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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.

Traveller Tales from Dehradun

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Daevika Somayaji

08 June 2016

Drive, Trek, Camp, Trek, Camp, Drive – Wow! What an eventful and mesmerizing break it has been. We had a really great 8 days here in this trek. Rupin Pass Trek is one of the most beautiful and the best treks to take in the country. With a high altitude of 4800 m this trek is indeed a thrilling experience. One can get to experience thrills at each level of the trek. It was a really brilliant and an awesome trek. We enjoyed it totally. I recommend this trek to everyone.

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Dayaananda Achari

26 March 2015

I have so many memories of Har Ki Dun trek. Right from the day ones drive from Dehradun to small village which is a stating point of the trek. The group members were amazing and very friendly. We trekked to some of the remote villages of Himalayas and witness the stunning beauty of Uttarakhand. Out trip leader was very friendly and funny. Food during the trek was good and stay was in camps which was the most amazing thing. Overall I loved the experience and I am glad that I went for this trek. Special thanks to our trip organizers and our trip leader for solving our every problem.

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Lai Nehru

27 November 2015

It was cold but it was beautiful and we had a blast. Make sure you carry enough warm clothes and good trekking shoes. Trek was not that difficult except few terrains. I was amazed by the views of snow covered mountains and alpine forest. The best part of the trek was reaching Jaundhar Glacier. The whole stretch was covered with snow and the view was amazing. I had seen so many different spices of birds and our guide told us that most of these are migratory birds. Stay arrangement was good so was the food. I totally enjoyed this trek.

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Draupadi Khanna

21 December 2015

Kedarkantha trek is absolutely the first choice for the trekkers if himalayan trekking is considered. Having a moderate trekking trail with a cover of beauty all arround makes it even more suitable for treeking expedition. The nearby pine trees are really big and there are many flat grounds where a camp can be set up easily. One such campsite was the Juda-Ka-Talab campsite which was a perfect place and the Kedarkantha Base also.

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Deb Abbott

20 January 2015

Wao what a beautiful place it was, just can not understand why it was unknown and undeiscovered to me...!!! Absolute the land of paradise for trekkers and nature lovers. Before starting my adventure i had searched a lot about the location in internet as well. Saw the dense forest of pine trees and oak. Well there were many campsites but above all i loved to spend time in the Hargaon camp, which was just awesome.

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Gopee Iyer

19 August 2015

Amazing location, the views are just great. Trekking to Nagtibba might get challenging but then all the effort is worth putting for. Since the view is damn good.

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What You Should Know More About Dehradun

  • Travel Advice:

    • It may get tiring: If you are the kind that enjoys adventure activities then you’re in the right place. Dehradun especially is among the first ports that remains a primary attraction for timely backpackers. Those who are not use o the tourist trails of the country must avoid getting their grips on rolling into such activities.

    • Plan well, carry a map: While Dehradun isn’t very expansive by nature, there are tones of must-do experiences sprawling around the space. Although, ensure that you don’t rush into things. Conduct your research well and carry on with travelling through this beautiful city. You will get to do what you want but be alert of any sham packages and guides while you’re hurrying into planning your trip.

    • Health is wealth: You’re about to enter a place whose climate, water and food your body isn’t aware of. Therefore, it becomes essential to take good care of one’s health. Apart from that, mosquitoes are everywhere and one bite will surely be quite costly. It is better to be safe than sorry and thus one must always use spray-one repellents and avoid being in regions that are inhabited by mosquitoes.

    • Transportation: Dehradun in Uttarakhand is quite walkable. Hence, if you’re worried about travelling within this place – don’t. Moreover, the city itself is quite locally connected in terms of bus and local taxis. Travel around the city and avoid taxis as the most fun you will have is on foot.

    • Water and eatables: Dehradun is blessed with a pleasant climate. However, water consumption is essential for the well-being of the body. Ensure that you drink more than you sweat and one of the most important things is to carry bottled water around. Not only is it convenient but also quite for your journey throughout the way.

    • Drinking laws: The drinking laws of Uttarakhand are pretty different slightly strict compared to other states. The legal age for consumption of alcohol is 21. However, the government plans on reducing the age factor. But one can figure out a way through this. It is not that difficult. The night-life is chilled and relax.

  • Things to do in Dehradun:

    • Visit the Robber’s cave: The Robber’s cave is situated approximately 7kms away from the heart of the city and is in the top of the list of places to visit in Dehradun. The place is also known as Gucchipani or Guchu Pani as it is surrounded by majestic hills and adventure – junkies will have a time of their life as the place also offers options for activities like trekking and camping.

    • Therapeutic visit to Sahastradhara: What better than indulging in the loving surroundings of the nature? Sahastradhara which literally translates into ‘thousand fold spring’ is one of the most beautiful destinations in the whole of India. It is popular for its ecstatic beauty and can be visited at any time of the year. You will love this place for what it is. It will deliver a worthy experience – the unforgettable kind.

    • Spiritual illumination at the Mind rolling monastery: Mindrolling, which literally means the ‘place of perfect emancipation’ is one of the largest Buddhist Vihara of India. It is such a grandeur place for the perfect kind of spiritual experience. Experience the lively vibrations through the entire locality for this is the kind that only comes once in a lifetime. You will not regret coming to this place.

    • Visit the Zonal Museum: The Zonal Museum is quite recognized for its collection of artifacts. There is a great tone of items that can be related to origins, developments and sustenance of the mankind on this planet that can be discovered at this place. Be truly mesmerized by this place.

  • What will you like in Dehradun:

    • Paragliding activity: Experience the thrilling adrenaline rush while you go flying into the infinite sky. One of the must-do things while you’re in Dehradun, this will truly exhilarate anyone’s living soul. Get the bird eye’s view to the spectacular destination of Dehrdun.

    • Visit the Rajaji National Park: The Rajaji National Park is located at the base of Shivalik Crests and will ensure a revitalizing experience for its visitors. The place has some of the most magnificent trekking trails in the world.

    • Asan Barrage for water sports: Think Dehradun is only limited to hills and mountains? Think again. Beat the heat and indulge in some exciting water sports. The Asan Barrage resort offers all sorts of water sports activities designed especially to deliver satisfaction.

    • Shopping at the Tibetan market: This is one of the top things to do in Dehradun. You are incomplete without shopping at a certain place. This popular market offers all kinds of products for its visitors.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Government website: 

    Uttarakhand Travel Website


    Others: 

    Uttaranchal Tourism


    Books on Dehradun: 

    Books by Ruskin Bond.