Location: In the north Indian state of Uttranchal about 250 Km from Delhi Capital of India.
Main Tourist Attractions: Robber’s cave, Sahastradhara, Chandrabani, Santala Devi Temple, Rajaji National Park, Forest Research Institute, Malsi Deer Park
Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year
Nearby Tourist Destinations: Haridwar, Nainital, Mussoorie, Garhwal Himalayas.
Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India and is recently declared as the Provisional Capital of newly created Uttaranchal. It is the headquarters of many National Institutes and Organizations like ONGC, Survey Of India, Forest Research Institute, Indian Institute of Petroleum etc are located in the city. Some of the premier educational and Training Institutes like Indian Miltary Academy, RIMC(Rashtriya Indian Military College), Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy(IGNFA), Lal Bahadur Shahstri National Academy of Administration(LBSNAA)etc are also there in Dehradun. The Basmati rice, Tea Garden, Leechi Gardens turn this city into paradise.
Major Tourits Attractions
About 10 kms. from Dehradun, a beautifully developed tourist spot lying at the foot hills of the Shivalik range while going to Mussoorie. Malsi Deer Park is a mini-zoological park comprising of a children’s park enveloped by beautifulm natural surroundings.
Alongwith the attractive environs the availability of refreshments makes the place an ideal sight seeing cum picnic spot. Sahastradhara Sahastradhara is a cold sulphur wate spring, with hing medicinal value. The Baldi river and the caves provide a breathtaking view. Situated 14 kms. from the city bus stand , and connected by a regular bus service and private taxies, this is an ideal place for family picnics
d The temple is situated on the banks of a rivulet, in the Garhi Cantt. Area 5.5 kms. from the city bus stand, the temple is well connected by road. It is named Tepkeshwar as water droplets, originating form a rock, fall on the Shivling placed in the shrine. People in large numbers participate in the fair organised on the occasion of Shivratri and pay their obeisance to the deity.
kalinga monumentLocated on the right side of the Dehradun- Sahastradhara route, the kalanga monument recalls the story of the bravery of an 180 year old battle between the British and the Gokhas, perched on hill, 1000 feet over the banks of river Rispana, the monument represents the history of the rulers of Garhwal.
Situated 7 kmS. from Dehradun , on the Dehradun- Delhi road is the famous temple of Chandrabani (Gautam Kund). According to the mythological beliefs, this spot was inhanited by Maharshi Gautam , his wife and daughter Anjani who are widely worshipped by temple. It is believed that the daugher of heaven Ganga had manifested herself on this spot which is now popularly known as the Gautam Kund. Every year devotees, in large numbers , take a dip in the holy Kund. 2 kms. away from the main raod , located in the midst of Shivalik hill, the place is a beautiful tourist spot.
Robber’s Cave (Guchhupani):
An ideal place for a picnic , Robber’s Cave , is just 8kms. away from the city Bus Stand . Lachhiwala 3 kms. from Doiwala and 22 kms. from Dehradun , on the Haridwar-Rishikesh road , is Lachhiwala. The serene and blissful spot is famous for is picnic spotsl.. The place also provides accommodation ot the tourists in the forest Test House nestled in the greenery.
Situated 8 kms. along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Roadm is the Sai Darbar temple. This place holds a high cultural and spirital value and is visited by tourist form across the country and foreigners as well. Tibetan Temple Situated on Rajpur Road near the Sai Darbar is a huge and colourful temple of Lord Budha.
Approximately, 5 kms.from the city bus stand on the Dehradun – Rajpur Road , this place is situated in beautiful surroundings. Legend has it that guru dronacharya had done penance in this area.
Santaula Devi Temple:
About 15 kms .from the dehradun to reach the famous temple of santuala devi ,one can Utilize the bus facilities till jaitanwala ,then it is a 2 kms. drive to punjabiwala bya Jeep or any light vehicle and further it is a 2 kms .trek from punjabiwala to the temple The temple stands as a symbol of the faith people have in the temple and has great Cultural and religious significance .
How to Reach
Air : The nearest airport from Dehradun is the Jolly Grant around 25 km away, on the outskirts of the town.
Train : Dehradun is a major railhead on the Northern Railway line with direct trains to almost all the metropolitan cities of India and some important tourist destinations in Uttaranchal.
Road : Dehradun is well connected to other cities of Uttaranchal and Delhi with regular bus services.
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