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Top 20 Attractions of Uttarakhand's Capital- Dehradun

1. Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple

Tapkeshwar temple is located in the proximity of 6.5 km from Dehradun. This is a cave temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated on the bank of a river. The view of this place is so marvelous and it is also believed that once this gave belong to the famous Guru Dronacharya. This cave is also named Drona Cave. In the main Complex, a Shivling is enshrined and it is believed that this Shivalinga grants the wishes of all its devotees.

The miraculous thing about this place is that the water from the ceiling continuously trickles over The Shivalinga and this site is a very spectacle to watch. Pilgrims can also take a bath in cool Sulphur water which is located in a bath before the main entrance gate of the temple. It is one of the most prominent destinations in Uttarakhand that is visited by various devotees and tourists.

Famous for: Hindu Pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Location: Garhi Cantt

Timing: 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.

2. Sahastradhara

The literal meaning of Sahastradhara is “Thousandfold spring” which is one of the most prominent tourist attractions of Dehradun. Sahastradhara is located in the proximity of 14 km from Dehradun and attracts a large number of tourists who are here to admire the beauty of the waterfall in the Caves.

The Sahastradhara has multiple water pools where the water drops from limestone Stellar cities turn water into Sulphur springs. This water is believed to have a lot of medicinal and therapeutic value. This is a magnificent place which is having a tranquil environment and rich Himalayan vegetation. There is also a ropeway from where you can get an aerial view of mountains and also the economic view of Sahastradhara.

Famous for: Chilling and admiring nature.

Location: Sahastradhara road.

Entry Fee: Free of cost

3. Robber's Cave

Robbers Cave is one of the most prominent picnic spots for young couples and families. This cave is located in proximity of 8 km from Dehradun center. And this place one can witness the magnification duty of caves and natural water bodies. Robber cave is also known as Guchhupani and has a cold spring of water inside a cave.

You can explore this cave and witness all the large and small waterfalls. This is the best place to be visited during the summer as the water is really cold which provides great relief from the scorching Sun. This is a newly emerging tourist destination of Dehradun and is named by Britishers as robbers cave but the local people called it Guchhupani.

Activities to do: Waterfall and cave walk.

Location: Malsi

Timing: 7 A.M. to 7:30 P.M.

Entry Fee: Rs. 25 per person

4. Buddha Temple

The Buddha temple of Dehradun was constructed by Khochhen Rinpoche. This temple is famous for the Japanese style of architecture other than this there are well-maintained gardens with scenic ambiance. The wall of this Temple depicts the life and teachings of Buddha through various paintings and murals.

The Stupa has a height of 220 feeds and is one of the tallest in Asia also a 130 feet high Buddha statue is installed on the premises. This temple has five floors and the fourth floor is mainly accessible on Sundays from where you can have 360 views of Dehradun Valley. This temple is also having a library which is having all the generals and books related to Buddhism.

Famous for: Buddhism and meditation

Location: Clement Town.

Timing: 9 A.M. to 7 P.M.

Entry Fee: Free of cost.

5. Malsi Deer Park

Malsi Deer Park is located in the foothills of the Shivalik range. This park is home to two-horned deer, peacocks, tigers, Neelgai, and many more. This park is rich in flora and fauna located away from the busy city life. This park has natural surroundings and a peaceful environment.

This park is like a mini Zoological Park which is surrounded by Malsi Forest Reserve. This Park is also having a children’s park which is equipped with all types of slides and a canteen. One can also enjoy bird watching at this place and capturing them with that camera. This Park remains open on all days of the week except Monday.

Famous for: Wildlife exploration and birdwatching.

Location: Malsi Road

Timing: 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per person for 3 hours.

6. Forest Research Institute

The Forest Research Institute of India is also known as FRI Dehradun. This Institute has a marvelous architecture with a wide collection of forestry-related items. There are 6 museums in this Forest Research Institute and is a must to visit the place of Dehradun.

This Institute was established in the year 1906 as an Imperial Forest Research Institute. The building has Greek-Roman architecture that was given by C.G. Blomfield in the year 1929. This Institute is read in the area of 2008 and having the marvelous Greenfields. The botanical garden of this campus is also a brilliant place to enjoy a picnic with your friends and families other than this you can also explore the 6 museums that are based on six different aspects of forestry.

Famous for: Historic building and museum.

Location: Kaulagarh.

Timing: 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

Entry Fee: Rs. 10 per person, Rs. 50 for Guide

7. Clock Tower

Clock Tower is one of the prominent landmarks of Dehradun city which is also known as Ghantaghar by the local people of Dehradun. This place has various commercial centers like shops and GPO. The clock tower is having 6 faces which have a clock in each phase and is a monument that was constructed much before Independence. The clock tower is located on Rajpur Road which has the name of freedom fighters engraved on a golden plaque and installed on the clock tower. The only unfortunate thing about this power is that the clocks are not working anymore.

Famous for: Oldest tower, shops, etc.

Location: Central Dehradun.

8. Ram Rai Gurudwara

Shri Guru Ram Rai Darbar Sahib is one of the spiritual spots located in Dehradun that was established during the 17th century. This Gurudwara is one of the oldest pilgrimage Centres for Sikhs in Dehradun and was constructed by Ram Rai who was the eldest son of 7 Sikh gurus Sri Har Raj Ji.

As per history, it is believed that Ram Rai was expelled from his town as he was not ready to take the position as a Sikh guru so he came to Dehradun the settle down and then he constructed this holy Gurudwara. The Gurudwara is having the Indo Islamic architecture with domes, paintings, and minarets. This Gurudwara offers low-cost or free accommodations to its devotees also there is a prestigious Educational Institute, hospital, and charitable trust under this Gurudwara.

Famous for: Sikh pilgrimage site

Location: Jhanda Bazar

Timing: All-day

9. Paltan Bazar

Paltan Bazar of Dehradun is one of the prominent shopping places where you can find multiple shops. This is one of the busiest and most crowded markets in Dehradun. This market is located adjacent to Clock Tower which is also known as the Ghantaghar. Paltan Bazar is located at the proximity of 1.5 km from Dehradun Railway Station. This market remains open on all days of the week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.. some of the best things to buy from this market are clothes, footwear, Handicrafts, books, bags, handmade woolen garments, lentils, rice, sweater, shawls, ornaments, souvenirs, etc.

Famous for: Shopping.

Location: Heart of Dehradun.

Timing: 10 A.M. to 10 P.M.

Things to buy: Clothes, footwear, Handicrafts, books, bags, handmade woolen garments etc.

10. Mindrolling Monastery

Mindrolling Monastery was constructed in 1965 and is one of the six monasteries of the Nyingma school of Buddhism. This monastery is located in the proximity of 12 km from the town and was constructed by Khochhen Rinpoche. This monastery has a stupa that stands 16 tall and is one of the tallest monasteries in the world.

Other than this there are a series of shrine rooms at this place having Tibetan art, murals, and relics. There is also a Sakyamuni Buddha statue which is 35 meters in height and is gold-plated. This statue is dedicated to the Dalai Lama.

This monastery is one of the largest Buddhist centers in the world and all the Buddhist Masters, teachers, and followers take this monastery as their inspiration to the practice of the profound Dharma of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Famous for: Buddhist study and worship.

Location: Buddha temple

Timing: 9 A.M. to 7 P.M.

Entry Fee: Free of cost

11. Zonal Anthropological Museum

Zonal Anthropology Museum is located at a distance of 500 m from the Forest Research Institute and in the proximity of 5 kilometers from Dehradun Railway Station. This Museum is located on NH 72 highway in Dehradun and is one of the prominent attractions of this place.

This is one of the popular museums of Dehradun that was established during the year 1971. This Museum places several artifacts that are related to the origin, development, and sustenance of mankind on planet Earth. This Museum is also having the social costumes that were worn by the early Inheritance of people who used to live in the Himalayas. This museum remains open on all days of the week except Sunday and the second Saturday.

Famous for: Historic tour

Location: Forest Research Institute

Timing: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Entry Fee: Rs. 15

12. Tibetan Market

The Tibetan market of Dehradun is completely run by the Tibetan community and it is one of the most prominent places to visit in Dehradun. In this market, one can buy stuff like art pieces, handicrafts, wooden showcases, Garhwali jewelry, wind chimes, and handbags. If you are from the different states of India or foreign countries then you can also purchase various beautiful souvenirs for your friends and families from this market.

Here one can also enjoy delicious snacks taking a break from shopping such as momos, hot noodles soup, noodles, and other such Chinese food. The one thing that should be bought from this market is hand-knitted woolen garments. Other than these items one can also buy Himalayan food and spices from this market.

Famous for: Shopping and snacking.

Location: Ansari Road.

Timing: 10 A.M. to 8 P.M.

What to buy: Handicrafts, wooden showcases, Garhwali jewelry, wind chimes, etc.

13. Mal Devta

It is one of the popular tourist attractions of Dehradun which is surrounded by the thick dense forest and song river flowing by its side. The gurgling sound of water and the magnificent landscape make it no less than a safe heaven for travelers. The view of this place is magnificent and magical. Mal Devta is located near Raipur and is a place of attraction for various youngsters, families, and friends.

The things that can be enjoyed here are nature walks, games, and bird watching. This place is best to visit during the summer months that is from April month till June month as during this time one can enjoy the splash in the water.

Famous for: Nature walks, games, and bird watching.

Location: Maldevta Road.

Entry Fee: Rs. 150 for 3 hours.

14. Fun Valley

Fun Valley is a fun and exciting place of attraction where you can make some beautiful memories along with your friends and family. At this place, one can enjoy thrilling water rides and also the rights of amusement parks. This is a perfect place for a day outing where each individual has something to enjoy.

This is also an ideal place if you just wish to relax by the side of the river or if you want to increase your adrenaline rush by enjoying some awesome amusement rides. This is one of the best adventure parks in Northern India which allows the entry of each individual above the age of 3 years.

Some of the activities that can be enjoyed at Fun Valley Doms skiing, water Disco, go-karting, dragon Coaster,  fresh bee, mini-jet, jumping frog, water shoot, baby train, chand tara, etc.

Location: Lal Tappar

Timing: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Entry Fee: Rs. 789 per adult.

15. Lacchi Wala

Lacchiwala place provides a loving and fun environment for tourists. It is a perfect place for elders as well as for children as both can enjoy it here equally. The place is blessed with natural views and other than this visitors can also enjoy a fun bath in a man-made pool.

The stream from the Suswa River stream fills this pool. This place is also famous amongst birdwatchers and trekkers due to its magnificent environment. If you wish to have a pleasant environment away from the crowd then this is one of the perfect places for your weekend and holidays. One can also take accommodation at a forest rest house located near Lachhiwala in Dehradun.

Famous for: Nature walks, Bird watching, and picnics.

Location: Dehradun Haridwar Road.

Entry Fee: Rs. 150 for 3 hours.

16. Tapovan Temple

Tapovan temple is located on the bank of the Hooghly River Ganga which is in the proximity of 5 kilometers from Dehradun city. This place is frequently visited by devotees due to its spiritual importance and to find inner peace. At this Ashram, you can perform all kinds of Hindu rituals and can also take hi yoga lessons.

The temple is surrounded by magnificent greenery which provides dissatisfaction to the mind of each visitor. This is one of the perfect places where you can enjoy meditation and yoga in the lap of nature full stop the word Tapovan means the forest of meditation.

Famous for: Spiritual activity.

Location: Raipur

Timing: 6 A.M. to 8 P.M.

Activities to do: Yoga and meditation.

17. Wadia Institute Of Himalayan Geology

This is an autonomous Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology that was established in the year 1968 in June month. Initially, it was a small two-room Botany department in Delhi but later during the April month of 1976, the institute got shifted to Dehradun.

Previously this Institute was named as Institute of Himalayan Geology but again it was renamed as Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. This Institute was founded by late professor D.N. Wadia. This Institute is recognized as a National Library that is well equipped with all the infrastructure facilities that are sufficient to do advanced-level research in the country itself.

Presently there are 54 scientists, 48 technical staff in this Institute, and also 76 administration staff. The institute has 40 research students Associates and other staff that are working on some of the other projects.

Famous for: Research Institute with laboratory.

Location: Vijay Park

Timing: 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

18. Wildlife Institute Of India

The Wildlife Institute of India is a government institute that is run by the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education. This Institute has the aim of training wildlife managers and wildlife researchers. The trained professionals from this Institute contributed to the study of protecting the wildlife of India.

It is one of the popular institutes where you can pursue your wildlife studies and career. This Institute is located in Chandra Bani which is located in the southern part of Dehradun this institution Court was established in the year 1982. Various courses and programs are offered in this wildlife reserve and management institute.

Famous for: Academics and research institutes.

Location: Chandrabani

Timing: 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

19. Aerodine Multi-Cuisine Restaurant

The Arrow Dine restaurant in Dehradun is India’s 7th and Uttarakhand’s first airplane restaurant. It is a multi-cuisine restaurant that opens on September 6. The inauguration of this restaurant was done by Mayor Sunil Uniyal. This is the first and one-of-a-kind restaurant in Uttrakhand. The plane has 180 seats and it is an Airbus A320. The seating capacity has been reduced to 75 but in recent times the owners are planning to make an open seating area on the wings of the airplane. It took almost one and a half years to set up an airplane into a restaurant.

Famous for: Multi-cuisine restaurant.

Location: Mohkampur.

Timing: 12:30 A.M. to 10 P.M.

20. Shiv Mandir

Shiv Mandir of Dehradun is located on the Mussoorie road and is also known as Shri Prakasheshwar Mahadev temple which is dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Shiva. This temple is located in between the lush Green Valley of Dehradun. This temple has the Pathak Shivling which is the main attraction of the temple.

This place is not only visited by pilgrims and devotees but also by tourists from all around the world. This place attracts a huge number of devotees during these seven months and on the occasion of Shivratri. There is a small jewelry and souvenir shop from where you can shop for your loved ones.

Famous for: Spiritual activities and festivals.

Location: Mussoorie Road.

Timing: 8 A.M. to 8:30 P.M.

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