Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, is a fascinating place. Rapidly growing into a modern large city, there are still charms of the colonial era that pop up when least expected. Nature has been at work here creating quite a few beautiful sights.The cool climate of Dehradun had attracted the attention of the British during the colonial period. They transformed the place into one of the most charming volleys in the region. They have left their mark quite indelibly in the beautiful place. You are bound to be stunned at the extravagant delights that Mother Nature has left for you in the scenic landscape.
You are going to be captivated by the singing streams, the deep ravines and the entrancing landscapes of the valleys. The intoxicating smell of fresh fruits wafts from the innumerable fruit orchards dotting the region. The city has also been endowed with manmade splendor in the form of historic buildings. These buildings date back to the era of the Raj and offer architectural styles to marvel at.
How to Get There
By Air :
Jolly Grant Airport is a domestic airport which is situated at a distance of 25 km from Dehradun City. The nearest International airport is New Delhi situated at a distance of about 260 km from Dehradun.
By Rail :
Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest railhead which is situated at a distance of about 2 km from the city, Major cities like Delhi,Kolkata, Mumbai, Lucknow,Varanasi are well connected by regular train services from the city.
By Road :
Dehradun is well connected by good roads from all the major cities by number of buses so people will not face any difficult in reaching the place well.Distance from other places; Delhi: 240 km, Haridwar: 53 km, Rishikesh: 45 km,Mussoorie:30 km,Chandigarh:168 km,Chopta:200 km,Yamunotri:170 km
The Sahastradhara waterfall is one of the most magnificent sights that Dehra Dun has to offer. The clear waters of the river ripple and drip over natural stalactites made of limestone. The scene is fantastic and seems to be lifted right off a story book. The sulfur content of the water is high. Nearby, you will get to experience the marvelous beauty of nature through the innumerable caves and smaller waterfalls.
Do not be surprise by the weird name of the Robber’s Cave. Only Mother Nature resides here nowadays spreading her glory. The cave is filled with springs dropping cold water which then disappears into hidden underground channels. You can take a stroll through the cold water that rises up to your knees.
On the banks of the holy Ganges, the scared site called Tapovan rests. In Tapovan you will be drenched in the spiritual aura radiating from the lush green landscape and the gorgeous river.
Rajaji National Park
This beautiful national park is ensconced in the Shiwalik Mountain range of the Himalayas. It is named after the last Governor-General of independent India, C. Rajagopalachri who was popularly known as Rajaji. The National Park is filled with innumerable species of flora and fauna. Among the many animals you can glimpse here on a safari are the Asian Elephant, the Goral, the Himalayan Black Bear, the Python and the Barking Deer amongst others. An extensive range of birds have made their homes here.
Malsi Deer Park
There are very few creatures in the world as elegant as the deer family. The horned deer and the Neelgai are found here in astonishingly large numbers. There are many birds here as well.
A Tibetan Buddhist community thrives around the Dehradun region. The Mindrolling Monastery looms large over this community and forms its center. Grand is the perfect word to describe the monastery. Each and every aspect of this monastery is grand including the manicured gardens that surround the majestic Great Stupa. The stupa is considered to be one of the largest in the world. Inside, you can take a tour of rooms containing fascinating relics, Tibetan art and murals. The gold Buddha Statue is the centerpiece of the monastery. It stands impressively at 35m and was built in honor of the Dalai Lama.
Considered to be among the largest waterfalls in India, the Tiger Falls is certainly impressive. The glittering waters shine against the background of verdant forests. Even walking towards the falls can be an exciting event as interesting vistas line the path.
The Tapkeshawar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in a highly unusual shrine being situated inside a small spectacular cave. The cave drips with cool water while outside, you can enjoy a scenic view of the Tons Nadi River that flows by.
Forest Research Institute
The building of the Forest Research Institute is a grand attraction in itself. The immense area of 450 acres offers you a glimpse of the natural beauty that the great Himalayan Mountains possess. The architectural style of the building is Greco-Roman which seems just perfect against the enchanting forests.