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Deer Park

After Rajaji National Par, Malsi Deer Park is the most visited wildlife centre in Dehradun. This is a mini zoological park turned out to be one of the favourite picnic spots or hangout places in the city, ideal for family outings or school excursions. The herds of deer meandering freely in their habitat through the scenic Malsi reserve forest area ensures an amazing sight before the eyes of its visitors, incomparably beautiful. Unlimited number of birds can also be found inside the park together giving a mind blowing views. For kids, there are fun rides and space for games also. The weekend witnesses the flooding of people towards the park. The park is situated just 10 KM away from Dehradun city at Mussoorie Road.
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Tapkeshwar Temple

Dehradun houses one of its most visited temples, Tapkeshwar where Lord Shiva is the presiding deity. Blessed by natural extravagant sights abundantly, the prominent feature of this temple is the main Shivlinga that is kept sacredly inside a cave. The temple resides by the side of thick forests and the natural cave drops water from the roof little by little to give away the Shivlinga more beauty and in turn it appears as an amusing spectacle. The temple is existing in a location which is easily accessible, it is hardly six kilometers away from the city. Shivratri is the biggest festival celebrated at the temple when thousands of pilgrims come and pay tribute to the deity. The cool sulphur- water springs are an additional feature the temple proudly possesses within it. The devotees will take a bath in these springs before they enter inside the temple.
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Guchhupani, Rober's Cave

An authentic picnic spot for fun lovers and couples, Gucchupani or as officially known as Cobber’s Cave in Dehradun. The cold springs inside a natural cave are the attractive factor of Gucchupani, the unusual springs go underneath through some places inside the cave. There are a number of small and large waterfalls as well exhibiting the natural beauty at its level best and thus a thorough refreshing time will be promised to its visitors, regardless of the season. The cave is located just 8 KM away from Dehradun city, one can reach until Vijaypur by bus and then have to take a trekking route of 1 KM to reach the caves. As the caves with rifts in it give away the best soothing time to mind and body especially during summer.
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Asan Barrage

A barrage located at the confluence of Eastern Yamuna Canal and Asan River is Asan Barrage in Doon Valley, Dehradun. The barrage contributes well in the process of electricity generation and the dam is the reason for the creation of the Asan Reservoir or Dhalipur Lake. An adorning spot for bird lovers, the surrounding acts as a haven for 53 species of native birds and 19 types of migratory birds. Recently this man-made wetland is declared as a bird sanctuary as well. The Asan River also has a prominent significant when we talk about Asan Barrage as the river is a combination of different streams in the Doon valley. GMVN water sports complex near the barrage is quite famous for providing the thrilling water activities like water skiing, rowing, paddle boating, kayaking, double waters skiing, mono-skiing and motor boating.
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Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September
Duration: 3 Days
Altitude: 3680 m

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Robber's Cave

Witness the miracle of Nature at the Robber’s Cave, which is approximately 8km from Dehradun. Robber’s Cave is a 600 M elongated naturally formed cave. A river passes through this cave making this place a perfect picnic spot for family and friends. 

The weird and wonderful thing about this place is that a stream of water miraculously appears in the Robbers Cave and vanishes under the ground and then reappears a few yards further.  It is a very pristine and peaceful place and hence intrigues several tourists. Robber’s cave is a must-visit place when in Dehradun.

Timings- 7 AM to 6 PM

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Rajaji National Park wildlife safari

Do not forget to add Rajaji National Park to your things to do in Dehradun list. If you are a nature lover, then this place is a heaven on earth for you. Capture the mesmeric panorama and the flora and fauna in your cameras. This place is an abode to approximately 400 species of birds.

There are also several animals in the Park like the Tiger, Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Cheetah, hog deer, barking deer, Leopard Cat, Civets, Himalayan Yellow-Throated Marten, Sloth Bears, Pythons, King Cobra, Common Krait, Indian Cobra and the Monitor Lizard, Asian Elephant and many more. The best way to travel around the park is to go for the wildlife jungle safari and explore the wilderness with family and friends.

Safari timings - Morning 06:00 AM to 10:00 AM,Afternoon 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM.

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Shopping at Tibetan Market

Lighten your pockets a little, because things to do in Dehradun are incomplete without Shopping. The popular Tibetan market is based near Parade Ground Road and also near Rispana Pul in Dehradun.These markets are extremely well-known for its multi coloured woollen garments.

They are run by the Tibetan community and their culture is showcased in the handicrafts and Garhwali jewellery sold here. One can also purchase stunning wind chimes and a variety of wooden art pieces. Savour the delicious momos and the popular hot noodles with butter soup, served at the Tibetan Market. So collect some souvenirs and cherish the memories from Dehradun.

Timings- 10 AM to 10 PM

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Traveller Tales from Dehradun

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Daevika Somayaji

08 June 2016

Drive, Trek, Camp, Trek, Camp, Drive – Wow! What an eventful and mesmerizing break it has been. We had a really great 8 days here in this trek. Rupin Pass Trek is one of the most beautiful and the best...

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Dayaananda Achari

26 March 2015

I have so many memories of Har Ki Dun trek. Right from the day ones drive from Dehradun to small village which is a stating point of the trek. The group members were amazing and very friendly. We trekk...

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Draupadi Khanna

21 December 2015

Kedarkantha trek is absolutely the first choice for the trekkers if himalayan trekking is considered. Having a moderate trekking trail with a cover of beauty all arround makes it even more suitable for...

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Lai Nehru

27 November 2015

It was cold but it was beautiful and we had a blast. Make sure you carry enough warm clothes and good trekking shoes. Trek was not that difficult except few terrains. I was amazed by the views of snow ...

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Gopee Iyer

19 August 2015

Amazing location, the views are just great. Trekking to Nagtibba might get challenging but then all the effort is worth putting for. Since the view is damn good.

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Deb Abbott

20 January 2015

Wao what a beautiful place it was, just can not understand why it was unknown and undeiscovered to me...!!! Absolute the land of paradise for trekkers and nature lovers. Before starting my adventure i ...

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Enakshi Shukla

02 March 2016

Skiiinnngggg!! Zoooommeeedd past landscapes till they were a blur! It was brilliant and trek was also not that tiring. Skiing with this trek is just an icing on the cake. It is one of the best trips i ...

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Chinmayanand Jha

06 March 2015

This was my first trek in Himalayas and my friend suggest that I should go for Har Ki Dun vallley trek. Trek is not very difficult and first time can easily do this trek. If you like to see majestic ...

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Sumitra Nehru

05 October 2015

lvd it. nice trekking experience. mountains were full of snow and we even got snow fall during the trek. Actually that made the trek even more thrilling and adventurous. skiing wz a little difficlt in ...

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What You Should Know More About Dehradun

  • Q. About the destination:

    When one speaks about a family vacation, the first few things that strike one’s mind are green trees, blue skies, chilly weather, great food and a place where you can forget all your woes and calm down. This holiday destination is among those that fall under the category of delivering this experience to its visitors.

    Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun which is the capital of Uttarakhand is known for its beautiful climate and the lovely landscapes it encompasses. One of the most astonishing facts about this place however, is that it is also one of the most important education hubs in the whole of India. How a place so small and petite be able to give a tough competition to other financial sectors of India is truly unimaginable.

    Dehradun lies in Doon Valley which is located on a varying height of approximately 410m. The region is especially known for its climate. While one will experience a pleasant cool weather in Dehradun, the city is often times referred to as the ‘Rainy city of India’ due to the continuous rainfalls especially during monsoons.

    Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. In the recent years – there was a sense of construction boom that took place wherein endless residential property emerged in the city. Modern buildings have gradually been constructed making up for the good portions of Dehradun.


  • Q. Travel Advice:

    • It may get tiring: If you are the kind that enjoys adventure activities then you’re in the right place. Dehradun especially is among the first ports that remains a primary attraction for timely backpackers. Those who are not use o the tourist trails of the country must avoid getting their grips on rolling into such activities.

    • Plan well, carry a map: While Dehradun isn’t very expansive by nature, there are tones of must-do experiences sprawling around the space. Although, ensure that you don’t rush into things. Conduct your research well and carry on with travelling through this beautiful city. You will get to do what you want but be alert of any sham packages and guides while you’re hurrying into planning your trip.

    • Health is wealth: You’re about to enter a place whose climate, water and food your body isn’t aware of. Therefore, it becomes essential to take good care of one’s health. Apart from that, mosquitoes are everywhere and one bite will surely be quite costly. It is better to be safe than sorry and thus one must always use spray-one repellents and avoid being in regions that are inhabited by mosquitoes.

    • Transportation: Dehradun in Uttarakhand is quite walkable. Hence, if you’re worried about travelling within this place – don’t. Moreover, the city itself is quite locally connected in terms of bus and local taxis. Travel around the city and avoid taxis as the most fun you will have is on foot.

    • Water and eatables: Dehradun is blessed with a pleasant climate. However, water consumption is essential for the well-being of the body. Ensure that you drink more than you sweat and one of the most important things is to carry bottled water around. Not only is it convenient but also quite for your journey throughout the way.

    • Drinking laws: The drinking laws of Uttarakhand are pretty different slightly strict compared to other states. The legal age for consumption of alcohol is 21. However, the government plans on reducing the age factor. But one can figure out a way through this. It is not that difficult. The night-life is chilled and relax.

  • Q. Things to do in Dehradun:

    • Visit the Robber’s cave: The Robber’s cave is situated approximately 7kms away from the heart of the city and is in the top of the list of places to visit in Dehradun. The place is also known as Gucchipani or Guchu Pani as it is surrounded by majestic hills and adventure – junkies will have a time of their life as the place also offers options for activities like trekking and camping.

    • Therapeutic visit to Sahastradhara: What better than indulging in the loving surroundings of the nature? Sahastradhara which literally translates into ‘thousand fold spring’ is one of the most beautiful destinations in the whole of India. It is popular for its ecstatic beauty and can be visited at any time of the year. You will love this place for what it is. It will deliver a worthy experience – the unforgettable kind.

    • Spiritual illumination at the Mind rolling monastery: Mindrolling, which literally means the ‘place of perfect emancipation’ is one of the largest Buddhist Vihara of India. It is such a grandeur place for the perfect kind of spiritual experience. Experience the lively vibrations through the entire locality for this is the kind that only comes once in a lifetime. You will not regret coming to this place.

    • Visit the Zonal Museum: The Zonal Museum is quite recognized for its collection of artifacts. There is a great tone of items that can be related to origins, developments and sustenance of the mankind on this planet that can be discovered at this place. Be truly mesmerized by this place.

  • Q. What will you like in Dehradun:

    • Paragliding activity: Experience the thrilling adrenaline rush while you go flying into the infinite sky. One of the must-do things while you’re in Dehradun, this will truly exhilarate anyone’s living soul. Get the bird eye’s view to the spectacular destination of Dehrdun.

    • Visit the Rajaji National Park: The Rajaji National Park is located at the base of Shivalik Crests and will ensure a revitalizing experience for its visitors. The place has some of the most magnificent trekking trails in the world.

    • Asan Barrage for water sports: Think Dehradun is only limited to hills and mountains? Think again. Beat the heat and indulge in some exciting water sports. The Asan Barrage resort offers all sorts of water sports activities designed especially to deliver satisfaction.

    • Shopping at the Tibetan market: This is one of the top things to do in Dehradun. You are incomplete without shopping at a certain place. This popular market offers all kinds of products for its visitors.

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

    Government website: 

    Uttarakhand Travel Website


    Others: 

    Uttaranchal Tourism


    Books on Dehradun: 

    Books by Ruskin Bond.