Everyone needs a break from their monotonous lives and day-to-day chores. Be it a child appearing for an exam or a CEO of a renowned organisation the competition to be the best makes our normal brains a pressure cooker steaming of tensions. So here is a detailed tour guide for one of the best hill stations of India, Dehradun. It is the capital of Uttarakhand and is situated in the Doon Valley at the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by the Ganges. It is a place of scenic beauty and peaceful serenity.
The must visit places in Dehradun
- Mind rolling Monastery
Starting with one of the most highly recommended tourist spots, located in Bharuwala Colony, Clement town. This monument not only holds an immense historic value but is an education centre for several monks. There are two eye-catchers:the 220 feet tall Buddha statue and a 360-degree view of the Doon Valley. The monastery includes a shopping complex with various food joints and traditional bookstores.
Timing: 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. ( The main temple remains closed during the lunchtime 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. )
- Forest Research Institute
This Institute is located on Mason Rd, near Indian Military Academy. Its recent fame is due to the shooting of the movie Student of the year, although it is a monument of high historic as well as educational value. There is also a Timber Museum in the vicinity, showcasing the timber industry.
Timings: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Sundays are closed.
Entry fees are rupees 10 per person and camera charges extra.
- Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
This stadium is located on Thanos Rd, Rajpur and is the home ground for Afghanistan cricket team. This 240 crore project started its course of construction in 2012 and took five years to its completion. It fulfils every criterion for international standards. The boundary is 75 metres from the centre and the stadium has four wings in all. Alongside is a club which provides amenities such as gym, spa yoga room, VIP lounge and many more.
- Rajaji National Park
It is posted on 5/1, Ansari Road, Mohand range. It is a wildlife reserve with visitor cottages and all visitors need entry permits. Itis closed during the monsoons, so the tentative dates during which the park is open is 15 November to 15 June. The park also provides services like elephant rides.
Timings: 7-10 A.M. and 2:30-5:30 P.M.
Entry fees: Indians 150 per person & Foreigners 600 per person.
Safari or gipsy vehicle charge: 2000 rupees
Personal vehicle entry charges: 250 rupees
The camera costs additional charges.
- Tapovan Temple
It is in Rajpur which is 5 km from the Dehradun bus stand. According to one of our greatest Indian mythologies the Mahabharata, Guru Dronacharya came into this place to perform his act of penance. Trekking can be done here.
Timing: 6 A.M. to 8 P.M.
- Tiger Falls
It is located 98 km away from Dehradun and 20 km away from a village named Chakrata. It is a good picnic spot and has a small pond which is nice for a short swim. This place also gives allowance for trekking activities. The roads leading to the fall are narrow and people must carry a first aid kit, snacks and water for an unknown circumstance.
Timings: Closes by 7 P.M.
- Tapkeshwar Mandir
6 km away from the main city this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is in Garhi Cantt. It is called so because of the water that naturally trickles down from the cave head to the shivalinga.
Timing: Closes by 8:30 P.M.
- Robber’s cave or GucchuPani
The myth says before independence this place was used as a hideout for robbers during British rule. It is a good spot for picnic as well as trekking. During the monsoon, this place has an overflow of water and is not safe.
Timing: 7 A.M. to 7:30 P.M.
It is 11 km from the city and its name means a thousand springs. It is believed to be a natural spa spot, as the water has high contents of sulphur which can be helpful for skin treatment.
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Apart from places, a trip cannot be complete without mentioning the eatables and shopping hubs. So these are the list of 4 iconic places to eat and 5 malls to satisfy your shopping urge.
- Sunrise Bakers
This shop is in Paltan Bazar near Clock Tower and is famous for its plum cakes, butter pista biscuits and rusk.
- The Buffet Snacks Shop
This is a perfect teenage spot and famous for its crispy burgers and cold coffee.
- Kumar Sweet Shop
This is a perfect take away place for sweet lovers and is famous for its kulfi, milk cake and jalebi.
- Kalsang Restaurant
It is well known for its Tibetan, Thai and Chinese cuisines. There is a tradition of this restaurant where people pin their nation’s currency with memories written on it. It is famous for it’svariety of momos.
- ParsvnathEleganza Mall
- Times Square Mall
- City Junction Mall
- Crossroads Mall
- Pacific Mall
This mini travel guide will take care of all your basic requirements and make your trip hassle-free. This future trip will replenish your soul with peace and calmness which are the much-required assets to a successful professional career. All the must-visit places mentioned above can be enjoyed by every age group in their own way. There are other tourist spots like Malsi Deer Park, Silviculture Museum, Gandhi Park, St. Francis Catholic Church, Dehradun Zoo, Zonal Anthropological Museum, Sakya centre Buddhist monastery, Shikhar Fall, SubirRaha Oil Museum which can also be added to your travel list if the time permits. With so much information at hand, nothing remains but to plan your next trip to Dehradun today!