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District : Dehradun District
Location : 235 kms from Delhi
Altitude : 695 meters Above Sea Level
Major Attraction : Forest Research Institute

A Road in Dehradun
Scenic Colours of Dehradun

Best Time to Visit : All Round the Year (Best During Summers – April to June)
Also Known As : Doon Valley.
Famous Temples : Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple – Cave Temple, Lakshman Siddh – Ancient Temple.
Must Enjoy : Picnicking in the Malsi Deer Park (8 kms) – Scenic Spot with Deers At the Background to Keep Your Eyes Engrossed.
Picnic Spots : Sahastradhara – Sulphur Spring, Robber's Cave – Famous for Strange Reasons, Malsi Deer Park – Famous for Deers.
Popular Institutes : Institute of Himalayan Geology, Forest Research institute.
Shopping Delight : Paltan Bazaar – All the Famous Handicrafts and Souvenirs and Famous Basmati Rice.
Rajpur Road and Ashley Hall – Exquisite Artifacts, Wooden Crafts Work and Brass Statues.
Sahakari Bazaar and Connaught Place - Beautiful Sweaters, Cardigans, Shawls and Tibetan Carpets.
Must Visit : The Museum Inside the Institute of Himalayan Geology – Displays Rock Samples, Semi-precious Stones and Fossils.
Adventure Options : Cycling and Walking.
Eating Options : Kumars for Chinese, Indian and Continental, Moti Mahal for Quick Meal, Udupi for South India.
Staying Options : Ajanta Continental Hotel, Best Western Madhuban, Hotel President, Hotel Relax, Hotel Aketa.
Not to be Missed : Buying the Famous Quality Toffees, Famous Since 1950's.
Getting Around : Malsi – 15 kms, Mussoorie – 34 kms, Chakrata – 92 kms, Saharanpur – 75 kms.
Important Distance : Delhi – 235 kms, Lucknow – 582 kms, Kolkatta – 1562 kms, Agra – 381 kms.
Getting There : Air – Jolly Grant airport, Nearest from Dehradun is 25 km Away. It is Linked with Flights to Delhi, Which is Major International Airport of India.
Rail – Well Linked Railways Connect Dehradun With Important Places. The Shatabdi Express, Mussorie Express and the Dehradun-Mumbai Express Cater to the rail Transport between Dehradun and Delhi, Mussorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Calcutta and Lucknow.
Road – NH 58 to Roorkee via Meerut. Then on, NH 72 A will Take you to Dehradun via Chhutmalpur and Mohand.

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Dehradun in Uttaranchal – Camp to Capital

Dehradun, or better as as the Doon valley is the capital of Uttaranchal. An enchanting retreat to escape the retreat of summer Dehradun is an ideal hill station in North India. Dotted with colonial bungalows draped with flowering bougainvillea, lychee trees lining the quiet back roads and the ancient forest enclaves amongst the Shivalik hills, Dehradun is breath taking. Having some wondrous sunset points, take tours of Dehradun and enjoy picnicking in the various places that will help you relax your tired minds and bodies.

Attractions of Dehradun – The Archaic Hub

The picturesque Doon valley is all about picnicking, museum hopping and taking unlimited excursions to enjoy any kind of attractions. To begin with, get the local map of Dehradun from office of Survey of India, founded in 1767 and is an important landmark of Dehradun. To enjoy a vast and rare collection of flora and fauna, visit the famous Forest Research Institute on the Kaulagarh Road, which has six museums. The geological diversity of Uttaranchal is displayed at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.

Tibetan Temple in Dehradun
Inside View of Famous Tibetan Temple

Religious Spots in Dehradun

Was convinced of seeing only colonial heritage in Dehradun, but there are holy religious places as well. Tourists need to pay homage to the famous Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple. The main attraction is that this is a cave temple and is on the bank of a river. The spiritual site of Tapovan, is believed to have been the spot where Guru Dronacharya, the teacher of warfare to the Kauravas and Pandavas, underwent his penance. Another temple not to be missed is the Lakshman Siddh, that too has various legends associated with it.

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Adventure Tours of Dehradun

Hire a cycle to explore the town, perhaps this is the best way to enjoy the lavish forest filled Forest Research Institute that is sprawled over an are of 2000 acres. Among the winter sports, Auli the best destination for skiing in India is located close to Dehradun. Other adventure options in the city includes snow boarding, trekking and nature walks.

Shopping in Dehradun – Take Home the Momentous of Doon Valley

The delight of shopping in Dehradun is doubled and tripled due to the wonderful and unique offerings that it has to offer. Dehradun tourism promotes shopping as an important activity wherein tourists are advised to stroll through the wonderful markets and bazaars of Dehradun. Some of the important markets in Dehradun are Paltan Bazaar, English Book Depot, Astley Hall, Mall Road, Sahakari Bazaar, Rajpur Road, and Connaught Place. The main shopping items in Dehradun are tibetan carpets, wooden crafts work, brass statues, local Garhwali paintings and jeweleries. Do not miss buying the famous Dehradun basmati rice.

Forest Research Institure
Evening View of the Famous Forest Reserve Institute, Dehradun

Other Attractions of the Most Important City in Uttaranchal

While in Dehradun the Malsi deer park is something one cannot miss. Just 8 kms away from the main city, this park is a great picnic spot wherein tourists can enjoy some pleasurable time with the deers nibbling in the background. The sulphur spring, Sahastradhara is also just half an hour drive away. This spot might be over flowing with the tourists but do not worry, take a walk upstream and enjoy some ideal time in the Robber's Cave, popularly known as Gucchu Pani.

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How to Reach the Heartwarming Dehradun

Dehradun is in possession of the only airport in Uttaranchal called Jolly Grant. This airport is 25 kms from the city, and is well connected with Delhi, the capital of India. Indian Airlines runs daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun.
There are excellent rail networks that links Dehradun with other important places of India. The Shatabdi Express, Mussorie Express and the Dehradun-Mumbai Express cater to the rail transport between Dehradun and Delhi, Mussorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Calcutta and Lucknow.
To travel to Dehradun via road, tourists are advised to take NH 58 to Roorkee via Meerut. Then on, NH 72 A will take you to Dehradun via Chhutmalpur and Mohand.

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Dehradun

Forest Institute Dehradun

The City that Represents Old and New
Many people are of the opinion that Dehradun has lost its charm of the old 'Raj' days, but travel to Dehradun to prove them wrong. Today, Dehradun has gained uncharacteristic new found officialdom, but the old town has manged to retain its laid back aura.

Museum Hopping for Flora and Fauna
Having a unique collections of flora and fauna is the museum in Forest Research institute, spread on an area of 2000 acres. There is also a botanical garden set in the campus is another attraction of the place. Visit the institute of Himalayan Geology has a museum displaying rock samples, semi-precious stones and fossils.

Unique Cycling Tours in Dehradun
To explore the natural surrounding of Dehradun, the best way is cycling. Hire a cycle and go to the Forest Research institute to enjoy the beauty of forest filled environment. You can also enjoy excursion to the places around Dehradun, and that too on a cycle.

Enjoy in the Robber's Cave
Picnicking is an important and pleasurable activity in Uttaranchal. All those who want to enjoy some peace retreat should go to Robber's Cave. The famous sulphur spring, Sahastradhara, is also just half and hour drive away from Dehradun. Other places to enjoy are Lacchiwalla, where the families can enjoy picnicking.

An Excursion to Reach the Snow in Auli
You might have heard about the famous ski destination of Auli in India.. The good news is that Auli is just a stone's throw from Dehradun. Here you can enjoy cable car, Ski lift, chair lift, snow-beaters and other snow attractions.

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