Dehradun

Exploring the mystifying nadirs of the Doon valley is a fascinating attraction for the adventure lovers. Beauty in the midst of wilderness is not only attractive but also tempting. The lustrous valleys, lofty mountain ranges, and richness of fauna presents a wide range of possibilities in adventurous tourism.
Dehradun provides a great opportunity to discover the pristine beauty of the Himalayas and get on a voyage of never ending amusement. Besides trekking, this lovely place also provides other adventure sports like jeep safari, camping, skiing, which offer a prospect to view the magnificence of the mighty Himalayas.