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 Dehra
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. Dehra Dun is well
linked by rail and road with Delhi, Bombay,
Calcutta, Lucknow and Varanasi.
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Tapkeshwar Temple :
Tapkeshwar Shiv Temple is an ancient place of
worship and is situated on the banks of a
rivulet, in the Garhi Cantt. Area, 5.5 Kms from
the city bus stand, the temple is well connected
by road. It is named Tapkeshwar as water
droplets, originating from a rock, fall on the
Shivling placed in the shrine. People in large
numbers participate in the fair organized on the
occasion of Shivratri and pay their obeisance to
Sahasratra Dhara, laterally meaning, the
'thousand fold spring' is situated at a distance
of 11 kms. from Dehra Dun. 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
12 Kms. Away from Dehradun towards Hardwar/Rishikesh
is a famous temple known as the Laxman Siddh.
Legend has it that a sage underwent penance over
here. Due to easy accessibility the temple is
visited by a large number of people especially
10 Kms. From Dehradun, enroute Mussoorie is
situated a beautifully developed tourist spot
lying at the foot hills of the Shivalik range.
Malsi Deer Park is a mini-zoological park
comprising of a children’s park enveloped by
beautiful, natural surroundings. Alongwith the
attractive environs the availability of
refreshments makes the place an ideal
sight-seeing cum picnic spot.
Situated 7 Kms from Dehradun on the Dehradun-Delhi
road is the famous temple of Chandrabani(Gautam
Kund). According to the mythological beliefs,
this spot was inhabited by Maharishi Gautam, his
wife and daughter Anjani who are widely
worshipped by the people.
It is believed that the daughter of heaven-Ganga
had manifested herself on this spot which is now
popularly known as the Gautam Kund. Every year
devotes, in large numbers, take a dip in the
holy Kund. 2 Kms away from the main road,
located in the mdst of Shivalik hills, the place
is a beautiful tourist spot.
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.
Situated on Rajpur Road near the Sai Darbar
Temple is a huge and colourful temple of Lord
Cave (Guchhupani) :
An ideal place for a picnic, Robber’s Cave is
just 8 Kms away from the City Bus Stand. Local
bus services are available upto Anarwala
Village, from where it is just a Kilometre’s
trek to the spot.
3 Kms from Doiwala and 22 Kms from Dehradun, on
the Hardwar/Rishikesh road is Lachhiwala. The
serene and blissful spot is famous for its
picnic spots. The place also provides
accommodation to tourists in the Forest Rest
House nestled in the greenery.
Devi Temple :
About 15 Kms from Dehradun to reach the famous
temple of Santaula Devi, one can utilize the bus
facilities till Jaitunwala, then it is a 2 Kms
drive to Punjabiwala by a jeep or any light
vehicle and further it is a 2 kms trek to the
temple. The temple stands as a symbol of the
faith people have in the temple and has a great
cultural and religious significance. Santla Devi,
alongwith her brother, on realizing that they
would not be able to face the Mughal Army ,
abandoned their weapons and began to pray. A
light flickered and within moments they both
were transformed into stone images. It is within
the fort that the shrine was built and Saturdays
marks the transformation of the Goddess into
An 18 Kms drive along the Chakrata road,
Bhagirathi Resort at Selaqui, Dehradun lends a
breath-taking spectacle of the Himalayan ranges.
The resort lures the tourists with its tranquil
swimming pool, water slides and fountains.
Against the backdrop of the mountain ranges, the
resort is an ideal tourist spot.
Approximately, 5 kms from the City Bus Stand on
the Dehradun-Rajpur road, this place is situated
in beautiful surroundings. Legend has it that
Guru Dronacharya had done penance in this area.
Barrage Water Sports Resort :
A water sports resort has been developed at the
Asan Barrage by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam in
the year 1994. Asan Barrage was created in 1967
and it is popularly known as Dhalipur Lake.
Situated 43 kms from Dehradun on
Chandigarh-Shimla highway, the resort offers
facilities like water skiing, boating, rowing,
kayaking, canoeing etc. Wildlife lovers have an
added bonus during the winter season as
migratory birds can be seen in the vicinity.
45 Kms from Dehradun, Dakpathar is a beautiful
tourist spot in the western Doon Valley, amidst
the Shivalik range. Dakpathar has emerged a
wonderful tourist spot under the Yamuna Hydel
Scheme. The place is connected by a regular bus
service from the Parade Ground and Highway Bus
Stand near the Railway Station, Dehradun.
Accommodation is available in a Tourist Rest
House with swimming pool facilities.
National Park :
Rajaji National Park was founded in 1966 and
spreads over an area of 820 sq.kms, the park
with it’s magnificent ecosystem, is nestled in
the lush valley of Shivalik ranges. It
represents the flora of several zones of the
forest, reverine, broad leaf mixed forest,
chirpine forest, scrub land and grassy pasture
lands. There are 23 species of mammals and 315
of avi-fauna here. The Rajaji National Park is
named after Late Shri C.Rajgoplalachari,
popularly known as Rajaji. Best Tourist season
is between November to mid June.
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 28kms 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, Chennai have direct trains to Dehradun.
Several important trains also connect the city
with Varanasi, Lucknow 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