Dehradun, the city,
headquarters of the district is visited by a large number of tourist
every year, many of them en-route to Mussoorie. The climate of the city
is temperate. Even during summer, it is not so warm at Dehra Dun as in
the district south of it. The Forest Research Institute which is world
famous for its research work in forestry and is the only institution
of its kind in Asia is situated here. Besides, headquarters of
the important establishment like the Oil and Natural Commission;
Survey of India etc., the Military Academy are also located here. The
Gurudwara built by Guru Ram Raj during the reign of Aurangzeb in the
Dhamanwala locality o the town is a religious place of eminence.
The other places of importance is the Robber's cave, situated at a
distance of about 8 kms from Dehra Dun. The cave is a natural picnic
spot surrounded by hills where water suddenly disappears from sight
and goes underground only to reappear after a few yards in the form of
a stream. The city has many beautiful rest houses and good hotels to
provide accommodation to the tourist. For many years, it has been one
of the best known educational centres in northern India. Dehra Dun is
well linked by rail and road with Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Lucknow and
Tapkeshwar Temple -
Tapkeshwar Shiv Temple is an ancient place of worship and is situated
on the banks of a rivulet, in the Garhi Cantt. Area, 5.5 Kms from the
city bus stand, the temple is well connected by road. It is named
Tapkeshwar as water droplets, originating from a rock, fall on the
Shivling placed in the shrine. People in large numbers participate in
the fair organized on the occasion of Shivratri and pay their obeisance
to the deity.
- Sahasratra Dhara, laterally meaning, the
'thousand fold spring' is situated at a distance of 11 kms. from
Dehra Dun. The place makes an ideal picnic spot and is of immense
attraction to visitors. The Baldi river and the caves provide a
breathtaking view The water here has a fall of about 9 metres and
leaves an incrustation of lime of all its touches. Particles
thus accumulating over the centuries have formed a projecting ledge,
and a sort of cave, from the roof of which falls a perpetual shower.
There is also a sulphur spring in which visitors often take bath. Its
water is said to cure skin infections and possess other medicinal
- 12 Kms. Away from Dehradun towards Hardwar/Rishikesh is a famous
temple known as the Laxman Siddh. Legend has it that a sage underwent
penance over here. Due to easy accessibility the temple is visited by a
large number of people especially on Sundays.
Malsi Deer Park
- 10 Kms. From Dehradun, enroute Mussoorie 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 childrenís park enveloped by beautiful, natural surroundings.
Alongwith the attractive environs the availability of refreshments makes
the place an ideal sight-seeing cum picnic spot.
Chandrabani - Situated 7 Kms from
Dehradun on the Dehradun-Delhi road is the famous temple of
Chandrabani(Gautam Kund). According to the mythological beliefs, this
spot was inhabited by Maharishi Gautam, his wife and daughter Anjani who
are widely worshipped by the people.It is believed that the daughter of
heaven-Ganga had manifested herself on this spot which is now popularly
known as the Gautam Kund. Every year devotes, in large numbers, take a
dip in the holy Kund. 2 Kms away from the main road, located in the mdst
of Shivalik hills, the place is a beautiful tourist spot.
Sai Darbar - Situated 8 Kms
along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Road, is the Sai Darbar Temple. This
place holds a high cultural and spiritual value and is visited by
tourists from across the country and foreigners as well.
Tibetan Temple - Situated on
Rajpur Road near the Sai Darbar Temple is a huge and colourful temple of
Robbers Cave ( Guchhupani) - An
ideal place for a picnic, Robberís Cave is just 8 Kms away from the City
Bus Stand. Local bus services are available upto Anarwala Village, from
where it is just a Kilometreís trek to the spot.
3 Kms from Doiwala and 22 Kms from Dehradun, on the
Hardwar/Rishikesh road is Lachhiwala. The serene and blissful spot is
famous for its picnic spots. The place also provides accommodation to
tourists in the Forest Rest House nestled in the greenery.
Bhagirathi Resort -
An 18 Kms drive along the Chakrata road, Bhagirathi
Resort at Selaqui, Dehradun lends a breath-taking spectacle of the
Himalayan ranges. The resort lures the tourists with its tranquil
swimming pool, water slides and fountains. Against the backdrop of the
mountain ranges, the resort is an ideal tourist spot.
Santala Devi Temple - About 15
Kms from Dehradun to reach the famous temple of Santaula Devi, one can
utilize the bus facilities till Jaitunwala, then it is a 2 Kms drive to
Punjabiwala by a jeep or any light vehicle and further it is a 2 kms
trek to the temple. The temple stands as a symbol of the faith people
have in the temple and has a great cultural and religious significance.
Santla Devi, alongwith 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 marks the transformation of the Goddess into stone.
Approximately, 5 kms from the City Bus Stand on the
Dehradun-Rajpur road,this place is situated in beautiful surroundings.
Legend has it that Guru Dronacharya had done penance in this area.
Asan Barrage Water Sports
Resort - A water sports resort has been
developed at the Asan Barrage by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam in the year
1994. Asan Barrage was created in 1967 and it is popularly known as
Dhalipur Lake. Situated 43 kms from Dehradun on Chandigarh-Shimla
highway, the resort offers facilities like water skiing, boating,
rowing, kayaking, canoeing etc. Wildlife lovers have an added bonus
during the winter season as migratory birds can be seen in the vicinity.
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.
Rajaji National Park - Rajaji
National Park was founded in 1966 and spreads over an area of 820 sq.kms,
the park with itís magnificent ecosystem, is nestled in the lush valley
of Shivalik ranges. It represents the flora of several zones of the
forest, reverine, broad leaf mixed forest, chirpine forest, scrub land
and grassy pasture lands. There are 23 species of mammals and 315 of avi-fauna
here. The Rajaji National Park is named after Late Shri
C.Rajgoplalachari, popularly known as Rajaji. Best Tourist season is
between November to mid June.
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