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About Dehradun

About Dehradun

Nestled in the Doon Valley in the foothills of the Great Himalayas and flanked by two very beautiful as well as mighty rivers the Ganges and the Yamuna on its eastern and western side, Dehradun is one of the most ancient cities of India. Serving as the capital city of Uttaranchal, Dehradun got its name by the union of two words 'Dera' and 'Dun' that means Camp in the Valley. It is also stated that the place got its name from 'Guru Dronacharya' of Mahabharata, as the city is also popularly known as the 'Adobe of Drona'.

The moment you step in the city the first thing that catches your eyes here is its picturesque unbeatable beauty and the perfect amalgamation of the city and hilly culture. Located at an altitude of 960m, Dehradun has earned accolades for being a perfect place to get respite from the hustle-bustle and scorching heat of the plains below. Its close proximity to the other much popular surrounding destinations such as Auli, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Nainital also adds to its charm.


Forest Research Institute

Forest Research Institute or FRI is a heritage building and the complex of the university is as huge as 2000 acres. The reason it is among the most popular places to visit in Dehradun is its Greco-Roman architecture and the six museums that attract kids and adults alike. It is a great place for a family outing in Dehradun.

Six museums inside the FRI Campus are – Pathology Museum, Social Forestry Museum, Silviculture Museum, Timbra Museum, Non-Wood Forest Products Museum, and the Entomology Museum.

Tapkeshwar Temple

Tapkeshwar Temple – dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the best places to visit in Dehradun city for religious tourists and your Dehradun sightseeing isn’t complete without it. The temple is built in a natural cave where water continuously drops on the Shiva Lingam. This is one of the key attractions that make Tapkeshwar Temple so popular among tourists.

Located on the bank of Tons river, it is surrounded by majestic mountains that add to the beauty of this holy place. Nature lovers and photographers visiting Dehradun, must take out some time to visit this temple.


Also known as ‘thousand fold spring’, Sahastradhara is one of the most beautiful, serene, and popular tourist places to visit at Dehradun. It is known for its scenic beauty created by numerous sparkling streams cascading down the amazing karst (limestone) outcrops.

The ideal time to visit Sahastradhara is during monsoon, when the streams plunge down the rocks with full vigor. One can also take a ropeway ride to the top of the mountain to relish the spectacular view of the waterfalls and its surrounding.

Laxman Sidh Temple

Laxman Sidh Temple is famous for its religious significance and for its scenic beauty. The temple is the cremation site of the Saint Swami Laxman Siddh. According to a popular belief, the temple is constructed on the same place where Laxman, Lord Rama's younger brother, underwent repentance for killing the demon king Ravana.

On every Sunday, large number of devotees visit this temple. Laxman Siddh Fair is organized at Laxman Siddh Temple on last Sunday of April month every year. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during the annual Fair.

Malsi Deer Park

Another one of the best places to visit in Dehradun with family is Malsi Deer Park. This zoological garden of Dehradun spreads over 25 hectares and acts as a habitat for species such as two horned deer, nilgai, leopard, peacock and eagle. Malsi Deer Park is situated at around 10 km from the city on way to Mussoorie.

Malsi Deer Park is popular picnic spot, which becomes lively during weekends. One can explore the zoological park, feed the rabbits, relish the gardens, and enjoy munchies in the cafeteria.


Located 7 Km from Dehradun on the Dehradun-Delhi road Chandrabani Temple. As per the mythological conventions, this spot was occupied by Maharishi Gautam, his wife and girl Anjani who are generally revered by the individuals. It is accepted that the girl of paradise Ganga had showed herself on this spot which is currently prominently known as the Gautam Kund.

The temple and the pond are thronged by thousands of devotees every year and they take a holy dip in the pond. It is believed that a holy dip in this kund is believed to refresh the body and soul.

Sai Darbar

The temple is dedicated to Shirdi Sai Baba. It is constructed out of marble and the idol of Sai Baba is placed in the middle of the temple. The interior of the temple is ornamented with exquisite paintings with enchanting colors. There is a large hall where prayers are held every evening.

The temple is far away from the hustle and bustle of Dehradun. Sai Mandir is open to all kinds of devotees irrespective of their caste, creed and religion. On Thursday many people come here to participate in the afternoon and evening prayers.

Tibetan Temple

Buddha Temple is a Tibetan monestary, also called as Mindrolling Monastery and was build in 1965 by his eminence the Kochen Rinpoche and few other monks for the promotion and protection of religious & cultural understanding of Buddhism. Built in Japanese architecture style, Buddha Temple complex atmosphere provides a mental peace equal to Buddhist monk.

It is 220 feet in height and 100 sq. feet in width. It is claimed to be the largest stupa in Asia. A two acre lush green garden is spread around the magnificent stupa. The art work of the stupa is a magnificent example of Buddhist art.

Robber’s Cave

As one of the most popular picnic spots—Robber’s Cave or Gucchhu Pani is a natural cave – long and narrow. It is surrounded by lofty hills and has freezing-cold springs inside. Robber’s Cave is one of the interesting places to visit in Dehradun in one day. Tourists flock here for day picnics, excursions, and trekking.

You can dip your feet in the ice-cold water of the cave and walk through it. It is always advisable to carry an extra set of clothes as one may get wet while playing with water. Bathroom and locker facility is available at Gucchhu Pani.


Surrounded by dense forest, Lachhiwala attracts several nature lovers. It provides a calm and fun serene environment for visitors. the main attraction of the area is the huge man-made pools, where people can enjoy swimming. A stream from Suswa River is collected in number of pools here. The lush greenery and fresh unpolluted air make the place an ideal destination.

With rejuvenating man-made pool to chill out and luxuriant greenery around it, Lachhiwala is one of the ideal places to visit in Dehradun for couples.

Santala Devi Temple

It is one of most visited pilgrimage sites in Dehradun. According to legend, Santala Devi, along with her brother, on realizing that they would not be able to fight with Mughal Army, abandoned their weapons and began to pray the god.

A divine light emerged as a consequence and they both turned to stone statues. It is within the fort that the shrine was built and Saturdays marks the transformation of the Goddess into stone. On every Saturday visiting this shrine as it is regarded as the day of Goddess Santala.


Tapovan holds a significant religious importance. Chanting of rituals and Vedas add the holiness of the serene location. This temple is visited by large number of devotees who throng here to witness to the rituals and other religious ceremonies. The popular belief is that this is the place where Dronacharya had undergone his penance.

Tapovan is a well-known site for meditation and other spiritual activities. The greenery of the surroundings and sound from the river makes the ambiance very soothing. Situated above the Gangotri Glacier, the place also attracts trekking enthusiasts.

Asan Barrage

Asan Barrage serves as a winter passage halt for trans-Himalayan migratory birds. These birds are spotted here on their way to southern India (October-November) and again on their way back (late February-March). By the end of October the Asan Barrage witnesses the arrival of migrants from Pale arctic region.

As many as 53 species of water birds visit the wetland which is also frequented by almost 19 European and Asian migratory birds. Birds like Shoveller, Poacher, Ruddy Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwalls, Tufted Duck, and Teals etc. are some of the common visitors.