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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 Dehradun.
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. Dehradun is
well linked by rail and road with Delhi, Bombay,
Calcutta, Lucknow and Varanasi.
Places to Visit
Forest Research Institute:
Forest Research Institute (FRI) is today counted amongst
the best institutes in the India dedicated to forest
research. One of the major attractions of the institutes
is a museum, which exhibits a wide and extensive
collection of botanical specimens. The museum remains
open from Monday to Friday and is the perfect place to
explore the vegetation gifted by the Earth. The
Botanical Garden situated within the premises of FRI is
another major attraction.
Tapkeshwar Temple is situated amidst the picturesque
outskirts of Dehradun. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, as
the God of strict rituals of 'tap' (meditation). One can
reach the temple only after climbing a long flight of
stairs. After reaching the top, you will encounter
mesmerizing views of the valley below - with the gushing
river flowing nearby.
Malsi Deer Park:
Masi Deer Park is, as the name suggests, a protected
area of deer, lying at a distance of around 8 km from
the heart of the city. However, make sure to see the
deer from a distance, if you don't want them running
away and hiding. The cool breezes, usually experienced
there, only add to the appeal of the park.
Sahasratra Dhara, laterally meaning, the 'thousand fold
spring' is situated at a distance of 11 kms. from
Dehradun. 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
Robber's Cave is another popular tourist spot, situated
8 km from Dehradun. One of the most visited picnic spots
around the city, the cave is the perfect place to take a
leisurely walk and feel at ease with yourself. One can
notice an unusual phenomenon here, when a stream
suddenly disappears from sight at a point and then
reappears after a few meters.
Wadia Institute of
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology is manly known for
housing a museum that displays the rich geological
diversity of India. Amongst the main displays in the
museum are rock samples, semi-precious stones and
Lakshman Siddh Temple:
Lakshman Siddh temple is believed to be the place where
Lakshmana (younger brother of Lord Rama) did penance,
after killing the demon king Ravana.
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.
By Air :
The capital city of Dehradun has its own domestic
airport named Jolly Grant Airport. Located at the
outskirts of the city, the airport lies only 25kms away.
Daily flight operates to and from Delhi, which is the
nearest international airport. Delhi is connected by air
to all the major Indian cities like: Mumbai, Chennai,
Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata etc.
By Rail :
Dehradun itself is a key railway station in northern
part of India. Almost all metro cities in India like:
Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata have direct trains to Dehradun.
Several important trains also connect the city with
Varanasi, Lucknow , Mussoorie and so on.
By Road :
An extensive network comprised of National Highways,
Sate Highways, and metalled motorable roads make
Dehradun easily accessible from any part of northern
India. A few prominent cities, which have road
connections to Dehradun, are: Agra (381kms), Delhi
(235kms), Jaipur (493kms), Lucknow (582kms).