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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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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

Lighten your pockets a little, because things to do in Dehradun are incomplete without Shopping. The popular Tibetan market is based near Parade Ground Road and also near Rispana Pul in Dehradun.These markets are extremely well-known for its multi coloured woollen garments.

They are run by the Tibetan community and their culture is showcased in the handicrafts and Garhwali jewellery sold here. One can also purchase stunning wind chimes and a variety of wooden art pieces. Savour the delicious momos and the popular hot noodles with butter soup, served at the Tibetan Market. So collect some souvenirs and cherish the memories from Dehradun.

Timings- 10 AM to 10 PM
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Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve

Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve is an ideal gateway for anyone who relishes a walk in the lap of the nature. It is adventurous and fun.

Location: Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve is spread over a land of 100 acres on the Mussoorie Dhanolti road close to Jabarkhet. The reserve lies at a distance of 15-km via taxi ride from the heart of the hill-station of Picture Palace.

Highlights: It boasts of some half a dozen, 3-4 km well marked hiking trails that are used for the guided nature walks, bird watching along with trail maps and pocket field nature guides.

Tip for visitors: Do carry your own eatables and lots of water since there are no tea stalls for you to refresh yourself. There are no tents, hotels or premises for you to rest.

Cost: The entry fee to the Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve is very nominal. There are annual membership plans to ensure that there is no uninvited walk-ins.
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Sahastradhara

The idea of an ideal vacation is to admire the exquisiteness of the environment and to attain peace in its captivating aura. Witness nirvana at Sahastradhara in Dehradun and forget about all your tensions and stress. It is popularly known for its serene vista.

The word Sahastradhara means 'Thousand fold spring'. The beauty of this waterfall during the rainy season is spellbinding. The water here contains Sulphur and is said to have medicinal properties. The magnificent waterfall and the alluring atmosphere make this place a perfect getaway. Spend some quality time with your peeps here and share some joyous moments.

Timings- 7 AM To 7 PM

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