Dehradun , Uttarakhand
Trekking, Scenic, City, Adventure
Hindi, Kumaoni, Garhwali and English
Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand State in North India, is situated in a Himalayan valley. Doon Valley, where Dehradun is located is famous for its picturesque environment and Dehradun weather conditions are mostly pleasant.
Dehradun's sightseeing options can be categorized into four popular places like nature, adventure sports, wildlife and museums. Thus, this city entertains all sorts of people starting from nature lovers to spiritually oriented people. Rafting, trekking and rock climbing keep the adventure lovers busy throughout the trip. Hotel Aketa, Vishranthi Resort and Spa, NaturOville Vedic retreat provides a pleasant stay for tourists. Here, tourists can relax themselves by indulging in Spa and Ayurvedic services.
Before packing up for your journey back home, it is essential to grab some souvenirs for your families and friends. The best shopping arcade of Dehradun is Paltan Bazaar. Exquisite artifacts can be purchased from stalls in Raipur road and Ashley halls. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Sahakari Bazaar and Connaught Palace. Crafts made up of wood, bamboo and cane is very famous here. Tibetans woolen clothes and ornaments are fascinating than ever.
Mindrolling Monastery in Dehradun built in 1965 houses one of the tallest stupa in the world and one of the important Buddhist learning centers. Monks study Buddhist traditions, culture, calligraphy and scriptures. Tapkeshwar Temple built inside a natural cave is a famous Lord Shiva temple in Dehradun. Other places to visit in Dehradun include Malsi Deer Park which a zoo. Rajaji National Park is the closest wildlife attraction from Dehradun where a day trip can be planned for Jungle Safari.
Rishikesh, the popular weekend getaway from Delhi is only 45 kilometers away from Dehradun. Mussoorie is about 30 kilometers and Kempty Falls 47 kilometers. Tiger Falls is another beautiful waterfall worth visiting in Dehradun. Gucchu Paani or Robbers’ Cave is another spot that can be visited for its natural beauty besides the Sahastradhara Falls.
Other things to do in Dehradun include Fun Valley amusement park, Shopping on Mall Road or Tibetan Market and also Bird watching. Many Himalayan treks start from Dehradun. Nag Tibba trek is popular trek starting from Dehradun. Paragliding or picnic at Lachhiwala is other memorable experiences that can be enjoyed by travelers.
Dehradun is not only a famous tourist destination; it is also a renowned center for many educational institutes. Dehradun Military Training Academy and Boarding Schools are best of their kind. Around 2000 year-old relics and ruins were found around Dehradun making us realize that the city is well connected with the famous Hindu Epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Edicts of Asoka along the river banks reminds us of the vital role played by this city in the ancient times. For British, Dehradun played as an abode while they colonized Mussoorie and Landour in 1827 – 1828.
Enjoy the Garhwali cuisines recipes like Mandwa Chappati, Kumaoni Raitha, thick red rice, goath soup, Jangora’s dry fruit kheer, etc. Tourists can opt for Town Table restaurant in Dehradun. Normally Garhwal’s cuisine is nothing but wholesome vegetarian food. This restaurant also provides multi-cuisine foods other than the local cuisines.