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  • If you are looking forward to a memorable vacation, the best time to visit Dehradun is from the month of March to June. It is when Dehradun enjoys the summer season and the weather is pleasant and clear. One can plan an exciting retreat to this quaint hill station in the state of Uttarakhand during this time and enjoy the serene beauty of the Himalayas.

    One of the top hill stations in India, Dehradun is an ideal getaway to enjoy with family and friends. With a great mix of natural attractions, this destination shows new glory and colors in monsoon and winter months as well. One is always spoilt for choices when they are in Dehradun, say any year. There are numerous tourist attractions that one can see in Dehradun like Robber’s Cave, Sahastradhara, Mindrolling Monastery, Lacchiwala etc. which are almost reachable throughout the year long.


    Here are the best seasons to visit Dehradun :

  • 01Dehradun in Summer

    Dehradun in Summer
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    Months: Dehradun witnesses the summer season from the month of April to June.

    Why you should visit at this time: One of the best times to plan to plan a visit to Dehradun, the summer season is when the city witnesses the maximum influx of tourists. As the weather is pleasant and clear, there are numerous sightseeing and adventure activities that one can enjoy during this time in Dehradun. The temperature usually ranges between 35 to 17 degrees Celsius giving the tourists the opportunity to explore the beautiful outdoors of the city.

    However, it is advised that you should carry light cotton clothes in case it turns out to be hot during the summer days in Dehradun. Places to visit and activities to during this time:This is the best time to visit Dehradun if you are looking for a respite from other places in North India that are reeling under the heat of summer days. Moreover, this is when one can take part in the maximum number of adventure activities in Dehradun. 

    The pleasant weather and calm vibes of the city make it a surreal escape from the hustle and bustle. With clear skies and sunny weather, it is also a fabulous time to take part in trekking and hiking in Dehradun.

    Average Temperature:

    Night: 17 degree Celsius

    Day: 35 degree Celsius

  • 02Dehradun in Winter

    Dehradun in Winter
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    Months: November to March is when Dehradun experiences the winter season in the year.

    Why you should visit at this time: With the temperature dropping as low as 3 degrees Celsius, winters in Dehradun present a beautiful landscape covered with snow and chilly air. The hill station looks magnificent during this season and snow enthusiasts can look forward to have a memorable adventure. Some of the best places to visit during the winter are Robbers Cave, Buddha Temple and Malsi deer park.

    During the winters, Dehradun is a splendid place to visit if you want to have a romantic getaway with your better half and enjoy the snowy landscape. It is a superb time to enjoy the misty air and gorge on the most spectacular food of Dehradun on your vacation. However, it is advisable that you plan your trip considering the freezing temperature witnessed during the winters in Dehradun. Tourists should venture out only after packing proper woolen clothes and jackets to beat the cold at night and evenings.

    Places to visit and activities to during this time: Planning a visit to Dehradun during the winter season gives the tourists an opportunity to see the snow and have fun in the chilly weather. As the temperature starts to drop, Dehradun presents a great time to indulge in sightseeing and explore other popular hill stations like Mussoorie which are not far away. 

    This is when the average day temperature remains around 22 degrees Celsius and winter sunshine is at its glory.One of the popular events not to miss during the winter season in Dehradun is the Magh Mela celebrated in the month of January. Also, there is the Jhanda Mela which is celebrated by the Sikhs in the month of March.

    Average Temperature:

    Night: 5 degree Celsius

    Day: 22 degree Celsius

  • 03Dehradun in Monsoon

    Dehradun in Monsoon
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    Months:The month of July to September are great to see the monsoon season in Dehradun.

    Why you should visit at this time:One should visit Dehradun during the monsoon season if they are fond of basking in the luxury of the raw beauty of nature. This is the time when everything around looks superbly beautiful and one can enjoy the lush greenery of Dehradun. Rain-washed Dehradun looks exhilarating for all the nature lovers and this is when you can enjoy a laid-back vacation and just relax and rejuvenate.

    Places to visit and activities to during this time:Monsoon season is a wonderful time to plan your vacation to Dehradun if you are a fan of rains and admire the magnificence of nature in the hills. Although, there may be a risk of landslides and floods making the roads tricky to navigate in the monsoons. With chances of fog and untimely rains, it may become a difficult task to explore the surrounding getaways in monsoon. 

    However, adventure seekers can look forward to a thrilling getaway during the monsoons in Dehradun.Some of the popular attractions not to miss in Dehradun during the monsoon season are Robber’s Cave, Rajaji National Park, Lakshman Sidhh, Tapkeshwar Mandir, Mansi Deer Park, Sahasardhara and Sericulture Centre.

    Average Temperature:

    Night: 22 degree Celsius

    Day: 29 degree Celsius

Sightseeing in Dehradun

Adventure in Dehradun

Attractions in Dehradun

Trekking in Dehradun

Nature and wildlife in Dehradun

Camping in Dehradun

Attractions

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Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m

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Deer Park

After Rajaji National Par, Malsi Deer Park is the most visited wildlife centre in Dehradun. This is a mini zoological park turned out to be one of the favourite picnic spots or hangout places in the city, ideal for family outings or school excursions. The herds of deer meandering freely in their habitat through the scenic Malsi reserve forest area ensures an amazing sight before the eyes of its visitors, incomparably beautiful. Unlimited number of birds can also be found inside the park together giving a mind blowing views. For kids, there are fun rides and space for games also. The weekend witnesses the flooding of people towards the park. The park is situated just 10 KM away from Dehradun city at Mussoorie Road.
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Tapkeshwar Temple

Dehradun houses one of its most visited temples, Tapkeshwar where Lord Shiva is the presiding deity. Blessed by natural extravagant sights abundantly, the prominent feature of this temple is the main Shivlinga that is kept sacredly inside a cave.

The temple resides by the side of thick forests and the natural cave drops water from the roof little by little to give away the Shivlinga more beauty and in turn it appears as an amusing spectacle. The temple is existing in a location which is easily accessible, it is hardly six kilometers away from the city.

Shivratri is the biggest festival celebrated at the temple when thousands of pilgrims come and pay tribute to the deity. The cool sulphur- water springs are an additional feature the temple proudly possesses within it. The devotees will take a bath in these springs before they enter inside the temple.
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Guchhupani, Rober's Cave

An authentic picnic spot for fun lovers and couples, Gucchupani or as officially known as Cobber’s Cave in Dehradun. The cold springs inside a natural cave are the attractive factor of Gucchupani, the unusual springs go underneath through some places inside the cave.

There are a number of small and large waterfalls as well exhibiting the natural beauty at its level best and thus a thorough refreshing time will be promised to its visitors, regardless of the season. The cave is located just 8 KM away from Dehradun city, one can reach until Vijaypur by bus and then have to take a trekking route of 1 KM to reach the caves. As the caves with rifts in it give away the best soothing time to mind and body especially during summer.
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Asan Barrage

A barrage located at the confluence of Eastern Yamuna Canal and Asan River is Asan Barrage in Doon Valley, Dehradun. The barrage contributes well in the process of electricity generation and the dam is the reason for the creation of the Asan Reservoir or Dhalipur Lake. An adorning spot for bird lovers, the surrounding acts as a haven for 53 species of native birds and 19 types of migratory birds. Recently this man-made wetland is declared as a bird sanctuary as well.

The Asan River also has a prominent significant when we talk about Asan Barrage as the river is a combination of different streams in the Doon valley. GMVN water sports complex near the barrage is quite famous for providing the thrilling water activities like water skiing, rowing, paddle boating, kayaking, double waters skiing, mono-skiing and motor boating.
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Robber's Cave

Witness the miracle of Nature at the Robber’s Cave, which is approximately 8km from Dehradun. Robber’s Cave is a 600 M elongated naturally formed cave. A river passes through this cave making this place a perfect picnic spot for family and friends. 

The weird and wonderful thing about this place is that a stream of water miraculously appears in the Robbers Cave and vanishes under the ground and then reappears a few yards further.  It is a very pristine and peaceful place and hence intrigues several tourists. Robber’s cave is a must-visit place when in Dehradun.

Timings- 7 AM to 6 PM

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Kalsi

A small village set on the outskirts of Dehradun, Kalsi is known for its calm environment and breathtaking Himalayan views. This charming village is located at a height of 780m and forms its boundary at the confluence of River Yamuna and Tons. The most popular attraction of this village is the Ashokan Rock Edict, a monument that has quite significance in Indian history. Ashoka, the Great Mauryan King was engraved in this Edict in 253 BC.

Apart from it, Kalsi is famous for its ancient architecture, beautiful views, picnic spots, and water streams. Dak Pathar is another popular place to visit in this village. One can enjoy popular activities, such as boating, water skiing, sailing, swimming, canoeing, camping, and trekking. One can also go fishing after receiving a permit from the concerned authorities of the village.

Location: Dehradun-Chakrata Road, Uttarakhand -248158

Best time to visit: Summer is the best time to visit Kalsi.

Timings: Anytime.

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee.

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Har ki Dun

This trek is a delight for the travellers of all seasons. It is nestled below Har ki Dun peak in Uttarakhand and takes you to some of the most spectacular Himalayan trails. Alpine, meadows, lush green hillside, Rhododendrons flowers, pine forests, frozen glaciers, basins, ancient temples, pristine Tamsa river, and quaint hamlets are some of the sites that will leave you mesmerized in wonder and amazement.

This is also the only trek where you will get the combined view of Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch, Black peak, and Ruinsara mountain peaks. This cradle-shaped valley is sparsely populated with 3,000-year-old villages. The slow-paced village life will fill your senses with the utmost calm and the sunrise from this valley is just breathtaking.  The valley is spiritually linked the Duryodhana, who is worshipped religiously in these villages. The trek is accessible through Govind National Park, which is itself a perfect site for exotic flora and fauna.

Location: Dehradun to Sankri

Best Season: Round the year except for Monsoon season.

Duration: 7 days.

Altitude: 12,000 Ft.

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Maldevta

Tucked away in the Raipur area of Dehradun, Maldevta is nature in utmost abundance. From an ancient temple to great Himalayan vistas, this gorgeous place is bliss for nature lovers. The untouched trails of this place will lead you to a quaint hamlet which is nestled in the lap of lush green hills and bordered by meandering River Song. It is one of the top places to visit in Dehradun.

Maldevta is also known for its recreational activities, such as swimming, sightseeing, biking, cycling, and bird-watching, photography, and camping. The best way to spend your night in Maldevta is by pitching your own tents under the stars, preferably in groups.  Dance around the bonfire during the night and wake up to the sweet chirping of birds and shining light of the sun.

Location: Maldevta, Shripur, near Raipur, Uttarakhand- 492001.

Best time to Visit: This place has pleasant weather all year long but summer is considered to be the best time to visit Maldevta.

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 6 PM.

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

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Rajaji National Park Wildlife Safari

Do not forget to add Rajaji National Park to your things to do in Dehradun list. If you are a nature lover, then this place is a heaven on earth for you. Capture the mesmeric panorama and the flora and fauna in your cameras. This place is an abode to approximately 400 species of birds.

There are also several animals in the Park like the Tiger, Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Cheetah, hog deer, barking deer, Leopard Cat, Civets, Himalayan Yellow-Throated Marten, Sloth Bears, Pythons, King Cobra, Common Krait, Indian Cobra and the Monitor Lizard, Asian Elephant and many more. The best way to travel around the park is to go for the wildlife jungle safari and explore the wilderness with family and friends.

Safari timings - Morning 06:00 AM to 10:00 AM,Afternoon 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM.

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Shopping at Tibetan Market

This popular market in Dehradun is completely run by the Tibetan Community. One of the top places to visit in Dehradun, you can buy handicrafts, wooden showcases, art pieces, handbags, Garhwali jewellery pieces, and wind chimes. Apart from the above items, you can also shop for beautiful souvenirs for your friends and family.

This place is also known for delicious snacks such as momos, noodles, hot noodles soup with extra butter. Just a pro tip for anyone who visits this market is to definitely buy the hand-knitted woollen garments. You can buy multi-coloured sweaters for yourself and your family. The busy street of Tibet Market is accentuated by a whiff of scrumptious Himalayan food and spices, and it is vibrant with a good ambience and great vibes all the time.

Highlights: Handwoven woollen garments, momos, noodle soup, colourful clothes, etc.

Location: Opposite Parade Ground, Dehradun, Uttarakhand - 248001

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 10 PM.

Entry Fee: There is no Entry Fee.
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Mindrolling Monastery

One of the most famous places to visit in Dehradun, Mindrolling Monastery is among the six major monasteries of Tibet’s Nyingma School. Originally constructed in 1676 by Rigzin Terdak Lingpa, the monastery was re-established in 1965 by Khochhen Rinpoche. Highly significant to tourists as well as religious visitors, the place is regarded as an architectural masterpiece.

Surrounded by endless gardens, vast spaces, and a striking stupa, the tallest of its kind in Asia, the monastery is known to offer spiritual guidance to hundreds of devotees every day. The paintings and murals around the monastery depict the life of Buddha as well as teaching from Buddhism. Built according to Japanese architectural style, the edifice has five floors dedicated to Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava.

On the fourth floor, visitors would find a massive open space that allows them to experience a 360° view of Dehradun Valley. Home to Ngagyur Nyingma College, one of the largest institutes in the world dedicated to Buddhism studies, the monastery provides education to over 300 monks at a time.

Location: 3, Buddha Temple Road, New Basti, Clement Town, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248002.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

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Shikhar Fall

Tucked away in a quaint corner of Dehradun, Shikhar Falls is one of the most fascinating places to see in Dehradun. Although hidden, it is one of the most popular tourist places in the city that sees plenty of adventure lovers regularly. Surrounded by woodlands and mountainous terrain, the falls takes visitors through a short yet strenuous hike across a shallow pool to reach the main waterfall. Once at the summit, the mind-blowing views and the refreshing breeze make up for all the extra effort.

Due to its rich vegetation and plush greenery, the waterfall is home to several birds and butterflies species. Additionally, there are several small and big waterfalls on the way to the top of Shikhar Falls. There are a few hawkers and snacks stalls at the summit for refreshment.

Location: Kairwaan Gaon, Dumal Gaon, Uttarakhand 24800

Timings: Anytime

Best Time to visit: October to June

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

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Fun Valley

One of the most family-friendly attractions in Dehradun, the Fun Valley’s reputation for being a full-fledged entertainment venue is unfathomable. Located almost in the smack middle of Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar, the amusement park offers the perfect opportunity to have an excitement-filled day with your family, especially for children. Home to several thrill rides, a water park, and multi-cuisine restaurants, the Fun Valley can be the perfect venue for a family picnic.

Additionally, the vast complex also boasts a motel and deluxe rooms for guests wanting to stay within the premises. Set amidst the lush foothills of Garhwal Himalayas, the Fun Valley is also equipped with conference rooms, banquet halls, and lavish cottages. Whether you are staying within the complex or planning to spend a day, it is the perfect excuse to get away from the chaos of daily life and enjoy exclusive time with your loved ones.

Location: 28th Km Stone, Haridwar Road, Lal Tappar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fee: Below 3ft – Free, From 3ft to 4ft 6 inches - INR 600, Above 4ft 6inches - INR 800

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Lachhiwala

Surrounded by Sal trees, accompanied by deciduous shrubs, and shimmering with the cold waters of Susma river, Lachhiwala is known as a Nature Park. The highlight of the picnic spot is its pool which is quite an attraction for nature lovers. Soak in the sunlight while swimming in the man-made pools of Lachhiwala.

This place is also flocked by tourists for its lush green forest cover, bird-watching, trekking, swimming, and other interesting activities. This place is a paradise for bird-watchers since there are various species of birds and even hires a local guide to educate you about these birds and the locations where you will find them.

Location:
 Doiwala Block, Lachhiwala Range, near Haridwar – Rishikesh Road, Uttarakhand – 248008

Best time to visit: The weather at Lachhiwala is pleasant all through the year but it is advisable to visit this beautiful place during summer. 

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 8 AM to 5 PM. 

Entry Fee: 
Adult – INR 10, Child –INR 5

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Clock Tower

One of the most iconic places to visit in Dehradun, Clock Tower. The history of Clock Tower or Ghanta Ghar goes back to the time of India’s Independence. The monument was built as a sign of respect and commemoration of the hard-earned independence of our country. Originally named as ‘Balbir Tower,’ this tower is approximately 85m long and holds the names of many freedom fighters engraved on a gold plate. Its foundation was first laid by the then Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Sarojini Naidu.

The tower was finally completed in 1953 and since then, it is a symbol of pride for all Dolomites. This hexagon-shaped edifice has often been a part of Ruskin Bond’s tales of Dehradun. Today, Clock Tower stands tall in the busiest street of Dehradun and even though, it needs restoration from time-to-time, its regality has inarguably remained intact all through these years. No wonder this Greco-Roman styled structure is one of the most popular places to see in Dehradun

Highlights: Location, history, and architecture.

Location: Rajpur Road, Near Paltan Market, Dehradun, Uttarakhand – 248001.

Best time to visit: It can be visited at any time of the year but winter is an excellent time to visit Clock Tower.

Timings: Anytime.

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee.

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