Dehradun – A Town for Everyone !

    By Garhwali

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    Dehradun has everything which makes it not only a dream home town but also a great tourist destination. The city has some of India’s renowned schools and premier institutes. The capital city of Uttarakhand is complemented by pristine lofty mountains, streams and  rivers, beautiful valleys, lush green surroundings and temperate climate. Dehradun opens up the gateway to the famous “Queen of hills” Mussoorie and the pilgrimage spots of  Haridwar and Rishikesh. This city itself has some great temples which are really beautiful and are believed to be very auspicious by devotees. Whether you are nature lover or a  shopaholic, student or have achieved, newlywed couple or enjoying your calm moments of retirement, a party animal or love solitude, you are gonna love this one of the most vibrant cities of the country.

    History and Mythology

    During the reign of Aurangzeb, Guru Ram Rai, on being ordered by the Mughal king to retire to the wilderness of the Dun, had pitched his tents here in what is now the Khurbura locality of the town and has also built a temple near Dhanawala. Around these two sites, grew up the town popularly known as Dehra. The name Dehradun comes from the term “dera” signifying a temporary abode or camp. The term dun or doon means the low lands at the foot of a mountain range, and as the bulk of the district lies in such a terrain, it justified the dun part of the name. Another derivation of the term dun is stated to be from Dronashram, hermitage of Guru Dronacharya of Mahabharata fame, who sojourned for a season in the village of Devara, situated near to Dehra to perform his devotions at a lonely spot

    According to Skanda Purana, Dun formed part of the region called Kedar Khand. It was included in the kingdom of Ashoka by the end of the 3rd century B.C. It is revealed by history that for centuries the region formed part of the Garhwal kingdom with some interruption from Rohillas. For about two decades till 1815 it was under the occupation of the Gorkhas. In April 1815 Gorkhas were ousted from Garhwal region and Garhwal was annexed by the British. In that year the area now comprising tehsil Dehra Dun was added to district Saharanpur. In 1825, however, it was transferred to the Kumaon Division. In 1828, Dehra Dun and Jaunsar Bhabar were placed under the charge of a separate Deputy Commissioner and in 1829, the Dehra Dun district was transferred from the Kumaon Division to the Meerut Division. In 1842, Dun was attached to Saharanpur district and placed under an officer subordinate to the Collector of the district but since 1871 it is being administered as separate district. In 1968 the district was taken out from Meerut division and included in the Garhwal Division.

    Dehradun for the nature seekers

    Some of the very scenic and nature adorned places in Dehradun are:

    Robber’s cave:

    Robber’s Cave is also known as “Guchu Pani”. It is a beautiful picnic place for teenagers and fun lovers. Adventure lover will really like this place. To reach the spot from here you will have to trek a little. There is absolute silence all over. The cave is guarded on all the sides by hills. Robbers cave is known for cold springs which go underground inside the caves. It was believed that Robbers used to hide in Guchu pani after robbery, so British named it as Robbers cave.

    Robbers Cave

    Robbers Cave


    Lachhiwala is a serene and blissful spot for picnic located at Haridwar-Rishikesh road. It also provides accommodation to tourists in the Forest Rest House. This place is away from the city which makes it a favorable picnic spot among youngsters of this city as well as tourists. People visit this place to spend quality time with their friends or family. Apart from the sightseeing, the main attraction of the area is the huge man-made water pools, where people enjoy fun bath and swimming. These rich natural forests are home to a number of bird species. It is also famous among trekkers and bird watchers. Surrounding areas of Lachhiwala are known for being home to some of the migratory birds as well.





    Sahasratra Dhara

    The literal meaning of Sahastradhara is ‘thousand fold spring’. Sahastradhara is a sulfur water spring of very low temperature and remarkable medicinal value. It is believed that bathing here cures all types of skin disease. The aesthetic beauty of the site is exaggerated by the Baldi river and the caves. The water in Sahastradhara has a fall of around 9 meters.It is an amazing experience to bathe in the water. Sahastradhara also has a ropeway which provides a ride to the mountain top. Sahastradhara is suitable as a picnic spot but this place is also deteriorating due to lack of maintenance.



    Malsi Deer Park:

    Malsi Deer Park in Dehradun is one of the major attractions for wild life lovers. Malsi Deer Park is located on the way to Mussoorie. The Malsi Deer Park of Dehradun is a beautifully developed mini-zoological park that lies at the foothills of the Shivalik range. Malsi Deer Park also has a park for children and surrounded by beautiful landscape. Along with the attractive environs, the availability of refreshments makes the place ideal for picnic.

    The Malsi Deer Park is a home to neelgai (Indian Antelope), deer as well as two horned deer, rabbits and a variety of birds which makes it an ideal excursion site and attracts tourists of all age groups.

    Malsi Deer Park

    Malsi Deer Park

    Rajaji National Park:

    Rajaji National Park of Dehradun occupies an area of 820 square kilometers on the foothills of Shiwalik ranges of the Great Himalayas. Rajaji National Park at Dehradun was formed in 1983 by merging the three wild life sanctuaries namely Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla. This was renamed as Rajaji National Park after the famous freedom fighter Late Sri C Rajgopalachari. The picturesque landscape of the Rajaji National Park of Dehradun is distinct for its rich biodiversity. The park is a home of Elephants, Tigers, Panthers and numerous other wild animals along with more than 400 species of birds. Rajaji National

    Park offers various packages for visitors providing stay and safaris to make your visit in the Rajaji National park an unforgettable wildlife Experience.

    Rajaji National Park

    Rajaji National Park


    Dehraduns Institutions serving our nation


    IMA (Indian Military Academy)

    This great destination doesn’t require any explanation. Almost whole of the country would have the idea what IMA is and why it is famous for. The Indian Military Academy is the premier institutions which train Gentlemen Cadets and groom them as brave officers of  Indian Army. People from all ages crave to witness the majestic Passing Out Parade of  IMA cadets. This institution is revered by the youths who wish to join Indian Army. The IMA building is known as Chetwoode Building, after the name of Field Marshal Philip Chetwode, who was then the Commander-in-Chief of India.

    A charming little museum is also here with the collections of 20th century military artifacts.


    IMA Dehradun

    IMA Dehradun


    FRI (Forest Research Institute)

    Forest research institute is spread over acres of picturesque and blissful lush green fields.  Styled in Colonial architecture, established in 1906 as Imperial Forest Research Institute it attracts a large numbers of tourists every year. The main building is a National Heritage which was inaugurated in 1929. It has six museums based on the theme of social forestry, pathology, silviculture, timber, non-wood products and entomology. A walk inside the complex will certainly makes it one of the cherished life time experiences. You can have the glimpse of the beauty of FRI in the famous movie “Student of the year”.

    F.R.I.  - Dehradun

    F.R.I. – Dehradun


    Dehradun for the worshippers


    The Tapkeshwar Temple

    The Tapkeshwar Temple is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located in the Garhi Cantonment area, this temple is an important tourist destination of the dehradun. The Tapkeshwar Temple derives its name ‘Tapakeswar’ from the natural dripping of the water drops over the shrine from the rocks of the cave. Then the water vanishes underground only to reappear after a few yards in the form of stream. Picnic lovers also enjoy this place as the “tauns” river beside this temple makes it a pleasant place to have fun. Tapkeshwar Temple also hosts a large festival which lasts for about two weeks.

    People in large numbers participate in the fair organized on the occasion of Shivratri and pay their obeisance to the deity every year.



    Tapkeshwar Mahadev


    Darbar Guru Ram Rai Maharaj

    Darbar Guru Ram Rai Maharaj or Ram Rai Gurudwara in Dehradun is one of the oldest Gurudwara and a popular pilgrimage center of the Sikhs devotees. Ram Rai Gurudwara was established by ‘Ram Rai’, the eldest son of the seventh Guru of the Sikhs, Sri Har Rai ji, in the 17th Century with the support by the then ruler of Dehradun.  In the memory of Guru Ram Rai, a flag hoisting ceremony is celebrated every year.  This is famous as “Jhanda mela” and is usually held on the 5th day after Holi.  There is a legend behind the creation of the famous Ram Rai Gurudwara in Dehradun. The great Sikh guru Ram Rai was expelled from his home town and casted away for becoming the Sikh guru. He then settle down in Dehradun valley and built the famous of Ram Rai Gurudwara of Dehradun.


    Darbar Shri Guru Ram Rai

    Darbar Shri Guru Ram Rai


    Buddha temple

    Located at Clement town, Budha temple is center of attraction for many international tourists and Buddhist followers. Among locals it is also known as “gumpha” and “Stupa”.  Buddha temple is built in Japanese architecture of Buddhism is a Tibetan monastery, also called as Mindrolling monastery and believed to be Asia’s largest reliquary. It is about 220 feet in height and has five floors. Every floor in this Buddha Stupa has Buddha and Gurupadmasambhava’s statue.

    Beautiful gold colored wall paintings, illustrates the life of Lord Buddha and it took about three years to paint these mesmerizing paintings. The temple complex also boast a 103 feet Buddha statue. Well maintained beautiful gardens and neat shopping complex in the temple complex will certainly win your heart. Along with eating shops some shops also sell clothes, artifacts, handicrafts etc by Buddhist people. There is also a school of religion inside the complex where hundreds of lamas lives and study free of cost.


    Buddha Stupa Dehradun

    Buddha Stupa Dehradun



    Santhla Devi

    Santhla Devi is located on top of a hill. It is a 2 kms trek across the dense green forest to the temple. The trek is really an unforgettable experience. Nature and trek lovers will admire the amazing beauty of nature throughout the journey to temple. There is an interesting popular myth regarding the temple. It is believed that Santhla Devi, along with her brother realized that they would not be able to cope up with the Mughal Army. So they abandoned their weapons and started to pray. A light flashed and in moments both of them were turned into stone idols. Later a shrine was constructed in the fort itself and Saturdays are noted for the transformation of Santhla Devi into stone.


    Santla Devi Temple

    Santla Devi Temple


    The Shiv mandir

    The shiv mandir, built in a serene and natural surrounding far away from the city this is also one of the most revered temples of Dehradun. Offerings are not allowed here in temple. You can enjoy the tea served as well as the Prasad which you can have while sitting on the stairs. Tourist going to or coming from Mussoorie do take a halt here not only to enjoy the scenic beauty but also to visit this beautifully managed as well as maintained temple. There are few small shops of jewels, gems, pearls, religious soveniours etc in the temple premises which are guaranteed to be original.

    Shiva Temple Dehradun

    Shiva Temple Dehradun



    Chandrabani is also known as Gautam Kund where every year thousands of devotees gather here to take a dip in the holy “Kund”. The extraordinary picturesque view of landscape surrounding the Chandrabani temple and a bath in the fresh water of natural Kund makes it a blissful and worthwhile place to visit. This place provides tranquility and inner peace to the soul which will be there with you after your visit to this holy place for a long time.

    According to ancient mythology, this place was believed to be the resident of Maharishi Gautam, his wife and daughter Anjani. It is also believed that this is the spot where river Ganga originated which is now popularly known as the Gautam Kund.

    Haridwar and rishikesh are just the adjoining cities of dehradun. Haridwar is 52 km and rishikesh is 42 km from dehradun. There is no way that your wishes don’t come true after vistiing Dehradun.

    The Char Siddhs

    The char Siddhs comprises a group of four temples located within15 km radius of Dehradun. Lakshman Siddh, Kalu Siddh, Manak Siddh and Madu Siddh are small temples poses high importance among locols. Among these siddh, Laksman siddh is most popular. It is a cremation site of swami Laksman siddh, a renowned saint. This temple also attracts bird watchers as its surrounding area is flocked by beautiful birds of different species. It is commonly believed that visiting all four Siddhs in a single day will fulfill a devotee’s wishes.

    Sai Darbar Temple

    Sai Darbar Temple in Dehradun is a well-known temple of Dehradun. The Sai Darbar Temple of Dehradun is an aesthetic marble temple and the main deity, obviously Sai baba, of the temple is placed in the center of the temple. The marble under the feet feels so soothing. There is a hall inside the temple where visitors can sit for pray and meditation.

    Here you will forget all your worldly worries and tensions. The prayer sessions are conducted every evening. Exquisitely designed, beautiful sober colored paintings and the peaceful ambience make it a pleasing place.

    Dehraduns famous street

    And the heart of the city, Rajpur road:

    Rajpur road is as well as in the heart of the city. Also known as “fashion street” you will find beautiful and colorful crowd lingering here irrespective of the season and time of the day. This is the most happening place where you will find shopping mall, showrooms and other famous old shops of Dehradun. Historical clock tower, marks the center of city, is also stands here. Names of freedom fighter of Dehradun are engraved in a gold plaque on the clock tower. A bicycle or motorcycle ride on Rajpur road up to Mussoorie road or more in the evening is an enjoyable ride.


    Clock Tower Dehradun

    Clock Tower Dehradun


    There are many other beautiful places hidden in the nooks and corner of Dehradun. You will never be disappointed in visiting Dehradun.

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