Bordered by the Ganga and Yamuma rivers, Dehradun is a lovely city located at the foothills of Himalayas. Spread over the Doon Valley, the city is known for its pleasant weather and provides a gateway to the popular hill stations like Mussoorie, Nainital etc. and pilgrim sites like Haridwar and Rishikesh. Delhi is at a distance of 244 km from Dehradun and large numbers of tourists travel every year by hiring Delhi to Dehradun cabs. Dehradun receives high amount of rainfall during the monsoon season and gets really cold during the winters. The local customs and traditions of the city showcase a great influence of Garhwali people as it was once part of the princely Garhwal State. Here is a list of top 10 places that you must visit on your trip to Dehradun.
Located at an elevation of 1400 meters above sea level, Tiger Falls are 50 meters high waterfalls. The spectacular waterfalls are situated amidst a lovely setting of dense forests at the foothills of the Himalayas. The water flows into a small pond which provides a perfect setting to hang out with friends and family.
The 600 m long river cave is also known as Gucchupani among locals. It is believed that the cave was used by the robbers as a hideout during the British Rule hence owing to its name. Divided into two main parts, the highest fall of cave is 10 meters long. The place is also known for its unique natural phenomenon called as the disappearing stream.
Sahastradhara literally means ‘The Thousand Fold Spring’. The name is because of the water dripping from the limestone stalactites in the caves. It is a popular tourist destination in Dehradun comprising of waterfalls, caves and farming lands and offers a totally rejuvenating and enchanting experience to its visitors.
As per the Hindu epic Mahabharatha. Tapovan is a place where Guru Dronacharya performed his penance. The place is located on the banks of the River Ganges and is frequented by large number of pilgrims. Tapovan is also popular for its amazing paddocks known as Nandavan which are trekked by many pilgrims and trekkers.
The Mindrolling Monastery:
Founded in the year 1965, the Monastery houses the Ngagyur Nyingma College which is among the largest Buddhist learning centres in India. It is an ideal place for meditation with well maintained gardens and a 60 meters high stupa. It also houses various rooms decorated with murals and contains various relics. The 35 meters high statue of Lord Buddha in Gold looks stunning.
Considered to be the oldest Shiva temple in Uttarakhand, it is situated at the banks of the Nandi River. The Temple is positioned within a cave which is characterized by water dripping naturally over the Shiva lingam placed here. Shivaratri festival is celebrated with great fervour at Tapkeshwar Temple every year.
Rajaji National Park:
Sprawled over a huge 820 sq kilometers of area, the Rajaji National Park falls in shared by 3 districts of Uttarakhand, namely Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal. The protected wildlife reserve consists of subtropical and tropical forests that are home to a plethora of wildlife and birds. Asian elephant and the Bengal Tiger are the major attractions of Rajaji National Park.
Tourists generally plan Dehradun and Mussoorie trip together. They take a halt at Dehradun for one to two days before proceeding towards Mussoorie. If you plan to come from Delhi, book Delhi to Dehradun taxi for a convenient journey. You can also hire local cabs in Dehradun for sightseeing.