Dehra Dun is one of the most picturesque regions in the foothills of the panoramic Shivalik ranges. Enjoyable throughout the year because of its salubrious climate, Dehra Dun is a popular spot.
Once a stronghold of the Garhwal kings and later appropriated by the British as a residential resort, the town has several institutions and prestigious public schools including the Doon School, India’s most exclusive private school.
What to see
Forest Research Institute: Established by the British in the early years of this century, the Institute is one of the finest of its kind in the world. Across the six galleries of its Museum are laid out some of the best collections of specimens of flora and fauna;
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology: Another place of interest worth a visit. A museum containing rock samples, semi-precious stones and fossils is the centre of attraction here;
Tapkeshwar Temple: Dedicated to lord Shiva, the temple is beside a stream which is directed to flow onto the lingam. During Shivratri, a large fair is held here;
Robber’s Cave: Popularly known as Guchhu Pani, it is situated 8 km from Dehradun. The last kilometre has to be covered on foot. The cave is a picnic spot, surrounded by hills. Here, water vanishes underground only to reappear after a few yards in the form of a stream;
Masli Deer Park;
Air: The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant Airport 24 km.
Rail: Dehradun is an important railhead on Northern Railway and is connected to many parts of the country with express trains.
Road: Dehradun is well connected by roads with Delhi 255 km, Haridwar 54 km, Rishikesh 43 km, Agra 382 km, Shimla 221 km, Yamnotri 174 km, Kedarnath 274 km, Nainital 297 km.
Area: 30 sq. km. Altitude: 640 mts Season: Throughout the year STD Code: 0135
Lakshman Sidh: 12 km away, built in homage to a saint of this name, it is a popular picnic spot on the road to Rishikesh.
Sahastradhara: 14 km away it is well known for the medicinal sulphur springs.
Rajaji National Park: 15 km away, this thickly forested sanctuary spreads all the way to Dehradun. It is known for its Elephants, Barking deer, Leopards, Sambar and Peafowl.
Mussoorie: 34 km away it is a favourite hill station.
Asan Barrage: 42 km away, It is a water sports resort. GMVN offers water skiing, sailing, boating, kayaking facilities here.
Rishikesh: 43 km away it is not only an important pilgrim centre but offers people looking for adventure an opportunity for white water rafting.
Dak Pathar: 45 km away this is a site of a Hydel project, it has been developed into a picnic and recreation centre.
Kalsi: 50 km away, two Ashokan inscriptions recovered at this picturesque place can be seen.
Paonta Sahib: 51 km from Dehradun in Himachal Pradesh is Paonta Sahib. It is a famous pilgrimage centre for the Sikhs. Overlooking the river Yamuna is the Gurudwara, where Guru Govind Singh wrote the major portion of the Dasam Granth.
Haridwar: 54 km from Dehradun, Haridwar is associated with both lord Shiva and lord Vishnu. Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. It is also one of the four venues for the Kumbh Mela, held in its magnitude every twelve years.
Chakrata: 93 km from Dehradun, this is the one-time home of the Chakore bird. The place abounds in scenic beauty and is famous for its Tiger Fall, the highest fall in the state.
Lakhamandal: 128 km away, this is where the Kauravas are said to have built the laksha Griha (house of Shellac) to burn alive the Pandavas. There are a number of old temples here, dedicated to Shiva, the Pandavas and Parasuram.