When you think Dehradun, you can’t help but dream of romantic poetry, the sweet sound of wind chimes, raindrops on the window glass and piping hot tea on a chilly evening. Dehradun does that to you – it takes you on a nostalgic soul-searching trip. We bet you won’t be able to stop yourself from falling madly in love with this beautiful place as it can instantly make you feel at home in its loving embrace. Let’s explore Dehradun through a heart-shaped lens.
Places to see in Dehradun:
The serene city houses the headquarters of many government and military organisations like ONGC, Survey Of India, Forest Research Institute, along with premier educational institutes like the Indian Miltary Academy, Rashtriya Indian Military College, Doon School, St Josephs Academy, Woodstock school, Welham school and the like. To satiate your penchant for pilgrimages or nature, Dehradun can be your one-shop pit-stop.
The Forest Research Institute: The sprawling campus of this one-of-its-kind institute in Asia, is not only a visual treat but is home to many medical discoveries. The FRI is listed as the number one place to visit in Dehradun on TripAdvisor. The awe-inspiring architecture will keep you intrigued for as long as you can relish in its beauty.
Robber’s cave: The next place on the list is the Robber’s cave or Gucchu Pani, located at distance of about 8 kms from Dehradun. A beauty of this natural picnic spot is beyond description. Surrounded by hills on all sides, the water streams appear to be playing hide and seek with its curious visitors.
Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple – One can see water trickling on the Shiva idol constantly, hence the name Tapkeshwar. Situated in a naturally formed cave, this place is also a natural source of water forming a stream where devotees take a dip before entering the temple. . It is said to believe that Guru Dronacharya – the great teacher from Mahabharatha used to reside here with his wife and son at one point in time. The Tapkeshwar mela is a must visit during Shivratri time.
Sahastradhara & Lacchiwala – These public baths are popular tourist destinations in Dehradun. Also called Sulphur Springs, these naturally cool water bodies are just what you need to soothe your aching muscles. One can see beautiful water falls, caves, interesting farming practices and even a water park along the way. Lacchiwala also includes man made springs worth a dip. Make sure to go on the rope-way at Sahastradhara to experience scintillating views of the valley.
Tibetan Buddhist Temple & Mindrolling Monastery – Located in Clement Town, this place will not only offer mesmerise you with its intricate art and architecture but will also nudge you into a deep spiritual experience. One of the largest Buddhist institutes in India, Ngagyur Nyingma, was established here. The monastery is spread over 5-floors and each floor has its own significance. A 103-feet Buddha statue is a golden attraction in a green backdrop.
Places to see around Dehradun:
This crown jewel nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, is not just the capital city of Uttarakhand, it is considered the gateway to the most prominent locations in the state. Be it pilgrimages like Haridwar, Hrishekesh, Badrinath or Kedarnath or hill station getaways like Mussorie, Nainital and even the neighboring Shimla and Manali and even national parks and forests like the Nanda Devi Forst Reserve and Jim Corbett National Park.
Mussoorie: The trek to Mussoorie from Dehradun is an experience worth breaking your bank for! But this trip will just cost you a heart full of love. The climate of the city coupled with the vibrant green beauty will make you swoon in ecstasy. Do make sure to visit the highest point called Lal Tibba that will leave you with goosebumps.
Places to eat and shop:
The city has an array of Momo, Chowmein, Chaat, Bun Tikki stalls in every possible lane. The go to destinations for every food lover here are Kumar sweeets and Ellora bakery. Diwali, Dusshera, Holi and Shivrathri are celebrate big here. Take off on a shopping spree to Indira Market or Landour Bazaar and come back with your kitty full of unique trinkets. Dehradun is not just a touristy place to visit, it is the whole experience.
The Doon valley is about the simple life. This lush green hilly city with its breath-taking beauty can be explored in just a walk from one corner to another. People here are very simple at heart yet very urban in thinking. The beauty of Doon can be best experienced during its sweet summers and light snows. The British and Tibetian influence contribute to the unique flavour of this place.
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