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 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 among 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

One among 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.
The locals said that the chime of the clock was perceptible from far-off places of the hill city. Though this tower is visible from a distance, it is not functioning now. Situated in the busiest Rajpur Road, this tower is bounded by the commercial structures of the city. Now this tower presents only as an 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. Situated in the near vicinity of the city, this park also houses a children's park bounded by verdant greenery. This would provide great fun to the children apart from seeing the wild animals in the Park.
Comparatively of recent origin, this well maintained park is a natural home to 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 reason. A key attraction near Chakrata is the waterfall named Tiger Fall. A secluded -nearby, leafy hamlet of Deoban is offered 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 ones at Hanol, Mahasu Devta Temple dedicated to Lord Mahasu (Though this is still a topic of discussion that Lord Mahasu is Lord Mahashiva or Lord Ramchnadra), Radina, Thaina, Indroli, Lakhwar, and Lakhamandal, on the banks of river Yamuna, known for its ancient Shiva Temple, which traces its existence to the legends of Mahabharata, the village also has several natural caves.

        Dakpathar

Dakpathar

45 kms from Dehradun, Dakpathar is a beautiful tourist spot in the western Doon Valley, amidst the Shivalik range. Dakpathar has emerged as a wonderful tourist spot. 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 is trying it very hard 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. A picturesque spot where one can enjoy a serene and tranquil atmosphere, Lachhiwala is such a location whose unspoiled beauty would mesmerize the visitor.
Apart from its lush verdant greenery, Lachiwalla offers a salubrious climate all round the year, which makes the tourist to plan trips at any time of the day. With its virgin nature and the fresh aroma of fruit orchards, Lacchiwalla is such a place that 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. It figures prominently in the annals 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 bank of Yamuna at a distance of 35 kms. From Chakrata and 128 kms. from Dehra Dun.
To the antiquarian it provides considerable material of interest. It contains temples dedicated to Diva, The five pandava brothers, Parasuram and Kedar. In order to burn the Pandavas, the Kauravas had built their 'Laksha Grah' (house of lac). The two remarkable well executed figures in stone of Arjuna and the other of Bhima are available in the village.


    Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh

Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh

Lakshman Jhula was built in 1939, is a 450 ft long iron suspension bridge situated in Rishikesh in Indian state of Uttarakhand . It is made over river Ganges to cross the river and is a landmark of Rishikesh. It is said that Lakshman crossed Ganga on jute ropes between the place where this bridge is built. Lakshman Jhula was built in 1939. There are spectacular views from the bridge.
Numerous temples and ashrams around both ends of the bridge attract visitors from far and near. Close to the Lakshman Jhula is the Ram Jhula (also Shivanand Jhula), a swinging bridge made a few years back.
  




Museum
Museum

A unique Museum dedicated to collect and study of various subjects in relation to the origin, development and sustenance of the mankind on earth. The Museum, which is renowned as the Zonal Museum, is situated on Hardwar Road in Dehradun. It started its functioning in the year 1971.
It is devoted to explaining the origin and customs of the people 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
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    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 spare the chance of buying something from there. While shopping in these 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 are found in Rajaji. The most prominent avian species include pea fowl, woodpeckers, pheasants, kingfishers and barbets, supplemented by a number of migratory species during the winter months. 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 this hill station 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 district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India 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", that is City of Temples, Yoga and Meditation. It is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas and is located around 25 kilometres away 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 in this institution.

Robber's Cave

Robber's Cave
Robber's Cave (known by locals 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. In the central part there is a fort wall structure which is now broken. It is a natural cave formation where rivers flows inside the cave. The place is now being maintained by Uttranchal State.
Beauty in the midst of adventure is the prime specialty of this scenic place. Bounded by majestic hills, this caves presents an amazing scenario of the mother nature. After the tedious trek of one kilometer, one would get the pleasant warmth of a refreshing stream. After a quite flow, this would vanish only to appear in a few kilometers away. Tourists folk together in large groups here, to witness this strange and splendorous experience.




Sahastradhara

Sahastradhara

'Thousand fold spring' is the literal meaning of the term Sahastradhara. 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 environ where one can spent hours in the calmness of silence. The Baldi River and the caves exaggerate the aesthetic beauty of the site.
Since this astonishing natural splendor is situated with in the city limits, the tourists can easily reach to Sahastradhara. It poses a salubrious climate and so can be visited at any time. But the gorgeousness of the place is to 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 it left behind forms a projecting ridge, in the shape of a cave, on the top of which the water dance like a shower. 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 around 15 kms from Dehradun. The temple stands as a symbol of faith people have in the temple and has a great cultural and religious significance. Legends says 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. A light flickered and within moments they both were transformed into stone images. It is within the fort that the shrine was built.


Tapkeshwar Temple
Tapkeshwar Temple


The holy abode of Lord Shiva, The Tapkeshwar is a famous cave temple in Dehradun. Placed in the banks of a rivulet, this temple turned out to be one among the busiest pilgrim centers in the hilly resort. The river pierce in to the cave and the water droplets dribble from the rocks on the Shiv Linga presents an imposing spectacle, which gives an ethereal feeling. 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.
This cave temple is also known as the 'Guchhu Pani', which can be reached only after the tiring walking of more than a kilometer. The tranquility surrounds the temple sooths the tiresome voyage and the simple Darshan itself make the devotee spell bound. Legend says that it was from this cave that Lord Shiva poured milk to Ashwathama, the son of Dronacharya. This picture book site is to be visited during the time of Shivaratri, when large gathering throng here to participate the holy matrimony of Shiva with Parvathi.
A big Tapkeshwar fair takes place here on the Shivratri day. 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 of all the time. Beauty in the midst of wilderness is not only attractive but also tempting. The lustrous valleys, lofty mountain ranges, richness of fauna and profound defiles 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 amusements. Trekking in Dehradun discloses an accord between the extreme splendor and the bleakness of nature. Besides trekking, this lovely place also provides other adventurous sports like jeep safari, camping, skiing, which offer a prospect to view the magnificence the mighty Himalayas.