Location : 2,200ft above the sea-level
Founded By : Legend Guru Dronacharya
Attractions : One of the most developed cities of India
From Agra : 381 Km
The Doon Valley is situated between the two most important rivers of India. i.e. Ganga & Yamuna, is most picturesque having moderate climate, nestling a number of places of tourist interest.
It is named after Guru Dronacharya - A great teacher in Mahabharat epic. The renowned religious town of Rishikesh, the queen of hills Mussoorie, the renowned sulphur springs at Sahastradhara and a part of Rajaji National Park, the quit Chakrata hills all lie in this district. Also visit the Chardhams.
Dehradun is situated at an altitude of 2200 feet above sea level. It is one of the most developed cities of India having moderate climate. The places to be visited nearby are Sahastradhara (14 Kms.) Robbers Cave (8 Kms.) Forest Research Institute (5 Kms.) Tapkeshwar Temple (5.5 Kms.), Laxman Sidh (12 Kms.) Malsi Deer Park (9 Kms.)
Prime Attractions of Dehradun
Tapkeshwar Shiv temple is an ancient place of worship.
Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park, situated at the edge of the sprawling Dehradun valley, was founded in 1966 and spreads over an area of about 820 sq. km. Nestled in a lush valley of the Shivalik Range, the park is an ideal holiday resort with its many picnic spots and excursion sites for the nature lover.
Excursions of Dehradun
A celebrated spiritual centre, Rishikesh enjoys a calm environment, impressive water front and dense forest hills. Virtually a town of saints, sages and scholars, Rishikesh is a large religious centre situated at the right bank of river Ganga.
There are a number of Ashrams where religious discourses are held for the benefit of the visitors. The place is also a renowned centre for Yoga teachings. River rafting is another attraction for Rishikesh. A number of organizations have established their camps 15 kms. Upstream. Good hotels are available in addition to a tourist bungalow and many Dharamshalas.
Famous as queen of hills this charming hill station is situated at an altitude of 3000 metres above sea-level and is 36 Kms. from Dehradun, connected by a good motorable road. There are a number of good hotels besides a tourist bungalow, PWD inspection house and couple of Dharamshalas. The places to he visited nearby are Municipal Garden (4 Kms.) Kempty Falls (14 Kms.) Gunhill (through cable car) Depot Hills (5 Kms.) The Jheel (6 Kms.) Mussoorie is also accessible from Dehradun through trekking. For details of trekking route between Dehradun and Mussoorie, Click Here Dhanaulti (26 Kms.) Surkhanda Devi (35 Kms.) Chamba (57 Kms.) New Tehri (70 Kms.) Nagtibba (48) Kms.)
Popularly known as Dhalipur Lake, Asan Barrage, created in 1967, was developed By Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN), as a water sports complex in 1994.
Located 14 km from Dehradun is the famous picnic spot called as the Sahastra Dhara. Noted for their astounding beauty the medicinal sulphur waterfalls are a great attraction.
Skiing at Mundali
Located in the Dehradun district of Uttar Pradesh, Mundali is 129 kms from Dehradun via Chakrata Dak Pathar Under the Yamuna Hydel Scheme, Dak Pathar has emerged as a tourist spot which boasts of lush green lawns and blooming gardens. It is 45 Kms. situated on Dehradun - Chakrata road and is connected by regular bus service. A tourist bungalow and few hotels are available
Lakha Mandal Temple
Lakhamandal is situated on a hill slope along the bank of the yamuna in district Dehradun. It is a site rich with ancient remains of temples, sculptures and insriptions, some dating from as early as fifth century A.D.
It is about 5 kms. from Dak Pathar on way to Chakrata, where there is an Ashoka edict inscribed on the sizeable rock. It is preserved by National Archaeological Department.
Situated at a distance of 92 Kms. from Dehradu, at an elevation of about 700 feet. Chakrata is known for its serene environ and sylvan charm. The place is devoid of all artificiality and one can move in perfect calm & in pollution free atmosphere. One can find accommodation in the forest rest house. There are few ordinary hotel also.
The northern part of Chakrata sub-division, Provides most fascinating area for trekkers and nature lovers. Covered by dense virgin forest dotted with attractive village of colourful Jaunsari tribe, the area is dominated by 10,000 feet high peak of Kharamba.
On its northern slopes is situated Mundali (9,000), where skiing is possible during the period from November to April. Deoband (9,000) Kanasar (8500), Kathiyan (7000) (all connected by road), Molta (7000), Tiger Fall near Chakrata are some other spots worth visiting. The famous temple of Mahasu Deota at Hanol is annually visited by thousands of pilgrims from Garhwal and Himachal Pradesh.
The Jhanda Fair marks the arrival of Guru Ram Rai, the Sikh Guru, at Dehradun.
Lakhawar fair is a village fair, held during the months of September- October.
This picturesque place about 12 Kms. from Dehradun on Hardwar road is frequented by a large number of people specially on Sundays. Legend has it that a saint underwent penance at this place. The place is connected by local bus service.
About 80 Kms. from Mussoorie on Mussoorie - Yamnotri road Lakhamandal is believed to be the place where Duryodhana of Mahabharat episode conspired to burn alive the Pandavas in the Lakshyagriha a house specially constructed with shellac. There is a temple believed to be constructed in the eighth century with a number of carved figures on stone which are of archaeological significance. Taxis are available at Mussoorie for visiting the place. There is however, no place to stay at present.
How to Get there
Air : Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport situated 24-km from Dehradun.
Rail : Dehradun has got a railway station of its own, connected to all the major cities of the state.
Road : Being a capital city of Uttaranchal is well-connected with all the major cities of the state.
Places to Stay in Dehradun
Dehradun is a good place to selct mid-range hotels, many of them strung along the Rajpur Road, while resonable budget accommodations can be found in the town centre.
Nearby Cities of Dehradun
» Meerut (170 km)
» Chandigarh (175 km)
» Mussoorie (36 km)
» Delhi (235 km)